Fishing isn’t just for the boys anymore

I get a lot of calls for my guide service from people that want to go fishing. Many are people who want to learn how to fish a specific body of water like the Mississippi or Lake Onalaska, some are people who want to relearn a fishing style like ice fishing or stream fishing, or some are requesting a tutorial on a specific species like trout or bass.

The most common call I get are people who simply want to learn how to fish. Often times, these are women who have been taught that it isn’t lady like to fish, that fishing is for the guys, and if women do come along, they have to listen to the man; using what the man tells them to use, reel the fish up just the way the man tells them to, or simply sit and read a book being an extra body and more fish poles or tend to the kids.
This philosophy has taken many women away from the outdoor sport of fishing, keeping them at camp or in cabins.

With the traditional family being pushed to the limits of its very own term of existence, there is a need for families to spend time together. Women want to participate in their guy’s sports now more than ever. Time together is very limited with dual income families, organized sports for the kids, and other outside influences, there is a huge outcry of togetherness.

While fishing or talking to new customers that want to learn the area or looking for places to fish is a request for family friendly fishing places. Places that will produce fish while providing an atmosphere of safety for the novice angler to visit or children to play.

The first place I often point people to is Pettibone Park. Pettibone has a back water of the Mississippi and a nice running slough that produces largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and an occasional northern pike. Pettibone has 2 handicap accessible fishing floats and has a nice walking trail that surrounds the park for a nice hike. There is also a disc-golf course for those moments the fish aren’t biting or for a diverse family experience.

Another location, just across the river from Pettibone Park is Riverside Park. There one can fish along the pier for any river species. I’ve caught white bass, crappie, northern pike, and largemouth bass. At the mouth of the LaCrosse River, next to the LaCrosse Convention Visitors Center is a great largemouth bass location.
For a nice mixed species of fishing and off the beaten path, I send people to lock and dam #7 at the LaCrescent, MN exit. Lock and dam #7 has a nice rest area and visitor’s center, along with two nice rock piles that will produce nice walleye and smallmouth, and largemouth bass. If one goes to actual lock and dam, one can tour the facility as well as enjoy the lookout tower to see eagles and military birds. Venturing out, there is a brick wall one can walk along and fish off the wall. There is also a handicap accessible fishing pier that is easy to fish off. I’ve caught northern pike, walleye, sauger, perch, bluegill, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass in this park.

One of my favorite trout fishing locations for beginner is Mormon Coulee Park. Mormon Coulee Park is about 10 minutes from downtown LaCrosse located just outside of town on HWY 14/61. This park has a playground and trout stream that runs through the middle of the park. There is a shelter that one can rent from the city and the stream is stocked by the Department of Natural Resources. This stream offers a flat terrain that’s easy to walk and fish off with little or no skill required.

I often get requests for boating. For this I recommend Mississippi River Rentals, Mike is very hands on with his rental customers and keeps a close eye on local fishing reports. He is my go to guy for super secret hot spots on the Mississippi River and offers high quality boat rentals for any occasion.
For more advanced fishing locations, or book a trip I always keep my phone line open and always willing to lend a free fishing report or two. Feel free to visit my website