I am writing as a representative of an R3 Angler Education group. R3 stands for - Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation. This is nationwide movement intended to increase the numbers of people participating in fishing (there is hunting R3 too).
Our La Crosse group consists of members of the U.S. F.W.S., D.N.R., and a couple non -profit groups. We are currently planning a February class with up to 20 novice, adult anglers. Potentially, we could use some ideas and support:
Where would we take a first time group on two consecutive February weekends - the 22nd and 29th so that there might be a decent chance to catch fish in the general La Crosse area with a nearby porta potty and place to clean fish? Yes, this is a tall order.
Once we get enough people hooked on ice fishing, we'll worry less about these amenities on future outings.
Would some people reading this post potentially be interested in helping our R3 group?
While I'm on the subject, the Kicking Bear group plans to host its first annual Kids Fishing Tournament off Schaeffer's Landing - Lake Onalaska on January 18th. That event too, will be supported by other outdoor nonprofits, but we could use experienced anglers to help the kids and their families have a better chance for success.