The river is open right now. I would recommend fishing below Lock and Dam#8 in Genoa, Wisconsin (which is 17 miles south of La Crosse. The river level is very high right now but should crest by the middle of next week. The best baits are River Jigs with minnows by Taylor Fishing Tackle and Wolf River Rigs with either a plain hook and minnow or a floating jig with hair tied to it with a minnow. Try stopping by Captain Hook's Bait and Tackle in Genoa and they can sell you some. Be careful though, there are lots of logs floating down river. And when looking for a spot, fish where there are other boats. Hope this helps.