Jim and Kate Vanderhoff, the new owners of J&K Dam Bait Shop located on the north bank above Linn Grove dam, opened the shop Saturday.
The Vanderhoffs have a full line of rods, bait, and tackle in addition to a cafe and 20 aluminum canoes for rent.
Jim said he will take canoeists anywhere upriver they want, generally to locations such as Kindlespire Little Sioux Access east of Highway 71 and south of Greenville, Gillett Grove, and Sioux Rapids.
For bait, the Vanderhoffs will carry night crawlers, blue chubs, large and medium minnows, and later on in the season, leeches in April and crawdads in May. Jim said he will have 200 rods for sale in addition to a wide variety of lures, tackle, nets, Coleman lanterns, and tackle boxes. "We've got her set up pretty good so far," Jim said. "We've got a little bit of everything."
For food, there will be pizza and deli sandwiches, and starting April 1, carryout beer will be available.
Once fishing season is well underway, J&K Dam Bait Shop will be open from 6 a.m. to as late as 9 or 10 p.m. seven days a week, Jim said. The phone is 296-3611.