The night life

Written by: Joe Nohner

Primary Source:   Fishing for Habitat

This fall, our field team is out conducting electrofishing surveys on sixteen lakes in Michigan (video). Our goal is to determine if changes to shoreline habitats are impacting the growth, reproduction, and population sizes of Largemouth Bass. When we catch Largemouth Bass, we also compare what they were eating to the habitats in which they were found. Almost halfway through our surveys for the year, we’ve collected plenty of data. Here are a few shots from the field.

Time lapse of electrofishing surveys conducted at Pine Lake, Michigan.


Joey Riedy measures temperature and dissolved oxygen levels in Ford Lake, Michigan


Michelle VanCompernolle records data from Ford Lake, Michigan


Jess Clark checks the livewell on the electrofishing boat for Largemouth Bass to measure and release.


The control panel of our Smith-Root electrofishing boat.

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Joe Nohner
I’ve spent countless hours fishing for largemouth bass, hurling baits for muskies, and putting dry flies where the brook trout are supposed to be, at least. I grew up with a passion for fishing, and that brought me to fisheries biology. The layers and layers of complexity in solving problems for our ecosystems in the context of society have kept me in the field.
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