Stories tagged fishing

Muskie, regular coloration: Here's a regularly colored muskie....now imagine it all white as an albino.
Muskie, regular coloration: Here's a regularly colored muskie....now imagine it all white as an albino.Courtesy Engbretson, Eric / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
I confess, muskies freak me out. They're scary looking. And now I read that a guy caught a 46-inch albino muskie. No way am I going in that lake!!! You can read about, and see photos of, this rare catch here.

Apr
26
2011

by T.J. Dimke
Any freshwater angler who has had the incredible opportunity to fish for lake trout in the remote area of Clearwater Bay, located on the Canadian side of Lake of The Woods, can agree that lake trout are one of the most powerful fish found in fresh water. Their deep, dark, and cold water habitat make them a challenge for most fishermen, but make them that much more exciting to fish for. Clearwater bay provides an ideal environment for lake trout due to the ideal structure found in the lakebed. The bay can reach depths of 150-180 ft, which provides cold dark pockets (40-50 degrees F) for large schools of lake trout to slowly patrol the water, conserving great amounts of energy. Because of the lack of nutrients in these great depths, the trout are forced to move into shallow warmer waters (50-80 ft and 50-60 degrees F) that are found closer to shore where they patrol the sediment covered lake floor for food.
Clearwater Bay has become a well known area for lake trout are among anglers, and lake trout populations have been depleted significantly. Because of this the Ontario Game and Fish Department was obligated to enforce a catch and release only law specifically for lake trout in Clearwater Bay. This has caused much debate among both Canadian and American fishermen. Some think that the trout populations are healthy enough to be able to removed from the lake upon a legal catch, while others think that targeting lake trout fishing at all (even if they are intended to be released) should be illegal all together.
The fact is that lake trout as a species take the most pristine environment to grow. They need very clean, dark, large, and cold bodies of water with large amounts of nutrients. They also take a much longer time to reach maturity compared to other species of fish, some taking up to 20 years. Clearwater Bay has arguably the best environment to grow big lake trout in the entire 1,700 sq ft lake, which is why a great deal of fisherman believe the trout there should be protected against over fishing. If the trout in Clearwater Bay have a period of time where they can grow at their own pace without interference from fishermen, experts say that Lake of The Woods will have some of the largest lake trout found in all of North America.

Asian Carp
Asian CarpCourtesy kate.gardiner
ScienceBuzz is covering the danger Asian carp present to the Great Lakes. Last week a 19.6-pound, 34.6-inch bighead carp became entangled in a fishing net about six miles from Lake Michigan.

“Asian carp are like cockroaches; when you see one, you know it’s accompanied by many more you don’t see,” said Henry Henderson, of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

You can learn more in The New York Times

May
04
2008

A turtle whispers its secrets to the orangutan: Unfortunately, all the turtle's secrets are about shoplifting and dirty magazines. Orangutans already know about that stuff.
A turtle whispers its secrets to the orangutan: Unfortunately, all the turtle's secrets are about shoplifting and dirty magazines. Orangutans already know about that stuff.Courtesy steven2005
Just kidding, I can swim. Not very well, but I swim all right. As far as spearfishing goes, though, I couldn’t do that. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I could never kill a fish with a stick. Unless it was lying on the ground, or something—then I bet I could really bash the heck out of a fish. I’d really whack its little head in.

Orangutans in a conservation refuge on Kaja Island in Borneo, however, have proven to be adept at both swimming and killing fish with sticks. Neither activity was thought to be possible for the great apes, but naturalists on the island have recently observed them swimming across a river to get at their favorite fruits, and using tree branches to stun fish in the water before eating them. Other orangutans were seen attempting to spear fish with branches, supposedly after seeing fishermen using rods. This is thought to be the first documented occasion of orangutans using tools for hunting.

It was also noted that some of the apes quickly came up with an even more efficient way of collecting fish: stealing them from human fishermen when their lines were unattended. Those damn dirty apes!

Jul
25
2007

These three stories are all about weird fish.  No, not the restaurant in SF, but the wet kind.: Photo by lawgeek at flickr.com
These three stories are all about weird fish. No, not the restaurant in SF, but the wet kind.: Photo by lawgeek at flickr.com

I surf the web. I read the blogs. I see stuff that looks interesting, and I file it away, They accumulate, they reach critical mass, and they burst forth in full, horrendous flower.

Which is a roundabout way of saying, I’ve seen a few interesting articles on marine life lately, and rather than write three separate posts, I thought I’d wrap them all up into one.

Octosquid

Scientists in Hawaii have discovered a new deep-sea creature with the arms of an octopus and the mantle of a squid. Dubbed “octosquid,” it was caught in the filter of a deep sea pipeline.

Hungry squid invade California

Humboldt squid, a giant predator that can grow 7 feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds, has expanded its range into central California. It normally hangs out in tropical waters from Peru to Costa Rica. But fishing pressures have reduced its natural predators – tuna, swordfish and sharks – resulting in a squid population explosion. They have moved north into new territory. Humans, seals, otters and other mammals have nothing to fear, but the squid do eat large amounts of hake, anchovy and other commercial fish.

Sea monsters

Check out this photo gallery of weird, cool creatures of the deep.

Jun
01
2007

Catfish skull
Catfish skull
Every month we pull an object out of the Science Museum of Minnesota's collections and put it on display here at the museum and let you write your own label for the object. This month's we found a catfish skull and it looks particularly cool to my eyes. It's spiky and and kinda looks like it has a mohawk.

What do you think about this unique fish? Head on over to the object of the month and try your hand at writing a label.

Fin whale: Courtesy Lori Mazzuca, NOAA
Fin whale: Courtesy Lori Mazzuca, NOAA

In a continuing world trend toward renewed whaling of endangered species Iceland whalers have killed a Fin whale. Fin whales are listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union.

Woah! Check out this creepy fish found down in Texas. It has human looking teeth. I can't find much more credible information on this fish but some are suggesting it might be a sheapshead. Any ideas?