Electrotrawling: a promising alternative?

Traditional trawling methods (like those pictured above) have received considerable negative attention due to their adverse effects on the benthic ecosystem. Major concerns include destruction of the Read More…

Sacramento local

What more fitting place to catch a Sacramento pikeminnow than on the Sacramento River, a short swim from the Sacramento Airport. We scooped up this massive native Read More…

What’s for dinner?

[gallery link="file" ids="12157,12153,12154,12156,12155,12152"] There are many ways to collect information on the diet of wild animals, including observing their consumption habits, looking through the contents of their Read More…

Supersized

Last week we conducted electrofishing in New Bullards Bar Reservoir as part of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing assessment. FERC is the government agency that Read More…

Group effort

[gallery link="file" ids="9795,9793,9794"] Armed with a half-dozen backpack electrofishers, a crew of "netters" and "shockers" waded through the Lower Kings River last week in search of rainbow trout. Read More…

Walk the line

Backpack electrofishing has been a common tool for sampling salmonids for decades. Similar to the snorkel surveys we use in deeper rivers, backpack electrofishing is often used Read More…

E-fishing made easy

If you’ve been following our blog posts over the years then you know we have done our share of electrofishing. With the right study design and procedures Read More…

Expect the unexpected

First off, these aren’t Ghostbusters exterminating ghosts, this field crew is all decked out for a mission to rescue fish. Our previous experiences with fish rescue at Read More…

Water + steel + electricity = ?

These are not the typical electrofishing surroundings, but they are certainly interesting. Construction begins this winter on a new fish-screened pumping plant for Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, and Read More…

The other black bass

Frequently misidentified by anglers, the Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctalatus) is often confused with its larger cousin the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). The fish are similar in appearance, Read More…