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Stephen Klobucar

Stephen Klobucar

Stephen Klobucar is a Ph.D. fisheries scientist and aquatic ecologist, publishing peer-reviewed research by day and freelance outdoor media musings by night. His research experiences span from Arctic Alaska, to New Zealand's South Island, and various ecosystems in between. Originally from Wisconsin, he is currently based in Alaska, learning from and taking advantage of the wilderness of the Last Frontier. IG: @slklobucar

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Trash Fish Tuesday: The Other 'Eyes

Fishing

Trash Fish Tuesday: The Other 'Eyes

Why do we consider some fish iconic and others aquatic refuse? In this series, we focus on American fishes not officially designated as “game fish.” These species, though native, get lumped into a category of “trash fish,” a distinction that’s more than just semantic. Game fish are managed...
How to Fish a Tailwater

Freshwater

How to Fish a Tailwater

Each year, each season, despite our wishes, there are only so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoor pursuits we revere. Many a weekend warrior would like to do it all, but that’s not always feasible. And, sometimes, it’s just too hard to decide—go hunt or go fish? Spend the weekend chasing spring...
Understand Fish Metabolism and Become a Better Angler

Fishing

Understand Fish Metabolism and Become a Better Angler

Pardon my French, but— “Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.” That is, as French author Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr penned in the mid-19th century, “The more things change, the more things stay the same.” Whether you realize it or not, hunters and anglers apply this mantra more than most...
How to Become a Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife Management

How to Become a Wildlife Biologist

For the longest time, I wanted to be a medical doctor. The plan was pretty simple—bust ass through years of school and sleepless nights, score a high-paying job fixing up elite athletes, and retire early. At that point, I could hunt and fish when I wanted, where I wanted. It seemed like a pretty...
What Colors do Fish Actually See?

Fishing

What Colors do Fish Actually See?

A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a well-stocked tackle shop and… And well, that’s it. That’s the joke. With recent supply chain issues and the omnipresent digital shopping environment, a trip to your local sporting goods store is liable to yield a lure selection which at best might be...
The Salmon Paradox: Understanding Management and Responsible Consumption

Conservation

The Salmon Paradox: Understanding Management and Responsible Consumption

One month? That’s right folks, one month. We are exactly one month out from Fat Bear Week. Not to be confused with your weekly episode of the Bear Grease Podcast, Fat Bear Week is an annual contest in Katmai National Park that pits their well-known brown bears against each other in a bracket-style...
How to Catch Big Lake Trout in Shallow Water

Freshwater

How to Catch Big Lake Trout in Shallow Water

Two days ago, I noticed the first tinge of yellow hue encroaching into the of birch tree foliage here in interior Alaska. In less than a week I’ll be staring out on a growing landscape of yellows and reds during my first big game hunt of the year, looking for caribou and lake trout. Yes, it’s still...
The Greatest Sportfish You’ve Never Heard Of

Freshwater

The Greatest Sportfish You’ve Never Heard Of

You might be skeptical about this title. Hell, I would be too, but hear me out. The greatest North American sportfish you’ve never heard of? The inconnu. No need to “bless me,” that wasn’t a sneeze. Inconnu, defined by Merriam-Webster as an “unknown person or thing,” is also the common name given to...
How to Catch and Cook Arctic Grayling

Freshwater

How to Catch and Cook Arctic Grayling

Arctic grayling are often described as one of, if not the most beautiful freshwater sportfish in North America, and with good reason. There are six species of grayling worldwide, but Arctic grayling are the only ones found in North America. Their bodies exhibit hues of silver and purple that...
A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

Saltwater

A Biologist and a Commercial Fisherman Review 'Seaspiracy' Documentary

About one minute into the recent high-profile docu-drama “Seaspiracy,” the director and host Ali Tabrizi hits us with a motion graphic of a whale taking a watery excretion along with the following statement: “When dolphins and whales return to the surface to breathe, they fertilize tiny marine...