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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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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...
The History and Mystery of Hybrid Fishes

Freshwater

The History and Mystery of Hybrid Fishes

As co-hosts Miles Nolte and Joe Cermele discussed on a recent episode of the Bent Podcast, over the past decade biologists have discovered an average of two new species of freshwater fish each week. As a fisheries scientist myself, I always find these new discoveries interesting and exciting. But as...
Bar Room Banter: The Navy’s ‘Attack Dolphins’

Anthropology

Bar Room Banter: The Navy’s ‘Attack Dolphins’

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, mix yourself a glass of something good, and take notes as we look at the most badass sea creatures in the world. Sex, drugs, and...
Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

Ice Fishing

Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

My pearl white tube jig spiraled into the black abyss as I leaned over to turn on my flasher. The quiet hum of braided line free-spooling from my reel was quickly overtaken by the buzz emitted by the sonar. Or, maybe it was merely the audible buzz of my own excitement—the first drop of the morning...
Trash Fish Tuesday: The Pikeminnows

Freshwater

Trash Fish Tuesday: The Pikeminnows

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 the category of “trash fish,” a distinction that’s more than just semantic. Game fish are managed...
Understand Lateral Lines to Help You Catch More Fish

Gear

Understand Lateral Lines to Help You Catch More Fish

“Here’s a little song I wrote You might want to sing it note for note Don’t worry, be happy.” As 2020 careens toward its long-awaited end, lyrics from Bobby McFerrin’s 1980’s classic “Don’t Worry Be Happy” conjure a lightened mood and a mantra of hope. I mean, go ahead and try to read those lyrics...
Ask A Biologist: Do Pressured Fish Learn to Avoid Certain Lures?

Freshwater

Ask A Biologist: Do Pressured Fish Learn to Avoid Certain Lures?

I’ve never met an angler that wasn’t full of theories. In fact, the conversation during many fishing trips is often nothing but theories expanded upon as the day goes on. If the bass are hammering your lure, you’ll craft countless theories as to why, all aimed at making yourself look like the...
Big Lake, Big Fish? How Habitat Affects Fish Size and Numbers

Freshwater

Big Lake, Big Fish? How Habitat Affects Fish Size and Numbers

Sam Rayburn. Okeechobee. Castaic. Erie. St. Clair. Rainy. Lake of the Woods. Wollaston. Pyramid. True lunkers have long bestowed lure and lore to some of North America’s most esteemed lakes that are better described in hundreds of square miles than mere acres. Simply put, big waters have big...
Will New, Lower Panfish Bag Limits Mean Bigger Fillets?

Freshwater

Will New, Lower Panfish Bag Limits Mean Bigger Fillets?

Our small wooden pier creaked as I shuffled around in anticipation. Tense and excited, I focused intently on the Snoopy-shaped bobber drifting near the lily pads. I awkwardly held the butt of the rod, which was embossed with more Peanuts cartoon characters, and awaited instruction. While my dad...
Should You Fish for Spawning Bass? Conflicting Philosophies and Research

Wildlife Management

Should You Fish for Spawning Bass? Conflicting Philosophies and Research

There’s no easy way around it, the ethics of angling for spawning fish are murky and widely debated, especially when it comes to bass. We would all like to definitively settle the debate around fishing for spawning bass, particularly those on beds. Anglers want a clear-cut, “Yes, it’s okay to fish...