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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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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...
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...