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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Freshwater

‘Cast and Blast’ Your Way Out of the Rut

The calendar suggests that November wasn’t long ago. For many deer enthusiasts, the only thing more distant than November’s end is its next beginning. Call it deer camp withdrawal, or perhaps more aptly, a deer camp hangover. Should you find yourself stricken by a case of early onset holiday blues...

Burbot

Trash Fish Tuesday: Burbot

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...

Freshwater Drum

Trash Fish Tuesday: Freshwater Drum

While the fog wisped off Kentucky Lake to reveal a rolling, silhouetted landscape, my mind remained socked in a haze. I was running so low on fumes  no energy drink could throttle me up. I tried—32 ounces worth. My tournament partner and I were, nevertheless, methodically casting along a flooded...

Bowfin

Trash Fish Tuesday: Bowfin

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...

Freshwater

Trash Fish Tuesday: Bigmouth Buffalo

Trash Fish Tuesday is a new project from the MeatEater Fishing Department investigating, explaining, and celebrating some of our misunderstood and under-appreciated native fishes.  There’s a whole lot more swimming around down there than bass, trout, walleye, and catfish. Just because you don’t know...