Green sunfish. Photos by Chris Young.
Photo essay: A matter of scale
October 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM
When the fish is in the boat, time is short to get the fish off the hook, snap a quick picture and slide it back into the water.
The State Journal-Registerr
Even if there was more time, there’s nothing less cooperative than a lively fish that wants to be anywhere but in your hand.
So when the Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists set out to conduct the annual lake surveys, a window of opportunity opens.
To get an idea of the health of local fish populations, biologists use a specially equipped boat that temporarily stuns fish so they can be netted, weighed and measured.
In those few moments before the fish snap out of their stupor, there is a chance to take a closer look.
These fish from Lake Springfield were photographed almost as soon as they plopped into the holding tank.
They were laid out on a piece of white foamcore to serve as a plain backdrop.
The “studio” was a spot at the back of the boat with the board balanced on the gas tank and sides of the boat.
Fish were returned to the water immediately after the brief photo session.
Bigmouth buffalo scales
Black crappie (above) and white crappie
White bass tail
Onboard photo studio