Illinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com
RulesIllinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::

Scattershooting

Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::


Print

Green sunfish. Photos by Chris Young.

Photo essay: A matter of scale

October 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM

The State Journal-Registerr

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.

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



Redear sunfish



Channel catfish



Hybrid sunfish



White bass



Black crappie (above) and white crappie



White bass tail



Yellow bass



Onboard photo studio

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Ill. otters exposed to long-banned chemicals

Previous entry: McClelland newest DNR fisheries biologist

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

April 2017
S M T W T F S
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons