August 29, 2009

Team building activities

blue sucker
The rare and highly elusive Blue Sucker, Cycleptus elongatus, captured courtesy of 2500 watts AC at 300 volts. This was one of several specimens electrofished for display at the Minnesota State Fair. I could not pass up a chance at viewing this clandestine fish; this species still remains off my lifelist and will likely stay that way. A true uncdercover brother.

lake sturgeon
Metro Fisheries staff seining Pond 6: the roughfisherman's wet dream. This pond houses the State Fair fish, and is home to several nice specimens of lake sturgeon, shovelnose sturgeon, paddlefish, and greater redhorse. For you haters out there, there are a bunch of gamefish species in there as well. The resident 60 pound flathead cat mysteriously vanished over the course of the year. Foul play is suspected.

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