What will Chuck Madenjian find this year? Investigating the Gill Nets!
Back in late October, for about a week, Senior Fish Biologist with the USGS, Chuck Madenjian, sent me updates like this: "We are still watching the weather; must have a couple of consecutive fair-weather days." After all, when you are setting fishing nets for a research project, you are in fact a fisherman. You must capture the fish in order to study them and learn. And, without good weather the mission could be scrubbed because we all know this time of year "the skies of November turn gloomy."
Once the weather gave a nod to the researchers, the 101-foot long research Vessel, Sturgeon arrived in Paradise Bay on November 3rd after a good day of setting research nets in the Northern Refuge. (see page 13 map) The next day, the crew of the Sturgeon would "lift" the nets for a "status check" of Lake Trout Spawners.