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A scientist who studies aspects of various fish species, including their behavior, growth patterns, history and role within ecosystems.
Fishing a few times each week and closely observing the Crow through the seasons has made Jason want to become an ichthyologist. “I have a chance to actually change something” he observes. “I want to see what it would look like without human impairment. I don’t think it will ever be back to where it was before, but I think it can be fixed to a point where ti would be considered healthy. Becoming an ichthyologist would allow me to do stuff in South Fork of the Crow River, which is kind of daunting but cool at the same time.” While only seventeen, young people like Jason with personal connection to the water and a keen interest in conservation may find the success that has eluded the generations that came before them.

WHAT JASON FISHES FOR: Common Carp, Shorthead Redhorse, Channel Catfish, Suckers and occasionally gamefish such as Walleye and Northern Pike.

HIS FAVORITE PLACES TO FISH: The water is deeper at the outside bend in a river so it’s where most fish will be, as well as in eddies on places out of the current.

HIS BAIT: Jason uses worms to catch the biggest variety of fish on the river. Live minnows also work well for walleye in the spring and fall, while artificial lures also work for Northern Pike when the river is lower.

HIS ROD AND TACKLE: A normal spinning rod and a Carolina rig, which has a large weight above a foot-long leader with a hook below. This specific rig is designed to catch bottom feeding fish.