Video: Searching for Spring’s Spawning Suckers

Happy Fish Fry Day! Just like many Wisconsin restaurants, we’ve got fish on the menu today. The special? Suckers with a side of steelhead. Watch as CFL graduate student, John Rodstrom, and post-doc, Allison Moody, search for suckers in a Read More …

Rare “Double Mirage” on Lake Mendota Explained

Back in December, some unique circumstances caused an odd stratification of temperatures above the still-open waters on Lake Mendota. With the water keeping air near its surface right around 32 Fahrenheit, but an Arctic blast bringing quite cold temperatures into Read More …

Lake Mendota: A Scientific Biography

How did we miss this excellent feature on Lake Mendota and the CFL? We have no idea, but better late than never – enjoy! By: Masarah Van Eyck From the window of his second-story office overlooking Lake Mendota, Steve Carpenter can Read More …

Fish Fry Day Redux: Video of Smallmouth Bass Begging for Samples

While you’d be right in accusing us of “mailing it in” in this week’s version of the “Fishes of Wisconsin” challenge, we’ll make it up to you by presenting not one, but two cool underwater videos of smallmouth bass doing Read More …

It’s Spring 2016! Help Us Monitor Mendota’s Clear-Water Phase

Last year at this time, we asked you to help us monitor Lake Mendota, as we worried that we’d missed its “clear-water” window. We’re happy to report that, in 2016, we’re nearing a 6 meter Secchi depth and seeing lots Read More …

Fish Fry Day: Getting “Biggest Bang for Your Buck” in Conservation

by Kelly April Tyrrell A few years ago, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology created the first map of all the road crossings and dams blocking the tributary rivers that feed the five Great Lakes. These tributaries Read More …

Fish Fry Day Video: Ice Fishing in Madison, Wisconsin

Andrew Stevens is a graduate student working on a master’s degree both with Pete McIntyre in Freshwater and Marine Sciences as well as the Water Resources Management Program here at UW-Madison. He’s also an avid ice angler and handy with Read More …

Field Samples: Restoring the Flow for Great Lakes’ Migratory Fishes

Field Samples is a weekly Q&A asking researchers what they’ve been up to and what they’ve learned. Today, post doctoral researcher, Allison Moody, talks dams, road culverts and getting migratory fish moving again. Who are you, where are you from, and how Read More …

Clear-Water Phase: Are We Missing Lake Mendota’s Window?

Over the last two weeks, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa, and Lake Kegonsa have all entered into their annual rite of spring’s clear-water phase. Lake Mendota, however, remains a murky mystery. Why are the downstream Yahara lakes so clear, when the Read More …