A day on the Sandusky

Brian Zimmerman, a research associate at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, explains electro-fishing before taking his boat into the Sandusky River last Saturday during a Fish of the Sandusky program on the grounds of Tiffin-Seneca Izaak Walton League.

He uses a portable shocker, which provides enough power to stun fish but is safe for people wearing waders walking the water.

Next on the right, the group of people taking part in the workshop gather around a trough where the fish caught during the electro-fishing were placed for study. Zimmerman looked at each fish to identify it and show people what to look for when making IDs.

Bryan Kinter (left), fish biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, talks with Ken Baker, scientist, retired biology professor and A-T columnist.

Christina Kuchle (right), Ohio Scenic Rivers program manager for the Sandusky and Maumee rivers for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and one of Zimmerman’s assistants look at a small fish in a display box. Kuchle hosted the event.

Zimmerman (right) and assistant Steven Lynn, an environmental science student at Owens Community College, compare two species of redhorse sucker. The Sandusky River is the only river with six species of redhorse sucker, some of which are endangered. The short fishing trip yielded five of the six species.

Zimmerman points out characteristics of a fish.

Zimmerman and his assistants net fish during electro-fishing.

Two assistants carry the cooler of fish from the boat to the top of the hill where people could see the catch.