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I Speak for the Fish

Read the latest column from Great Lakes Now contributor Kathy Johnson

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I Speak for the Fish: Water snakes are spooktacular
- by Kathy Johnson

Fear of the natural world is often amplified underwater, and water snakes in particular are one of the species that can intimidate even the bravest of souls.

I Speak for the Fish: A Fish’s Shelf Life
- by Kathy Johnson

A private tour of the Royal Ontario Museum’s fish collection with its 1.5 million specimens, representing 7,500 species preserved in 110,000 jars.

I Speak for the Fish: A jarring look at gizzard shad
- by Kathy Johnson

In years past, acres of shad could be seen schooling just beneath Lake Erie’s surface. These days, schools large enough to block out the sun are a rare sight.

I Speak for the Fish: Taking the measure of a rainbow darter
- by Kathy Johnson

The rainbow darter is a tiny freshwater fish. Scale for scale, it’s as flamboyant as many colorful species living among coral reefs.

I Speak for the Fish: Not all lampreys are killers, but all are paying the price for their reputation
- by Kathy Johnson

Native lamprey species in the Great Lakes generally get reviled by association with sea lamprey even though they don’t normally kill their host fish.

I Speak for the Fish: Inside a trout feeding frenzy
- by Kathy Johnson

Gilboa Quarry is a popular Midwest dive destination with underwater attractions that include a helicopter, a plane and an aggressive school of rainbow trout.

I Speak for the Fish: How the round goby changed the Great Lakes, twice
- by Kathy Johnson

In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson looks at how, when and where round goby were first identified in the Great Lakes.

I Speak for the Fish: Playing peek-a-boo with the ducks
- by Kathy Johnson

An intuitive distrust of scuba divers reflects a key survival strategy of ducks and other waterfowl.

I Speak for the Fish: Logperch rocking, rolling and rebounding
- by Kathy Johnson

How the native smallmouth bass helped save logperch – the Great Lakes’ largest darter – from the invasive round goby.

I Speak for the Fish: Meeting the mysterious muskie
- by Kathy Johnson

Muskellunge are one of the Great Lakes top predators, and a species coveted by divers and sport fishermen alike.

I Speak for the Fish: Center stage alongside Great Lakes steelhead trout 
- by Kathy Johnson

As the year comes to a close, Kathy Johnson reminisces about the time she brought the Great Lakes to an international audience – and had them asking for more.

I Speak for the Fish: Teamwork, smooth swimming and other lessons from Great Lakes fish
- by Kathy Johnson

In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson talks about the tips she’s learned for navigating the waters from fish like walleye, sturgeon and gobies.

I Speak for the Fish: Setting sturgeon free
- by Kathy Johnson

In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson describes her encounters with baby sturgeon and reintroducing them to the Great Lakes watershed.

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