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I Speak for the Fish

Read the latest column from Great Lakes Now contributor Kathy Johnson

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.

I Speak for the Fish: No petting for these cats
- by Kathy Johnson

Of the 46 species of catfishes found in North America, you can find only nine of them in the Great Lakes. In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson discusses encounters with some of them, including one of the rarest fish in Ontario.

I Speak for the Fish: Shell middens reveal interesting clues about the humble muskrat
- by Kathy Johnson

For the average curious person, an easy way to learn what some animals are eating is to find a riverbank midden – a pile of discarded shells located near the water’s edge where muskrat, mink or otter reside.

I Speak for the Fish: Mussel memory, the race to save an endangered species
- by Kathy Johnson

For eight hours each day, Kathy Johnson knelt in waist-deep water sorting a steady flow of material moving along a two-foot-wide conveyor belt. She was looking for treasure but not of the golden variety – her team was after an endangered freshwater mussel.

I Speak for the Fish: April showers bring vernal pools and baby salamanders
- by Kathy Johnson

Our first underwater shoot each spring begins with a long hike through a hardwood forest. Our high-definition underwater camera system and associated gear weigh in at close to 50 pounds, making the 3-mile trek more laborious.

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