Beneath the Surface: A Natural History of a Fisherman's Lake [NOOK Book]

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Each summer millions experience the beauty of America's lakes--the whirl of sights and sounds as boats cut through the water and birds call to each other from surrounding trees. Now biologist and ichthyologist Bruce M. Carlson takes nature lovers to the side of the lake that few will experience firsthand--a dynamic world where fish feed and spawn, loons dive deep to snap up perch, and light disappears one wavelength at a time before reaching the ink-blue bottom.With clear-eyed and engaging prose, Beneath the ...
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Beneath the Surface: A Natural History of a Fisherman's Lake

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Overview

Each summer millions experience the beauty of America's lakes--the whirl of sights and sounds as boats cut through the water and birds call to each other from surrounding trees. Now biologist and ichthyologist Bruce M. Carlson takes nature lovers to the side of the lake that few will experience firsthand--a dynamic world where fish feed and spawn, loons dive deep to snap up perch, and light disappears one wavelength at a time before reaching the ink-blue bottom.With clear-eyed and engaging prose, Beneath the Surface explores the inner workings of Ten Mile Lake in Cass County, Minnesota. And from this intimate study, complemented by elegantly detailed illustrations in pencil, ink, and watercolor, we learn how the physical characteristics of a lake affect the plants and animals within it and how the various forms of life inhabiting a lake interact.Carlson explores how the dynamics of a lake shift from day to night and from season to season. He outlines the effects of a storm on the wildlife below and reveals what the loon's four main types of calls communicate. He explains the impressive intricacies of a beaver's lodge design. And through special chapters that reveal the rhythms and constraints of various species of fish, Carlson shows anglers how to hone techniques to heighten fishing success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873516563
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce M. Carlson regularly contributes articles to In-Fisherman magazine that integrate scientific principles with fishing techniques. He has been fishing and studying Ten Mile Lake since 1955.

Bruce Granquist specializes in ecological illustrations and cartography.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Setting the Stage     3
The Lake on a Summer's Day     17
The Lake on a Summer's Night     37
Dwarf Ciscoes and Whitefish     55
Walleyes and Perch     71
Northern Pike     93
Bass     103
Panfish     129
Fish Senses     141
Loons     159
Beavers, Muskrats, and Otters     173
The Lake throughout the Seasons     189
The Future of North Country Lakes     209
Appendixes     231
Glossary     237
Further Reading     243
Index     247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

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    I have been staying on and fishing Ten Mile lake since 1973. When I read from these pages, it's almost like an old friend is sitting across the room from me having a wonderful chat. I purchased this book the 2 weeks ago, and I have already read it twice! This book especially helps those who like to fish, I know it helped me understand what the walleyes do after the post-spawn period.

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    Posted June 24, 2007

    Can't put it down!

    I truly enjoy this book. The text and illustrations are second to none.

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