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Each summer millions experience the beauty of America’s lakesthe 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 firsthanda 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 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.
Bruce M. Carlson regularly contributes articles to In-Fisherman magazine that integrate scientific principles with fishing techniques. He holds a masters degree in ichthyology and an MD-PhD with a focus on regeneration from the University of Minnesota. He has been fishing and studying Ten Mile Lake since 1955. Bruce Granquist specializes in ecological illustrations and cartography. His work has been widely published in Southeast Asia.
|Publisher:||Minnesota Historical Society Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
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
Fish Senses 141
Beavers, Muskrats, and Otters 173
The Lake throughout the Seasons 189
The Future of North Country Lakes 209
Further Reading 243
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
I truly enjoy this book. The text and illustrations are second to none.