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Blue Fish Radio: What we’re learning from tracking tagged bass

A conversation with Dr. Steven Cooke

New project is unlocking secrets of bass in Ontario’s Rideau watershed

Outdoor Canada is pleased to present Blue Fish Radio—podcasts about the future of fish and fishing in Canada. The program, produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther, is dedicated to sharing first-hand angling knowledge, scientific discoveries and supporting local champions who protect and enhance their waters.

In this episode, angler Dr. Steven Cooke (above), a professor and Canada Research Chair at Carleton University, brings Blue Fish Radio listeners up to date with the latest research on circle and barbless hooks, fish populations and managing fishing pressure. Dr. Cooke also discusses the Cooke Lab’s new initiative of tagging, tracking and monitoring small- and largemouth in Eastern Ontario’s Rideau watershed (below).

For the study to be successful, the Lab requires the assistance of anglers by participating in a 10-minute survey about their experience fishing the Rideau watershed. Take the Rideau Watershed Bass fishing survey at:

To hear the interview now, press PLAY below. To download this podcast to your device, go to the Blue Fish Radio home page.

Take the Rideau Watershed Bass fishing survey at:

 Find out more about Carleton University’s Cooke Lab at

Lawrence Gunther

Lawrence Gunther

Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Ottawa-based Lawrence Gunther, North America's only totally blind professional tournament angler, a popular motivational speaker and a celebrated conservationist. A lifelong outdoorsman, Lawrence has caught fish from coast to coast in Canada, and used his expertise in navigation technology to develop the world’s first Blind Fishing Boat. For more about Lawrence Gunther, visit his website.

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