Simply Shocking

September 15, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Ever wonder how fish shocking works and why scientists believe it the best tool available for helping them measure the health of trout populations? Steve Benson gives the details in the Idaho Mountain Express. “The seemingly paralyzed fish are scooped up by net and transported to an oxygenated barrel of water in the canoe. Those fish that are not netted regain muscle use as soon as they are beyond the reach of the electrode current, which is about the length of a fly fishing cast.”