When it comes to catching fish in a stream, Nevadan trout angler Steve MacMillan knows no bounds. He’ll climb any mountain, tread any path and wade through any churning body of water in pursuit of his quarry.
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But MacMillan is not just a fisherman. He’s essentially performing the work of a biologist as a volunteer. By diligently documenting the location, air and stream temperature, fish species, weight and length of every catch, MacMillan gives scientists an invaluable dataset to track and preserve fish populations where he goes.
MacMillan doesn’t just fish these streams. He studies them. He analyzes them. And after each trip, he presents his findings to state fisheries biologists.
He says he enjoys the scientific aspect of his trips as much as the fishing itself. “I like establishing data to show where certain populations are surviving.”