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Thursday, December 29, 2016

25 Years of Underwater Fish Photography

2017 will mark the start of my 25th year of photographing fish in their underwater homes. I'm grateful for the chance to act as a partner to my subjects. By documenting fish and their world, I hope to inspire you to join me in protecting the freshwater ecosystems that we love.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Big Bass Underwater-New HD Video in Stunning Clarity

Compilation of the biggest smallmouth bass we saw in 2016, while filming underwater in the pristine lakes of northern Wisconsin.  You'll see 21 giant bass in under sixty seconds, all filmed underwater in their natural habitat in stunning HD clarity.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The First Woman to Dive All 50 States Is Now Shooting For Us!

photo by Aaron Bates
Today, we're genuinely excited to welcome Jennifer Idol to the "dream team" of the best freshwater fish photographers in the country.  Jennifer is the first woman to dive all 50 states and is author of An American Immersion. She’s earned more than 27 certifications and has been diving for 20 years. Her photography and articles are widely published in periodicals such as DIVER, Sport Diver, Alert Diver, and SCUBA Diving. The Lake Murray Wildlife Museum, Jacob's Well Natural Area, and Texas Association of REALTORS feature her work in permanent installations. Her design firm, The Underwater Designer, specializes in design and photography services for water-related themes.   

Jennifer travels the country and takes outstanding fish photos in lakes and rivers across the USA.  You can view her underwater images in our new Jennifer Idol gallery here.  Her images are now available for commercial and editorial licensing from Engbretson Underwater Photography.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Great Christmas Gift Idea for Fisherman

Looking for a great stocking stuffer this Christmas?  Check out the In-Fisherman 2017 wall calendar.  It's only $12.95 including shipping.  To order online, just go to the In-Fisherman online store at https://store.intermediaoutdoors.com/products.php?product=2017-In%252dFisherman-Calendar

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Where to Look on Your Boat Dock for Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels will attach to any hard, solid substrate in lakes. In this video, you'll see how they colonize a boat dock. When inspecting docks, be sure to check the dock posts, especially the side that receives the most shade. Chains and cables used to anchor swim platforms are also magnets for zebra mussels.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Prettiest Underwater Video of Smallmouth Bass!

Smallmouth Bass are amazing fish and I wanted to show them in all their magnificence, in a very high quality underwater HD video.  I’ve looked at many videos of Smallmouth Bass and none of them truly convey the grace and beauty of this fish and the stunning splendor of their underwater habitat.  This is my video tribute to Smallmouth Bass.  I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Video: Wolf-Packs of Big Bass Underwater

By autumn, some lakes have developed mats of filamentous algae on the lake floor. This tapestry provides cover for crayfish, sculpins and darters who can move around undetected.... they think.  During this time, bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) will form large schools, roaming the lake floor looking for the smallest movement that would give away the location of their prey. These "wolf packs", or pods of bass that hunt together are always on the move and patrol the same areas on a daily basis, almost like a milk run.  It's believed by tournament bass fisherman that September is a key time when wolf-packs form.  In this HD underwater video, you'll see how wolf-packs of bass hunt.  (Engbretson Underwater Video.)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

2017 In-Fisherman Calendar - Outdoor Sportsman Group Online Store

2017 In-Fisherman Calendar - Outdoor Sportsman Group Online Store

2017 In-Fisherman Calendar

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For nearly four decades, In-Fisherman has worked with the industry's finest underwater photographers to help increase angler's understanding of fish and their environments. For this calendar, we present photos of 13 species from six leading photographers like Bill Lindner, Patrick Clayton, Eric Engbretson, Roger Peterson, Jeff Simpson and Paul Veschi. Enjoy these wonderful photos done by outstanding photographers in the 2017 In-Fisherman Calendar.

Friday, August 26, 2016

In Fisherman 2017 Fish Calendar On Sale Now

We're thrilled to have partnered with In Fisherman on their 2017 wall calendar.  Art director Chuck Beasley has put together a truly wonderful fish calendar using a great many of our images to create a gift that will look great on the wall of your den or cabin.  The calendar is for sale now for $12.95 and can be purchased online from In-Fisherman or at Amazon.
Product Description: "For nearly four decades, In-Fisherman has worked with the industry's finest underwater photographers to help increase angler's understanding of fish and their environments. For this calendar, we present photos of 13 species from six leading photographers like Bill Lindner, Patrick Clayton, Eric Engbretson, Roger Peterson, Jeff Simpson and Paul Vecsei. Enjoy these wonderful photos done by outstanding photographers in the 2017 In-Fisherman Calendar."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Underwater Video: Largemouth Bass Under Large Pine Tree

When large trees fall into our lakes, they create dynamic homes for a variety of fish.  In this clip you'll see how largemouth bass and panfish relate to this kind of important cover.  Filmed in Northern Wisconsin.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New! Rare Images of Arctic Char Underwater

Just added to our stock collection are some brand new and amazing pictures of Arctic Char from our top-gun, Paul Vecsei.   Paul has just returned from an epic journey to the icy streams of the arctic circle to beautifully photograph these gorgeous fish in their natural habitat.   No other freshwater fish is found as far north.  See all of Paul Vecsei's fantastic fish photography in our Paul Vecsei gallery on this site.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

America Shad-New Underwater Pictures

Our Sean Landsman has been busy lately photographing some of the hard-to-shoot native fish of the North Atlantic Coast.  He's taken some beautiful new images of American Shad along with some interesting pictures of endangered Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon.  We're really pleased to add these news species to our ever-expanding collection of underwater fish images.  Sean's doing some great work and you can view all his images in our Sean Landsman Gallery.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rainbow Smelt Underwater Photos

The spring smelt run is underway along many parts of the Atlantic coast and we've added some cool new images of  Rainbow Smelt to our collection.  Our Sean Landsman, has expertly taken some dynamic, new images of these migrating fish including some attractive over/under shots.  You can view all his images in our Sean Landsman Gallery.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Northern Pike Spawning

Today we've added some amazing new Northern Pike pictures to our library of fish photography.  Viktor Vrbovsky, one of our top photographers has been busy this spring working in very cold water to photograph spawning northern pike.  In these photos, large females are accompanied by two or more smaller males in this annual spring ritual that's rarely seen because it so often occurs under the ice.  You can see all of Viktor's underwater fish photography, including his excellent new Northern Pike pictures in our Viktor Vrbovsky Gallery.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Minnows & Bass Underwater Video

In this short clip you'll see how a large school of minnows attract the attention of a group of largemouth bass.  A beneath-the-surface view of fish life and the close interaction between predator and prey.  Underwater HD footage.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

What Are Wisconsin's Clearest Lakes? 2015

Time for my annual list of the clearest lakes in Wisconsin.  Every year, I consult with Jennifer Filbert at the Wisconsin DNR.  Jennifer manages the data for the state-wide citizen's lake monitoring group.  They're a network of individuals, usually lake-front property owners who monitor and regularly take a variety of water samples from lakes all across Wisconsin.  The data they compile helps to give us a look at how our lakes are doing. One of the many tasks lake monitors perform is to take regular sechi disc readings.  This is a universal way of assessing and comparing water clarity.  I'm always interested in knowing which Wisconsin inland lakes are the clearest.  Every year, Jennifer sends me a spreadsheet of some really comprehensive data that I'm happy to share with you.  Here are  the lakes that recorded the highest average water clarity in 2015. In short-here are Wisconsin's clearest inland lakes and their average water clarity in 2015:

1)   Black Oak Lake, Vilas Co. 33 feet
2)   Whitefish Lake, Douglas Co. 30 feet
3)   Big Newton Lake, Marinette Co. 29 feet
4)   Pine Lake, Waukesha Co. 26 feet
5)   Sugar Camp Lake, Oneida Co. 25 feet
6)   Millicent lake, Bayfield Co. 25 feet
7)   Maiden Lake, Oconto Co. 25 feet
8)   Blue Lake, Oneida Co. 25 feet
9)   Smoky Lake, Vilas Co. 24 feet
10) Presque Isle Lake, Vilas Co. 24 feet

To see the lake list from 2014, click here.  For the lake list from 2013, click here.  And for the 2012 list of clear lakes, click here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Amazing Underwater Escapes

I've just put together another video clip.  In this one you'll see how large bass and walleye try to prey on crayfish and how they escape to live another day.  See the strategies they employ to evade capture.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Black Bullhead Underwater Video

Black Bullhead-The First 60 Days of Life:  Filmed over the course of 2 months, see black bullhead catfish move from fry stage to fingerlings.  After the eggs hatch, thousands of black bullhead fry fill the nest and are guarded diligently by the male.  Predation reduces their numbers, and by fall only a handful remain.  No longer under the protection of their parents, survivors from multiple nests begin to reform in large schools in shallow water, as a new year class of fish is created .  Unique, HD underwater video takes you below the surface to see black bullhead fry navigate the underwater landscape in their first few weeks of life.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Zebra Mussels Cover Lake Bottom

Underwater Video Footage Shows How Zebra Mussels Colonize a Lake and Attach to Rocks, Wood and Other Stable Habitat Elements on the Lake Floor.  Large Numbers of Zebra Mussels Filter Massive Amounts of Water Which Can Often Lead to Increased Water Clarity As Seen In This Video.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Artificial Fish Habitat or Fish Attractors: Which Do Fish Need and Why?

Artificial Fish Habitat or Fish Attractors: Which Do The Fish Need and Why?  First of its kind comparison of artificial fish attractors and artificial fish habitat, explaining what works best for fish reproduction, protection and sustainability of fisheries.

Newly placed, this Fishiding High Rise model towers 12 feet off the lake floor and will soon become a haven for fish in lakes where natural cover is at a premium.  (C)Eric Engbretson Photo

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Muskie Underwater Video

I just added a new video to my YouTube Channel.  This time, it's a short compilation clip of muskies I've encountered and photographed underwater.