This module will cover basic fish biology and ecology, including form, anatomy, energetics, physiology, life history, populations, and communities. Also covered will be the common fishes of Montana as well as their status and trends. The module will conclude with a discussion of recreational fisheries science and specifically how it relates to catch and release practices.
Numerous individuals and sources have provided material for this module, and their contributions are acknowledged in the text and in the Resources section. This module just breaks the surface of the subject and students are encouraged to read the primary sources as part of their continuing education.
Outfitters and guides who are registered as students of the Guiding for the Future program are required to complete each module of the course. The course is available online 24/7, features short 'chapters' and includes a final test.