The Colorado State University Student Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society is a nonprofit, student run organization. The mission of the CSU Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is to enhance the education and professional development of its members to help them become leading fisheries professionals dedicated to advancing the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems.  Officially, we are a sub-unit of the Colorado Wyoming Chapter and national organization of the American Fisheries Society. Our by-laws can be found HERE.

Join AFS! Our current members are a very social group and represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Only minimal membership dues are required and students are welcome to join at any club event.  Benefits of becoming a member include updates and invites to AFS events, fishing tips, career networking opportunities, presentations from leading fishery industry professionals, and discounted membership in the national chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Becoming involved with the American Fisheries Society is an excellent opportunity to meet new people with the same interests. AFS members can participate in exciting events including habitat restoration projects, group fishing trips, the annual College Lake fishing derby, snorkeling local river systems, Western Division of the AFS meetings, the Colorado/Wyoming AFS meeting, and community events.

CLUB MEETINGS:  Both undergraduate and graduate students that attend meetings can meet experts in every area of fisheries and aquatic biology, and acquire information about academic and professional opportunities. Meeting Schedule for Fall 2017 can be found HERE.

LIVE AQUARIUM DISPLAYS: CSU AFS manages four live aquarium displays to help raise awareness and improve education about aquatic species and their habitats. The aquariums are located in the Wagar Building at CSU and include a tropic community fish display, a Colorado native fish display, a Colorado native amphibian display, and a Colorado endangered species display. Check out our display education posters and stop by Wagar Building next time you are on campus.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLYCASTERS: For students that are particularly interested in flyfishing, feel free to check out Trout Unlimited’s Rocky Mountain Flycasters. RMF holds monthly meetings with fly tying demos and speakers, along with restoration and community outreach opportunities; all in which CSU AFS members are welcome to attend. For more information check out their website.


Tim D’Amico, President

I earned a B.A. (2013) in Environmental Studies from Gonzaga University, after which I worked for Colorado Parks & Wildlife as a native aquatic species technician. I am currently working for the Colorado Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit as a graduate research assistant and I am finishing my M.S. in Fisheries Science studying the ecology of Stonecats, a small bodied native catfish. As a graduate student, I took the opportunity to teach a number of undergraduate courses, including Ichthyology and Fisheries Science and have since developed a passion for teaching. My research interests include native game and non-game fisheries. Being an AFS member has afforded me a number of opportunities at the subunit, state and divisional level, and as such I am honored to be elected president of the CSU AFS Subunit and eager to give back to a professional society that has positively impacted my career.


Katie Rohwer, Vice President

Born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado I grew spending my weekends camping and fishing across the state.  I am majoring in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Fisheries and should graduate in December of 2018. I joined the CSU student chapter of AFS in 2014 and quickly found my passion for fisheries research.  I have worked as a field technician for the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit sampling Brook Trout in Rocky Mountain National Park; from this research I was given the opportunity to present a poster at the 2015 Colorado Wyoming Parent Chapter meeting.  From contacts I meet at the parent chapter meeting I was hired as an aquatic field technician for Colorado Parks and Wildlife out of Gunnison the summers of 2015 and 2016. I have been thankful to have worked during semesters in the Fisheries Ecology Lab and the Fish Physiology Lab helping with graduates student research.  I was the treasure of the student chapter during the 2015-2016 year and am excited to be vice president for the 2017-2018 year.


Sandra Hargraves, Student Liaison

I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I spent my weekends fishing with my dad in freshwater ponds. I transferred to Colorado State University with an Associates of Science and I am currently working on her Bachelors Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I have worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a seasonal employee and I volunteer with their annual walleye spawn in Pueblo State Park. Recently I have begun working for the Colorado State University Fish Larval Lab doing summer work on the Yampa and Green rivers monitoring the Colorado Pikeminnow spawn. In my free time, I enjoy fly fishing in the varies rivers and lakes around Colorado.


Eric Cristan, Secretary

Growing up in St. Paul Minnesota, there was no shortage of lakes and streams to play in. I grew a deep passion for fishing, and after high school I began taking an interest in chasing salmonids on the fly. There was no shortage of snow growing up either, and I have always been passionate about snowboarding as well. It became obvious that Colorado was where I wanted to be. After making the move, I attended school at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, where I completed my Associate of Arts degree, and realized that I could turn my passions into a career. CSU seemed like the perfect place to do so, and I am hoping to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I was lucky enough to work with the CSU Larval Fish Laboratory this past summer as a fisheries technician, and I hope to continue working with them in the future. My current interests are in native fish restoration, stream ecology, and anadromous fishes.


Austin Smith, Treasure

My hometown is Bismarck, North Dakota. As I grew up, I became more and more obsessed with fishing and the outdoors, so after my Sophomore year, I transferred into CSU’s Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program from NDSU. It is now my senior year, the past summer I worked for the CSU/USGS Coop and was a part of the AFS Mentorship Program under Boyd Wright (ask about it). Post-graduation I hope to work in fisheries in some capacity and attend grad school – (in no particular order).


Michael Miller, Aquarium Curator

Currently, I’m expected to graduate spring of 2018, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, coupled with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. My fascination for aquatic ecosystems started while growing up in the town of Carbondale, Colorado next to the Roaring Fork River, and has continued to mature at CSU. Recently, I was voted to be Tank Curator for the American Fisheries Society, CSU chapter, and have been nominated to lead an undergraduate research study on Northern Pike, (Esox lucius) at CSU. Furthermore, I have been working part time for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as an Aquatic Laboratory Technician, for the state’s cold water lake and reservoir research scientist, Dr. Adam G. Hansen. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue graduate school to link my education with a scientific research facility or agency that stimulates progressive solutions to the most pertinent environmental problems. Ultimately, my long term goals are to either become an aquatic research scientist, aquatic biologist, hydrologist, educator, or anything that can positively impact humanity or strengthen the beautiful world we live in today.


Kristin Hall, Assistant Aquarium Curator

I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but coming from a military family I moved from place to place. I’ve spent most of my life in Texas and Colorado; but no matter where I was, I always loved the natural beauty in animals, particularly in fish. I came to Colorado State University from Colorado Springs with a Zoology degree in mind, but I found my passion within the Warner College of Natural Resources. I transferred into The Warner College with plans to work on a Human Dimensions of Natural Resource degree with a minor in Fisheries. As an Assistant Aquarium Curator I help in managing the tanks, which is a dream because I hope to get in to a career with fish culture in mind. I try to keep myself well rounded in animal husbandry and have worked or volunteered for; The Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, Museum of Discovery, Quatrix, and La Roca Range. I have worked closely in fish culture, raptor rehabilitation, bottle-raising fawns, and working on displays for reptiles and amphibians. After graduating, I aspire to join The Peace Corps to help manage and protect coastal areas from man-made and natural threats, as well as to inspire conservation ideals within the people. When I return (or if I don’t make it into The Peace Corps) I want to work with threatened and endangered fish breeding and conservation programs or work in the ornamental fish trade. I plan to return to school to work on a Masters after taking a break from school for a few years so I can continue to pursue the things I love!

Dr. Chris Myrick, Faculty Advisor
Entering the field of fisheries biology allowed me to parlay my enthusiasm for fish and fishing into a professional career.  I received my B.S. (1992) in Resource Management with a Fisheries emphasis from U.C. Berkeley, and my M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1998) in Ecology with an emphasis in fish physiological ecology from U.C. Davis.  I have been on the faculty at CSU since 2000, and have developed a highly-applied research program that focuses on fish passage and barrier design, aquaculture, the management of invasive aquatic species, and finding novel ways to improve undergraduate exposure to fisheries research.  While I thoroughly enjoy research, my passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of fisheries biologists is second only to my passion for fishing, so working with the students in the CSU AFS Student Subunit since 2000 has been both enjoyable and rewarding.

Spring 2018 Semester

January 25th: Kevin Gelwicks

February 8th : Steve Hokansson

February 22nd: College Lake CSU AFS (Flyer)

February 27th-March 1st: CO/WY AFS Annual Meeting

March 8th: Chris Craft

March 29: Coy Wiley

April 12th: Kyle Battige

April 26th: College Lake CSU AFS

April 28th: Evan Lefort College Lake Fishing Derby

Click HERE for the flyer.


kid_pic_fall_derby_14fish.jpgEach year the CSU Student Chapter of AFS puts on a fishing derby at College Lake, hosting anglers from around the region for some of the best bass and pike fishing in Northern Colorado. Ticketed participants are allowed access to an otherwise restricted lake for this one-day event. Prizes are awarded for the largest bass, largest pike, most fish caught, most inches caught, largest pike on a fly rod, and smallest fish caught.


This year is the 33rd Evan Lefort Memorial Fishing Derby! The derby date Saturday April 28, 2018.

Derby tickets sales are TBA. Limit 1 ticket per person.

Click HERE for the flyer.

College Lake Fishing Derby Rules: Click HERE

Stay tuned for more details here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages!!!

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Instagram: afs_colostate


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