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. The meeting Schedule for Fall 2018 can be found below or on AFS board in Wagar.

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.


Kevin Fitzgerald, Student President

My name is Kevin Fitzgerald, and I am very excited to be serving as the CSU AFS student president for the 2019-2020 academic year. It is my goal to offer our members the highest quality professional networking and undergraduate research opportunities possible. As a rising senior in the Fisheries program, I am excited to use my knowledge and professional connections to benefit other undergraduates pursuing fisheries degrees. I currently work with Dr. Yoichiro Kanno as an undergraduate researcher in the Stream Fish Ecology Lab. My project there uses otolith microstructure in young-of-year Masu Salmon and White-Spotted Char to explore the relationship between age and size distribution within populations. My findings will hopefully have implications to habitat use in a physically heterogeneous system. This past summer I worked in Yellowstone with researchers from Idaho State University. There, I helped examine differences in aquatic food webs driven by behavioral changes in elk which have occurred post wolf reintroduction. After this year, I plan to enter a graduate position in aquatic ecology and would like to work in conservation long-term. With my limited free time, you can find me fishing, camping, hiking, and tying flies. If you need anything, always feel free to hit me up.

Chandler Mischen Gazzo, Vice President

Welcome River Rat People!! My name’s Chandler Mischen Gazzo and I am the Vice President of  the chapter this school year. I am a 4th year student here at CSU studying ESS with a minor in Fisheries. Let me know if you’re trying to smoke Lake Trout this winter!!



Sasha Maxey, Treasurer

My name is Sasha Maxey from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a fourth year undergraduate at CSU studying Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. My favorite fish is a Muskellunge, among other predatory fish. A few of my fisheries interests include the application of aviation in fisheries, centrarchid movement in riverine systems, and water quality/fisheries management in the greater Lake Erie drainage.



Katie Hutson, Lead Aquarium Curator

My name is Katie Hutson and I love the outdoors. I love hunting and fishing in my free time. I have a lot of animals and I love having fish tanks around me at all times. The aquarium hobby has been a part of my life since I was about 5 years old. I have a pug and two little black cats that I love to death. I love to experience the outdoors and animals and I love to share my knowledge about them with other people.



Ike Thibedeau, Secretary

I grew in Nederland, Colorado which is a small mountain town located west of Boulder. From a young age, I loved to fish and play outside. This love for the outdoors is why I am at Colorado State University. I am currently a Senior at CSU pursuing a degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with a concentration Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I am also perusing a minor in Ecological Restoration. The past two field seasons I have been privileged enough to work as a field technician for the Larval Fish Laboratory based out of CSU. As a technician I worked on the Green River and Yampa River gather data on native fish species in aide of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. I hope to use my degree in the future to do work in conservation of Native fish species. I want to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same outdoor and fishing experiences I have been able to take pleasure in.

Lindsey Roberts, Assistant Aquarium Curator

My name is Lindsey Roberts, I am a junior studying Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I enjoy hiking, fishing, hammocking, and spending time with friends and family. With an increasing and developing interest for fisheries, I hope to continue learning about marine and freshwater habitats even after my time at CSU.



Chris Lee, Student Liasion

Hello all, my name is Chris Lee. I am your 2019-2020 academic year student liaison for the CSU American Fisheries Society student chapter. I’m a double concentration FWCB major; Wildlife Biology and Fisheries/Aquatic Sciences. I have been hunting and fishing all my life and have a great passion for the outdoors and spending time in the backcountry. I’m a big game hunting guide and ice fishing fanatic. Currently, I’m a graduate aquatic research technician for the CSU CO-OP unit. My interests are working with population and community dynamics, diseases, and fish physiology. I graduate in May of 2020 and plan to continue my education in aquatic sciences. Furthermore, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at

Dr. Yoichiro Kanno, Faculty Advisor
Hi all, my name is Dr. Yoichiro Kanno, I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I developed my enthusiasm for fish as a kid by going saltwater fishing and keeping tropical fish tanks at home. I received my B.A. (law) in Japan, M.E.S. (environmental studies) in Canada and Ph.D. in natural resources at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CSU in Fall 2017, I was a faculty member at Clemson University, South Carolina. I study stream fish ecology and conservation, with a broad interest in genetics,  behavior, population and community dynamics, and landscape ecology. My current research projects are located not only in Colorado, but also in the eastern USA and Japan. I have worked with undergraduate students on research projects and look forward to working with members of the CSU AFS Student Subunit on local aquatic research and outreach issues.

Spring 2020 Semester

January 30th: Matt Fairchild: Greenback Cutthroat Trout recovery in the upper Poudre River

February 12th: (Wednesday at 5:30) Lusha Tronstad and Dominique Lujan: Current aquatics research of the UW Invertebrate  Zoology Program

February 27th: No Meeting: Subunit is attending CO/WY Parent Chapter Meeting

March 12th: Casey Barby: Graduate work on Harmful Algal blooms and impacts to lake biota in Honduras.

March 26th: Brendon Sucher: Hatchery contributions to anadromous fisheries in Idaho, thermal tolerance of assorted Cutthroat Trout strains in CO, and general career insights for recent fisheries graduates.

April 9th: Kurt Fausch: Exploring the mystery of charrs: zoogeography, ecology, and evolution of Dolly Varden and whitespotted charr in Hokkaido, northern Japan

April 23rd: Running Rivers: NGO conservation and citizen involvement in SW CO

May 7th: CPW Speaker TBD

Each year the Colorado State University Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society puts on two fishing derbies 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 the Fall Kids Derby will be held on TBD 2019.

Derby ticket sales will be held on TBD 2019.

Click HERE for the kids derby flyer.


This year is the 34th annual Evan Lefort Memorial Fishing Derby!

The derby date April 27th, 2019.

Derby tickets sales are TBD.

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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