The problem is they feed on the endangered salmon and delta smelt that are native to the lakes. They were introduced into lakes for sport in the last 19th century. Many still fight to keep their populations high because they are a popular sport fish, even though it’s at the expensive of other species.
The California Department of Fish and Game acnknowledge that striped bass predation accounts for the loss of a significant number of protected, native salmon. They estimate the the take could be as high as 25-50 percent of both the endangered Sacramento River winter-run and the threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon. Striped bass predation has been an increasingly identified problem behind salmon and delta smelt fishery declines.
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