Big fish have big appetites

This striped bass was captured during seasonal fish abundance monitoring in a Central Valley tributary, and it’s not the first one we’ve captured in this condition over the years. Striped bass are able to migrate between fresh and salt water, enabling them to exploit a variety of prey in different habitats.

On this morning a large school of striped bass were chasing a group of Sacramento suckers, which were jumping out of the water to escape the bass. Although this one captured a nice meal, in doing so made himself vulnerable to us. We released him without removing his meal.