California aims to introduce anglers to warm-water sunfish

Photo: USFWS

California’s only native sunfish, the Sacramento perch, survived catastrophic floods in the 1860s and was so abundant that it was a regular staple in San Francisco’s markets before invasive species decimated its population.

Today, it is relegated to mostly isolated lakes, reservoirs, and ponds with few predators. But as the planet heats up and threatens many cold-water game fish species like trout, the Sacramento perch may be on the cusp of a comeback, thanks partly to its ability to tolerate warm water and extreme conditions.


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