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The State

With no opposition voiced by area fishermen, the state Department of Fish and Game ordered game fish removed and Lake Success east of Porterville poisoned to kill non-game “trash fish.” George Nokes, the department’s regional administrator, announced adoption of the plan after a public hearing in which no opposition was raised. That contrasted with stormy hearings before a massive fish kill last fall to eliminate predatory white bass from Lake Kaweah and 150 miles of downstream waterways. The kill is designed to improve the sports fishery that has declined dramatically in recent years because of drought conditions that officials say allow squaw fish, carp and other non-game species to thrive at the expense of trout and bass. Fish and Game biologists and volunteers will capture game fish in nets, through fishing tournaments or by electric stun prods.


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