Thank you very much for the information. Sounds like you’ve enjoyed some great fishing for this species!
An invasive species is any non-native species introduced, whether intentionally or unintentionally, into a new environment. The choice of species, stocking size, and location of stocking is based on the Division of Wildlife’s priorities for their fishing programs.
As Dave mentioned in a previous post, the challenge with stocking another top predator is that the species may interfere with our existing predator species, such as walleye. With the walleye fishery being such a valuable stock to maintain (both ecologically and economically) for the state of Ohio, options must be carefully weighed on which species to introduce or enhance alongside the species that are already in Lake Erie.
The ODNR – Division of Wildlife’s stocking website and updates can be found at: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/InlandFisheriesMgmt/stocking/tabid/22438/Default.aspx
Also, I found two interesting articles (from 1999) about stocking striped bass along the Atlantic coast. They provides additional history about the fishery and some of the challenges with stocking. You can find them at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/DocREC/1999/pdf/99_007e.pdfhttp://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/csas/status/1999/d3-22e.pdf