Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater....Know Grizzler
That cutthroat eat smolt is simply a fact. I don't think anyone is proposing removing them, as they're both native and a valuable fishery which is also put at risk by the invasive spiney rays.
I love bass fishing, but aside from impacts on the somewhat questionable salmon hatchery, there's also the very threatened native and unique kokanee populations in Lake Samm to consider.
Perch and rock bass populations in Sammamish have exploded, also, and are potentially a bigger problem than the LM/SM.
They have taken a few larger cutts in their net fishing. I guess those would be considered bycatch.
I don’t think anyone is proposing to remove them as well, but they always manage to take blame for eating smolts or for the decline in salmon numbers in just about every article regarding this subject. It just seems ridiculous to me that they continue to point fingers at native cutts for doing what they naturally do.....