For some reason the camera has been zoomed in or something. It seems diffrent from a few weeks ago. If you look at it now though it is the same level that the striper is in. I really believe it is a real pic.
Its gotta be fake, look at the lighting. Those suckers have a serious glare on their sides because the light is shining directly at them. On the Striper the light source is from the top. In conclusion, a total photoshop fake, without a doubt.
along with the fact that the photo looks fake, why the hell would a 40"+ striper swim up the ladder? The ladder is at the very far end of the dam, and for a fish to get to it it would have to swim through some very fast water. The pic was taken at low tide, water temp in the hi 30's. No way a striper is going to be swimming up rapids (and at low tide it is rapids) in 38 degree water and find its way into an 8" thick crevice in the wall to get in the ladder. I dont even think a fish that size would fit through the slit in the wall and get into the ladder.
and as a side note, Ive been fishing that area since mid january and have not seen a fish caught in any kind of "swift" current yet.