Posted on Thursday Jan 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM
The walleye stocked in Spavinaw over the last 3 years (more were stocked in 2012) were part of my research project looking at walleye fry versus fingerling stockings in 4 lakes (Foss, Fort Supply, and Hefner are the other lakes). For 3 years I chemically marked walleye fry and fingerlings and stocked into lakes to see whether the small fry in large numbers or the larger fingerlings in smaller numbers produced the better walleye populaton. So far results have been mixed, some lakes seem to do better with fry and some better with fingerlings. But I am still working on the results and analysis.
After 3 years of stocking, I'm pretty sure that many of those fish leave Spavinaw (into the river and then to Hudson). A 3 year-old walleye should be over the legal length of 18 inches just about anywhere in the state. If I were an angler after walleye, I just might try to find a few of the Spavinaw escapees in the river, and also in Hudson.