Spavinaw walleye
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Posted on Wednesday Jan 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM  
Hello Kurt,

I have noticed the wildlife dept. has stocked 1.62 million walleye in Spavinaw in 2010 and 2011. It seems like a large number for a lake that size. Is the intent to stock down stream into Hudson? How long will it take for these fish to reach legal size?
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.
Posted on Thursday Jan 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM  
Thanks Kurt,
You guys and gals do a great job. I have gone out of state looking for greener pastures but there is still no place like home!
Posted on Thursday Jan 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM  
Kurt, I often fish the stretch of spavinaw creek between eucha and spavinaw. It's a nice stream for kayak fishing. Do you think the walleye will try to go upstream from spavinaw lake to spawn? If so, any idea around when they head up there (I know it's a multi factor deal, but generally speaking)?
Dave Dixon http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_199949940034100&ap=1
Posted on Thursday Jan 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM  
From what I know of walleye fishing in a similar set up in MO, fish could start showing up as early as the 3rd week of February maybe. Definitely looks like it would be a night time brave man's game. I've never heard anyone seeing many gigging up there. I'll ask around. They may not be talking.
Posted on Friday Jan 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM  
I would say your window for spawning walleye upstream would be in March. Early March probably more than late. That's when we do our walleye netting for brooders.
Posted on Friday Jan 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM  
Thanks guys! I think I'm going to give it a go this year...
Dave Dixon http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_199949940034100&ap=1
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