Keystone and Arkansas River Stripers
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Posted on Sunday Jun 17, 2007 at 10:29 PM  
Kurt, did odwc make any conclusions on the striper tagging below the dam? I missed that, if there was. Also, what is the prognosis on the stripers in the lake(or is it about the same since the post glory days when half of Mannford was trolling a hellbender and jig).

Is there a special summer deeper water release at Keystone Dam to avoid summer kill in the lake? I haven't heard of a big die off in the lake for some time. Would tip my hat to odwc if you've taken care of that. Thanks for participating on here.
Posted on Monday Jun 18, 2007 at 8:37 AM  
The Arkansas River striper project has not been concluded yet. Final analysis and results will be completed this winter. What we do know is those fish move A LOT! Damming that river could be very costly to stripers. The striper fishery in the lake has been the same fo a long while. Some fish still do well in the lake, but not in large numbers. Anglers report catching stripers periodically, but the fishery has remained more or less stable for many years.

Our biologist for Keystone does a GREAT job working with the Corps and other regulating agencies. The summer water releases depend on water storage in the lake. But in general, the Corps has been really good in providing for the fishery in the lake as well as the tailwater fishery. Keystone has not stratified (different temperatures of water creating a thermocline) in recent years to my knowledge. Our guys have taken temperature readings through the entire water column and not seen a difference in temps. This means that the dissolved oxygen is also probably distributed evenly at all depths. This situation helps prevent summer kills.
Posted on Monday Jun 18, 2007 at 10:42 PM  
Does that mean odwc and the corps have a plan for Keystone stripers if it does stratify, which I suspect would be in a long 100+ degree daytime highs stretch with low precip and low lake levels. Thanks for the info and progress.

By the way, I was sort of awed with the trout habitat project and increasing some signifigant trout water below Broken Bow.
I wouldn't limit my thoughts on what odwc can do for a fishery with their sights set on it. Very creative and Impressive!
Posted on Tuesday Jun 19, 2007 at 9:07 AM  
I think our biologist at Keystone and the Corps operators have a plan to prevent fish kills. The Corps has been very good about keeping ODWC in the information loop and considering fish issues whenever possible. That is a credit to the relationships our Northeast biologists have developed with other agencies over time. The same is true for all our regional staffs working with other operators & agencies.

The Beavers Bend trout area is an impressive accomplishment indeed. Lost Creek (an entirely new stream) was created through the vision of our top-notch stream guys and unwavering support all the way up the administrative ladder. This project has been nominated for national awards. We appreciate the compliments and encourage all anglers to check it out and catch some fish there.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 19, 2007 at 9:12 PM  
Without sounding ungrateful to the corps, It took legal action to avoid fish kills below Kaw and use the guzzlers. Suppose that may have been due to ompa owning the discharge water rights. I'm sure many anglers are pleased to hear there is a plan for the summer striper suvivial in Keystone lake, even if the details are vague.

Thanks for speaking up for the Arkansas river stripers(in advance) and doing the tagging research. The Arkansas has a lot of untapped Striper potential all the way to Arkansas, in my opinion. There is even a thermal summer refuge, in the Lower Illinois, a special place to potentially grow 'em bigger than the truck.

With what has been done quite well on that trout program down below Broken Bow, ODWC has shown dreams are possible and there is room for creative thinking in fisheries. Keep 'em sharp and thanks again.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 19, 2007 at 10:42 PM  
I am unsure of all the details involved in these cooperations...I'm not a regional management biologist, so I don't deal with these issues nearly as much as our other biologists. I do know that the corps has taken ODWC recommendations into consideration and put many into effect to the benefit of fisheries both in the lake and tailwaters. The corps often gets a bad reputation among anglers, usually for past historical fish kills and such. But in reality, they are pretty good to anglers. We all have to remember that our reservoirs were built for flood control and water usage...not fishing. But over time these agencies acknowledged the importance of recreational fisheries and now understand their action or not. And with the help of angler groups, professional fisheries groups have the ability to place an economic value on fish and fisheries. And we all know money talks. So, look what we can accomplish by ALL working together towards common goals.

Of course, we won't have to go so far as to say hybrid anglers should get along with the bass tourney crowd! HaHaHa.
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