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Posted on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM  
Kurt,

I've been wondering about Notherns in Sooner for a while now. It seems as though they would be good fit and help with the white perch issue. Sooner seems well suited for them because of its grass beds and clear water. Would it just be too warm? I've been reading that mature adults can tolerate water warmer than 30 degrees C. I also found a USGS map from 2011 that showed them being present in Oklahoma and Texas with "HUC 8 level record",thats way over my head but I do know the were stocked in Carl Blackwell in the 70's with poor success Any thoughts? Thanks.
Posted on Monday May 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM  
Sooner would not be a good lake for pike of any kind given their intolerance of warm water.  Northern pike were present in a couple of OK lakes long ago (Vincent and Chambers I think), but never could sustain a population.  Even though adults might be able to survive a few years in our heat, that still is not feasible because how do we get adult pike to stock (since stocking fry or fingerlings would results in total mortality)?

I will throw one little nugget at you concerning this topic.  Some of the biologists at ODWC have had discussions recently with other states to see if we might be able to get our hands on some tiger muskies, thinking some of those far western small lakes might be a good fit for a unique angling opportunity.  We are still in the discussion stages though, so nothing is in the works just yet.
Posted on Monday May 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM  
Many, many years ago Northern Pike were stocked in little Lake Bixoma down by Leonard.  We caught a few but they eventually disappeared.  I don't know if ODWC stocked them or if it was the City of Bixby.  I don't mean to hijack this thread but what happened to the Walleye population in Lake Yahola.  I know there were several stockings in past years but I never hear of anyone catching any.  Maybe they are still there and those that are catching them are not talking.  I know they drew the lake down drastically a few years ago.  Maybe that killed them off.
Posted on Monday May 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM  
Thanks for the answer. Tiger Muskie... That would be cool
Posted on Monday May 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM  

Hooked a huge Tiger Muskie once on a buzz bait in N. AR.  Awesome 1.2 seconds
Easily would have made the record books in AR.
Posted on Monday May 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM  
Back when I lived in Colorado I had people who always wanted me to go Pike fishing but I would just tell them they remind me too much of gar. So I never went although I did end up catching 2 both over 30 inches by accident. Good fight but I just couldn't get the trash fish feel out of my head.
Posted on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 7:58 AM  
I've never caught a muskie but caught many pike in Ontario. My only gripe with pike is how hard they are on lures. The first one I caught was on a new Mepp's spinner and when I unhooked him all of the feathers were gone from the lure. Same with Balsa Boogies- they work great up north but man one big pike and many times they are toast. Oh well, have to pay to play I guess.
Posted on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM  
On Monday May 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM bigjon said ...
Many, many years ago Northern Pike were stocked in little Lake Bixoma down by Leonard.  We caught a few but they eventually disappeared.  I don't know if ODWC stocked them or if it was the City of Bixby.  I don't mean to hijack this thread but what happened to the Walleye population in Lake Yahola.  I know there were several stockings in past years but I never hear of anyone catching any.  Maybe they are still there and those that are catching them are not talking.  I know they drew the lake down drastically a few years ago.  Maybe that killed them off.
If I recall correctly, the last time Yahola was sampled was in 2011 by yours truly.  I want to say that I gillnetted and e-fished that year.  I don't believe we encountered any walleye.  I think there were some collected on the previous sample though.

That lake (and all the data) has since been turned over to Northeast Regional biologist Chris Whisenhunt in the Jenks office 918-299-2334, but to my knowledge he hasn't collected fish there.  He'd be the one to call about the current status and if there have been any recent stockings.

I'm strictly a paddlefish biologist now, but I help out with other activities as needed.

Jason ODWC Paddlefish Biologist
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