Striper procurement at Zink? 2013
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Posted on Thursday Apr 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM  
Kuk can you provide a blow by blow and what you have rolled up so far? Have you gotten any ready to spawn yet?

Thanks for your response.
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Posted on Thursday Apr 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM  
We started below Keystone yesterday and got our hands on roughly 50 stripers. Water is still a bit cool (54-56) and fish are still a bit green, even most males not spewing milt yet. The hatchery crew took 5 females back to Byron to begin spawning hybrids. Next week should be better and the fish should be closer to ripe. The fish were holding in the clam water, not in the fast water moving out of the generator area.

We did see a LOT of healthy fish, most larger than anything I have tagged there in the past 3 yeras. Plenty of 20-25 pound fish. We saw a good number of paddlefish and blues too. I didn't see any hybrids this time. We recaptured one striper that I tagged in March 2010 which has grown 4.5 inches in that time. That one was released to continue eating shad in his home waters.
Posted on Thursday Apr 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM  
Thank you sir - sounds like they did well even in that drought
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Posted on Friday Apr 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM  
I do wanna know more about clam water though - I may be fishing in the wrong places

Thanks for your hard work Kuk!!!
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Posted on Friday Apr 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM  
Don't people use clams for Striper bait from the shore on the East Coast?

Actually, I'm really glad to see that there are plenty of big fish still holding below there. That place gets pounded. I was on the south bank Monday, and saw a few BIG splashes on top over in that direction. I figured one of the big ones managed to get something on top.
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Posted on Saturday Apr 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM  
Lots of People Including myself use mussels and clams for wiper fishing in CO. Found the jackpot at the fish greenhouse on OU Campus the other day. Tank after tank full of mussels and the guy who ran it said they're just testing the mortality rate of them.. He said I could not have a one,not a one

He said they were transported from western Oklahoma lakes.
Posted on Saturday Apr 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM  
Out of curiousity I have dug up some clams from the bed of the Arkansas River. Several were more than 3" across. I thought they might be good catfish bait but have never pined one on.

Since they are indiginous I presume that they would be both legal and good bait.
Posted on Saturday Apr 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM  
The blue cats and the drum feast on small clams, the ones that are small enough that they are able to crush the shells.

Back in my pup days when I used to Tom Sawyer some around Claremore, a bud and myself were on the island in Claremore Lake, since flooded, foolin' around, which usually included fishin' and swimmin'.
We noticed some clam trails out in about knee deep water and collected a few large specimens, bout half the size of a saucer, and pried em open to get the goodie out. We figured they would make some prime catfish bait, but I don't remember ever actually catching anything on em.

They do use clam for bait up north a ways, they call it clam snots, I've heard they do catch cats on it.
Posted on Saturday Apr 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM  
Clam or Mussel is the equivalent to live Shad in CO for Wiper Fisherman.Its A Hot Bait
They Work Good its Just kinda tricky to keep em on the hook
Posted on Saturday Apr 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM  
I can't even imagine how many pounds of salt water, white and red mussels I picked off the rocks and used for bait as a kid in SoCal. They were by far the #1 bait for perch, and corbina.
For me, the trick to keping them on the hook was to make sure that I cut the quick muscle out with it still attached to the meat - and to make sure to use the lips, which are like a rubder band to wrap around the soft tissue. Those two parts are quite tough. Once you drive the hook point through the last bit of lip you were in business. Still... if you missed a strike your bait would be gone.
Posted on Monday Apr 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM  
Mainly good drum/shellcrackers(redear) bait as its one of their major forage sources - used to catch a lot of bream and mudcats on mussels as this was a readily available bait when I was a kid - for some reason we caught a lot of goggle-eye on mussels too --
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