Hybrid stocking shortage
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Posted on Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM  
So did we have a shortage of fingerlings this year? I know the numbers won't be posted until later but I posed a question to the guys managing Konawa. I noticed in their lake management plan, they were going to stock hybrids every 3-4 years....unfortunately that isn't happening. You'd think with as many hybrids as are stocked in Overholser every year, that there'd be plenty to go around.

BTW Kurt, I emailed your buddy up there over T-Bird, he was helpful as were the guys at Konawa. I told him we all needed to make a trip to Arcadia since he highly recommended it.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
I don't recall hearing about a shortage of hybrid fingerlings. I think our hatchery production was the same as it is most years (which is very good). Konawa is pretty far down on the list of lakes to receive hybrids according to the scoring of our biologists. Konawa is likely to get hybrid stockings only when the hatcheries produce excess fingerlings. Overholser gets hybrid stockings more often because the fish are produced at the OKC Hefner hatchery rather than coming directly from ODWC. ODWC gives hybrid fry to OKC which raises the fry to fingerling size then stocks them in OKC waters.

I would be willing to meet up for a day of hybrid fishing. I have seen good fish from that lake.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM  
Thanks for the help Kurt. So if I ask for some fry can I raise them up and stock them?

This is the response I received when I asked about Konawa:

I tried to stock hybrids in Konawa this year but it was a bad year for hybrid production in our hatcheries. Two of the three hatcheries that raise them had poor results and Konawa was one of several lakes that didn't get stocked. I will ask for them again next year and hope that production is better. Thanks for your interest and support.



I'll let you know some time soon if we can try to make a trip up to Arcadia. I think it would be fun.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM  
I know we had good fry production, but maybe lost some in raising to fingerlings. Anyway, looks like Konawa will be on the list again in the future.
Posted on Thursday Sep 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM  
Hybird production was down this year. Only the higher ranked lakes were stocked. In my region, Skiatook, Sooner and Birch were stocked, but Ponca and Carl Blackwell did not receive stockings in 2012. Sooner also received 270,000 striped bass fry, which will have a higher mortality rate than fingerlings, but at least we should see these guys in a few years on the stringers!
Posted on Thursday Sep 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
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Originally posted by Biologist Bill
Hybird production was down this year. Only the higher ranked lakes were stocked. In my region, Skiatook, Sooner and Birch were stocked, but Ponca and Carl Blackwell did not receive stockings in 2012. Sooner also received 270,000 striped bass fry, which will have a higher mortality rate than fingerlings, but at least we should see these guys in a few years on the stringers!
Hooray !!!! ME likey OK guys don't be stompin those small white perch - they could be little Striper
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