Stripers thrived in Texoma because of the lake's higher salt content and its massive open water. And most importantly, because of the uninhibited river systems on both sides of the lake, a necessity for the long spawning runs of stripers.--------------------------------
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The above refers to the two unrestrained rivers feeding Texoma. What it doesn't mention is very minimal upstream fishing pressure for spawning striped bass at Texoma. This is unfortunately not the case for the Arkansas River system upstream and downstream from Keystone and connecting waters. There is heavy fishing pressure during the spawn below Kaw, Keystone, 31st street, Eufaula, Gibson, etc. The striper fishing skill learning curve has advanced to include everything from trolling motor bait delivery devises to umbrella rigs.
Somewhere there has got to be some conservation. I got hooked fishing 31st street in Tulsa, being in on a one day stringer of 26,21,20,19,16 and 13 lbers, with my buddies in 1978. If Oklahoma fishermen could just catch a few 10 to20lb striper in fast water, they'd likely be aching for more. The limit was two then.
ODWC is responsible for all this. You all introduced this awesome fish and the ensuing benefit we experienced. You guys stocked hybrid in a newly formed Sooner lake and gave a bank fisherman going to OSU, so I could eventually afford a boat. I had the chance to catch a fish, hitting a lure and also fighting like a big catfish. You all put those lab fish in Skiatook Reservoir too, giving me the chance to enjoy some of the finest freshwater fishing available, about year 6. Heck they would hit a crankbait sitting on top of the water and then tear the hooks off it. So thanks ODWC.
So what's the beef? There are no armies of saugeye fishermen yet they are stocked abundantly. Yea, understand it helps the crappie population dynamics. We noted the insightful move to protect 30 inch blue cat. The protection of the spoonies was financially wise for the dept. So how about sustaining striper fishing opportunities for bank fishermen, from the Sooner walk in, to the many dams we are blessed with. Yea it all your fault. You built it, we came. Well seriously KUK, thanks for studying this issue and thanks for your individual diligence for Oklahoma fisheries. I do not question your passion for the real bass opportunities in Oklahoma.
I can say for sure I don't like the fact only one in four lakes in North Central OK was stocked with hybrids last year, with stripers missing the boat altogether. Understand a one year hatchery crash, at least, I will try to. But the fish stocking criteria for which lakes get the fish is hard to comprehend. A half full Waurika gets a full load and one of four up here gets any at all? In a previous year Overholster got 300,00 hybrids and a yet good year brings 675,00 stocked total statewide?
Our founding forefathers didn't intend us to buy our way. Just asking for some parity. If I read the numbers right, Ponca City hasn't received any hybrids since 2011.
Thanks for listening.