Keystone Shocking Video
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Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM  
I figured out a movie maker this time. It should be much better than last years effort.

Thanks to Kurt and Chas for letting me ride with them yesterday morning. I continue to learn a lot about this fishery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh_8upFrx1s
Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
I do not get tired of watching that.

Thank you Falcon!
Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM  
Its good to see they found one PIT tag re-capture - homeboy striper for the most part - looks like they haven't spawned yet either

Nya Betty weighs 23#


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Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
She never ventures far from that wall.
You have to fish at night Tony.
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Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Big fish was 19lbs. Not sure about Betty. Guess I need to get out more.

Cal..got your voicemail on my cell via land line...in other words..left my phone at home. Call you tonight.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM  
K. Thanks
jc
Posted on Thursday Apr 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Just a quick note of interest. The recaptured fish was originally tagged in our March 2011 outing with Paul (Tony, Striper Ed, Steve, and others were there that day too). When we tagged this striper, it was almost exactly 20 inches in length, when we recaptured it two days ago it was 26.6 inches long. That is over 6 inches of growth in about 56 weeks. That is crazy fast growth.

These stripers look fat and happy folks.
Posted on Thursday Apr 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM  
Normal is what? 2-3 inches a year at that size?
And instead of a 6 year old fish, this one might be 4?
This fish might have another 1-2 years before succumbing to temps (if not caught)?
I'd sure like to see this fish in 2 years to see what her length was.
Interesting stuff.

I can't remember how many fish you tagged at K-dam.





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Posted on Thursday Apr 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM  
Just what is "normal" Danny? For this river system, normal seems to be pretty abnormal (compared to other systems and reservoirs). These fish grow fast, and this fish is an extreme example. Most younger fish (1 to 5 years) in the river might grow half that in a year, but often older fish grow less in length and just put on mass. I would guess this fish to be 4 years old (maybe 5) right now based on our age study in 2009 and its length last year.

Here's what we have tagged below Keystone to date: 2010=33, 2011=62, 2012=12 so far.
Posted on Thursday Apr 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Heck, you're supposed to know this stuff!

That's a lot of tags. Love this program.
Love to think of the data to come from it.
And I won't ask you about the tags again - I'm writing it down.
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Posted on Thursday Apr 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
This growth compares with optimal growth conditions for Tennessee Striped bass. Biggest difference is temperatures where the really big freshwater bass grow in Tennessee stays at an optimal 60-70 degrees, so a longer season of growth

What I would like t0 see you do Kuk is sample summer water temps at the BASE of Keystone spillway gate and MONITOR temp changes when the generators are going - then you could see WHY Striped Bass remain homebodies below Oklahoma tailraces and manage those populations to maximize the fishery.

I maintain that TEMPERATURE is the single most important thing to landlocked Striped Bass - food being secondary

The ONLY limiting factor to Striped Bass growth below Oklahoma tailraces is drought and long periods of water temps over 80 degrees, always plenty of forage available -

I know for fact that in the seventies that Keystone tailrace kicked out thirty pound fish - and I have to ask whats changed? Is it angling pressure, water quality, temps, dam release management,etc. Thats the answers I would like to see, for sure Keystone is a lot shallower and more turbid since Kaw was built and a lot less of a low temperature thermocline - even Keyston Lake proper kicked out upper twenty pound bass before Kaw. I've seen plenty of fish Roland Martin and Bill Lowrance used to catch then. The old gray mare ain't what she used to be thats a given - but HOW could the population better be managed to maximize the results?
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Posted on Saturday Apr 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
What an awesome video! Great program to monitor the fish population and health. Keep it rockin Kurt!
Posted on Saturday Apr 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Pretty neat video indeed!
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