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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