Posted on Friday Dec 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Kurt, you guys got some stripers stocked from a trade with Colorado a few years back. Was there any feedback -impact/improvement of that on the Keystone striper population? Assume that was an impromtu event based on the trade. Also have you guys got totals on all fish stocking numbers for 2012 to be published? If I was Boone Pickens, I'd sure help $$$ with your hybrid stocking efforts.
It does seem that Keystone will not return to it's hayday for stripers, but in comparing with Texoma, the upstream fishing pressure and a congregated stopping point (Kaw Dam) are two factors not present at Texoma. Of course Texoma has 90k acres and better water quality and two contributing spawing rivers that do not have significant fishing pressure. Sorry to repeat myself.
Dave mentioned above, the abundant forage at Keystone and in one aspect, as long as the stripers have excellent body condition, is it assumable there is room for more? In other words, are we under carring capacity for morones in Keystone?
Keystone proper, below the dam and above up to Kaw dam was very produtive when I started striper fishing in the late 70's and 80's, the hayday. We caught a 6 fish stringer from 31st street in April 1978 that weighed close to 120lbs and the limit was less than 5 fish then. I am thankful that you guys have gone to a 5 fish limit from 15, that is encouraging in the right direction. Part of our problem and not just us, is the stringer, we should have kept none of those uninjured spawners, at least not the females, if I had it to do over again.
Looks like we avoided lake summer kills on Keystone the last few years and do you have any management options for that, such as summer dam release patterns that are working?
Thanks for your input and willingness to share info, on an awesome sport fish. They can grow bigger than your bird dog, in some parts of the state. Appreciate the ongoing striper study and the hard work you guys put in on that!!!
We can salute Tom, Bill and yourself for the successful hybrid fishery in Kaw lake!!! Thanks
ps by the way cbeam, I'm almost two years late answering about Kaw walleye. All I know is someone must have some real secrets about them. ODWC has stocked a ton of walleye(check out past years reports on wildlifedepartment.com). There's a lot of riprap to fish and a ton of forage to grow 'em big! I do know when we have huge floods, there are lots of walleye in the basin and a bunch of lip licking fishermen after 'em.