Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Fisheries Management

pond fisherman

Many ponds in Oklahoma can be managed successfully for recreational fishing, but differences between ponds must be considered. [more...]

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Aquaculture

Managing Ponds for Good Fishing (June 2015 article by Joshua Cross, Water Center staff writer)

Fish farming basics (news article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services, 3/13/2013)

Start fresh with fingerlings (news article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services, 3/19/2013)

Invasive Species

Awareness is key to curbing spread of aquatic nuisance species (June 3, 2011 Weekly Wildlife News, ODWC)


ARSvRRS

Due to major anthropogenic alterations to the stream landscape, the Arkansas River Shiner is a threatened species. It faces new threats with the establishment of the Red River Shiner. This study examines the habitat occupancy of both species in the Arkansas River basin to determine if they use the same ecological niche. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
Shoup_WorkingFish

Spread of exotic zebra mussels is a concern and research is showing that blue catfish may be partly to blame. The mussel survives passage through the gut of this highly migratory fish... more
(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Sensitive Species

Research on Oklahoma paddlefish going swimmingly (news article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services, 2/8/2017)

All-star stream fish: Uncovering the qualities of successful competitors (by Robert Mollenhauer and Shannon Brewer in "The Lateral Line" (Volume 35(1) October 2014))

Snagging the interest of Oklahoma anglers (news article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services, 5/13//2013)

ShovelnoseMovements

Drought conditions and additional dam proposals have highlighted the necessity of increasing our understanding of Oklahoma’s shovelnose sturgeon populations and ecology. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
CaveCrawfish_BrandonBrown

This project uses eDNA to verify presence of cave organisms while protecting the cave and its inhabitants and supporting FWS conservation efforts. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
ARSvRRS

Due to major anthropogenic alterations to the stream landscape, the Arkansas River Shiner is a threatened species. It faces new threats with the establishment of the Red River Shiner. This study examines the habitat occupancy of both species in the Arkansas River basin to determine if they use the same ecological niche. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
BoggyRiversMussel

Conservation and management efforts are generally poor due to inadequate information on mussel distribution. This study looks at distribution and abundance of freshwater mussel species in the Muddy Boggy and Clear Boggy rivers. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)

Brewer-ARS

This study will determine how environmental factors interact to determine egg buoyancy, transport, developmental rate, and hatching success of the endangered Arkansas River shiner.  Resulting data will help identify areas that are likely to currently support successful Arkansas River shiner reproduction.  Read more...
Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)

Long-bass_fish

The reintroduced shoal bass is being studied as it adapts to its new environment and develops into a new fishery in the Chattahoochee River. 
(Dr. Jim Long - OK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Long-LeeCreek

The native fishes of Lee Creek are unique, particularly the endangered longnose darter. Studies are looking at how a proposed upstream dam in Arkansas may alter their habitat. 
(Dr. Jim Long - OK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Sampling Methods

EffGears    This study documents current understanding of gear effectiveness for sampling fishes in various ecosystems.   Read more...
Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
StdMetOkStreams

The combination of climate change and increased anthropogenic disturbance creates daunting challenges for stream managers. Stream-fish assemblages of the Ozarks of Oklahoma are being sampled to standardize sampling and develop appropriate models. Read more...
Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)

 

Sport Fish Management and Habitat

Research on Oklahoma paddlefish going swimmingly (news article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services, 2/8/2017)

NeoshoSMB

This study allows the first multi-year and multi-stream examination of Neosho smallmouth bass spawning, which will help develop conservation and management strategies. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
SuckerMigration

This study aims to assess seasonal migration patterns and spawning habitat of blue sucker, whose populations are perceived to be in decline on the edges of its distribution. Read more...
(Dr. Shannon Brewer - Natural Resource Ecology & Management)
Long-reservoir_catfish

How does stocking influence angler catch rates and the resident fish community in Oklahoma lakes?
(Dr. Jim Long - OK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Long-bass_fish

The reintroduced shoal bass is being studied as it adapts to its new environment and develops into a new fishery in the Chattahoochee River. 
(Dr. Jim Long - OK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Shoup_MeasuringCatfish

Researchers are quantifying post-release mortality for blue catfish captured by jug fishing, a method that could have considerably higher post-release mortality than traditional rod-and-reel angling. Visit the lab Web site to learn more.

Read about their findings from the Cowboy Journal article, "Get hooked on jug fishing."

(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Shoup_ TurbidWater

Oklahoma’s muddy waters are a challenge for managing largemouth bass. Research shows that turbidity causes them to eat less overall, and to eat less crawfish and more fish proportionately... more 
(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Shoup_WorkingFish

Spread of exotic zebra mussels is a concern and research is showing that blue catfish may be partly to blame. The mussel survives passage through the gut of this highly migratory fish... more
(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Shoup_TechDemo

Gizzard shad are a major prey species for many Oklahoma sport fish. Data is being evaluated to determine if better stocking recommendations can be developed based on gizzard shad abundance... more 
(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

Shoup_StudentsElectrofishing

Research verifies that electrofishing is a good way to determine blue catfish size classes in the 300 – 1000 mm (12 to 39 inch) total length range. To best determine the abundance of different blue catfish size classes, a minimum of 20 electrofishing sites is needed... more 
(Dr. Dan Shoup - Natural Resource Ecology and Management)

 

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Noxious Aquatic Plants (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)

 

ODWC's Fisheries Division (OK Dept of Wildlife Conservation)

 

Oklahoma Invasive Species

 

Oklahoma's Problem Species (Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council)