The city of Mound City, KS. where I grew up some of my life built a new city lake west of it and due to last years and early this years heavy rainfall in that area, filled up completely way ahead of schedule.
It was stocked with several species of fish [including Walleye] I heard that recent rains had caused maybe half [or more] of the freshly stocked fish to get out of the new lake and go downstream. [Little Sugar Creek]
I was recently fishing with a buddy around 8 miles downstream from the lake and we caught 5 channel cat all in the 1 to 1 an 1/2 lb class in a pot hole and I caught 2 Walleye. I know these are some of the escaped fish. I was surprised at first that the fish had came this far down already, but I learned that there had been several 5-10 inch rains this yr. and serious high water that must have scattered lots of those fish up and down that creek [in every pothole is my guess.]
I know Panfish, Bass, Crappie, and Catfish can all survive in this creek as they have been there for decades.
But what about Walleye?
This creek has several deep long stretches of water [several hundred yards or [2-3 miles long] in it and thousands of pot holes. A few potholes could be 6-10 ft deep and the long stretches of water might be between 10-14 ft deep. I doubt any place along this creek would one find a hole of water 20 ft. deep.
Can Walleye survive in water in the Winter time in Creek Water only 10-14 ft Deep? Or will they die from the cold or lack of oxygen maybe?
I put the two Walleye I caught on a stringer and moved them down and released them into one of the longer deeper stretches of water. They will live for now. But I wonder if any of them will be alive by the end of next Winter?