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Nov. 8 — Hunter Education Class, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stigler Kiamichi Tech Center.

Nov. 8 — Hunter Education Class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wagoner Civic Center.


Nov. 20 — Muskogee Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Banquet. Contact: John Griffin, 687-6311. Please check with the contact person as dates are subject to change.

Nov. 22 — Tulsa Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited and Federation of FlyFishers outing to Lower Illinois River, Gore. Contact: Billy Howard, 259-5287 or 282-7621.

Hunting dates

Dove — Sept. 1 to Oct. 30 (southwest zone adds Dec. 26 to Jan. 4).

Deer — Archery, Oct. 1 to Jan. 15; Muzzleloader, Oct. 25 to Nov. 2; Gun, Nov. 22-Dec. 7. Youth gun: Oct. 17-19. Special antlerless, Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 26-28.

Crow — Oct. 10 to Nov. 16 and Dec. 9 to March 4.

Rabbit — Cottontail and swamp, Oct. 1-March 15; Jackrabbit Oct. 1-March 15 west of Interstate 35 only.

Wild turkey — Gun, Nov. 1-21, select counties; Archery, Oct. 1- Jan. 15; spring 2009, April 6-May 6 and youth 2009, April 4-5.

Quail — Nov. 8 to Feb. 15.

Pheasant — May 15 to Jan. 31.

Squirrel — May 15 to Jan. 31.

Snipe — Oct. 1 to Jan. 15.

Lake report


Ft. Gibson: Elevation 1/2 foot. above normal, water 67 and stained. Catfish working the banks this weekend and catching some good ones on cut shad and chicken liver. They are biting on limb-lines using sunfish and cut shad. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass slow and moving up the river out of the main lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with

Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms in creek channels and weed beds. Catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastics. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes Counties.

Keystone: Elevation 1 1/2 feet above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits (early) and tube baits at 3-6 feet in creeks and backs of coves. Smallmouth bass fair on jig and chunkbaits, topwater lures (early) and crankbaits at 6-10 feet around gravel points. Spotted bass fair on buzzbaits (early), small crankbaits and rattletraps at 5-8 feet around bluffs and banks with large boulders. White bass fair on minnows, jigs and rooster tails at 3-8 feet below the dam and around windy points on the lake. Striped bass fair on bucktails and storm swim baits at 3-6 feet below the dam. Channel catfish fair on liver and worms at 5-10 feet in creeks and coves. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and shrimp at 6-12 feet around flats off creek channels. Flathead catfish slow on goldfish and live shad at 8-12 feet along rocky banks. Crappie fair on minnows and blue/white or pink/white jigs at 10-18 feet around brush piles, docks and ledges. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.

Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 61 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures from surface to 2 feet in weed beds, coves and road beds. Striped bass good on live baits at 1-3 feet all along the river. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on cut baits on bottom all along the river. Walleye fair on minnows on bottom at the mouth of the river. Trout slow on power baits on bottom at Watts Dam and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Webbers Falls: Elevation normal, water 57 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs and worms along riprap and creek channels. Catfish good on cut baits on bottom and drift fishing. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.


Eufaula: Elevation 1 foot below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits in shallow rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 feet around standing timber and under boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 3-6 feet in the weed and woody cover. Crappie good on minnows at 8 feet along the edge of the old creek channels. White bass fair on jigs at 10 feet below Webbers Falls dam. Blue catfish good on fresh cut bait, minnows and worms at 3-8 feet in the standing timber used by the cormorants. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

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