, Muskogee, OK

January 18, 2013

Outdoor calendar


The outdoor calendar runs every Friday. Items should be submitted by fax (918) 684-2865, email at or submitted in writing to the Phoenix at 214 Wall Street during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Items must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday for inclusion in the next calendar.


Saturday — Oklahoma state turkey calling contest at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow.


Jan. 24: A Predator Calling Seminar will be presented at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow at 7 p.m.  in the upstairs seminar room. Scott Ruff will cover Bobcat calling and Travis Alzate will cover Coyote calling. Both men are expert predator hunters, videographers and seminar presenters with many years of multi-state experience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (918) 355-7600.

Feb. 2 – Oklahoma Furbearers Association Fur Sale at Chandler Expo Center. All wild furs are accepted, furs can be stretched and dried, green or on the carcass. All trappers, coon hunters and predator callers are welcome to attend and sell furs. For more information call either John Weygandt at (918)645-5667 or Shannon Sheffert at (405)742-7884.

Feb. 8-9 – Illinois River Fly Fishing School, Tenkiller State Park community center. Cost: $150 with orientation at 8 a.m. Friday. Hourly sessions through Saturday morning. The clinic will offer in depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots, flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. Fly rods available for loan on Saturday, but participants who own their own gear are encouraged to bring it. Meals for the event are available for $30 or participants can provide their own. Participants must book their own cabins by calling (918) 489-5643. For information on the clinic or to register, contact Mark Patton, (405) 340-1992.

Feb. 13 — Bass Techniques is a series of four face-to-face sessions, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 and continuing Wednesday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Monday, March 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Tulsa Community College. The classroom setting where participants can learn first-hand from five of America’s top professional anglers as the 2013 Bassmaster Classic approaches. Those who will teach are Bassmaster veteran Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Grand Lake guide Ivan Martin and former BASS pro Jim Morton. Cost: $99. To enroll: (918) 595-7200.

Feb. 22-24: 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Tulsa and Grand Lake. Launch: Grand Lake (Wolf Creek area of Grove) with Weigh-in at the BOK Center. Expo: Tulsa Convention Center.

March 3 – Murray State High School Fishing Open, Murray, Ky., in partnership with FLW, The Bass Federation (TBF) and the Bluegrass State Games. The winning team will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Murray State. Teams can register online at

Hunting seasons

CROW  – To March 4,  statewide.

DEER SEASONS – The archery deer season runs through Jan. 15.

PHEASANT  –  To Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL —  To Feb. 15  statewide (second Sat in Nov. through Feb. 15.)

RABBIT – To March 15 on cottontail, swamp and jackrabbit, no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – To Jan. 31, statewide

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Archery to Jan 15, Gun, April 6  – May 6 statewide except in the southeast region; April 22-May 6, southern region only; Youth Spring Turkey:  April 20-21, southeast region only

Lake report

(Note: Nothing updated since last week; these are all from the previous week’s report.)


Fort Gibson: Jan. 7. Elevation 1 foot below normal, and clear. Catfish excellent on jug lines and rod and reel on whole live shad and sunfish in 10-20 feet on the flats. White bass good on silver spoons around piers under Taylor’s Ferry bridge. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks at 15-25 feet. Special caution to be taken due to low water levels and submerges obstructions. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Hudson: Jan. 7. Elevation normal. Striped bass fair to good on crank baits and plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boat docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  Jan. 8. Elevation 4 1/2 feet below normal, water 47. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows around docks and brush piles. Black bass fair on spinner baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois:  Jan. 7. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stick baits at 1-3 feet. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet all along the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-4 feet at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-4 feet all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 feet and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Tenkiller: Jan. 7. Elevation 9 1/3 feet below normal, water 50-52, clear and steady. Crappie fair on minors or tube jigs around docks at 20-25 feet. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs at 10-15 feet around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.


Robert S. Kerr: Jan. 8. Bass fair on crank baits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Spotted bass excellent up Canadian River, look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie good up Big Sanbio Creek around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crank baits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 feet close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar Tables

Friday—Poor; 3:50 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Saturday—Fair; 4:40 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Sunday—Fair; 5:25 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.

Monday—Good; 6:10 a.m. to 11:10 p.m.

Tuesday—Fair; 6:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

Wednesday—Good; 7:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Thursday—Best; 8:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.