, Muskogee, OK

February 1, 2013

Outdoor notebook


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 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

July 14-20 — The Bass Federation high school fishing world finals, Russellville, Ark. The event will introduce a new tournament format, which will include an additional day of competition, a semi final round and qualifying up to 22 teams into the finals, including 10 teams from a last chance qualifier to be held the Friday before the final day of competition. To register, go to

Hunting seasons

CROW  – To March 4,  statewide.

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

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.

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. 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


Fort Gibson: Jan. 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish and drifting the main river channel and open flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15 feet around docks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and Sink-O worms at all depths around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand:  Jan. 27. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics and jigs but should pickup with warmer weather. Crappie good on Fle Fly jigs in black and chartreuse around brush piles in the Neosho River. White bass good on bottom up the Neosho and Spring rivers. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad at 75 feet on deep ledges in the main river channel. Paddlefish excellent from Patricia Island all the way to the mouth of Elk River; stay in the main river channel and you will find them. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard, Pritchard’s Guide Service.

Greenleaf:  Jan. 29. Bass good on square bill spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie good around brush piles. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.

Hudson: Jan. 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the Hwy 20 bridge, around heated docks and brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  Jan. 29. Elevation 4 1/2 feet below normal, water 46. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Catfish good on cut bait near channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Jan. 28. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stinkbait at 1-3 feet around coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-4 feet at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-5 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 at the mouth of the river. Trout good fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 feet and on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Tenkiller: Jan. 28. Elevation 10 1/4 feet below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic baits. Sunfish fair on night crawlers at 15-20 feet around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Webbers Falls: Jan. 29. Bass good on spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits and jigs with trailers. Catfish good in channels and bends. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.


Eufaula:  Jan. 27. Elevation 5 feet below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Solunar Tables

Friday—Fair; 3:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

Saturday—Fair; 4:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.

Sunday—Poor; 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Monday—Poor; 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Fair; 6:35 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.

Wednesday—Fair; 7:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Thursday—Good; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.