, Muskogee, OK

December 7, 2012

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.


Dec. 27-30: Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance youth camp for kids 12-18 near Chickasha. This will be limited to the first 35 youths. Age limit is 12 – 18, or under 12 with an accompanying adult. If you are interested contact John Weygandt at or by phone (918) 645-5667.

Hunting seasons

CROW  – Dec. 9-Mar. 4,  statewide.

DOVE  –  Dec. 22-30.

DEER SEASONS: The archery deer season runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. The muzzleloading season opens on the fourth Saturday in Oct. and runs for nine days. The deer gun  season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving  and runs for 16 days.

ARCHERY  – Oct. 1-Jan. 15.

HOLIDAY ANTLERLESS DEER GUN SEASON  – Dec. 21-30  (Open only in certain zones).

PHEASANT  –   Dec. 1-Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL: Nov. 10-Feb. 15, statewide (second Sat in Nov. thru Feb. 15.)

RABBIT:Cottontail and swamp Oct. 1-Mar. 15, statewide; jackrabbit Oct. 1  – Mar. 15  (west of I-35 only); no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – May 15-Jan. 31, statewide

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Archery: Oct. 1 – 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


 Ft. Gibson:  Dec. 3. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water 54 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 feet around underwater structure. Catfish fair on shad and drifting the flats north of Taylors Ferry Bridge. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms at 10-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Keystone:  Dec. 4. Elevation 4 feet below normal, water 56. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows around docks. Largemouth bass good on jigs and plastic baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois:  Dec. 3. Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 2-3 feet in coves and the mouth of the river. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 feet at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 1-3 feet. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 feet. 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: Dec. 3. Elevation 8 1/2 feet below normal, water 58-60 and clear. Crappie fair midday on minnows or tube jigs around docks. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.


Robert S. Kerr:  Dec. 4. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crankbaits 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—Good; 4:55 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Saturday—Fair; 5:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Sunday—Poor; 6:35 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

Monday—Good; 7:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Tuesday—Best; 8:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Wednesday—Good; 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Thursday—Good (New Moon); 10:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.