, Muskogee, OK


February 14, 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.


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.

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: Feb.9. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. White bass good on Carolina-rigged small shad on bottom in the main river. Catfish fair on jigs and drifting Carolina-rigged whole shad. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and Slug-Gos at 15-20 feet. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the deep docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand:  Feb. 9. Water 45. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs and jigs at 12 feet. Paddlefish excellent, stacked up around Bird and Bad Island in the main river channel. Catfish very good around Patricia Island and in the channel. White bass good up from Spring River. The Neosho River is really muddy right now. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard, Pritchard’s Guide Service.

Hudson:  Feb.11. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinner baits. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs around coves and heated docks as well as brush. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  Feb. 12. Elevation 3 1/2 feet below normal, water 49. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Feb. 11. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stick bait at 1-3 feet in coves. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 feet all along the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 1-2 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 1-2 feet at the mouth of the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 feet and on Power Bait from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Tenkiller: Feb. 11. Elevation 8 feet below normal, water 48-50 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastic baits. All other fishing slow. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.


Eufaula:  Feb. 10. Elevation 5 feet below normal, water clear. Largemouth fair on jerk baits in rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on shad in the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in standing timber and around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Feb. 12. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. Spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentration of gulls. Crappie fair up Big San Bois Creek around deeper submerged brush; as water clears from recent rains look for improvement. 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 — Fair; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday— Good; 3:55 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Sunday— Good; 4:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Monday— Fair; 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday— Poor; 5:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Wednesday— Best; 6:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Thursday— Best; 7 a.m. to noon

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