, Muskogee, OK


August 16, 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.


Fridays – Greenleaf Bass Jackpot, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per boat.  Pay at the ramp. Contact: (918) 781 – 2740.


Saturday  — Hunter education class, Porum Landing Fire Station, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Aug. 24 — Hunter education class, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, 8 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 14 — Muskogee Morning Optimist Annual Free Fishing Derby for grades K-6.   at Honor Heights Park.  Register 8:30 a.m. at north shelter.  Youth participants must bring their own fishing pole.  Adult supervision required. Contact: Denise Hickman (918) 684-6345 or

Local results

Greenleaf Bass Jackpot

From Friday

1, Star Fields/Mike Dause,  9-13

2, Trent Tolbert/Brooks Tolbert, 9-12

Big Bass: Scott Wafford/Doug Dortch, 3-11



Hunting dates

Antelope archery: Oct. 1 – 14 (open areas)

Bear: Archery: Oct. 1 – 20 (open counties only); muzzleloader, Oct. 26 – Nov. 3 or until quota is reached (open counties only).

Crow:  Oct. 10 – Nov. 16  and  Dec. 9 – Mar. 4, 2014; statewide

Dove:  Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 and Dec. 21 – 29.

Deer: Archery, Oct. 1 to Jan. 15; muzzleloading opens Oct. 26 – Nov.3. Gun: Nov. 23 – Dec. 8.

Youth deer gun: Oct. 18 – 20.

Holiday antlerless gun season: Dec. 20 – 29.

Pheasant: Dec. 1 – Jan. 31, 2014.

Quail: Nov. 9 – Feb. 15.

Rabbit: Oct. 1 – March 15.

Jackrabbit: Oct. 1 – March 15 (west of I – 35 only)

Squirrel: May 15, Jan. 31, 2014.

Fall turkey: Oct. 1 – Jan. 15, 2014.


Lake report


Fort Gibson: Aug. 12. Elevation 5 feet above normal and rising. Catfish excellent on whole shad and cut bait. White bass fair on white spinnerbaits around windy points while wading. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: Aug. 13. Elevation above normal. Bass good on plastic worms in green pumpkin, black and blue and on deep diving crankbaits off deeper structure. Crappie good on jigs at 12-15 feet around brush piles off shorelines. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

Hudson: Aug. 12. Elevation 2 feet above normal, water dingy with lots of debris. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: Aug. 11. Elevation 7 feet above normal, water 83-84 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits and crankbaits in rocky areas along shorelines and boat dock areas. White bass fair on jigs and crankbaits around windy points, in the Whispering Hills area, Salt Creek area and around points off the Hwy 412 Bridge. Striped bass fair trolling crankbaits at 20-27 feet along the Hwy 412 Bridge. Catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel baited with cut bait and cut shad at 20-28 feet. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Dwight Luther, game warden stationed in Creek and Okfuskee counties.

Lower Illinois: Aug. 11. Elevation above normal with water releases, water upper 60s and murky. Fishing is good all along the river from the dam to the mouth. Striped bass being caught on shad and trout in deep holes. Sauger being caught on minnows and jigs in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait and rooster tails at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes and on Rapalas as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts Area. Nymph fishing in deeper holes is doing well when the sun gets up. Fly fishing becomes difficult as the water swiftness increases, with some fish being caught in eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: Aug. 12. Elevation 1 3/4 feet above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastic baits. Catfish fair on flip-flops or juglines baited with cut bait at 40-50 feet. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

Webbers Falls: Aug. 13. Elevation above normal; dangerous conditions. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.


Eufaula: Aug. 11. Elevation 1 1/2 feet normal and rising, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms, salt crawls and deep running baits around points and rocky areas. White bass good under bridges surfacing early and late. Blue catfish good on cut bait along flats on windy days and in creek channels. Crappie fair under bridges, around standing timber and structure in deep water. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in McIntosh and Okmulgee counties.

Robert S. Kerr: Aug. 12. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoff of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair in deeper submerged brush locations. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 feet close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.


Solunar Tables

Friday—Poor ; 6:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

Saturday—Good; 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Sunday—Good  ; 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Monday—Good ; 9:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Tuesday—Best (Full Moon); 10:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Wednesday—Best; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday—Best; 12:25 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.

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