, Muskogee, OK


July 4, 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. Launch at 6 a.m., weigh-ins at 2 p.m. Info:


July 20 — Bass Fishing League, Three Forks Harbor. Registration: Walmart on West Shawnee.4-6 p.m.

July 20 — Lake Country Anglers, Lake Hudson. Info at lakecountryanglers/

July 21 — Lake Country Anglers Rising Stars, Lake Hudson. Info at


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: June 28. Elevation 4 feet above normal, water 85 and stained. Catfish excellent in main channel and creek mouths with whole and cut shad on rod and reel and jug lines. Crappie slow under docks and brush in 15 feet using minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass good with white grubs and spinners wading windy points. Black bass fair on crank baits and spinner baits in 10-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand:June 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait shallow.  Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 2. Fishing good around deep structures, 7.5-10 inch worms work best. In middle of lake deep dive crank bait works best. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

Hudson: July 1. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on top water and plastic baits. White bass good on small lures below the dam. Channel catfish and blue catfish good on liver and cut shad around rocky points and flats. Blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:July 2. Elevation 2 feet above normal, water 82. Catfish excellent on cutbait in 30-45 feet. Crappie good on minnows in 5-15 feet. White bass and striped good on sassy shad at 10-15 feet. Black bass good on plugs particularly chartreuse colored in shallow water. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: June 30. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water low 60s and clear. Fishing is excellent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on white jigs and curly tail grubs at the mouth and the dam. Sauger are being caught in deep holes on jigs and minnows. Trout good at dam and Watts area on power bait, rapalas and rooster tails. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in morning, in Watts Area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: July 1. Elevation 3 feet above normal, water 78, clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair in shallow water on soft plastic, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Catfish good on flipflops with cutbaits in 40-50 feet of water. Crappie fair on minnows or tube jigs in docks and brush. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers on gravel banks or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

Webbers Falls: July 1. Black bass biting well in Arkansas River and moving to mouths of the creek. Good around flipping stumps, down logs, and log jams; brush hog, sweep beaver and tube bait work best. Catfish are good on river around bends with shad. White bass good on Grand River below Ft. Gibson Dam. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.


Eufaula: June 30. Elevation 2 feet above normal, water 79 and murky. Black bass fair on crank baits and spinners around rocky points and brush areas. White bass fair on jigs near bridges. Channel catfish good on shad and worms in the rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges, riprap, and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: July 1. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs in the river and good on plastic baits in grass around windy points. Spotted and white bass excellent up Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls; white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair close to creek channels on submerged brush and riprap. 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 up river or in coves on live bait and trotlines. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar tables

Friday: Fair;  9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Saturday: Good; 10:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

Sunday: Best; 10:50 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Monday: Best; 11:35 a.m.-4:35 p.m.

Tuesday: Good; 12:20-5:20 p.m.

Wednesday: Good; 1:05-6:05 p.m.

Thursday: Good; 1:50-6:50 p.m.

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