, Muskogee, OK

February 14, 2014

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.


Through Sunday Mid-South Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show, Spirit Bank Event Center, noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. General Admission $10, kids under 12 free, seniors 60-up $5 and military personnel $5.


Feb. 21-22: Fly fishing clinic by Mark Patton, Tenkiller State Park. In-depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots, flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. Fly roads will be available Cost: $150, meals an additional $30. Lodging is not included but can be booked at (918) 489-5643. To register, call (405) 340-1992.

Hunting dates

Crow: To March 4; statewide

Conservation Order Light Goose: Feb. 17-March 30.

Quail: To Feb. 15.

Rabbit: To March 15.

Jackrabbit: To  March 15 (west of I – 35 only)


Fishing report


Fort Gibson: Feb. 8. Elevation 1 1/2 feet above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-30 feet just off bottom with very slow presentation in and around deep structure and docks. Catfish good on cut bait and whole shad in the main channel while drifting. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Greenleaf: Feb. 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on jigs in yellow, red and green around fishing dock. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Feb. 10. Elevation normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 13-17 feet along heated docks and brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: Feb. 11. Elevation 1/2 foot below normal. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Feb. 9. Water low 40s with water releases occurring regularly, usually in the mornings. Check the Tenkiller Lake release schedule for release times. Trout good all along the river. Due to cold temperatures shad are dying in the river, so lures resembling these smaller shad are working well. Rapalas and white rooster tails are working well. White streamers and small dark midges are working well for fly fishermen. All other fishing slow. Be sure to check out the 2014 Fishing Guide for new laws on the Lower Illinois River trout stream. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: Feb. 10. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits and deep crankbaits off windy points or along bluffs. Crappie slow on tube jigs and minnows around docks and deep brush. Report submitted by Monte Brooks in Cookson.

Webbers Falls: Feb. 11. Water 42 and murky. Catfish fair on fresh stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.


Eufaula: Feb. 9. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish slow. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Feb. 10. Crappie fair on minnows in the mouth of Big San Bois Creek and submerged brush in the lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait near the river channel on the north side of the lake along flats. Bass fair on Alabama rigs near points on warmer days. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar Tables

Friday—Good (Full Moon); 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday—Good; 11:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Monday—Fair; 12:35 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.

Tuesday—Poor; 1:25 p.m. to 6:25 p.m.

Wednesday—Poor 2:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Thursday—Good; 3:05 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.