, Muskogee, OK


November 23, 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.

GUN  –  Nov. 17-Dec. 2 (antlerless days vary by zone)

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


Fort Gibson: Nov. 16. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel baited with whole shad and sunfish in the main channel all along the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 feet. White bass good on rattletraps at 3-5 feet in the middle of the day. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Hudson: Nov. 20. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Blue catfish good on cut bait off the edge of the river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  Nov. 19. Elevation 3 feet below normal, water 53. Catfish good on cut bait at 25 feet Crappie good on minnows jigs at 20 feet. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits off points. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois:  Nov. 19. Elevation normal, water 47 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on sink baits and crankbaits at 1-2 feet around bridges and coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on trout and slabs at 1-3 feet. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits 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:  Nov. 19. Elevation 8 feet below normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics, crankbaits or spinnerbaits at 5-10 feet. Crappie good on minnows or small jigs at 5-15 feet around docks. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs at 10-15 feet. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village.


Eufaula:  Nov.18. Elevation 4 1/2 feet below normal, water clear. Blue catfish good on fresh shad drifting the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks with brush and along ri

Robert S. Kerr:  Nov. 19. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points and along creek channels. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass good on minnows and shad colored 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.

Waterfowl report

Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is 4 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake elevation. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. Hunter activity is low and success is unknown. Some birds moved in within the last week. Native vegetation and Japanese millet from the millet program are excellent and plentiful, but not inundated at current lake level. At present the lake is slowly falling with no inflows.

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is .49ft below normal. Habitat conditions are good. Smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is fair. Bird movement into the area has been low.

Keystone - Zone 2: Water level is 3.8 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Almost all sloughs and potholes are dry due to extreme drought conditions. Cottonwood WDU over 80 percent full and filling, with excellent food conditions in the majority of the units. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low and success is fair. Very little bird movement occurred this past week.

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 2.69 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is fair. Bird movement is slow.


Sequoyah NWR - Zone 2: In general, duck numbers at Sequoyah NWR are low. Green-winged teal and wood duck numbers are moderate. Mallard numbers are low but increasing daily. Snow geese have been spotted, but have not yet started using the refuge. Wetland management areas are about a 1/4 flooded.

 Solunar Tables

Today – Poor 6:25 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Saturday – Fair; 7:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Sunday – Good; 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Monday – Good; 8:25 a.m.-1:25 p.m.

Tuesday – Good; 9:05 a.m.- 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday – Good (Full Moon); 9:50 a.m. — 2:50 p.m.

Thursday – Good; 10:40 a.m.- 3:40 p.m

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