MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 21, 2014

Outdoor notebook


Calendar

The outdoor calendar runs every Friday. Items should be submitted by fax (918) 684 – 2865, email at sports@muskogeephoenix.com 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.



THIS WEEK

Today-Saturday — 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.

AHEAD

March 1-2: 32nd annual NatureWorks Art Show and Sale, proceeds benefit regional wildlife conservation projects, Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center; www.natureworks.org.



Hunting dates

Crow: To March 4; statewide

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

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

 

Fishing report



NORTHEAST

Fort Gibson: Feb.17. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on whole shad drifting in the main lake near the main channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20-25 feet just off bottom. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 10-15 feet fished slowly around structure. White bass fair drifting small whole shad in the main river channel around Ear Bob and Mission Bend areas. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 Grand: Feb.15. Elevation normal, water upper 30s. Fishing should pick up with the warmer weather. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 feet. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and Alabama rigs at 20 feet off main lake points. Catfish fair on cut bait deep. Paddlefish fair around Sailboat Bridge and the mouth of Wolf Creek. Paddlefish snagging will get better with the first warm rains of the spring. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 Greenleaf: Feb. 18. Elevation normal, water 41 and clear. Largemouth bass slow. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on jigs in Christmas tree, yellow, red and green around fishing dock. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Feb.19. Elevation 1 foot above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait in river channel. Crappie good on small jigs at 20 feet. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 Kaw: Feb. 17. Elevation 2 feet above normal, water low 40s. Crappie fair on jigs at 15-20 feet over brush and around docks. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: Feb. 18. Elevation 1/2 foot above normal, water 38. Catfish good on cut bait in channel. Crappie good on minnows at 10-15 feet. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Feb 16. Water low 40s with releases in the mornings. Trout very good on yellow/orange Power Bait and dark rooster tails along the first half of the river, most fish are being caught below the dam, the Watts area and Marval trout camp. Fly fishing good on small nymphs and woolly buggers. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: Feb. 17. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water 38-40 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic jigs. Crappie slow on minnows and small jigs at 25-28 feet. White bass slow on slab spoons in the upper end in the mouth of coves. Report submitted by Monte Brooks in Cookson.

Webbers Falls: Feb. 18. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush piles and bridges. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.



SOUTHEAST

Eufaula: Feb.16. Elevation 1 foot below 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. 17. Crappie fair on minnows at the mouth of Big San Bois Creek around stumps and pits. Bass good on Alabama rigs around points on warmer days. Catfish good on cut bait along flats around creek channel and river. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.



Waterfowl report



 Conservation Order Light Goose Season is opened state wide. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is .79 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low.

Sequoyah NWF - Zone 2: Water level at Kerr are stable. Water levels on Sally Jones Lake are high. Harvested and un-harvested corn, harvested soybeans and winter wheat are present at the Sandtown Bottoms and Webbers Falls Management Units. Snow geese are present in the Webbers Falls area, some limited use has been seen on the Sandtown Bottoms Management Unit. Snow geese are spending substantial periods of time off refuge. Hunter activity is and success is low.

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 2.42 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are fair with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low.



 

Solunar Tables

Friday—Best; 3:55 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 4:20 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Sunday—Fair; 5:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Monday—Fair; 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday—Poor; 6:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Wednesday—Good; 7:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Thursday—Good; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.