, Muskogee, OK

April 5, 2013

Outdoor notebook

By John KIlgore
Phoenix Outdoors Columnist


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.


Saturdays in April — Greenleaf Bass Jackpot, 8 a.m. to  2 p.m. Entry: $30 per boat, four-fish limit. Contact: (918) 781-2740.


April 13 — North East Oklahoma Kayak Anglers tournament, Holdenville Lake. Info:

July 14-20 — The Bass Federation high school fishing world finals, Russellville, Ark. The event will introduce a new tournament format, which will include an additional day of competition, a semi final round and qualifying up to 22 teams into the finals, including 10 teams from a last chance qualifier to be held the Friday before the final day of competition. To register, go to

Local results

Greenleaf Bass Jackpot

Saturday at Greenleaf Lake

1, Butch Lansford,14-4

2, Chad Goff/Luke Anderson,3-2

Big bass.  Butch Lansford, 5-13

Hunting seasons

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. 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: April 1. Elevation 2 feet above normal, water 50 and stained. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and drifting. White bass fair to good on white grubs and swim baits on bottom with slow retrieves in all creeks and the main river around Chouteau Bend Park. Crappie good on chartreuse and black tube jigs and minnows in the dead falls along the bank all around the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Greenleaf: April 2. Bass good on hard jerk baits in the shallows and on chatter baits and lipless crankbaits if the water gets murky. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike's Outdoors.

Hudson: April 1. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits. White bass fair to good in the upper end, at mouths of creeks and below Pensacola Dam. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: April 4. Elevation 1/2 foot above normal, water 48. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. White bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 1. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 2 feet at Gore Landing. White bass fair 2 feet at Gore Landing. Striped bass slow on shad at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom. 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: April 1. Elevation 1 1/3 feet above normal, water 53 mid-lake and 56 in the upper end. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair mid-lake and good on spinnerbaits and soft plastic baits in the upper end in shallow cover. Crappie slow on small jigs and minnows in the upper end. White bass fair trolling from mid-lake to the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

Webbers Falls: April 2. Bass fair to good on plastic baits and pitching baits up creeks and holding on lay downs and stumps. White bass fair to good on the river and in creeks; they are preparing for the spawn. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike's Outdoors.


Eufaula: March 31. Elevation 2 1/2 feet below normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits along rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on shad along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 feet around docks and slow to fair at 1-3 feet at the very south end and very north end of the lake along the banks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 2. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-4 feet up Big San Bois Creek and in strip pits; look for improvement with warmer days. 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.

Solunar Tables

Friday—Good; 7:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Saturday—Best; 8:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Sunday—Best; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday—Best; 10:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday—Good; 11:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Wednesday—Good (New Moon); noon to 5:50 p.m.

Thursday—Good; 1:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.