MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 25, 2013

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.

AHEAD

Feb. 2 – Oklahoma Furbearers Association Fur Sale at Chandler Expo Center. All wild furs are accepted, furs can be stretched and dried, green or on the carcass. All trappers, coon hunters and predator callers are welcome to attend and sell furs. For more information call either John Weygandt at (918)645-5667 or Shannon Sheffert at (405)742-7884.

Feb. 8-9 – Illinois River Fly Fishing School, Tenkiller State Park community center. Cost: $150 with orientation at 8 a.m. Friday. Hourly sessions through Saturday morning. The clinic will offer in depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots, flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. Fly rods available for loan on Saturday, but participants who own their own gear are encouraged to bring it. Meals for the event are available for $30 or participants can provide their own. Participants must book their own cabins by calling (918) 489-5643. For information on the clinic or to register, contact Mark Patton, (405) 340-1992.

Feb. 13 — Bass Techniques is a series of four face-to-face sessions, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 and continuing Wednesday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Monday, March 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Tulsa Community College. The classroom setting where participants can learn first-hand from five of America’s top professional anglers as the 2013 Bassmaster Classic approaches. Those who will teach are Bassmaster veteran Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Grand Lake guide Ivan Martin and former BASS pro Jim Morton. Cost: $99. To enroll: (918) 595-7200.

Feb. 22-24: 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Tulsa and Grand Lake. Launch: Grand Lake (Wolf Creek area of Grove) with Weigh-in at the BOK Center. Expo: Tulsa Convention Center.

March 3 – Murray State High School Fishing Open, Murray, Ky., in partnership with FLW, The Bass Federation (TBF) and the Bluegrass State Games. The winning team will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Murray State. Teams can register online at register.highschoolfishing.org.



Hunting seasons

CROW  – To March 4,  statewide.

DEER SEASONS – The archery deer season runs through Jan. 15.

PHEASANT  –  To Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL —  To Feb. 15  statewide (second Sat in Nov. through Feb. 15.)

RABBIT – To March 15 on cottontail, swamp and jackrabbit, no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – To Jan. 31, statewide

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

NORTHEAST


Hudson: Jan.21. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 feet around heated docks and brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  Jan. 22. Elevation 4 1/2 feet below normal, water 44. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Catfish good on cut bait near channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois:  Jan.y 21. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-2 feet along coves and bridge. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet in coves. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-4 feet at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet in coves. 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: Jan. 21. Elevation 10 feet below normal, water 50 and clear. All fishing slow. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

SOUTHEAST

Eufaula: Jan. 20. Elevation 5 feet below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.



Solunar Tables

Friday—Best; 9:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 9:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Sunday—Good; 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday—Good; 11:35 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Tuesday—Good; 12:25 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.

Wednesday—Fair; 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Thursday—Fair; 2:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.