, Muskogee, OK

March 28, 2013

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.


Saturdays in April — Greenleaf Bass Jackpot, 8 a.m. to  2 p.m.,. $30 entry fee per boat with 4 fish limit.  Pay at ramp.  Info: (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

1, Butch Lansford/Jay Glasgow, 17-5

2, Jared Thouvanel/Terry Swanner, 14-6

Big Bass: Butch Lansford/Jay Glasgow, 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: March 25. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 51 and clear. White bass are staging for their spawning run in the Chouteau Bend area of the main river. Paddlefish slow in the Chouteau Bend area of the main river. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: February 24. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth bass good on swim baits and jerk baits at 15-25 feet off main lake points. Crappie good on minnows and green jigs at 10-15 feet around structure at night. Paddlefish excellent from Grey's Ranch up river to Miami Park. Catfish excellent drifting or on juglines baited with cut shad at 20-30 feet. White bass fair on small crankbaits and jigs up creeks and streams. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: March 25. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass very good on crankbaits, jigs, swim minnow type baits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good on small lures and jigs in the upper end near Pensacola Dam and mouths of creeks leading into the lake. Paddlefish fair, the run has not started yet. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Lower Illinois: March 25. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass good on minnows at 2 feet in coves and weed beds. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on 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 at the mouth of the deep branch. 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: March 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 50 and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on most types of shallow lures in shallow cover. White bass fair trolling deep running lures from mid lake to the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.


Eufaula: March 24. Elevation 2 1/2 feet below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits along rocky areas. White bass fair on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on shad along flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 feet below docks and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 26. 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 — Best; 1:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

Saturday — Best; 2:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Sunday — Fair; 3:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Monday — Poor; 3:55 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

Tuesday — Poor; 4:55 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Wednesday — Fair; 5:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Thursday — Good; 6:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.