, Muskogee, OK


November 8, 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.


Nov. 21 — Muskogee Chapter of Ducks Unlimited banquet, Kilharen’s Lodge, 6 p.m. Prices include banquet and annual membership dues and are $50 per person, $65 couples, $30 16-and-under and $250 for sponsorship. Contact: John Griffin, (918) 686-2221 or Randy Menee at (918) 681-7154.

Hunting dates

Bear: Archery: muzzleloader, Oct. 26 – Nov. 3 or until quota is reached (open counties only).

Crow:  To Nov. 16  and  Dec. 9 – March 4; statewide

Dove:  Dec. 21 – 29.

Deer: Archery, To Jan. 15;  Gun: Nov. 23 – Dec. 8.

Holiday antlerless gun season: Dec. 20 – 29.

Pheasant: Dec. 1 – Jan. 31.

Quail: Nov. 9 – Feb. 15.

Rabbit: To March 15.

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

Squirrel: May 15, Jan. 31, 2014.

Fall turkey: To Jan. 15.



Lake report


Fort Gibson: Nov. 4. Elevation 3 1/2 feet above normal and steady. Catfish good on cut bait and shad along all the creeks and inlet water and below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 feet under docks. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. White bass good on curl tail jigs and white spinnerbaits along windy points. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Hudson: Nov. 4. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and buzz baits and on crankbaits along riprap. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: Nov. 5. Elevation 1 1/2 feet above normal, water 55. Catfish good on cut bait. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Nov. 3. Elevation normal with occasional afternoon water releases, water 50s and clear. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. Striped bass being caught on shad and trout in deep holes and good on Alabama and umbrella rigs. Trout good on Power Bait, rooster tails and Rapalas at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes. Fly fishing is good on nymphs below indicator especially in the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.  

Tenkiller: Nov. 4. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water 72-74 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastic baits and crankbaits around windy points. White bass fair on rooster tails, roadrunners and spoons around windy points and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.


Eufaula: Nov. 3. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around boat docks and off points. Blue catfish fair on shad along shallow flats. Crappie fair along riprap and boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Nov. 5. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools and around creeks. Crappie fair in deeper submerged brush locations. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 feet close to creek and river channels and good on cut bait, pole fishing in the river channel. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar tables

Friday—Fair; 2:55 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 3:55 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Sunday—Good; 4:20 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Monday—Best; 5:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday—Best; 6:05 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.

Wednesday—Fair; 6:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Thursday—Fair; 7:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

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