, Muskogee, OK


April 25, 2014

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 —  Greenleaf Bass jackpot in March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $30 entry fee per boat. Four-fish limit, 100 percent payback. Contact: (918) 781-2740. Next week the jackpot shifts to 7-11 p.m. Fridays.


Saturday — FLW Okie Division tourney, Taylor Ferry Marina, Fort Gibson Lake. Info


Lake Country Anglers tournaments, May 3 at Taylor’s Ferry North at Fort Gibson Lake, June 7 Forks River in Muskogee and Sept. 13-14 at Taylor’s Ferry North. Info at  http://lakecountryanglers.

LCA Rising Stars, May 4 at Taylor’s Ferry North at Fort Gibson Lake, June 8 at Three Forks River in Muskogee and Aug. 24 at Taylor’s Ferry North. Info at


Fishing report


Fort Gibson: April 22. Elevation 1 3/4 feet above normal, water 60 and steady. White bass and paddlefish good up the river around Chouteau Bend. Catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and shad. Crappie good to excellent at 3-5 feet until right at dark. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms in shallow water around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: April 21. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Bass good on crankbaits, bill baits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. White bass good on grubs in white and florescent green in the upper end. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and electric chicken jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: April 21. Elevation normal, water 60 and partly murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and jerk baits. White bass fair to good on small lures and minnows below the dam in the upper end and in creeks and tributaries flowing into the lake. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: April 22. Elevation 3/4 feet above normal, water 58. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic baits and chatter baits at 2 feet. Crappie good; moving closer to banks. Catfish good on cut bait. White bass good on small spinnerbaits and grubs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 20. Water upper 40s. Water releases are occurring with one unit running almost constantly. Trout fishing is better and easier with less water moving down the river. Several fish over 3 pounds have been caught on larger spoon type baits at the Watts area. Good numbers of average size fish have been caught on Power Bait around the dam at the edge of the current. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: April 21. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastic baits and crankbaits on windy points. White bass good trolling deep runners in the main lake and good on spoons, spinnerbaits and jigs from Hwy 82 Bridge to above Horseshoe Bend. Crappie good on tube jigs and minnows at 3-20 feet in the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.

Webbers Falls: April 21. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, and spinnerbaits around brush piles, creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh shad and stinkbait along mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around bridges and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.


Eufaula: April 20. Elevation normal, water 61 and clearing. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits shallow along rocky areas and structure. White bass fair around windy points. Blue catfish fair on shad and various catfish baits along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-9 feet around brush, standing timber, boat docks and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 21. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs in grass beds, Hawthorn Pits and up big San Bois Creek. White bass good on rooster tails and twist tail grubs up the Canadian River and Big San Bois Creek. Bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs in mouths of creeks and shallow structure. Catfish fair on trotlines, juglines and rod-and-reel along flats around the Arkansas River in the lake. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.


Solunar tables

Friday—Best; 8:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Saturday—Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday—Good; 9:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Monday—Good; 10:40 a.m. to  3:40 p.m.

Tuesday—Best (New Moon); 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday—Good; 12:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Thursday — Good; 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

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