, Muskogee, OK


May 2, 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.


Fridays— Greenleaf Bass Jackpot, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per boat.  Pay at the ramp. Contact: (918) 781-2740.


Saturday — OKC Kayak Tournament Trail, Illinois River at the Todd Public Access at 3 p.m. Tournament entry fee is $40 and includes river fishing fees. Contact: (918) 440-6308 or  (405) 235-2925 or by email at

Monday— Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Regular Commission Meeting.  Meetings are held monthly at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Building (auditorium), 1801 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK at 9  a.m.


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


1. Trent Tolbert/Brooks Tolbert, 3-1

2. Bill Shores/Johnny Capps, 12-13

Big Bass.  Mike Dause, 4-10

BFL Okie Division at Eufaula


1. Justin Phillips, Checotah, five bass, 21-15, $4,244.

2. Matt Pangrac, Norman, five bass, 21-0, $2,122

3. Jeff Reynolds, Calera,  five bass, 18-14, $1,413

4. Kevin Rich, Cushing, five bass, 18-2, $990

5. Rick Kelley, Ada,  five bass, 17-15, $849


1. David Leonard, Owasso, 21-1, $2,122.

2. Benny Williams Jr., Poteau, five bass, 18-15, $1,061

3. Greg Green, Tulsa, five bass, 18-13, $707


6. Brad Dearman, Fort Gibson, five bass, 13-10, $389

Hunting dates:

Spring turkey: Through May 6.

Antelope archery: Oct. 1-14 (open areas)

Bear: Archery: Oct. 1-20 (open counties only); muzzleloader, Oct. 26-Nov. 3 or until quota is reached (open counties only).

Crow:  Oct. 10-Nov. 16  and  Dec. 9-Mar. 4, 2014; statewide

Dove:  Sept. 1-Oct. 31 and Dec. 21-29.

Deer: Archery, Oct. 1 to Jan. 15; muzzleloading opens Oct. 26-Nov.3. Gun: Nov. 23-Dec. 8.

Youth deer gun: Oct. 18-20.

Holiday antlerless gun season: Dec. 20-29.

Pheasant: Dec. 1-Jan. 31, 2014.

Quail: Nov. 9-Feb. 15.

Rabbit: Oct. 1-March 15.

Jackrabbit: Oct. 1-March 15 (west of I-35 only)

Squirrel: May 15, Jan. 31, 2014.

Fall turkey: Oct. 1-Jan. 15, 2014.


Lake report


 Fort Gibson: April 27. Elevation 1 foot above normal and falling, water 59 and stained. Crappie and white bass are recovering from a water drop of 10 feet and are slow in the shallows and creeks but they are picking up the spawn again. Catfish excellent on cut bait and shad in the main river and creeks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand:April 28. Elevation 3 feet above normal, water 57. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs in pre-spawn staging areas. White bass fair on small crankbaits and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 feet. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait shallow. Paddlefish fair up river. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: April 29. Elevation normal, water 56. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and jigs. White bass good on small lures and minnows in the mouths of creeks and in the upper end of the lake below the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Paddlefish good in the upper end of the lake and the river system. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: April 30. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 60. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait and liver. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 29. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and minnows at 2-3 feet all along the river. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet all along the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 2 feet at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet all along the river. Trout excellent on flies on the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 feet and on Power Bait from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Tenkiller: April 29. Elevation normal, water 64 and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on shallow baits at 5-10 ft. Crappie fair on roadrunners and tube jigs at 10-15 ft. in docks. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.


Eufaula: April 28. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 62 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brushy and rocky areas. White bass fair on small spinnerbaits and jigs in feeder creeks with water flow. Blue catfish good on shad along shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-6 ft. around brushy and rocky areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 26. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits and good on topwater lures off points, along creek channels and in coves up river in coves. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls; white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. up Big San Bois Creek, in strip pits and shallow weed areas; look for crappie fishing to improve on the north side of the lake as it slows on the south side. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar Tables

Friday-Good; 6:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Saturday-Best; 7 a.m. to noon

Sunday-Best; 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday-Fair; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Good; 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 a.m.

Wednesday-Good; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday-Good (New Moon); 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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