, Muskogee, OK

May 17, 2013

Outdoor notebook


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.


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.


June 1 – 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

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, Brian Fletcher/Shane Berry , 12-2

2, Gary Gott/Orval Holmes, 11-3

Big Bass: Brian Fletcher/Shane Berry, 5-6


Hunting dates

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


 Ft. Gibson: May 13. Elevation 2 1/2 feet above normal, water 65 and clear. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 1 foot around any rocky banks and structure on hour after daylight and one hour before dark. Catfish excellent on whole shad and juglines drifting the main river and the flats. Paddlefish excellent in the Chouteau Bend area. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 feet. White bass fair in the creeks and starting to move back into the main lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: May 12. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 63. Largemouth bass good on Slug-Gos and jigs shallow. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs shallow. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 14. Excellent on soft jerk baits, Sinko, Yum Dingers and chatter baits shallow around stumps and cover. Crappie excellent on minnows, jigs, Strike King's joker and Slab Doctor's baby shad shallow around brush along banks and in the lake. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

Hudson: May 14. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits. White bass good on small lures below dams and mouths of creeks. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and liver. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: May 14. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 60. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-5 feet. Catfish excellent on cut bait at 40-50 feet. White bass fair trolling rattletraps. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and plastic baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Tenkiller: May 13. Elevation 5 feet. above normal and rising, water murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on spinnerbaits, buzz baits and topwater lures in flooded brush. Crappie slow on minnows in coves and docks. Sunfish fair on worms in docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

Webbers Falls: May 14. Bass excellent on tubes, chatter baits, flipper and Zoom brush hogs shallow around stumps and cover. Crappie excellent shallow around stumps and flats. Fish are spawning. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.


Eufaula: May 12. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water 64 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around buck brush and riprap areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on various baits along shallow flats and moving into rocky areas. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 feet along banks and traditional spawning areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 11. 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 fair close to creek channels on submerged brush. 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-Poor; 4:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Saturday-Good; 5:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Sunday-Good; 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday-Good; 7:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Tuesday-Poor; 8:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Wednesday-Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday-Good; 9:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.