, Muskogee, OK


November 16, 2012

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.


Dec. 27-30: Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance youth camp for kids 12-18 near Chickasha. This will be limited to the first 35 youths. Age limit is 12 – 18, or under 12 with an accompanying adult. If you are interested contact John Weygandt at or by phone (918) 645-5667.

Hunting seasons

CROW  – Dec. 9-Mar. 4,  statewide.

DOVE  –  Dec. 22-30.

DEER SEASONS: The archery deer season runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. The muzzleloading season opens on the fourth Saturday in Oct. and runs for nine days. The deer gun  season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving  and runs for 16 days.

ARCHERY  – Oct. 1-Jan. 15.

GUN  –  Nov. 17-Dec. 2 (antlerless days vary by zone)

HOLIDAY ANTLERLESS DEER GUN SEASON  – Dec. 21-30  (Open only in certain zones).

PHEASANT  –   Dec. 1-Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL: Nov. 10-Feb. 15, statewide (second Sat in Nov. thru Feb. 15.)

RABBIT:Cottontail and swamp Oct. 1-Mar. 15, statewide; jackrabbit Oct. 1  – Mar. 15  (west of I-35 only); no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – May 15-Jan. 31, statewide

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Archery: Oct. 1 – Jan 15, Gun: Nov. 3-16 (Only in open counties); 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: Nov. 10. Elevation normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and worms at 5-15 feet Catfish good on sunfish and shad drifting and on juglines in the main channel north of Taylors Ferry Bridge. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 feet around any underwater structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

 Greenleaf: Nov. 13. Bass good on chatter and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs with plastic imitation baits. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

 Hudson: Nov. 13. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on small black jigs and minnows around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Lower Illinois: Nov. 12. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 feet in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 feet all along the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-3 feet along 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 in coves and under bridge. 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: Nov. 12. Elevation 8 feet below normal, water 64-66, water clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good in 3-6 feet on soft plastics. Crappie good at 5-10 feet on tube jigs or minnows. Sunfish good in docks on worm-tipped jigs at 5-10 feet. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 Webbers Falls: Nov. 13. Bass good on spinner baits, shad and chatter baits. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.


 Eufaula: Nov. 11. Elevation 4 1/2 feet below normal, water clear. Striped bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits in rocky areas. Channel catfish fair on shad in shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in riprap and around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 Robert S. Kerr: Nov. 12. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points and along creek channels. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White and striped bass good on minnows and shad crankbaits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. 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 — Fair 12:45-5:45 p.m.

Saturday — Fair; 1:45-6:45 p.m.

Sunday — Good; 2:45-7:45 p.m.

Monday — Best; 3:40-8:40 p.m.

Tuesday — Good; 4:10-9:10 a.m.

Wednesday — Best; 5-10 a.m.

Thursday — Best; 5:45-10:45 a.m.

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