, Muskogee, OK


December 6, 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.

No events slated.

Hunting dates

Crow: Dec. 9 – March 4; statewide

Dove:  Dec. 21 – 29.

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

Holiday antlerless gun season: Dec. 20 – 29.

Pheasant: Dec. 1 – Jan. 31.

Quail: To 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: Dec.  1. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and steady. Catfish good on chicken liver and whole shad, getting less bites on the shad but catching bigger fish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under the docks and structure. White bass fair on plastic minnows and white grubs fished slowly just off bottom. Largemouth bass slow. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: Dec.  4. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits. Paddlefish slow around the islands and Sailboat Bridge and will only get better with the cold weather. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: Dec.  3. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on silver and blue crankbaits and chartreuse spinnerbaits at 4-6 ft. Catfish good on cut shad and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in purple and black at 12-16 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Keystone: Dec.  3. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 44. Catfish good on cut bait. Striped bass fair on bucktails. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Dec.  1. Water low 50s with occasional water releases. White bass and striped bass being caught on curly tail grubs and crankbaits towards the mouth of the river. Trout good on Power Bait on bottom in deeper holes, especially as the sun rises. Nymph fishing good below riffles and at the head of holes. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: Nov. 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and bass jigs deep around rocky points and ledges. Catfish fair on cut shad at 40-50 ft. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs at 20-25 ft. around docks and brush piles. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.

Webbers Falls: Dec.  3. Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in white and chartreuse and on watermelon colored creature baits. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on black and purple jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.


Eufaula: Dec.  1. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad along deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along riprap and docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Dec.  2. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper submerged brush locations, in the mouth of the Big San Bois Creek and around riprap. Blue catfish good on cut bait drifting in the river channel in the lake and on trotlines near the channel. Bass fair around points and in deeper pools in the river. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.


Waterfowl report

Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. Hunter activity is light to moderate. No millet was planted due to summer lake elevations. Native vegetation is very limited due to higher lake elevation through the summer.

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is 2.17 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low.

Keystone - Zone 2: Water level is 1.04 above normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Almost all sloughs are holding water in the area. Cottonwood WDU is 50 percent full with good habitat conditions on the northern most part of the unit. Duck and goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is high and success is good. Some birds arrived with recent cold front.

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 3.8 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low, and success is low. Bird movement is slow.


Solunar Tables

Friday—Good; 1:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 2:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Sunday—Best; 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monday—Best; 3:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Tuesday—Fair; 4:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday—Poor; 5:35 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Thursday — Poor; 6:25 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

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