, Muskogee, OK


March 22, 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.


Saturdays in March — Greenleaf Bass Jackpot, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry: $30 per boat, four-fish limit. Contact: (918) 781-2740.


April 13 — North East Oklahoma Kayak Anglers tournament, Holdenville Lake. Info:

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

Saturday at Greenleaf

1. Jared Thouvanel/Terry Swanner, 14-6

2. Trent Tolbert/Brooks Tolbert, 12-5

Big Bass – Jared Thouvanel/Terry Swanner, 5-1

Hunting seasons

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Gun, 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: March 16. Elevation 1 feet. above normal, water 49 and clear. Paddlefish being caught in the main river in the Mission Bend area. White bass haven’t started their spawning run but are staging below Chouteau Bend and should start moving up in the coming weeks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 feet. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 feet. Catfish good on whole shad Carolina-rigged in the main river. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Hudson: March 19. Elevation 1/2 feet. above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good on small jigs, lures and sassy shad in pearl white and chartreuse. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end of the lake below Pensacola. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  March 19. Elevation normal, water 49. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. White bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois:  March 18. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 2-3 feet. along coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs at 2-3 feet. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 3 feet. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on spinnerbaits and jigs at 1-3 feet. Trout excellent on flies at 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.

Lower Illinois: March 19. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout. The Corps of Engineers will be doing turbine inspections on Tenkiller Dam during March and April and the turbines will be out of use for 4-6 weeks. Report submitted by Josh Johnston, biologist stationed in the east central region.  

Tenkiller: March 18. Elevation 1 feet. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on deep running crankbaits around the main lake points. White bass fair trolling deep running crankbaits. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.


Eufaula: March 17. Elevation 2 1/2 feet. below normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and plastic baits along deeper rocky areas. White bass fair below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on shad along flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 feet. below docks and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 Robert S. Kerr: March 19. March 5. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-4 feet. up Big San Bois Creek and in strip pits; look for improvement with warmer days. 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; 7:45 a.m. To 12:45 p.m.

Saturday–Fair; 8:25 a.m. To 1:20 p.m.

Sunday–Good; 9:10 a.m. To 2:10 p.m.

Monday–Good; 9:55 a.m. To 2:55 p.m.

Tuesday–Good; 10:40 a.m. To 3:40 p.m.

Wednesday–Good (Full Moon); 11:30 a.m. To 3:40 p.m.

Thursday–Good; 12:25 p.m. To 5:25 p.m.

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