, Muskogee, OK


November 1, 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.


Today-Sunday: National Wild Turkey Federation, Women in Outdoors classes, Tenkiller Park. Call (918) 489-5025, ext. 5. One-day enrollment is $65 and two-day, $80.

Hunting dates

Bear: Archery: 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.

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: Oct. 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around all structure. White bass good on white curly-tail grubs with red jig heads around windy points. Catfish good drifting the flats and back fishing below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and soft baits at 5-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: Oct. 27. Elevation 1 foot below normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 feet. Catfish fair on cut bait at 20 feet. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 Hudson: Oct. 29. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits around brush piles and on crankbaits along riprap. Blue catfish good on juglines, trotlines and tight-lines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone: Oct. 29. Elevation normal, water 64. Catfish good on cut bait. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plugs. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

 Lower Illinois: Oct. 27. Elevation normal with occasional releases, water 60s and clear. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and striped bass abundant toward the mouth of the river where the Arkansas River water mixes. Striped bass being caught on shad and trout in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait and rooster tails at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing is good on nymphs below the dam especially in the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Tenkiller: Oct. 28. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water low 70s and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on shad type crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs in docks and around brush. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.


Eufaula: Oct. 27. Elevation 1/2 foot below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around points and boat docks. Blue catfish fair along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks, standing timber and under bridges. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: Oct. 28. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair in deeper submerged brush locations. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 feet close to creek and river channels and on cut bait, pole fishing in the river channel. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.


 Waterfowl report


Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is .75 feet below 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. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2. A few migrant flocks of whitefronts were observed moving over the area in the past week. No millet was planted due to summer lake elevations. Native vegetation is very limited due to higher lake elevations through the summer.

 Solunar Tables

Friday—Fair; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday—Good; 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Sunday—Best (New Moon); 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday—Fair; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Poor; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday—Poor; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday—Poor; 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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