, Muskogee, OK

February 8, 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.


Friday-Saturday — Illinois River Fly Fishing School, Tenkiller State Park community center. Cost: $150 with orientation at 8 a.m. Friday. Hourly sessions through Saturday morning. The clinic will offer in depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots, flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. Fly rods available for loan on Saturday, but participants who own their own gear are encouraged to bring it. Meals for the event are available for $30 or participants can provide their own. Participants must book their own cabins by calling (918) 489-5643. For information on the clinic or to register, contact Mark Patton, (405) 340-1992.

Wednesday — Bass Techniques is a series of four face-to-face sessions, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 and continuing Wednesday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Monday, March 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Tulsa Community College. The classroom setting where participants can learn first-hand from five of America’s top professional anglers as the 2013 Bassmaster Classic approaches. Those who will teach are Bassmaster veteran Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Grand Lake guide Ivan Martin and former BASS pro Jim Morton. Cost: $99. To enroll: (918) 595-7200.


Feb. 22-24: 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Tulsa and Grand Lake. Launch: Grand Lake (Wolf Creek area of Grove) with Weigh-in at the BOK Center. Expo: Tulsa Convention Center.

March 3 – Murray State High School Fishing Open, Murray, Ky., in partnership with FLW, The Bass Federation (TBF) and the Bluegrass State Games. The winning team will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Murray State. Teams can register online 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

Lake report


Fort Gibson: Feb. 2. Elevation 1 foot above normal, water stained. Catfish good on juglines with whole shad and at 15-20 feet drift fishing the main channel. Crappie excellent at 15-20 feet around the docks. White bass good on whole small shad Carolina-rigged on bottom. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and Slugg-O worms. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Hudson: Feb. 5. Elevation normal. Black bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs around brush piles. Blue catfish good on but bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Keystone:  February 5. Elevation 4 feet below normal, water 45. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: Feb. 4. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 3 feet along coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 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 jigs at the mouth of the river. 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: Feb. 4. Elevation 9 feet below normal, water 48-50 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs around rocks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.


Eufaula:  February 3. Elevation 5 feet below normal, water clear. Black bass and sand bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad on the flats. Crappie fair on small minnows and jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Robert S. Kerr: February 5. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. Spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentration of gulls. Crappie good up Big San Bois Creek around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair 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-Good; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday-Good; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday-Best (New Moon); 10:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Monday-Best; 11:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Tuesday-Best; 12:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday-Fair; 1:10 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Thursday-Poor; 2:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.