January 22, 2015 - 3:39 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report onThursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

 

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West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Millers Bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20 plus feet of water, size ranging from 7-10 inches. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been seeing an increase in perch activity with the warm weather coming. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 feet of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 feet range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover.  Yellow Perch – Good: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, off Big Stoney, and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow.

 

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills.

 

Five Island Lake

Walleye – Excellent: The walleye bite has really picked up and fish are being caught in dredge holes, and in Town Bay. Fish ranging in the 14-20 inch range are being caught. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are being caught in the deeper holes along with the walleye. Perch are ranging in size from 8-11 inches.

 

Scharnberg Pond

On January 31st Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout at noon.  Rainbow Trout – Fair: Working jigs right below the ice to catch these schooling trout.

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has around 11-12 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers report that the walleye bite is starting to improve. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being picked up just about anywhere, with the best fishing near the east and south shores.  Try a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas. Black Crappie – Slow: Some anglers have been picking up a few crappies near the inlet area.

January 8, 2015 - 2:50 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has 7 to 10 inches of ice depending on location. There is a lot of snow on the ice in the east part of the lake. White Bass – Slow: Some white bass are being picked up fishing out in the deeper dredged areas. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being picked up fishing out in the deeper dredged areas. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been hit and miss. Anglers catching the walleye are fishing in 5 to 6 feet of water with the early mornings and late evenings being the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice Conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 11 inches in places with no snow cover, and 4 inches in snow covered spots. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some quality Perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house 200 yards off the bank. Seven to 9.5 inch fish have been creeled. Walleye – Slow:

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bays. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weedlines in less than 10 feet of water. Crappie – Slow: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 foot of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Yellow Perch – Fair: Millers bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20-plus feet of water, size ranging from 7 to 10 inches. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Limited fishing activity, foot traffic only.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – No Report: Poor ice conditions exist on the east end of the lake extending from the north to south shorelines.

Limited ice fishing activity in the Spirit Lake District. Lakes have variable ice thickness and the recent rain over the weekend has produced slushy ice conditions.

December 31, 2014 - 2:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest Iowa DNRinformation heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

There is about 6.5 inches of ice in the east part of the lake, but the rest of the lake has around four inches. Walleye – Fair: Some walleye are being picked up on the east side of the lake off the east boat ramp and campground area.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Good: Walleye still being caught off of Big Stoney Point. With ice thickness increasing, atv and snowmobile traffic should be safe at this point. The walleye are being caught using Minnows below a bobber. The bite is slow but many walleyes are being caught.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Limited fishing activity, foot traffic only.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – No Report: Poor ice conditions exist on the east end of the lake extending from the north to south shorelines.

December 24, 2014 - 2:58 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest Iowa DNRinformation heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

 

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West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers report 6 inches of ice off the Triboji boat ramp.  Good catches of yellow perch and yellow bass has been reported; however sorting is in order as numbers of small fish is also being caught.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Limited fishing activity, foot traffic only.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – No Report: Limited fishing activity on Big Spirit Lake.

Center Lake

Crappie – No Report: Poor ice conditions exist from the boat ramp north including the whole north shoreline.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – No Report: Poor ice conditions exist on the east end of the lake extending from the north to south shorelines.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Travel on the ice is not advised.  Channel Catfish – No Report:

Five Island Lake

Bluegill – No Report: Thin ice conditions exist in Town Bay as this area was open and had limited ice cover prior to the latest ice up.

NOTE:  Limited ice fishing activity in the Spirit Lake District.  Lakes have variable ice thickness. The rain over the weekend has produced slushy ice conditions.

 

December 18, 2014 - 2:55 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions- Foot traffic advised due to variable ice conditions throughout the lake. Yellow Perch – Slow: Anglers bay- few perch have been caught during or following the warm weather.   Walleye – Slow: walleye bite is slow. Small walleyes are being caught with minnow heads near dark close to shore.

East Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – No Report:

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake was wide open as of Tuesday, but now has ice over most of the lake.  Travel on the ice is not advised.  Channel Catfish – No Report:

December 12, 2014 - 10:13 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.

 

NORTHWEST

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions- Foot traffic advised due to variable ice conditions throughout the lake. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers Bay- fisherman doing well with small jigs and wax worms; 7-11-inch fish are being creeled.  Walleye – Fair: walleyes are being caught during the early morning bite, and later at Stoney Point, Marble access, and Templar; 14-22-inch fish are being creeled.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Windy days present an increase in catch rates; 6-9-inch fish have been reported.

 

Center Lake

Aeration system is active on northwest corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. Channel Catfish – No Report:

 

Minnewashta Lake

Good panfish action (bluegill and crappie) was reported this week.  Sorting is in order as numbers of small fish are being caught; however, persistence and patience will be rewarded with good numbers of angler acceptable size fish in the bag.  Crappie – Good:

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Some fishing activity on Silver Lake with ice measured at six inches at the west boat ramp.  The aeration system is active on the east side of the lake.  Caution is in order as thin ice and open water exists in this area. Due to the high winds the open water area to the south of the aeration system has expanded greatly in size and caution will be in order in this area when colder temps results in freeze up of this currently open water area. Crappie – No Report:

 

Ingham Lake

Aeration system located on the south west corner is active with open water and thin ice exists in this area.  Crappie – No Report:

 

Five Island Lake

Aeration system is active in Town Bay.  Caution is advised as open water and thin ice exists in this area.  Bluegill – No Report:

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Anglers are getting out on the east and north parts of the lake.  There is a large pocket of open water from Boy Scout Island running down to the Casino Point area.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch have been caught while targeting walleye.  The perch are running 8-10 inches. Walleye – Fair: Some walleye are being picked up around the King’s Pointe and Chautauqua areas.  Try using buckshot spoons or JB Weasels.  Black Crappie – Slow:

 

Limited ice fishing activity in the Spirit Lake District.  Lakes are ice covered and ice conditions have improved, with 6 inches measured on area lakes.

December 4, 2014 - 2:19 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa – Customers who have snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road utility vehicles (ORVs), or off road motorcycles (ORMs) registered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will need to renew their registrations by December 31.

Registrations can be renewed by any county recorder office or on the DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov. User permits can be purchased at any location where hunting licenses are sold including the Iowa DNR website.

After December 31 customers can still renew their registration but they will pay a $5 penalty.

 

Resident Snowmobiles

Iowa residents are required to have and display a current Iowa DNR registration and user permit on their snowmobile in order to lawfully operate on any public land or public ice in Iowa.

 

Nonresident Snowmobiles

Nonresident snowmobilers are required to have and display a current registration from their home state and display a current Iowa DNR user permit. If a nonresident resides in a state that does not require or offer snowmobile registration, the only requirement is to display an Iowa DNR user permit.

 

Resident Off-Highway Vehicles

Iowa residents must have and display a current Iowa DNR registration on their ATV, ORV, or ORM to operate on any designated public land or ice in Iowa.  Residents are not required to display an Iowa DNR user permit.

 

Nonresident Off-Highway Vehicles

Non-residents are required to have their machines registered in their home state and display an Iowa DNR user permit.

November 26, 2014 - 2:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.

 

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Big Spirit Lake

Poor ice conditions. Open areas reported last week are expanding in size on the main basin due to the mild weekend weather and high winds experienced this week. Crappie – No Report:

 

Center Lake

Aeration system is active on the northwest corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. Channel Catfish – No Report:

 

East Okoboji Lake

No fishing activity. Due to high winds the very large open area on the south end of the lake is expanding this week. Channel Catfish – No Report:

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Aeration system is active on the east side of the lake.  Caution is in order as thin ice and open water exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:

 

West Okoboji Lake

As of Nov. 24 West Okoboji remains ice free. Crappie – No Report:

 

Ingham Lake

Aeration system located on the south west corner is active with open water and thin ice exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:

 

Five Island Lake

Aeration system is active in Town Bay. Caution is advised as open water and thin ice exists in this area. Bluegill – No Report:

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

There are scattered pockets of open water on Storm Lake.  Travel on the ice is not advised.  Channel Catfish – No Report:

 

No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District.  Most lakes are ice covered; however, ice conditions are poor with 4 inches or less measured on area lakes.

October 30, 2014 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa —  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information of fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

 

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Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active and moving into the shallows.  Wader anglers fishing after dark will enjoy excellent catches; fish the traditional wader sites for the best action.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Last week’s fish management survey of East Okoboji Lake reflected good numbers of large channel catfish sampled at the East Okoboji Lake beach area. Fish cut bait or any traditional catfish bait in this area will produce some excellent pole bending end of the year action.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: With the drop in water temperatures Wader fishing action will increase with good numbers of fish harvested this fall. Excellent opportunities exist to catch that trophy walleye as reports of 10+ pound walleye is common from this lake in the fall. With the clear water, action will be best after dark.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Reports of limits of small yellow approximately 7.0 – 8.0 inches being harvested from West Okoboji Lake.

 

October 21, 2014 - 1:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa’s Pheasant season begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 10. A harvest delayed by fall rain will give the birds plenty of hiding places on opening weekend.  As of Monday, 19 percent of corn and 61 DNR logopercent of the soybeans were harvested statewide.

The DNR will be busy releasing trout over the next several days. On Oct. 23, trout will be released at Petoka in Bondurant at noon and Big Lake in Council Bluffs at 3 p.m.; on Oct. 25 at Discovery Park in Muscatine at 10 a.m. and Wilson Lake in Fort Madison at noon. On Oct. 31, trout will be release in Ottumwa park pond at noon.

Anglers will need to have a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.  The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.

Iowa’s trout fishing season is open year round.

Duck hunters had the late season open in the South Zone last weekend and this Saturday will open in the North Zone and the Missouri River zone. Canada goose hunting season is currently open in all three zones.

Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement can search for and sign up for a course at www.iowadnr.gov. Hunter Education – Online Registration is the top link under Popular Pages. Fall classes are limited and fill quickly so register today.

As of Tuesday morning, hunters have reported harvesting 10,207 deer during the 2014 seasons.  The archery deer season is open through Dec. 5, when it closes during the two shotgun seasons.

Trapping and fur harvester hunting seasons begin Nov. 1.

A favorable forecast will likely mean state park campgrounds will be near capacity again this weekend. The combination of fall colors and nice weather will postpone many from putting their camper away for one more week.

As a reminder, restrooms have been closed at most state parks for the winter. Hydrants are still on and portable toilets are available in the campground.

The high school team from Eddyville/Blakesburg was the winner of Indian Hills’ Culinary Arts competition using invasive silver carp as the key ingredient.

They bested teams from Burlington, Mediapolis, Fort Madison, Ottumwa, Cardinal and Mount Pleasant for a chance to earn a scholarship to the nationally recognized, award winning culinary arts program.