April 2, 2020 - 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

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Courtesy dock is in.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. The sheltered fishing pier in Town Bay is temporarily closed. It is being used as a DNR satellite hatchery to collect walleye eggs for stockings. Local DNR staff have been setting gillnets at Black Hawk Lake during the night to capture adult walleyes and collect eggs. The fish are then returned to the lake. Eggs will be shipped to Rathbun Hatchery and stocked around the state after they hatch. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed, but keepers are 8-10 inches.Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair: Shore fishing is productive this time of year. Recent gillnet catch numbers suggest a good population of large adult walleyes in Black Hawk Lake.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in at the south boat ramps.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing is productive. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers have been picking up good numbers of perch in the marina. Look for fishing to pick up this time of year along the north and east shore as walleye move into the shallows during evenings and nights. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are picking up good numbers of perch in the marina.Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

Water temperatures are around 50 degrees on most waters. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The courtesy dock at the Island boat ramp is in. The water temperature is in the mid-forties. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use chicken liver or cut bait fished on the bottom where water is following into the lake. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing is picking up. Try a jig and minnow in the east shore after sundown. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught from the jetties. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being caught from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is ice free. No fishing activity reported.

Winnebago River
The Winnebago River is still up from recent rains. Fish the current breaks below a dam. Northern Pike – Slow. Walleye – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
The lake is completely ice free.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. The lake is ice free as of March 28th. The water temperature is 44 degrees. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
The lake is completely ice free.

Lost Island Lake
The lake is completely ice free. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The lake is completely ice free.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. The lake is ice free as of March 29th. The water temperature is 40 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Black Crappie – Good.

Trumbull Lake
The lake is completely ice free. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. The lake is ice free as of March 29th. The water temperature is 40 degrees. Bluegill – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. All area lakes are 100 percent open. Boat ramps are open for use. Cities, counties, state parks and wildlife bureaus are putting courtesy docks in place. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures range from 40 to 45 degrees. The bite should pick up as temperatures continue to rise. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 26, 2020 - 2:33 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

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Courtesy dock is in.

Black Hawk Lake
Courtesy docks are in at all boat ramps. Anglers are catching panfish in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill in Town Bay. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in at the south boat ramps.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been productive. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers have been picking up good numbers of perch in the marina. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The main lake is ice free. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a dead chub or cut bait fished on the bottom where water is following into the lake. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing is picking up. Try a jig and minnow in the east shore after sundown. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught from the jetties. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being caught from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is about 50 percent ice free. No fishing activity reported.

Lower Pine Lake
Lower Pine Lake is free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Winnebago River
The Winnebago River is still up from recent rains. Fish the current breaks below a dam. Northern Pike – Slow. Walleye – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

Lost Island Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair: Black Crappie – Good.

Trumbull Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult with minimal boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly, creating open water fishing opportunities at many smaller area lakes. Spirit, East and West Okoboji are still mostly covered with ice, but there are a few boat ramps that are clear allowing access to the water. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 26, 2020 - 10:54 am - Posted in Sports

Schedules for the 2020 football regular season are now available for all participating schools.

District and group assignments were posted in February, following Board of Control approval. This arrangement is in place for just one year, as opposed to the usual two-year football cycle.

Class 4A has also implemented a success model for its group format and regular season scheduling.

Regular season football schedules are determined by the IHSAA. Regular season schedules for all other IHSAA sports are determined by member schools and their conferences.

Districts and groups are assigned by the IHSAA, then schools select preferred non-district opponents through a priority list. The IHSAA attempts to align schedules with as many priority list selections as possible, however opponents and availability cannot be guaranteed.

CLASS 4A
CLASS 3A
CLASS 2A
CLASS 1A
CLASS A
Sheldon
08/28 Estherville Lincoln Central
09/04 @ South O’Brien, Paullina
09/11 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/18 OABCIG
09/25 @ Sioux Center
10/02 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/09 West Lyon, Inwood
10/16 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
10/23 @ MOC-Floyd Valley

 

 

 

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
08/28 @ Western Christian, Hull
09/04 West Lyon, Inwood
09/11 Unity Christian, Orange City
09/18 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
09/25 @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton
10/02 Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
10/09 LeMars
10/16 @ Spencer
10/23 Storm Lake

 

 

 

Western Christian, Hull
08/28 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/04 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
09/11 @ Spirit Lake
09/18 West Lyon, Inwood
09/25 Sibley-Ocheyedan
10/02 @ West Sioux, Hawarden
10/09 @ Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/16 Hinton
10/23 @ Emmetsburg

 

 

West Sioux, Hawarden
08/28 Akron-Westfield
09/04 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
09/11 @ Sioux Center
09/18 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
09/25 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/02 Western Christian, Hull
10/09 @ Hinton
10/16 @ Emmetsburg
10/23 Sibley-Ocheyedan

 

 

Unity Christian, Orange City
08/28 @ Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
09/04 Western Christian, Hull
09/11 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/18 West Sioux, Hawarden
09/25 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/02 @ West Lyon, Inwood
10/09 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
10/16 Sheldon
10/23 @ Sioux Center

 

 

Sioux Center
08/28 LeMars
09/04 @ Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
09/11 West Sioux, Hawarden
09/18 @ Spirit Lake
09/25 Sheldon
10/02 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
10/09 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/16 West Lyon, Inwood
10/23 Unity Christian, Orange City

 

MOC-Floyd Valley
08/28 Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/04 @ Estherville Lincoln Central
09/11 Storm Lake
09/18 @ LeMars
09/25 @ West Lyon, Inwood
10/02 Sioux Center
10/09 Unity Christian, Orange City
10/16 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/23 Sheldon

 

 

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
08/28 Okoboji, Milford
09/04 @ Cherokee, Washington
09/11 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
09/18 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/25 South O’Brien, Paullina
10/02 @ Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
10/09 @ MMCRU
10/16 Akron-Westfield
10/23 Lawton-Bronson

 

 

 

Sibley-Ocheyedan
08/28 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
09/04 @ Okoboji, Milford
09/11 Sheldon
09/18 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
09/25 @ Western Christian, Hull
10/02 @ Hinton
10/09 Emmetsburg
10/16 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/23 @ West Sioux, Hawarden

 

 

 

Harris-Lake Park
08/28 Coon Rapids-Bayard
09/04 @ Glidden-Ralston
09/11 @ Newell-Fonda
09/18 St. Mary’s, Remsen
09/25 Kingsley-Pierson
10/02 @ Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire or GTRA
10/09 @ West Bend-Mallard
10/16 River Valley, Correctionville
10/23 Siouxland Christian

 

 

 

West Lyon, Inwood
08/28 Hinton
09/04 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/11 Spencer
09/18 @ Western Christian, Hull
09/25 MOC-Floyd Valley
10/02 Unity Christian, Orange City
10/09 @ Sheldon
10/16 @ Sioux Center
10/23 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

 

 

 

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
08/28 @ OABCIG
09/04 @ West Sioux, Hawarden
09/11 LeMars
09/18 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/25 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
10/02 @ Sheldon
10/09 Sioux Center
10/16 MOC-Floyd Valley
10/23 @ West Lyon, Inwood

 

 

 

March 19, 2020 - 2:45 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

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Courtesy docks are in at all boat ramps. Anglers are catching panfish in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill in Town Bay.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye fishing has been productive this week, but will likely slow down with rising water levels this weekend. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Target walleye in areas below riffles and in deeper pools.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been productive this week. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The main lake is about 70 percent open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a dead chub fished on the bottom. Walleye – Slow: Wader fishing is picking up. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Lower Pine Lake is free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Upper Pine Lake
Upper Pine Lake is mostly free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Winnebago River
Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are being caught below the dams.

Ice conditions have deteriorated with the warm temperatures. Ice fishing is not recommended. Area Rivers are up, but the fishing should improve as water levels drop. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. But there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple available boat ramps. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

Lost Island Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple available boat ramps. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with minimal available boat ramps. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed.

Willow Creek
Willow Creek was stocked on Feb. 21st for the Osceola County Trout Fest. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly and made ice fishing near impossible. Many area lakes have opened up significantly, allowing for open water fishing in certain areas.Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been turned off. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 12, 2020 - 2:00 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

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is ice free. Anglers are catching panfish in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill in Town Bay.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Target walleye in areas below riffles and in deeper pools.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake is ice free. The after ice-out fishing has been productive. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

Lakes are ice free in West Central Iowa. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended. The main lake has open water on the south and east shore. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a dead chub fished on the bottom.

Winnebago River
Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are being caught below the dams.

Ice conditions have deteriorated with the warm temperatures. Ice fishing is not recommended. Area Rivers are up, but the fishing should improve as water levels drop. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Lost Island Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly.Ice fishing is not recommended. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The aeration system has been turned off. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly.Ice fishing is not recommended. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed.

Willow Creek
Willow Creek was stocked on Feb. 21st for the Osceola County Trout Fest. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. Ice fishing is not recommended. Warm weather has made access very hard. Many area lakes have opened up significantly, allowing for open water fishing in certain areas. Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been turned off. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 6, 2020 - 6:18 am - 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

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Ice is deteriorating fast and will open up soon. Any remaining ice is unsafe. Yellow Perch – Fair: As of March 5th, there are open water fishing opportunities in Town Bay Inlet Bay.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice is deteriorating fast with warm temperatures and windy conditions. Any remaining ice is unsafe. There are open water angling opportunities near the inlet and in Marina Bay.

Many lakes are starting to open up with warm temperatures and windy conditions; any remaining ice is unsafe. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. Use caution near the aeration systems and near the rushes. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on a variety of baits. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. Best bite is during low light periods. Black Crappie – Slow: Use your electronics to find suspended fish in the deeper dredge cuts in the little lake. Best bite is early morning. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a small spoon tipped with cut bait or several waxworms. You have to move around to find fish. Best bite is late afternoon.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended on upper or lower pine lakes.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Best bite is late afternoon. Yellow Perch – Slow:Try a small jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Best bite is early morning and late afternoon.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Ice thickness is 11 to 14 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the west side of the lake, north of the boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice thickness is 14 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Ice thickness is 15 to 19 inches. The aeration system has been started. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

Lost Island Lake
Ice thickness is around 16 to 20 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice thickness is 14 to 17 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the east side of the lake. Signs are up around the aeration holes.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice thickness is 16 to 20 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 20 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Ice conditions are variable. Beware of heaves at Atwell and Gull Point; don’t drive over heaves/seams. Ice thickness has been up to 14 inches in small bays and thinner on the main lake. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed.

Willow Creek
Willow Creek was stocked on Feb. 21st for the Osceola County Trout Fest. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice thickness is 14 to 20 inches on area lakes. Ice thickness on area lakes is ranging from 14-20 inches. Ice conditions are deteriorating due to warm weather making accessing the lakes harder, but once on the lake ice is generally good. Be weary of holes caused by springs/methane release. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow; most of these areas have little to no ice. Aeration systems are active at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 2, 2020 - 9:53 am - Posted in Sports

Boys Basketball All Siouxland Conference Basketball teams are out.

Unanimous selections were Alex Van Kalsbeek of MOC-Floyd Valley, Tanner Te Slaa of Boyden-Hull, Jalyn Gramstad of West Lyon, and Lucas Lorenzen of Okoboji.

1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Alex Van Kalsbeek*** MOC-Floyd Valley 12
Tanner Te Slaa*** Boyden-Hull 10
Jalyn Gramstad*** West Lyon 12
Lucas Lorenzen*** Okoboji 10
Keyton Moser Boyden-Hull 12
Alex Godfredsen Rock Valley  11
Matt Haken George-Little Rock 12

*** = unanimous selection

2ND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Kyle Christy MOC-FV 12
Jamison Helmers Okoboji 12
Logan Meyer WL 12
Payton Mauldin G-LR 12
Zach Lutmer CL 9

3RD TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Marcus Kelderman B-H 11
Bryson Van Grootheest RV 10
Wilson Harshbarger SC 12
Tye Sudbeck Sheldon 11
Carter Brouwer S-O 11

HONORABLE MENTION

Caleb Mayer S-O 12
Mitchel Wolf Sheldon 12
Eli Hibma SC 11
Cole Hoogendoorn CL 12
Ben Anderson G-LR 11
Kyle Martin Okoboji 12
Jaxon Meyer WL 10
Jaxon Rus RV 12
Andrew Frick B-H 12
Keegan Douma MOC-FV 12

March 2, 2020 - 9:52 am - Posted in Sports

The Girls Basketball All-Siouxland Conference teams are out.

Named to the first team was unanimously was Kallyn Stumbo and Magan Christopherson both of Okoboji, Hayden Heimensen of Central Lyon, Brooke Meyer of West Lyon, and Brooke Zylstra of Boyden-Hull.

*** = unanimous selection

1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Kallyn Stumbo*** Okoboji 12
Magan Christopherson*** Okoboji 12
Hayden Heimensen*** CL 11
Brooklyn Meyer*** WL 10
Brooke Zylstra*** B-H 12
Jazlin De Haan MOC-FV 11
Lexi Van Kekerix RV 11

2ND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Camry Jones Okoboji 12
Mallory Nilles B-H 12
Dana Den Herder SC 12
Abby Heemstra RV 11
Madison Brouwer S-O 9

3RD TEAM ALL CONFERENCE

Kennedy Kramer WL 11
Delanie Niemyer MOC-FV 12
Jacie Vander Waal SC 11
Mackensie Post G-LR 11
Kiley Metzger CL 12

HONORABLE MENTION

Emily Greve G-LR 11
Brooklyn Grady Sheldon 11
Bria Wasmund S-O 9
Kaylee Vande Hoef RV 12
Hope Arends SC 11
Kiernan Groendyke MOC-FV 11
Emma Zoet B-H 11
Haley Knoblock WL 11
Sutton Schlumbohm CL 12
Carissa Doran Okoboji 12

March 2, 2020 - 9:52 am - Posted in Sports

2019-20 Siouxland Conference Wrestling teams are out.

1st Team All-Conference

106 Coy De Boer FR Sheldon-SOS 27 – 4
113 Osvaldo Ocampo JR Sheldon-SOS 29 – 4
120 Donovan Morales JR CL/GLR 24 – 13
126 Jaxson Rozeboom SOPH BH-RV 31 – 10
132 Blake Abrahamson SR OKO 27 – 8
138 Dao Keokhamthong SOPH SC 26 – 3
145 Garrett Sarringar JR S-O 31 – 8
152 Johnny Perez SR WL 35 – 10
160 Kalen Meyer JR CL/GLR 32 – 1
170 Gabe Ter Wee SOPH WL 27 – 7
182 Zach Rozeboom SOPH SC 33 – 3
195 Dylan Winkel JR CL/GLR 31 – 0
220 Easton Fleshman SOPH WL 18 – 4
285 Chris Van Der Brink SR BH-RV 37-2
At-Large Johnny Hua SR MOC-FV 30 – 5
At-Large Hunter Abrahamson SR OKO 33 – 10
At-Large Chayce Hooyer SR SC 24 – 8
At-Large Adam Mohning SR SC 28 – 12
At-Large Jarrett Meyer SR CL/GLR 24 – 1

2nd Team All-Conference

106 Zach Severson SOPH WL 26 – 15
113 Jacob Pytleski JR CL/GLR 21 – 15
132 Isaac Bruggeman SR WL 22 – 7
138 Cason Johannes SOPH Sheldon-SOS 24 – 6
145 Tanner Severson JR WL 24 – 11
152 Mason Vaas SR MOC-FV 17 – 8
160 Dahson De Jong JR S-O 37 – 7
170 Ernesto Cardenas JR SC 13 – 9
182 Bryce Vande Weerd SR CL/GLR 28 – 7
At-Large Kyler Grems SR WL 28 – 15
At-Large Josh Riibe JR CL/GLR 30 – 8
At-Large Alberto Ortiz SR S-O 32 – 12
At-Large TK Lang SR Sheldon-SOS 27 – 7
At-Large Jordan Vermeer JR WL 32 – 6

February 28, 2020 - 6:10 am - 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

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake

Ice thickness was 6 inches near the boat ramp on Feb. 27th. Conditions are variable, and will likely worsen with warm weekend temperatures. Use waxworms and minnows near structure to target bluegill, crappie and perch.

Bacon Creek Lake
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
On Feb. 27, there was 11 inches of ice off of Ice House Point boat ramp; this area of the lake has the thickest ice. Conditions are more variable in the east basin of the lake. Ice has started to pull away from the shoreline is some areas. Expect conditions to worsen over the weekend with warm temperatures. Use caution. The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; expect open water and thin ice in Town Bay. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch around Gunshot Hill in the marina and near Provost Point. Keeper-size perch are 8 to 10 inches; sorting is needed. Use waxworms and small minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Most anglers are using waxworms fished near the Ice House Point boat ramp and the rock piles off Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point. Most fish are 7-8 inches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish off the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and in the east basin; use waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in the marina and off the rock pile near Gunshot Hill. Most fish are 8-10 inches; sorting is needed.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness was 4 inches on Feb. 27th. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Brushy Creek Lake
Avoid thin and open areas in the middle of the lake out from the west ramp and near inflows and under bridges. Anglers are still fishing in the north part of the lake and around Taylor’s Island. Expect ice to deteriorate some with the warm weekend temperatures. Yellow Perch – Good: Use waxworms and small minnows. Some sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair. Bluegill – Fair: Use a waxworm or small minnow on a jig fished near structure. Reports of 9 inch keepers.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 14 inches in most areas. Expect small pockets of open water on the west side in the southern portion of the lake and near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice thickness varies anywhere from about 12-20 inches on most areas of the lake. There may be open water near the pressure ridges that extend from Chautauqua Park through the east dredge area to the big island. Another seam runs from the big island to the south shoreline. Expect some degrading ice right along shorelines and heavily used access points with the warmer weekend temperatures. There is open water and thin ice in the marina bay, avoid this area. Walleye – Good: The late winter walleye bite has picked up. Anglers are catching fish throughout the day, but low light hours may be more productive. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. White Bass – Fair.

Ice conditions in west central Iowa have deteriorated some, but most conditions remain fair. However, some ice in the southern part of the district is poor. With warm temperatures this weekend, expect ice to pull away from shorelines and near inflows on some lakes. Use caution and check ice often. There is open water and thin ice in Town Bay of Black Hawk Lake from the aeration system. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. Use caution near the aeration systems. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on a variety of baits. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. Best bite is during low light periods. Black Crappie – Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm on the edge of vegetation. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a small spoon tipped with cut bait or several waxworms. You have to move around to find fish.
Best bite is late afternoon.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches.

Lower Pine Lake
A few reports of anglers catching keeper-size perch and crappie, but most are only catching small bluegill. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Best bite is late afternoon. Yellow Perch – Slow: Try a small jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair. Best bite is early morning and late afternoon.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the west side of the lake, north of the boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 15 inches. The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is closed and will reopen on May 2. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Ice thickness is 15 to 19 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the southeast side of the lake and off the northern boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

Lost Island Lake
Ice thickness is around 16 to 20 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice thickness is 14 to 17 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the east side of the lake. Signs are up around the aeration holes.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 23 inches. The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is closed and will reopen on May 2. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 22 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions are variable. Beware of heaves at Atwell and Gull Point; don’t drive over heaves/seams. Ice thickness has been up to 14 inches in small bays and thinner on the main lake. The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is closed and will reopen on May 2. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed.

Willow Creek
February 21st Willow Creek was stocked with trout for Osceola County Trout Fest. Rainbow Trout – Fair. The Walleye season is currently closed for the Iowa Great Lakes.

Ice thickness is 13 to 18 inches on area lakes. Ice conditions are generally good; be weary of holes caused by springs/methane release. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow; most of these areas have little to no ice. Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been started and signs are up; stay clear of these systems. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.