November 14, 2019 - 1:47 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
The lake and marsh are frozen over, but open water fishing is possible at the inlet bridge and in the fish house shelter at Ice House Point.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Anglers have had success fishing the rivers with the colder temperatures. Target pools and deeper areas below riffles – most of these areas in the rivers are still ice free. Walleye – Fair: Use live bait or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in pools.

Most lakes in West Central Iowa have frozen over this past week. Ice is not safe for fishing. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake froze over this week. Ice thickness varies from ½ inch to 2.5 inches; unsafe ice conditions for fishing. Walleye – Slow.

Most lakes in north central Iowa froze over this week. The ice is not thick enough for fishing. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
East Okoboji is iced over. Ice conditions are variable; use caution.

Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake iced over this week and then mostly opened back up. Water temperature is 32 degrees.

West Okoboji Lake
Water is still open. Lake temperature is 36 degrees.

Smaller lakes have an inch or two of ice on them. Some of the larger lakes are still open or are partially frozen. Fishing reports from the district are very limited. Get your ice fishing gear ready and make sure you review your plan for winter conditions and being on the ice. Ice fishing safety equipment should be worn and easily deployed. Early season ice fishing can be some of the best, but can also put anglers in risky situations.For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

November 7, 2019 - 2:11 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
Less fishing activity this week since the cold weather, but anglers are still picking up perch and crappies. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber along the east end of the lake near the outlet Ice House Point and the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber along Ice House Point. Walleye – Slow: Few walleye reports this week.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Anglers have had success fishing the rivers this week with the colder temperatures. Target pools and deeper areas below riffles. Walleye – Fair: Use live bait or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in pools.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Less fishing activity this week due to cold weather, but fish are still being caught. Look for slightly warmer temperatures over the weekend to get out and go fishing. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits, crawlers and twisters fished from shore near the inlet and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Use crankbaits, live bait and twisters near shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore, along docks and in the marina; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or power bait fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch perch from shore docks and in the marina using crawlers or small minnows.

Slightly less fishing activity this last week due to cold weather, but anglers are still having success. River fishing has been productive. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 30’s. The courtesy docks have been removed for the season. Not much fishing activity reported this week with the cold weather. Walleye – Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night.

Crystal Lake
The boat ramp is open. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore.

Rice Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of crawler along the north shore near the boat ramp; also try the deeper water on the south shore by the homes or by the outlet. Best bite is early morning and late evening.

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

The 2019 All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams are out.

Unanimous selections to the first team were Jazlin De Haan of MOC-Floyd Valley and Brooke Zylstra from Boyden-Hull. Orab sophomore Payten Lode was named to the first team. Sioux Center, Central Lyon, and Boyden-Hull each had two first teamers.

1st TEAM
*Jazlin De Haan MOC-FV Jr
*Brooke Zylstra Boyden Hull Sr
Payten Lode Sheldon So
Reagan Jansen Sioux Center Fr
Makenna Traver Sioux Center Sr
Sutton Schlumbohm Central Lyon Sr
Kiley Metzger Central Lyon Sr
Macy Verhoef Boyden Hull So
*unanimous selection

2nd TEAM
Brooklyn Meyer West Lyon So
Madison Van Meeteren Sheldon Sr
Karli Bomgaars MOC-FV Sr
Miah Bleeker Sioux Center Jr
Jewel Bergstrum Boyden Hull So
Sarah Boogerd Boyden Hull So

3rd TEAM
Carla Martinez MOC-FV Jr
Farrah Lewis Central Lyon Sr
Sydney Olson Sheldon Sr
Kennedy Kramer West Lyon Jr
Lexie Van Kekerix Rock Valley Jr
Kaci Klingenberg George Little Rock Sr

HONORABLE MENTION
Kiernan Groendyke MOC-FV Jr
Kaylee Vande Hoef Rock Valley Sr
Madilyn Matuska George Little Rock Sr
Emily Schuttte Sibley-Ocheyedan So
Brooklyn Grady Sheldon Jr
Natalee Greenfield Sioux Center Sr
Hayley Knoblock West Lyon Jr
Hayden Heimensen Central Lyon Jr
Charli Bomgaars Boyden Hull Sr
Camry Jones Okoboji Sr

VB All-Conference Teams 2019

Fall Academic 2019

October 31, 2019 - 2:32 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
Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR will stock trout at Bacon Creek Lake on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up some walleye from Ice House Point and along the east shore near the outlet. Use twisters, crawlers or plastics on a jig head. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use crawlers and cut bait fished on the bottom from the East Shore near the outlet off the inlet bridge and from shore in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use traditional bass lures anywhere along shore. Yellow Perch – Good: Catch perch from shore along the east end of the lake near the outlet Ice House Point and the inlet bridge; use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are having most luck fishing from the fish house and near the inlet bridge. Fish are 6-11 inches. Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near structure using a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch near structure in 5-10 feet of water. Use a small jig with a minnow or crawler.

Moorland Pond
The DNR will stock trout at Moorland Pond tomorrow, Nov. 1 at noon. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing next to shore with twisters or live bait. Fish range from 11 up to mid-20 inches long. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or small power bait.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits, crawlers and twisters fished from shore and near the inlet. Walleye – Fair: Use crankbaits, live bait and twisters near shore on the east shore, north shore and near the inlet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore, along docks and in the marina; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or power bait fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch perch from shore docks and in the marina using crawlers or small minnows.

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

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 40’s. Most of the courtesy docks have been removed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler in 4 to 6 feet of water. Best bite is mid-morning.

Crystal Lake
The boat ramp will open Nov. 4th. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore.

Rice Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of crawler along the north shore near the boat ramp; also try the deeper water on the south shore by the homes or by the outlet. Best bite is early morning and late evening. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on a variety of baits.

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

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught along the weed line and around remaining docks; use small jigs tipped with a worm. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass size quality has been fairly good; fish are being caught in 9-10 feet of water and from docks in the evening. Use small jigs or crankbaits. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing around some of the bridges has picked up. Try in the evening with crankbaits and a jig and minnow.

Lost Island Lake
Reports have been sporadic, but recent sampling shows plenty of gamefish in shallow feeding and getting ready for winter. Walleye numbers continue to be good. Walleye – No Report: Use crankbaits or a jig and minnow fished in the evening or after dark. Try wader fishing with swim baits or a jig and minnow just before dark.

Scharnberg Pond
The DNR stocked 1500 rainbow trout on Oct. 26th. Ice formation may put a pause on fishing. Contact the Clay County Conservation Board to get an update on water conditions. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Use small spinners, cast small jigs or fish jigs under a bobber. This is a great time to take a kid fishing.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Some reports of good walleye fishing. Fall sampling shows great numbers of nice sized walleyes in the lake. Walleye – Good: Try plastic baits and/or jig and minnow fished from shore in the evening.

Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 40 degrees and is falling. Walleye – Good: Fishing in the evening and early morning near shore or with waders has been the most productive. Numerous wader anglers have been out in the evening. Yellow Perch – Good: Perch are being caught in and around the aquatic plants in 8-10 feet of water. Some yellow perch are being caught in deeper water on the basin, but are harder to find. Use minnows or tube jigs. Size quality continues to be good with some sorting. Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Smallmouth bass fishing reports have been sporadic. Smallmouth will be hunting over the weeds and points. Try casting plugs.

Trumbull Lake
Trumbull Lake was renovated in 2012 and restocked with yellow perch and northern pike. Those efforts have yielded better water quality and habitat. Perch growth has been excellent. Anglers are catching several year classes of perch with the largest fish topping 13 inches. Access is best with smaller boats on this shallow natural lake. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has been tough in the recent weather pattern. Larger perch are being caught sporadically with some sorting. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few nice northern pike.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has picked up along shore in the evenings.

Virgin Lake
This shallow natural lake was renovated and restocked with perch, walleye, and northern pike a few years ago. Fish are now good size. The lake is best accessed with smaller boats and kayaks/canoes. Walleye – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: Use minnows on a jig and slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 45 degrees and is falling fast. Fall turnover occurred during the week of Oct. 7th – fish can now access all parts of the lake. Water clarity is over 20 feet. Walleye – Good: Fish are being caught in the evening and after dark. Anglers are pulling plugs or casting shallow. Wader fishing has been good.

Water temperatures on the big natural lakes has dipped into the low 40’s. Some of the shallow lakes being reported this week are starting to form ice. The larger lakes should provide a little more time for open water fishing. Walleye fishing around the district has been reported as good. A flurry of activity has hit right at the end of the open water season. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

October 29, 2019 - 11:43 am - Posted in Sports

The final 2019 individual rankings from IATC are out.

In Class 3A boys rankings, Sam May of MOC-Floyd Valley is ranked 17th, and Jason Sudtelgte of Le Mars is 29th. 3A girls rankings has Emily Haverdink of MOC-Floyd Valley in the 24 spot.

Class 2A boys individual rankings puts Tage Hulstein of Western Christian at #10, Sioux Center’s Carter VandeVegte is 23rd, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon’s Dan Schriever is ranked 25th, Sioux Center’s Sam Harrison is at 26, and Cherokee’s Bryce Kremer is in at 28. Class 2A Girls has Western’s Whitney Minderhoud at 29th, and Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Bria Wasmund in 30th.

Class 1A keeps Will Roder in second, and Gehlen’s Isaac Vaske is 14th.

For complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 28, 2019 - 12:09 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest Radio Iowa High School Football poll has Sergeant Bluff-Luton staying in the 7 spot in Class 3A. Class 2A puts Spirit Lake in at the #10 spot. Class 1A moves West Sioux up to 5th, West Lyon into #6, and Western Christian falls to 8. South O’Brien remains at the 10 spot in Class A, and Eight-Man has Remsen St. Mary’s at #3, and Harris-Lake Park at number 6.

Class 4A
1. WDM Valley (9-0), LW #1 vs Indianola
2. Dowling Catholic (8-1), LW #2 vs DSM Roosevelt
3. Cedar Falls (9-0), LW #3 vs Dubuque Senior
4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (8-1), LW #4 vs Fort Dodge
5. Ankeny Centennial (8-1), LW #5 vs #10 Urbandale
6. Southeast Polk (7-2), LW #6 vs #8 Ankeny
7. Bettendorf (7-2), LW #7 @ Linn-Mar
8. Ankeny (6-3), LW #8 @ #6 S.E. Polk
9. Waukee (6-3), LW #9 vs CR Prairie
10.Urbandale (6-3), LW (X) @ #5 Centennial

Class 3A
1. Western Dubuque (9-0), LW #1 vs Washington
2. Solon (9-0), LW #2 vs Iowa City Liberty
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (8-1), LW #3 @ #5 North Scott
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (8-1), LW #4 vs Harlan
5. North Scott (8-1), LW #5 vs #3 Xavier
6. Lewis Central (8-1), LW #6 vs Oskaloosa
7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (8-1), LW #7 vs Carlisle
8. Independence (9-0), LW #8 @ #10 Pella
9. Norwalk (8-1), LW #9 vs Glenwood
10.Pella (7-2), LW #10 vs #8 Independence

Class 2A
1. Waukon (8-0), LW #1 vs Tipton
2. Clear Lake (9-0), LW #2 vs #10 Spirit Lake
3. Algona (9-0), LW #3 vs Central Lyon/GLR
4. OABCIG (9-0), LW #5 vs West Marshall
5. Waterloo Columbus (8-1), LW #6 @ #9 Williamsburg
6. Benton (8-1), LW #7 vs PCM Monroe
7. Greene County (8-1), LW #4 @ #8 DSM Christian
8. Des Moines Christian (8-1), LW #9 vs #7 Greene County
9. Williamsburg (6-3), LW #10 vs #5 Waterloo Columbus
10.Spirit Lake (6-3), LW (X) @ #2 Clear Lake

Class 1A
1. Dike-New Hartford (9-0), LW #1 vs Panorama
2. Van Meter (9-0), LW #2 vs Pella Christian
3. West Branch (9-0), LW #3 vs North Linn
4. South Central Calhoun (9-0), LW #5 vs Mount Ayr
5. West Sioux (8-1), LW #6 vs #9 Underwood
6. West Lyon (8-1), LW #7 @ Osage
7. Treynor (9-0), LW #8 vs #8 Western Christian
8. Western Christian (8-1), LW #4 @ #7 Treynor
9. Underwood (8-1), LW (X) @ #5 West Sioux
10.Iowa City Regina (7-2), LW #8 @ Mediapolis

Class A
1. West Hancock (9-0), LW #1 vs IKM-Manning
2. Saint Ansgar (9-0), LW #2 vs #8 Edgewood-Colesburg
3. North Tama (9-0), LW #3 vs Central Decatur
4. MFL MarMac (9-0), LW #4 vs South Winneshiek
5. Grundy Center (8-1), LW #5 @ Belle Plaine
6. Earlham (8-1), LW #6 vs #9 BGM
7. Woodbury Central (8-1), LW #7 vs Westwood
8. Edgewood-Colesburg (7-2), LW #8 @ #2 Saint Ansgar
9. BGM (Brooklyn) (8-1), LW #9 @ #6 Earlham
10.South O’Brien (8-1), LW #10 vs Tri-Center

Eight-man
1. Don Bosco (9-0), LW #1 vs New London
2. Turkey Valley (9-0), LW #2 vs Rockford
3. Remsen St. Mary’s (9-0), LW #3 vs East Mills
4. Audubon (9-1), LW #4 vs #6 Harris-Lake Park
5. Coon Rapids-Bayard (8-1), LW #5 @ #8 Fremont-Mills
6. Harris-Lake Park (8-1), LW #6 @ #4 Audubon
7. Easton Valley (8-1), LW #7 @ #9 Gladbrook-Reinbeck
8. Fremont-Mills (6-1), LW #9 vs #5 Coon Rapids-Bayard
9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-2), LW #10 vs #7 Easton Valley
10.CAM (7-2), LW #8 @ Lamoni

October 26, 2019 - 3:49 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — The Iowa High School Football playoff pairings were released Saturday morning by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

In Eight-Player, #4 Remsen St. Mary’s plays host to #9 East Mills, and #12 Harris Lake Park is on the road to #1 Audubon

In Class A, #9 South O’Brien hosts #15 Tri Center.

Class 1A has #3 West Sioux hosting #10 Underwood, #5 West Lyon visits #15 Osage, and #7 Western Christian is on the road to #9 Treynor.

Class 2A puts #16 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock on the road to #3 Algona, and #15 Spirit Lake travels to #2 Clear Lake.

In 3A, #4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton hosts #14 Carlisle.

For complete brackets CLICK HERE

October 26, 2019 - 1:02 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, IA — The final RPI rankings and playoff qualifiers were released early Saturday morning by the IAHSAA.

In Class 3A, Sergeant Bluff-Luton is #4 in the RPI rankings.

Class 2A has Spirit Lake at the 15 spot and Central Lyon/George-Little Rock at the 20th position, but are district champions and qualify for the playoffs as the 16 seed.

Class 1A puts West Sioux at #3, West Lyon at 5, and Western Christian at 7. West Sioux is the district champion with the RPI tie breaker.

Class A has South O’Brien in the 9 spot. Hinton was ranked #16, but 30th ranked Central Decatur was a district champion and bumps the Blackhawks out of the playoffs.

Eight-Player puts Remsen St. Mary’s in at #4, and Harris-Lake Park at 12th.

For complete RPI Rankings CLICK HERE

October 24, 2019 - 2:41 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
Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR will stock trout at Bacon Creek Lake on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up some walleye from Ice House Point and along the east shore near the outlet. Use twisters, crawlers or plastics on a jig head. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use crawlers and cut bait fished on the bottom from the East Shore near the outlet off the inlet bridge and from shore in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use traditional bass lures anywhere along shore. Yellow Perch – Good: Catch perch from shore along the east end of the lake near the outlet Ice House Point and the inlet bridge; use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are having most luck fishing from the fish house and near the inlet bridge. Fish are 6-11 inches. Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use traditional bass lures and topwater lures along the edges of vegetation. Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near structure using a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch along vegetation edges and structure in 5-10 feet of water. Use a small jig with a minnow or crawler.

Moorland Pond
The DNR will stock trout at Moorland Pond on Nov. 1 at noon. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing next to shore with twisters or live bait. Fish range from 11 up to mid-20 inches long. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or small power bait.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits, crawlers and twisters fished from shore and near the inlet. Walleye – Fair: Use crankbaits, live bait and twisters near shore on the east shore, north shore and near the inlet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore, along docks and in the marina; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or power bait fished under a bobber.

Water temperatures in most of the district water bodies are in the upper 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 40’s. The fish cleaning station is closed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler in 4 to 6 feet of water. Best bite is early morning.

Crystal Lake
Due to weather delays, the boat ramp remains closed. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore.

Rice Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of crawler along the north shore near the boat ramp; also try the deeper water on the south shore by the homes or by the outlet. Best bite is early morning and late evening. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on a variety of baits.

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

East Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 48 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught along the weed line and around remaining docks; use small jigs tipped with a worm. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass size quality has been fairly good; fish are being caught in 9-10 feet of water and from docks in the evening. Use small jigs or crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Reports are few, but recent sampling shows nice largemouth and bluegills in shallow feeding and getting ready for winter. Walleye numbers continue to be good. Walleye – No Report: Use crankbaits or a jig and minnow fished in the evening or after dark. Bluegill – Fair: Reports are sporadic, but a few nice fish are being caught.

Scharnberg Pond
The first of two trout stocking will occur this Saturday, Oct. 26th from 12 to 1 p.m. Come join the fun and catch some trout. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Fish stocked this Saturday will be ready for catching immediately; they are usually very aggressive after stocking. Use small spinners, cast small jigs or fish jigs under a bobber. This is a great time to take a kid fishing.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Some reports of good walleye fishing. Fall sampling shows great numbers of nice sized walleyes in the lake. Walleye – Good: Try plastic baits and/or jig and minnow fished from shore in the evening.

Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 49 degrees and is falling. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing reports are sporadic with the poor weather over the past week. Fishing in the evening and early morning near shore or with waders has been the most productive. Recent sampling at night showed plenty of walleyes in shallow water. Yellow Perch – Good: Nice perch continue to be caught in between poor weather events. Fish are being caught in and around the aquatic plants in 8-10 feet of water. Some yellow perch are being caught in deeper water on the basin, but are harder to find. Use minnows or tube jigs. Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Smallmouth bass fishing reports have been sporadic. Smallmouth will be hunting over the weeds and points. Try casting plugs.

Trumbull Lake
Trumbull Lake was renovated in 2012 and restocked with yellow perch and northern pike. Those efforts have yielded better water quality and habitat. Perch growth has been excellent. Anglers are catching several year classes of perch with the largest fish topping 13 inches. Access is best with smaller boats on this shallow natural lake. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has been tough in the recent weather pattern. Larger perch are being caught sporadically with some sorting. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few nice northern pike.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has picked up along shore in the evenings.

Virgin Lake
This shallow natural lake was renovated and restocked with perch, walleye, and northern pike a few years ago. Fish are now good size. The lake is best accessed with smaller boats and kayaks/canoes. Walleye – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: Use minnows on a jig and slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 52 degrees and is falling. Fall turnover occurred during the week of October 7th – fish can now access all parts of the lake. Water clarity is over 20 feet. Walleye – Good: Fish are being caught in the evening and after dark. Anglers are pulling plugs or casting shallow. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill are being caught on the weed line and deeper rocks. Good size fish.

Angling activity over the past two weeks has been limited by the weather. Reports on fishing success have been sporadic. Water temperatures have dropped dramatically over the past 2 weeks; Big Spirit Lake is now at 49 degrees and West Okoboji is currently at 52 degrees. West Okoboji Lake had its fall turnover early last week. It’s the only natural lake in Iowa to experience this process. Other district lakes temperatures are in the mid to high 40’s. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

October 22, 2019 - 12:20 pm - Posted in Sports

The 2019 Week 8 Team Cross Country Rankings are out.

In Class 3A Girls Team rankings, Spencer is ranked 11th. In the Boys team rankings, Le Mars and MOC-Floyd Valley both received votes.

Class 2A girls rankings have Unity Christian at #6, Okoboji at 15, and Western, Cherokee, and Sibley-Ocheyedan received votes. In the 2A boys rankings, Okoboji is ranked 8th, Western is #10, and Sioux Center received votes.

Class 1A has the Gehlen boys ranked 10th.

For complete rankings CLICK HERE