April 22, 2019 - 11:38 am - Posted in Sports

The Drake Relays are this week with area high school athletes competing.

High School Boys Qualifiers

400M Hurdles: Ethan Albright – Okoboji

4×100 Relay: West Sioux

High Jump: Grant Brouwer – Sibley-Ocheyedan

High School Girls Qualifiers

400M Hurdles: Megan Juffer – Sioux Center

4×100 Relay: Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Cherokee

High Jump: Jacie Vander Waal – Sioux Center

Long Jump: Ashlyn Albrecht – Sheldon, Mikayla Turek – Unity Christian

April 18, 2019 - 3:00 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
Water temperature is in the mid 50’s. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up perch from the floating dock and the fish house in Town Bay. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge and the State Marina. Walleye – Fair: A few have been picked up off Ice House Point using twisters. Look for the post-spawn bite to pick up near shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina using crawlers and minnows. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore with crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: A few have been picked up from shore in the marina and along the north and east shores using twisters. Look for the post-spawn bite to pick up.

Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The courtesy docks at McIntosh, Lynne Lorenzen, Bayside and City boat ramps are in. The fish cleaning station is open for the season. Walleye – Good: Anglers wading the east shore are catching walleyes after dark on small jigs and minnows. Boat anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow.

Winnebago River
Now is the time to target pike and walleye. Fish areas with current breaks near dams and where a stream enters the river.

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
Channel Catfish – Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional channel catfish baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of “pole bending” action.

Lost Island Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Report of some bluegill and crappie being caught from the canal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Look for wader fishing to pick up as the water warms. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Expect action to start in the Templar Park lagoon as the water warms. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Early spring provides superb action for bass on calm sunny days with a jig and minnow on shallow rock piles.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Traditionally, Triboji Lagoon provides the first action for bluegills. Expect action to start once the water temperature warms.

Water temperature is 43 degrees; expect fishing to improve as the water warms. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 17, 2019 - 9:53 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon/Sibley-Ocheyedan fell by penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended in a 2-2 tie.

The score was 2 to 2 in the regular 80 minutes. Sheldon/Sibley-Ocheyedan’s goals came from Jeremy Wollmuth in first half, and Froilan Munoz in the second half. Forilan’s goal was assisted by Pedro Aragon.

The game was still 2 to 2 after overtime and MOC-FV came away with the victory after taking the PK’s 7-6

April 11, 2019 - 2:23 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
Beeds Lake
The courtesy docks are in.

Bluebill Lake
The access gate to the boat ramp is open, but the courtesy dock has not been installed yet.

Clear Lake
The courtesy docks at McIntosh, Lynne Lorenzen and Bayside boat ramps are in. Walleye – Good: Fish the east shore after dark.

Crystal Lake
The docks are not in yet. No fishing activity reported.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia docks are not in yet. A few people have been fishing in the harbor and catching small yellows.

Winnebago River
Now is the time to target pike and walleye. Fish areas with current breaks near dams and where a stream enters the river.

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
Channel Catfish – Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional channel catfish baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of “pole bending” action.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Expect action to start in the Templar Park lagoon as the water warms.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Traditionally, Triboji Lagoon provides the first action for bluegills. Expect action to start once the water temperature warms.

All Lakes are ice free, expect open water fishing to improve as the water warms. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 4, 2019 - 3:10 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
Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. Open water fishing has just started. Town Bay, Ice House Point, the inlet bridge, and areas near the outlet are popular shore fishing areas to try as water temperatures warm.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Hawk pits are open. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up some crappie.

Brushy Creek Lake
Open water fishing has just started. Look for more reports as we receive them.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake is ice free with water temperatures in the low 40’s. Open water fishing has just started. Look for shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures warm. White Bass – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair: Picking up crappie in the marina. Walleye – Fair: A few are being caught. Walleye action will pick up as water temperatures warm and fish move close to shore. Expect walleye spawning to start next week.

Open water fishing has just started. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. Look for shore fishing action to pick up with warming water temperatures. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about fifty percent ice free. No fishing activity reported this week.

Lower Pine Lake
Lower Pine Lake is ice free. The docks are not in.

Winnebago River
The river level is currently two feet high. Now is the time to target pike; fish areas with current breaks.

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
Channel Catfish – Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional channel catfish baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of “pole bending” action.

No fishing activity; some lakes remain ice covered. Look for ice free conditions soon. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 4, 2019 - 9:49 am - Posted in Sports

The Special Olympics Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. If there is inclement weather, the games will go indoors to Dordt’s Gym and Rec Center. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:45 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm.

There are 375 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old. The counties for athletes are Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford for our Special Olympic NW District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and then also run with a relay team. There are over 180 volunteers who help to make the day a great success.

First place winners will compete in Ames on May 23-25 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

March 28, 2019 - 3:16 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 will likely be completely ice free soon. Anglers have been fishing open water near the inlet and in Town Bay.

Black Hawk Pits
Anglers have had luck fishing open water along the south end of Black Hawk Pits. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up keeper sized fish near the south end.

Brushy Creek Lake
Any remaining ice is unsafe.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Any remaining ice is unsafe. The Marina is ice free; look for fishing activity in the marina to pick up as water temperatures increase.

Some lakes are partially or completely open. Any remaining ice is unsafe. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Unsafe ice conditions.

Lower Pine Lake
No open water yet.

Winnebago River
The river level is three feet high and dropping. Now is the time to target pike; fish areas with current breaks.

Ice fishing is not advised. 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
Channel Catfish – Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of “pole bending” action.

Spirit Lake
Ice is changing and deteriorating daily. No ice fishing activity in the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

March 21, 2019 - 2:16 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
Ice fishing is not recommended. Look for open water fishing opportunities at the inlet bridge and around the fishing shelter in Town Bay. Little fishing activity since last week.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice fishing is not recommended. Ice conditions are generally unknown and can change fast with the warm temperatures and recent rains. Access will be difficult or impossible as ice along shore continues to degrade. Look for potential open water angling opportunities near the inlet.

Ice fishing is not recommended on most lakes in the district; ice conditions are deteriorating fast, especially along shore. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
There is still 18 – 20 inches of ice on most of the lake. The top several inches of ice is now soft and conditions are changing fast with the warm temperatures. Foot traffic only advised. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Good. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Slow.

With above freezing temperatures this week, ice conditions are changing fast. Use caution near vegetation sticking out of the ice and near the accesses. Foot traffic only advised. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

No vehicles are being driven on the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. Foot traffic only as ice at access points is changing daily with the snow melt and warm temperatures. Limited fishing activity observed at the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

March 18, 2019 - 9:23 am - Posted in Sports

The Defender Gold Club hosted the Annual American State Bank High School All Star Games on Saturday, March 16.

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee) and Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center) were chosen as the game most valuable players.

The girls white team won 86-82 over the girls black team, and the boys black team won 107-104 over the boys white team.

Girls Box Score

Boys Box Score

Game participants

Girls

Rachel Bozonie (Storm Lake)

Madison Brevik (Harris Lake Park)

Jori Bronner (Unity Christian)

Josie Condon (Estherville Lincoln Central)

Madison Dreckman (Le Mars)

Courtney Dykstra (George Little Rock)

Annie Ellis (Le Mars)

Kayla Gerken (George Little Rock)

Brooke Koele (Akron Westfield)

Emma Mace (West Sioux)

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee)

Erika Pottebaum (Boyden Hull)

Audrey Ruda (Clay Central Everly)

Jadeyn Schutt (MOC FV)

Payton Slaughter (Cherokee)

Corrina Timmermans (Unity Christian)

Alyssa Uittenbogaard (Trinity Christian)

Jazmin Voehl (Harris Lake Park)

 

Boys

Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center)

Aiden Brock (Hinton)

Grant Brouwer (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Owen Coburn (Spirit Lake)

Cham Deng (Storm Lake)

Charlie Dykshorn (Sioux Center)

Micah Goslinga (Unity Christian)

Alex Irwin (Le Mars)

Nick Jacobs (Akron Westfield)

Shane Kooima (Trinity Christian)

Lucas Nagel (George Little Rock)

Mach Nyaw (Storm Lake)

Chase Ranschau (West Sioux)

Cade Schiphoff (Hartley Melvin Sanborn)

Caleb Terhark (George Little Rock)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Clay Van Tol (Wetern Christian)

Jacob Vis (Western Christian)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Elliot Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

March 14, 2019 - 1:34 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
There was around 14 inches of ice near the boat ramp on March 14. Access might be difficult, as conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with recent rain and snow melt.

Black Hawk Lake
The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation. Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast; many areas may be inaccessible by the weekend. Use extreme caution if venturing out. Little fishing activity has been observed since last week.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with lots of water on top of the ice. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice along shore is deteriorating due to recent rain and snow melt. Ice conditions can change fast with the recent flooding conditions. Many access points may not be usable by the weekend.

Ice conditions are deteriorating fast due to recent rain events. Ice is unsafe on some lakes, and many areas along shore are open. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.