May 4, 2016 - 9:57 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 2fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

April 27, 2016 - 12:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

April 21, 2016 - 8:48 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 1Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for eastern South Dakota and the Tri-State area. For more information head to DakotaAngler.com

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few walleye.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

April 14, 2016 - 2:24 pm - Posted in Sports

fishingSpirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. A few walleye have been picked up near shore. Anglers have had the most luck fishing the north side of the lake near the Chautauqua Jetty.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of fish have been caught fishing the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. Black Bullhead – Fair: Look for action at the north grade to improve as water temperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers fishing after dark will catch acceptable size and larger fish. Use cut bait on the bottom for this hard fighting game fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow perch and yellow bass action have been reported from the trestle located on the south end of the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Shore anglers fishing after dark will have the best action. Cast slowing moving lures such as a modified minnow imitation lure.

West Okoboji Lake

Black Crappie – Fair: Look for action to pick up for this species as the water warms.

Due to the windy weather, fishing activity has been limited at the Iowa Great Lakes. Expect increased activity as warmer temperatures are expected.

April 7, 2016 - 3:08 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 2Spirit 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

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel catfishing is usually good after ice-out on the causeway near the bridges. Use cut bait or worms.

Lake Smith

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish in the shallower water or bays on the warmer days or on the windward shorelines where bait is pushed.

Clear Lake

Water temperature is around 44 degrees. Walleye – Good: Shore fisherman near the Ventura grade have caught some walleyes during the day and at dark on minnows and twisters. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Fish with small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – Fair: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and a minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in low numbers off the Grade. Farmer’s beach and Baptist camp shorelines can be good spots in the early season.

Crystal Lake

The fish cleaning station, boat launch dock, and the courtesy dock are in at Crystal Lake.

Blue Pit

Rainbow Trout – No Report: Trout stocked in winter should still be able to be caught throughout spring. Try using a quick searching lure like an inline spinner.

Bluebill Lake

The access gates to the boat ramp are now open and the courtesy dock has been installed. Minimal fishing activity has been observed to date. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass.

April 6, 2016 - 11:09 am - Posted in Sports

moc_Floyd Valley logoOrange City Iowa — Sioux Center and Hartley Melvin Sanborn posted wins in the girls competition at the Dutch Relays Tuesday. Boys team titles were claimed by Spirit Lake and Sibley Ocheyedan.

Girls Team Scores Class A Division
Place School Points
1 Sioux Center SC 135
2 Unity Christian UC 124
3 Western Christian WC 109
4 Spirit Lake SPL 108
5 Moc-Floyd Valley MOCFV 64
6 Storm Lake SL 33
Total 573.00

Girls Team Scores Class B Division
Place School Points
1 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn HMS 151
2 Sheldon SHE 131
3 Gehlen Catholic GC 87
4 Sibley-Ocheyedan S-O 83
5 Okoboji OKO 66
6 South O’Brien S-OB 64
Total 582.00

Boys Team Scores Class A Division
Place School Points
1 Spirit Lake SPL 149
2 Unity Christian UC 107
3 LeMars LEM 104
4 Sheldon SHE 75
5 Storm Lake SL 48
6 Moc-Floyd Valley MOCF 69
Total 552.00

Boys Team Scores Class B Division
Place School Points
1 Sibley-Ocheyedan S-O 155
2 Western Christian WC 117
3 South O’Brien S-OB 95
4 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn HMS 69
5 Gehlen Catholic GC 66
6 Okoboji OKO 43
Total 545.00

For complete individual results click here:

2016 Dutch Relay Results

March 31, 2016 - 3:42 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 2Spirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Expect good walleye fishing near shore this weekend and next week as water temperatures continue to climb and walleye exhibit spawning behavior. Try areas near shore that contain sand, rocks, and/or gravel substrate.

Clear Lake

Docks are in at MacIntosh State Park and Lynne Lorenzen ramp. Walleye – Fair: The bite has been slow this week for wader fisherman near the outlet on the east side of the lake. An occasional walleye has been taken near the Ventura grade. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper, on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – No Report: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. White Bass – Fair: Anglers have had some occasional good days in the past weeks for white bass near the Ventura grade.

Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have started to pick up some smallmouth bass on the rock piles. Use tubes or jerk baits.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few yellow bass in the evenings on Jingles point.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Fair: The walleye bite has been picking up with the warming water temperatures. The north bridge, the island, and the east shoreline have been producing fish in the evening. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slowly works best.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite has picked up in Triboji. Small minnows or mini jigs worked well the past week.

Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

March 24, 2016 - 3:07 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The recent cool down has slowed some fishing. As of Wednesday March 23rd, water temperature was 42 degrees in the main lake and 45 in the marina. Forecasted temperatures next week could warm things up again, expect good walleye fishing near shore as water temperatures rise.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Not much activity this week. Look for the fishing to pick as the water temperatures warm.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been picked up on the north bridge, the island and the east shoreline. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slow work best.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Slow: A few crappies were picked up in Triboji before the cold front pushed through. Try downsizing and slowing your presentation to coax fish into biting.

 

Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

March 17, 2016 - 3:10 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake is ice free. Look for early spring temperatures to bring on the bite. This time of year is usually productive for targeting channel catfish from shore. Use cut bait or shad guts fished off the bottom to capitalize on the abundant channel catfish population. Surface water temperatures in the marina are in the upper 40’s, but this area warms up much faster than the main lake. Expect good walleye fishing near shore as water temperatures continue to climb.

Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Good: Reports of a good crappie population in Templar lagoon. Lots of sorting required. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber.

East Okoboji Lake

Not much activity this week. Look for fishing to pick up with the warming water temperatures.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been picked up on the north bridge and the northeast shoreline. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slowly work best.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots.

All the area lakes have become mostly ice free the past week. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures begin to rise. Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

March 10, 2016 - 3:27 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake is ice free. Look for early spring temperatures to bring on the bite. More reports will be posted as open water fishing ramps up. Right after ice out is a good time to target channel catfish from shore. Use cut bait or shad guts fished off the bottom to capitalize on the abundant channel catfish population.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 8-12 inches of ice, but ice is deteriorating rapidly. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few perch once they find them. Bakers Point and north of the pump house in 20 feet of water has been producing. Try small silver spoons or gold tear drops tipped with maggots or wax worms.

 

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice, but ice is deteriorating rapidly. There is a large pocket of open water on the western shore. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity was minimal the past week.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 8-12 inches of ice, but ice is deteriorating rapidly. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Good: Some nice yellow bass have been caught out in front of Parks Marina in the main lake basin. Tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots work well. Keep moving to find active schools of fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers have been picking up some nice perch on Peppermint Point and in front of Parks Marina. Pilkie style lures or tungsten jigs tipped with maggots or wax worms work well. Gold or black are the hot colors.

 

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 8-12 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Areas near the bridges have opened up. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

The eastern shoreline is all open. No reports from the previous week.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 8-12 inches of ice, but ice is deteriorating rapidly. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Fair: The southwestern shoreline in Millers bay has been producing nice bluegills in 8-10 feet of water. Look for standing vegetation. A few bluegills have been picked up in Emerson bay as well. Gold tear drops or small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms work well.

 

Ingham Lake

Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice, but ice is deteriorating rapidly. No reports from the last week.

 

Five Island Lake

Ice conditions: 12-13 inches of ice, but conditions varied. Use caution while on the ice. The aeration system is in use. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are catching numbers of yellow bass. Keep moving until you find active fish. Tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots have been producing well.

 

Lost Island Lake

Ice condition: 8-12 inches of ice. Ice is deteriorating rapidly. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Fair: The bite has slowed the past week, but anglers are still finding some nice yellows. Keep moving until you find the schools of fish. Small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms work well. Early morning and evenings are the best bites.

 

Upper Gar Lake

The entire lake is ice free. No reports from the last week.

 

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)

Ice Conditions: 8-10 inches of ice. Ice is deteriorating rapidly. Use caution while on the ice. No reports from the past week.

 

Some open water near shorelines and bridges. Most of the ice is starting to honeycomb. Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.