February 26, 2015 - 4:03 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

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill.  Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point.   A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.

February 19, 2015 - 5:04 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)

Most of Storm Lake has around 15 -20 inches of ice; there are reports of a small area of open water near College Island and another just north of the big island. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point. A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows are working the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are from anglers staying on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards bay. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Clear Lake

The bite has been a bit slower in this cold weather. Reminder – Permeant ice shacks must be removed by February 20th. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in 8-10 feet of water on the little lake and in the Baptist Camp area. Anglers have reported bigger yellows and less sorting on the main lake around the island in about 12 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Action for crappies has slowed but they can still be caught in the deeper water (18-24 feet) on the little lake. Most of the crappies being kept are 10-12 inches. Morning bite is good until about 10am then slower action in midday and picking up around 4pm. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes have been caught near the west aerator this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: An occasional catfish has been caught. Try Farmers Beach to Baptist camp area.

February 12, 2015 - 3:43 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 has around 14 -18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Anglers have also reported having luck fishing in 5-6 feet of water during low light conditions and dredge cuts during the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: Yellow perch are being picked up just about anywhere using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru February 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Walleye – Slow: The walleye bite has slowed during the day; the night bite has been more consistent. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish.

West Okoboji Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru Feb. 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Bluegill – Good: Nice sized bluegills are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers Bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish are being caught in various locations. Try Millers Bay in around 20 feet water. Small jigs and wax worms have produced the best action.

February 5, 2015 - 3:27 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 has around 13-18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Some walleye are also being caught along the north shore and near the Stony Point area. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the east shore around Kings Point area. Try using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with snow on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few reports have shown that the perch bite on Spirit Lake has slowed. With only single digit catches coming off Stoney. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are still being caught off Stoney Point but in fewer numbers than before. None have been creeled but reports from some fishermen have shown that the bite is occurring in the later hours after dark.

East Okoboji Lake

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

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.

West Okoboji Lake

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

January 29, 2015 - 3:16 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — It’s a limited sports schedule for Thursday but the marquis match up in girls basketball should be a great one. Sioux Center ranked third in the 3A poll plays host to Unity Christian the top ranked team in Class 2A.

 

Basketball Doubleheaders

Unity at Sioux Center

G-LR at Clay Central Everly

HMS at Boyden Hull

 

Wrestling

Spirit Lake at Okoboji

January 29, 2015 - 3:04 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — In the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Northwest Iowa remains well represented. In Class 3A, Sioux Center remains in the third position, while Spirit Lake drops 3 spots to #8, and Cherokee jumps into the rankings at #13 with a 10-6 record.

In Class 2A, Unity and Western are still 1 and 2. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn leaps  to the 12 spot while Hinton remains at 13, while Okoboji falls out of the rankings.

In Class 1A, nothing changed from the prior week with George-Little Rock at #11, Marcus-Meriden- Cleghorn remaining at 14, and Central Lyon at the 15 spot.

Class 5A 

School Record LW
1 Waukee 15-1 1
2 Dowling Catholic 13-2 2
3 Southeast Polk 13-3 4
4 West Des Moines Valley 15-1 5
5 Iowa City West 15-1 3
6 Ankeny Centennial 10-5 6
7 Iowa City High 12-4 9
8 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 12-5 10
9 Pleasant Valley 11-4 NR
10 Johnston 9-6 8

Dropped Out: Cedar Falls (7)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 15-0 1
2 Western Dubuque 16-0 2
3 Carlisle 15-1 3
4 Ballard 15-1 4
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 17-0 6
6 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 12-2 8
7 Perry 12-4 5
8 Davenport North 14-2 7
9 Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-5 10
10 Indianola 12-4 10
11 Pella 13-2 12
12 North Scott 12-4 9
13 Marion 13-4 15
14 Mount Pleasant 12-3 NR
15 Dallas Center-Grimes 11-5 13

Dropped Out: Lewis Central (14)

 Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Mediapolis 16-0 1
2 Pocahontas Area 14-1 2
3 Sioux Center 15-1 3
4 Osage 18-0 6
5 Hampton-Dumont 14-1 7
6 Crestwood 13-2 8
7 Shenandoah 13-3 10
8 Spirit Lake 10-5 5
9 Center Point-Urbana 13-4 12
10 Kuemper Catholic 11-4 9
11 Nevada 14-3 4
12 Red Oak 13-4 11
13 Cherokee 10-6 NR
14 Clear Lake 9-5 13
15 Saydel 13-3 NR

Dropped Out: Gilbert (14), PCM (15)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Unity Christian 15-0 1
2 Western Christian 14-2 2
3 North-Linn 17-1 3
4 South Central Calhoun 15-1 4
5 IKM-Manning 15-1 5
6 Dike-New Hartford 14-2 6
7 Panorama 15-2 7
8 Manson-NW Webster 13-2 10
9 Des Moines Christian 13-4 11
10 Cascade 15-2 8
11 Iowa City Regina 14-2 9
12 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 14-2 15
13 Hinton 14-2 13
14 Pekin 14-2 NR
15 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 14-4 12

Dropped Out: Okoboji (14)

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 1
2 Colo-Nesco 16-0 2
3 Kingsley-Pierson 17-0 3
4 Fremont-Mills 16-0 4
5 Exira-EHK 17-0 5
6 Lynnville-Sully 17-0 6
7 Newell-Fonda 13-3 7
8 Grand View Christian 15-1 8
9 Bedford 14-2 9
10 Turkey Valley 17-1 10
11 George-Little Rock 12-3 11
12 Springville 14-2 12
13 Janesville 16-1 13
14 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13-3 14
15 Central Lyon 12-5 15

Dropped Out: None

January 29, 2015 - 2:48 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

 

West Okoboji Lake

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

 

East Okoboji Lake

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

 

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised. Ice reports are as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover and as thin as 9 inches where there was snow cover.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish. On the south side of Big Stoney in 14 feet of water a consistent perch bite has been occurring for a couple weeks now. Anglers report catching 10 inch perch. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow. The walleye bite has slowed down during the day; the night bite has been more consistent.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice being present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice being around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.

 

Center Lake

Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Outside the thin ice signs ice conditions showed ice conditions in the 12-15 inch range. Bluegill – Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills.

 

Ingham Lake

Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Ice depths around open water show ice being as thick as 11 inches outside of the thin ice signs.

 

Five Island Lake

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

 

Scharnberg Pond

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

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

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

 

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

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

 

East Okoboji Lake

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

 

Big Spirit Lake

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

 

Center Lake

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

 

Five Island Lake

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

 

Scharnberg Pond

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

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

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

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

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

West Okoboji Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

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

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

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

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

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

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