April 26, 2018 - 2:24 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 mid 50’s. Expect fishing to pick back up as water continues to warm. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in the marina. Action has slowed a bit, but a few have been picked up in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Slow: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is in the mid 50’s. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Decent walleye action along the north shore near Chautauqua Park. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 95 percent ice free. Water temperature is 46 degrees. The docks are in at the city beach ramp and the Island boat ramp. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting in the cannels and fishing off the jetties. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are starting to bite near the outlet. Best time to fish is after sunset. Be aware – DNR staff have nets set in this area.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is about 95 percent ice free.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. The north end of the lake and bridges has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Silver Lake is open. Report of boat traffic last weekend. Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Ice is receding from the Iowa Great Lakes. Open water exists at the bridges and the north end of East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 19, 2018 - 5:42 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 around 41 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay. Most action has been in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is around 40 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 75 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Lakes remain ice covered. Very limited fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes. Forecasted warmer temperatures will help melt the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 12, 2018 - 2:02 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
Bluegill – Good: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch are being picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 40 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible, but that can change as the ice moves.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught using twister type lures.

Very limited ice fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

The Special Olympics of Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Sioux Center Athletic Field.

If there is inclement weather, we will go indoors to Dordt’s Gym and Rec Center. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to 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 400 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old. Our counties for athletes are Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford as our Special Olympic NW District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team.

There are over 160 volunteers who help to make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17 19 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

March 30, 2018 - 11:49 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — Sheldon bowler Ron Prostrollo accomplished an amazing feat during league play on back to back nights at Merry Lanes in Sibley. He had 800 series on consecutive nights and 300 games on consecutive nights.

On Monday night March 26th Prostrollo rolled a 300 game as part of an 804 series averaging 268 for the three games. He followed that performance with another 300 game the very next night during Tuesday league as he rolled an 801 series. Non bowlers and bowlers can appreciate how  extremely difficult it is to do it once let alone on back to back nights.

On Sunday March 25th Ron bowling with Sheila Bruxvoort finished second in a mixed doubles event in Huron South Dakota. They posted a 738, 741 and 742.

April 31st will bring the next King of the Hill event to the Merry Lanes Center in Sibley as the bridge from winter rec sports leads to the outbreak of full spring weather and the golf season.

March 22, 2018 - 1:57 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — While team assignments have yet to be released the host sites for the upcoming State qualifying track and field meets have been released. Area teams in 2A will converge on Sheldon as one of the host sites. In 3A it’s MOC Floyd Valley and in 1A teams will make their way to Sioux Central Sioux Rapids.

Class 4A
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln
Iowa City, City
Linn-Mar, Marion
North Scott, Eldridge
Valley, West Des Moines
Waukee

Class 3A
Atlantic
Decorah
MOC-Floyd Valley
Mount Pleasant
Nevada
North Polk, Alleman
Pella
Solon

Class 2A
Dike-New Hartford
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
Manson Northwest Webster
Osage
Sheldon
Tipton
Treynor
Van Meter

Class 1A
Audubon
B-G-M, Brooklyn
Central Decatur, Leon
Edgewood-Colesburg
Fremont-Mills, Tabor
Hudson
Nashua-Plainfield
Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
WACO, Wayland
West Harrison, Mondamin

March 21, 2018 - 11:14 am - 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. Check out the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report and in Todd’s Tackle Tips, proper ice equipment storage is discussed. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Bluegills fair and a few walleyes.
Horseshoe Limited reports.
Pelican Few reports.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Big Stone Lake Few walleyes & perch fair.
Poinsett Fair for perch and walleye.
Lake Hendricks A few walleyes.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Waubay Walleyes and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake Few walleyes and crappies.
West Oakwood Few perch.
Swan Lake Few pike and walleye.
Lake Kampeska Few walleyes and perch.
Piyas Few perch.
Blue Dog Few walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few Bluegill.
Fish Lake Few perch and pike.
Indian Springs Few walleyes and perch.
Lynn Lake Few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Few walleyes.
Traverse Few walleyes.
Lake Albert Few pike, walleye, and perch.
Lake Henry Few walleyes..
Roy Lake Few walleyes and smallmouth.
Buffalo Fair for bluegills..

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Few walleyes, perch, and crappie.
Vermillion Few walleyes.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake Few perch and walleyes.
Lake Alvin Fair for crappie and a few perch.
Diamond Few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few walleye and perch.
Island A few perch and walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and a few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Fair for walleyes. A few perch & crappie.
Brandt A few perch and walleyes.
Whitewood Perch and walleye fair.
Clear Lake (North of Colton) Fair for walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, and crappie.
Mitchell Bluegills and Crappie fair.
Menno Bluegills fair.
Beaver A few perch, pike and walleyes.
Sinai Crappie fair and a few walleye.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Perch fair along with a few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Perch, bluegills, crappie, and yellow bass fair.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Bluegills and perch fair.
West Okoboji Bluegill and crappie fair.
Lake Pahoja Bluegil fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few perch and crappie.
Sarah A few perch.
Benton Few pike..
East Twin Few Reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few pike, and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge A few walleyes.
Pierre Walleye fair.
Fort Thompson A few Walleyes.
Chamberlain A few walleyes.
Platte A few Walleyes.
Pickstown A few Walleyes.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few crappie at 60th Street Bridge.

 

March 21, 2018 - 10:04 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — The IAHSAA released the 2018-2019 high school football schedules Wednesday.

Sibley-Ocheyedan’s non-district opponents are Sheldon, Okoboji, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, and GT/RA.

For 8-Player CLICK HERE

For Class A CLICK HERE

For Class 1A CLICK HERE

For Class 2A CLICK HERE

For Class 3A CLICK HERE

For Class 4A CLICK HERE

Site assignments are out for the boys Sectional and District Golf Tournaments. Sectional play will be on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th with District play on Friday, May 18th.

The Sheldon Orab boys will play in a sectional hosted by Okoboji at Emerald Hills. The rest of the field includes Emmetsburg, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Okoboji, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan, West Lyon. and Western Christian. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectionals will play their district meet at Landsmeer Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Unity Christian High School.

Other area 2A teams will play at Hinton at the Deer Run Golf Course on Friday, May 11th. Those teams include Alta-Aurelia, Cherokee, Hinton, Manson-NW Webster, Pocahontas Area, Sioux Central, Unity Christian, and West Sioux.

Class 1A area golfers will be at two different sites. On Friday, May 11th, Akron-Westfield, Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, Gehlen Catholic, George-Little Rock, Harris-Lake Park, and Trinity Christian will be at Rolling Hills Country Club. At the Brookside Golf course will be Clay Central-Everly, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Kingsley-Pierson, MMCRU, Ridge View, South O’Brien and Remsen St. Mary’s. Teams and individuals advancing from the 1A sectionals will play their district meet at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge.

Spencer will host Class 3A area golf teams on Thursday, May 10th at the Spencer Golf and Country Club. Those teams are Algona, Humboldt, LeMars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux Center, Spencer, Spirit Lake, and Storm Lake. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectional will play their district meet at Lake Creek Country Club on Friday, May 18 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Storm Lake.

For Class 1A CLICK HERE

For Class 2A CLICK HERE

For Class 3A CLICK HERE

Sioux Center Iowa — The Defender Gold Club/American State Bank High School All-Star Basketball Games were held Saturday, March 17 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus in Sioux Center. The game has been an annual event since 1996. MVP’s of the event included Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon for the White Team, Caleb Harmsen of Western for the Gray Team. For the girls MVP honors went to Ashtyn Veerbeek of Western and Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center. The girls 3 point contest winner was Paytin Hagberg of Cherokee. The boys contest went to Caleb Harmsen of Western Christian.

In the boys contest the White team led at halftime 43-30 and went on to down the Gray team 97-77. Brendan Zeutenhorst of Sioux Center led the scoring with 16 points. Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon was next with 14 to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Malachi Van Wyhe of West Lion also hit for 14 points. Tyus Arends of Sioux Center dropped in 12. Jason Taylor of Rock Valley netted 11 while Micah Meyer of West Lyon hit for 10.

In the girls contest the White team led 38-19 at the half and went on to a 67-59 win. Ashtyn VeerBeek of Western Christian hit for 20 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Wolfpack team mate Jessi De Jager with 10 points. Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center led the Black team with 15 points while dishing out 3 assists with 5 steals. Mia Hoogeveen of West Lyon joined her in double figures with 11 points.

The Defender Gold Club High School All Star Game has been an annual event since 1996 involving players form the Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences.