December 12, 2019 - 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
The lake has skimmed over with thin ice. Look for conditions to improve next week. There are open water angling opportunities in the fish house on Ice House Point.

Brushy Creek Lake
Little fishing activity to report. Any ice is unsafe for travel.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
As anglers wait for ice conditions to improve, open water opportunities can still be found in rivers. Use chubs and twisters for walleye or cut bait for catfish fished in pooled areas below riffles.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has skimmed over with thin ice. Conditions are extremely variable; as of Thursday, Dec. 12, ice fishing is not recommended. Look for conditions to improve with colder temperatures next week.

Lakes in West Central Iowa have skimmed over but, as of Thursday, Dec. 12, ice is unsafe. Very few anglers have been out. Colder temperatures throughout next week should improve conditions. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness ranges from 2 to 5 inches. Use caution near rush beds and areas with current. The west aeration system is in operation.

Rice Lake
The winter aeration system is in operation for the season. Waterfowl are keeping a few areas open. Use caution near any of these areas, especially on the downwind sides.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The winter aeration system is in operation for the season. Bluegill – Fair: Water clarity has been good; fish low light periods with small ice jigs and insect larvae.

Ice conditions are improving across northern Iowa. Use a spud bar and/or drill test holes when fishing this early season ice. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Spirit Lake
Anglers are just starting to head out on the ice; ice conditions range from 4-6 inches. Smaller bays are seeing the thickest ice; use extreme caution on the ice and check conditions often.

West Okoboji Lake
West Okoboji was the last lake to fully ice up, locking up Dec. 12. Use extreme caution when heading out on the ice; check ice thickness and conditions regularly.

Most area lakes are fully frozen, ranging from 1-6 inches. Smaller bay areas have the thickest ice conditions. Anglers are just starting to head out on the ice; use extreme caution. Review your safety plan and equipment, use flotation, and check ice thickness and quality often. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

December 5, 2019 - 1:30 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
Main lake has been partially ice covered most of the week. Inlet bridge, Town Bay, and around the fish house are open as of Thursday. Any ice is unsafe. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch from the inlet bridge and the fish house on Ice House Point. Fish up to 10-12 inches are being caught with some sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers, power bait bites or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber from the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake
Most of the lake has been ice free this last week. Limited fishing activity. There has been some musky angling activity; a few anglers have picked up some panfish.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair: Use chubs or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in deeper areas below riffles and on outside of bends.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has been partially to fully covered with skim ice most of the week. Any ice is unsafe. Open areas around inlet and some shorelines.

Most lakes in West Central Iowa have been partially covered with skim ice this last week with limited fishing activity. Open bays and inlets have provided for some opportunities. Any ice is unsafe. Walleye fishing on rivers remains productive. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
1,500 Rainbow trout were stocked at Blue Pit in Mason City on Nov 26. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Good: Use an inline spinner or a small jig.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake froze over this week. Ice thickness varies from .5 to 1.5 inches. Walleye – Slow.

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

December 3, 2019 - 8:34 am - Posted in Sports

Statewide Iowa — The Predicament released their preseason State Tourney Team rankings and individual rankings for Classes 1A-3A.

The Predicament’s Class 1A Preseason State Tourney Team Rankings
1 Don Bosco (9)
2 Lisbon (8)
3 Underwood (7)
4 West Sioux (7)
5 Denver (8)
6 West Hancock (5)
7 Woodbury Central (4)
8 Logan Magnolia (3)
9 Lake Mills (5)
10 Eagle Grove (3)

The Predicament’s Preseason Individual Rankings
106
6 Mikey Baker (Fr.) West Sioux

113
2 Braden Graff (So.) West Sioux

120
10 Jader Briggs (Jr.) Akron-Westfield

126
1 Adam Allard (Sr.) West Sioux
3 Beau Klingensmith (Jr.) Woodbury Central

132
3 Cullen Koedam (So.) West Sioux
4 Trey Schuck (Sr.) Sibley Ocheyedan
8 Tristen Jessen (So.) Woodbury Central

145
5 Dillon Lynott (Sr.) West Sioux

152
1 Wade Mitchell (Sr.) Woodbury Central

160
4 Nate Monahan (Sr.) Woodbury Central
7 Spencer Roth (Sr.) GTRA
8 Seth Salker (Sr.) West Sioux

170
1 Tristan Mulder (Jr.) Hull Western Christian

182
4 Alex De Roos (Jr.) Alta-Aurelia
6 Carson Lynott (So.) West Sioux
10 Derek Anderson (Jr.) Hinton

The Predicament’s Class 2A Preseason State Tourney Team Rankings

1 West Delaware (7)
2 Union (6)
3 Osage (6)
4 Centerville (4)
5 Winterset (4)
6 Solon (4)
7 West Liberty (3)
8 Independence (3)
9 Bondurant Farrar (3)
10 Williamsburg (3)

The Predicament’s Class 2A Preseason Individual Rankings

113
6 Jon Burnette (So.) Spirit Lake Park

120
7 Johnny Hua (Sr.) MOC Floyd Valley

126
8 Blake Abrahamson (Sr.) Okoboji
10 Jaxson Rozeboom (So.) BHRV

138
5 Isaac Bryan (Jr.) Sgt Bluff Luton
6 Jake Nieman (Sr.) BCIG-OA
9 Isaac Dixon (Sr.) Spirit Lake Park

145
2 Jack Gaukel (Jr.) Sgt Bluff Luton
7 Mitchell Joines (Jr.) Bishop Heelan

160
5 Kalen Meyer (Jr.) Central Lyon
8 Blake Liebe (Sr.) Sgt Bluff Luton
9 Bret Hoyman (Sr.) Emmetsburg

170
3 Mason Griffin (Sr.) Emmetsburg

182
8 Bryce Vande Weerd (Sr.) Central Lyon
9 Keegan Bradley (Jr.) Spirit Lake Park

195
7 Chayce Hooyer (Sr.) Sioux Center
8 Colby Wilmesherr (Sr.) Heelan Catholic

220
4 Jarrett Meyer (Sr.) Central Lyon
8 Easton Fleshman (So.) West Lyon

285
7 Chris VanDerBrink (Sr.) BHRV

The Predicament’s Class 3A Preseason State Tourney Team Rankings
1 Bettendorf (8)
2 SE Polk (10)
3 Fort Dodge (9)
4 Iowa City West (5)
5 Ankeny Centennial (6)
6 Waverly-Shell Rock (6)
7 Waukee (8)
8 Ankeny (4)
9 Mason City (3)
10 Johnston (6)

The Predicament’s Class 3A Preseason Individual Rankings

160
7 Isaiah Spencer (sr.) – Spencer
8 Jake Francksen-Small (sr.) – LeMars

170
9 Kole Wiegert (sr.) – Storm Lake

195
9 Colton Dreith (sr.) – Storm Lake
10 Colton Haug (sr.) – LeMars

 

This article originally appeared on thepredicament.com

November 26, 2019 - 1:31 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
Marsh and main lake remain ice free. Yellow perch – fair: Anglers are catching perch from the inlet bridge and the fish house on Ice House Point. Fish up to 10-12 inches are being caught with some sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers, power bait bites or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber from the inlet bridge.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair: Use live bait or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in deeper areas below riffles and on outside of bends.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use crawlers or twisters fished from shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Try crawlers and small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber from shore and docks in the marina.

Most lakes in West Central Iowa remain ice free. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
1,500 Rainbow trout were stocked at Blue Pit in Mason City this morning. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Clear Lake
The lake remains open. Anglers looking for one last open water trip should take advantage. Walleye – Slow: Try fishing off the jetties after sunset .

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

November 25, 2019 - 8:55 am - Posted in Sports

The 2019 Class 1A District 1 All-District Teams have been released

West Sioux and West Lyon each put 7 players on the first team, and Western Christian added 6 with Unity putting on another 5.

Offensive MVP honors went to West Sioux’s Hunter Dekkers and Kade Lynott.

Defensive MVP honors went to Unity’s Jacob Dragstra and West Lyon’s Davian Sterner.

Head coach of the year honors went to Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Tate Kellenberger

For complete teams CLICK HERE

November 22, 2019 - 10:57 am - Posted in Sports

Sectional and district tournament assignments for the 2020 wrestling postseason are out.

Sectional tournaments for Class 2A and Class 1A are scheduled for Saturday, February 8. The first- and second-place winners in each weight class then advance to district tournaments.

District tournaments for all three classes are scheduled for Saturday, February 15. The first- and second-place winners in each weight class from each district advance to the state traditional tournament in Des Moines.

The Sheldon/South O’Brien Orabs will be wrestle at Spirit Lake at the Class 2A Sectional 14.

 

November 21, 2019 - 1:43 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 have opened back up. Yellow perch – fair. Anglers are having luck fishing near the inlet bridge and along Ice House Point.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Anglers continue to have success fishing the rivers. 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 are ice free again. Fishing reports for the district are limited. Any remaining ice is unsafe for fishing. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
1,500 Rainbow trout will be stocked at Blue Pit on Wednesday, Nov. 27th at about 11:00 a.m. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Clear Lake
The warm weather, wind and rain has opened up most of the lake. Anglers looking for a few more open water trips should take advantage. Walleye – Slow: Try fishing off the jetties after sunset .

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 in places, but has partially opened back up. Ice conditions are dangerous.

Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake is mostly ice free, but water temperature remains at 32 degrees.

West Okoboji Lake
Water is still open. Lake temperature has risen to 40 degrees. Walleye – No Report: Take advantage of late season open water and fish from shore or waders in the evening.

Fishing reports from the district are very limited. Smaller lakes had an inch or two of ice on them last week, but that ice has deteriorated with some lakes opening back up. Get your ice fishing gear ready; review your plan for winter conditions and being on the ice. Ice fishing safety equipment should be worn and easily deployed. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

November 18, 2019 - 12:22 pm - Posted in Sports

The preseason rankings from IAWrestle are out for Class 2A.

A number of area wrestlers are ranked in the respective weight classes.

113
4 Jon Burnette Spirit Lake Park So
120
6 Johnny Hua MOC-Floyd Valley Sr
126
8 Blake Abrahamson Okoboji Sr
132
7 Nathan Curry Sergeant Bluff-Luton Sr
138
4 Isaac Bryan Sergeant Bluff-Luton Jr
9 Mitchell Joines Bishop Heelan Catholic Jr
145
2 Jack Gaukel Sergeant Bluff-Luton Jr
160
9 Bret Hoyman Emmetsburg Sr
170
10 Blake Liebe Sergeant Bluff-Luton Sr
182
9 Bryce Vande Weerd Central Lyon/GLR Sr
10 Colby Wilmesherr Bishop Heelan Catholic Sr
195
4 Chayce Hooyer Sioux Center Sr
6 Dylan Winkel Central Lyon/GLR Jr
220
4 Jarret Meyer Central Lyon/GLR Sr
285
9 Chris Van Der Brink Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Sr
November 18, 2019 - 10:44 am - Posted in Sports

The preseason wrestling team and individual rankings are out from IAWrestle for Class 1A.

As at team West Sioux is ranked #5 with 6 wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes.

Team Tournament Rankings
1 Don Bosco (8)
2 Lisbon (8)
3 Underwood (6)
4 Denver (8)
5 West Sioux, Hawarden (6)
6 Logan-Magnolia (6)
7 West Hancock (4)
8 Woodbury Central (3)
9 New London (5)
10 Eagle Grove (3)
106
1 Jader Briggs Akron-Westfield Jr
113
1 Marcel Lopez New London So
2 Brayden Graff West Sioux, Hawarden So
120
10 Drayven Kraft West Sioux, Hawarden So
126
1 Adam Allard West Sioux, Hawarden Sr
3 Beau Klingensmith Woodbury Central Jr
132
3 Trey Schuck Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr
6 Cullen Koedam West Sioux, Hawarden So
145
4 Dillon Lynott West Sioux, Hawarden Sr
152
1 Wade Mitchell Woodbury Central Sr
160
4 Nate Monahan Woodbury Central Sr
170
3 Tristan Mulder Western Christian Jr
182
2 Treyton Cacek Graettinger-Terril/RA Sr
3 Carson Lynott West Sioux, Hawarden So
5 Alex De Roos Alta-Aurelia Jr
8 Derek Anderson Hinton Jr
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.