June 27, 2019 - 3:49 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-70’s. Water levels are about 6 inches over the crest of the spillway. Water clarity is around 3 feet. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Anglers have had some luck fishing the rock piles off Cottonwood point and near Gunshot Hill. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or crankbaits near the inlet bridge along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet, or rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Black Crappie – Fair: Good numbers of 10 to 12 inch crappie were picked up in and around the fish house this past week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a minnow on a small jig under a bobber near the stone piers along Ice House Point shoreline, near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Focus on rocky areas where catfish may be looking to spawn. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Fish near submerged structure along the weed lines. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water clarity is around 3.5 feet. White Bass – Fair: On calm evenings, look for schools of baitfish breaking the surface; cast around those schools to look for white bass. White colored twisters, shad colored crankbaits and silver colored spinners work well. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Most action has been off shore in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines. Try also drift fishing to cover a lot of water in search of catfish.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and rocky areas with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Upper Pine Lake
Bass anglers are doing well on a variety of baits.

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
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started at the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Good walleye fishing continues with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in weed edges or troll crankbaits. Black Bullhead – Good: Use the traditional worm fished on the bottom in the north grade. Yellow Perch – Fair: Report that yellow perch action has started on the lake. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

June 26, 2019 - 8:43 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the regional softball pairings Wednesday evening.

 

Sibley-Ocheyedan plays host to HMS on July 8th in Class 2A Region 5.

Harris-Lake Park is on the road to MMCRU on July 8th at 7:00 pm in Class 1A Region 1.

Class 1A Regional Pairings

Class 2A Regional Pairings

Class 3A Regional Pairings

Class 4A Regional Pairings

Class 5A Regional Pairings

June 26, 2019 - 10:23 am - Posted in Sports

District pairing for Class 1A and 2A were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wednesday.

Sibley-Ocheyedan is in Class 2A District 2 and will start postseason play against Okoboji at Milford on July 13th at 7:00 pm.

Class 1A District 1

Class 1A District 2 

Class 1A Substate 1

Class 2A District 1

Class 2A Distict 2

Class 2A Substate 1

June 20, 2019 - 2:56 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 70’s. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or crankbaits near the inlet bridge along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet, or rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin. Most action has been in the mornings or evenings. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and around the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a minnow on a small jig under a bobber near the stone piers along Ice House Point shoreline, near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Muskellunge – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Fish near submerged structure along the weed lines. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows fished on a jig under a bobber. Anglers have had luck fishing early morning. Walleye – Fair.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Most action has been off shore in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Northern Pike – Good: Use spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Black Crappie – Good: Try a minnow under a bobber in 6 to 7 feet of water.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Good.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Upper Pine Lake
Bass anglers are doing well on a variety of baits.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperature warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started at the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleye fishing improving with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in shallow, emerging weed beds. Black Crappie – Good: Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Black Bullhead – Good: Action is picking up at the north grade using the traditional worm fished on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Cast twisters or live bait under a slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect the action to improve as water temperatures warm.

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

June 14, 2019 - 1:06 pm - Posted in Sports

District assignments are for postseason high school baseball

Class 1A District 1 features Akron-Westfield, Central Lyon, Gehlen, Kingsley-Pierson, Lawton-Bronson, Trinity, Westwood, and Whiting.

District 2 teams are G-LR, HMS, MMCRU, Ridge View, River Valley, South O’Brien, Remsen St. Mary’s and Woodbury Central.

Class 2A District 1 teams are Sheldon, Sioux Center, Unity, West Lyon, West Sioux, and Western

In District 2, the teams are Emmetsburg, E-LC, Okoboji, Pocahontas, Sibley-Ocheyedan, and Spirit Lake.

Class 2A

Class 1A

June 13, 2019 - 3:51 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 70’s. Water level is about 8 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or crankbaits along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet rock piles off Cottonwood Point, and the east basin. Most action has been in the mornings or evenings. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and around the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or stink bait fished on the bottom along the Ice House Point shorel near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Muskellunge – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Fish near submerged structure along the weed lines. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows fished on a jig under a bobber. Anglers have had luck fishing early morning. Walleye – Fair.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Most action has been off shore in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines.

Water temperatures on most area lakes are in the low 70’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and open areas in the rushes with a small minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Northern Pike – Good: Use spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Good.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Use small pink jigs. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Upper Pine Lake
Bass anglers are doing well on a variety of baits.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperature warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started at the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Last week’s tournament resulted in good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish being caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleye fishing improving with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in shallow, emerging weed beds. Black Crappie – Good: Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Black Bullhead – Good: Action is picking up at the north grade using the traditional worm fished on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Cast twisters or live bait under a slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect the action to improve as water temperatures warm.

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

June 6, 2019 - 2:53 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 70 degrees. Water level is about 10 inches over the crest of the spillway. 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. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or crankbaits along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet rock piles off Cottonwood Point, and the east basin. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Use crawlers fished under a bobber along shore and Ice House Point.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a minnow fished under a bobber along docks. Most luck has been in the marina. White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits near shore and in the dredge cuts. Most action has been off shore. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait or stink bait fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures on most area lakes are around 70 degrees. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the high 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and open areas in the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished in 7 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished in 2 to 3 feet of water. Northern Pike – Good: Use spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Good.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Use small pink jigs. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Upper Pine Lake
Bass anglers are doing well on a variety of baits.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperature warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started at the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleye fishing improving with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in shallow, emerging weed beds. Black Crappie – Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Black Bullhead – Good: Action is picking up at the north grade using the traditional worm fished on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Cast twisters or live bait under a slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect the action to improve as water temperatures warm.

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

May 30, 2019 - 2:17 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-60’s. Water level is about 12 inches over the crest of the spillway. Anglers are picking up fish in between rain events. 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. Walleye – Fair: Use a slip bobber with a minnow or leech on a lead head jig along the Ice House Point shore, the east end near the outlet rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin north shore and around the marina. Anglers have also had luck casting black and white twisters. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with wood or rock cover along shore. Muskellunge – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber in 5-10 feet of water near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber in areas around docks and along shallow rocky shores. Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina and near the inlet. White Bass – Good: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits near shore and in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the mid-60’s. Water levels on most lakes and rivers are above average. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished on the edge of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Largemouth Bass – Good.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperature warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleye fishing improving with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in shallow, emerging weed beds. Black Crappie – Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Black Bullhead – Good: Action is picking up at the north grade using the traditional worm fished on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect the action to improve as water temperatures warm.

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

May 23, 2019 - 4:08 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-60’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 shore along Ice House Point and the fish house in Town Bay using minnows fished under a bobber. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge. Walleye – Fair: Use a slip bobber with a minnow or leech on a lead head jig along the Ice House Point shore, the east end near the outlet north shore, and around the marina. Anglers have also had luck casting black and white twisters. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with wood or rock cover along shore.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber in 5-10 feet of water near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or minnows fished under a slip bobber. Anglers have had luck fishing the south shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber in areas around docks and along shallow rocky shores. Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina and near the inlet. White Bass – Good: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill and crappie fishing is starting to pick up. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished on the edge of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Panfish bite has been slow. Largemouth Bass – Good.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperatures warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Walleye – Good: Report of wader anglers having good success after dark. Some fish are being caught by boat anglers during the day. For the best areas, fish emerging weed beds.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect action to improve as water temperatures warm.

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

May 17, 2019 - 12:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Thursday was day one at the State High School Track meet in Des Moines. Among the highlights for area athletes was a new 2A meet record for Western Christian in the Girls 4×800. Bailey Nelson, Macay Van’tHul, Emilee Heynen and Olivia Granstra combined to post the record time of 9:24.76. The old record was 9:25.23.

Class 2A

Girls 4×100 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims
8th – Sioux Center – 1:09.21 – Qualified For Finals
14th – Sheldon – 1:10.77 – DNQ
18th – Cherokee – 1:12.44 – DNQ

Girls 3000m
9th – Emily Haverdink,  MOC-FV – 11:27.82
11th – Whitney Minderhoud, Western  – 11:31.67
17th – Anessa Schoo,  Sheldon – 11:42.03

Boys 3200m
6th – Mason McCaffery, Spirit Lake – 9:56.01
13th – Eric Heibult, Sheldon – 10:07.09
17th – Jakob Van Der Werff, MOC-FV – 10:16.98

Girls 200m – Prelims
2nd – Natalee Greenfield, Sioux Center – 26.26 – Qualifies For Finals
6th – Kennedy Kramer, West Lyon – 26.45 – Qualifies For Finals
13th – Hannah Olson, Estherville-LC – 26.77 – DNQ
17th – Riley Christoffer, Estherville-LC – 27.12 – DNQ

Boys 200m – Prelims
1st – Joe Stein, Spirit Lake – 21.86 – Qualifies For Finals
14th – Jacob Jensen, Estherville-LC – 23.33 – DNQ
19th – Davion Sterner, West Lyon – 23.43 – DNQ
20th – Kade Lynott, West Sioux – 23.50 – DNQ
Braden Jahn, Sioux Center – DQ

Girls 4×800
1st – Western – 9:24.76 – NEW 2A State Meet Record
8th – Sioux Center – 10:07.54
10th – Okoboji – 10:08.57
14th – Cherokee – 10:12.03

Boys 4×800
13th- Unity – 8:26.72
17th – Western – 8:29.07
19th – Sioux Center – 8:30.68

Girls 100m – Prelims
7th – Natalee Greenfield, Sioux Center – 12.92 – Qualifies For Finals
12th – Camille Zwiefel, Cherokee – 13.03 – DNQ
15th – Emma Westphal, Western – 13.13 – DNQ
Natalie Lausen, Estherville-LC – DQ

Boys 100m – Prelims
2nd – Joe Stein, Spirit Lake – 10.94 – Qualifies For Finals
18th – Davion Sterner, West Lyon – 11.68 – DNQ
20th – Jacob Jensen, Estherville-LC – 11.71 – DNQ

Girls 400m
3rd – Kennedy Kramer, West Lyon – 57.21
5th – Mikayla Turek, Unity – 58.57
7th – Emilee Heynen, Western – 59.76

Boys 400m
7th – Ethan Albright, Okoboji – 51.11
18th – Ethan Spronk, Western – 53.18
19th – Jacob Jensen, Estherville-LC – 53.28

Boys 4×110 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims
6th – Sibley-Ocheyedan – 1:01.36 – Qualifies For Finals
12th – Spirit Lake – 1:03.26 – DNQ
17th – Hinton – 1:04.75 – DNQ

Girls Long Jump
2nd – Ashlyn Albrecht, Sheldon – 17-01.50
11th – Mikayla Turek, Unity – 16-04.25
21st – Emma Meyer, West Lyon -15-06.75

Boys Long Jump
7th – Logan Meyer, West Lyon – 20-07.00
8th – Kade Lynott, West Sioux – 20-07.00
15th – Aiden Brock, Hinton – 19-09.50
21st – Grant Brouwer, Sibley-Ocheyedan – 19-03.50

Girls Shot Put
17th – Riley Knobloch, West Lyon – 36-00.00

Boys Shot Put
12th – Brian Egeland, Estherville-LC – 48-04.50
23rd – Bryce Huitink, Unity – 44-05.00

Class 3A

Girls 4×100 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims
7th – Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 1:07.65 – Qualifies For Finals
14th – Spencer – 1:09.15 – DNQ
16th – LeMars – 1:09.79 – DNQ

Girls 3000m
9th – Kourtney Delperdang,  Spirit Lake Park – 11:01.71
22nd – Brenna Fisher, Spencer – 11:58.38
24th – Maddie Hurt, LeMars – 12:19.99

Boys 3200m
17th – Marco Lopez, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 10.18.99
18th – Thomas Olson, Storm Lake – 10.23.65

Girls 200m – Prelims
7th – Emma Kenkel, Storm Lake – 26.46 – Qualifies For Finals
19th – Lizzy Blum, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 27.25 – DNQ
23rd – Allison Piercy, Spencer – 27.34 – DNQ

Boys 200m – Prelims
4th – Cody Post, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 22.44 – Qualifies For Finals
17th – Anthony Lamoreux, LeMars – 23.26 – DNQ

Girls 4×800
3rd – Spencer – 9:40.55

Boys 4×800
8th – Spencer – 8:11.61
16th – Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 8:22.58

Girls 100m – Prelims
4th – Kailee Hopkins, Spencer – 12.74 – Qualifies For Finals
9th – Katelyn Nissen, Spencer – 12.88 – DNQ
14th – Emma Kenkel, Storm Lake – 13.05 – DNQ

Boys 100m – Prelims
3rd – Cody Post, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 11.10 – Qualifies For Finals
14th – Anthony Lamoreux, LeMars – 11.51 – DNQ

Girls 400m
6th – Emma Kenkel, Storm Lake – 1:00.28

Boys 400m
21st – Marcus Kelderman, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 53.70

Boys 4×110 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims
8th – LeMars – 1:01.93 – Qualifies For Finals
15th – Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 1:03.81 -DNQ
16th – Spencer – 1:03.83 – DNQ

Girls High Jump
20th – Sadie Ribbens, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 4-10.00
24th – Mallory Nilles, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 4-08.00

Boys High Jump
11th – Eric Salazar, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – 6-01.00
14th – Jesus Soto, Storm Lake – J5-11.00
16th – Thade Hicks, Spencer – J5-11.00

Girls Discus
20th – Josie Heisinger, Spencer – 108-01

Boys Discus
21st – Brandon VanderSluis, LeMars – 133-02
Brandon Roemeling, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – FOUL

Class 1A

Boys 4×110 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims
8th – Central Lyon –  1:03.03 -Qualifies For Finals
9th – Akron-Westfield – 1:03:85 – DNQ

Girls 3000m
9th – Kaitlyn Goth, MMCRU –  11:48.79

Boys 3200m
1st – Will Roder, Gehlen
2nd – Joe Anderson, GLR

From the IAHSAA: The Results were revised in Thursday’s Class 1A 3,200 -meter run at Drake Stadium to reflect an early and incorrect ringing of the bell lap which created an unfortunate conclusion to the race. The race’s official results will be based on the runners’ placement after seven laps, when most participants appeared to consider the race over. The IHSAA sincerely apologizes for the error.
After seven laps, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars junior Will Roder was in first place, with George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson and Central Decatur’s William Gillis in third. Team points will be award[ed] based on these adjusted finishes.
The IHSAA has decided not to rerun the race given Thursday’s race conditions and the challenging schedules of the race’s participants for the remainder of the weekend/
The bell was incorrectly rung after the race’s sixth lap, as all the runners were competing on the lead lap.
Race officials determined through examination of Finish Lynx finish line images that most of the race’s participants stopped at the conclusion of their seventh laps. Those stoppages negatively affected the eighth lap and race officials ruled the race completed after seven laps.

Girls 200m – Prelims
6th – Shaylee Siebens, Akron-Westfield – 26.83 – Qualifies For Finals
7th – Willa Sickelka, South O’Brien – 26.91 – Qualifies For Finals
24th – Liz Mutombo, HMS – 28.29 – DNQ

Girls 4×800
19th – Central Lyon – 10:41.44
17th – HMS – 10:39.43
22nd- MMCRU – 10:47.78

Boys 4×800
7th – George-Little Rock –  8:24.97
13th – Central Lyon – 8:35.51
18th – Gehlen –  8:43.22
19th – HMS  – 8:43.25

Girls 100m – Prelims
9th – Regan Van Wyhe,  Central Lyon – 12.956 – DNQ
11th – Annika Jenness,  South O’Brien – 12.983 – DNQ
16th – Wylee Sickelka, South O’Brien – 13.21 – DNQ

Boys 100m – Prelims
20th – Kole Telford, Central Lyon – 11.77 – DNQ

Girls 400m
11th – Emily Chicoine, South O’Brien – 1:02.30
18th – Lydia Harders, HMS – 1:03.73

Girls 4×100 Shuttle Hurdle – Prelims  for 4A and 1A will run heats as timed finals Saturday starting at 11:50 a.m due to action being postponed at 7:30 Thursday evening. 
Central Lyon

Girls Shot Put
15th – Farrah Lewis – Central Lyon – 35-11.50