March 11, 2021 - 3:12 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

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Arrowhead Lake
The lake is ice-free.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is open. A few anglers have picked up bluegill and crappie in Town Bay since it opened up. More reports will be available as we receive them. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Black Hawk Pit
Black Hawk Pits are ice-free.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake has just recently opened up; unsafe ice conditions.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
As of March 11th, most of the main lake is still covered with ice; unsafe ice conditions. The Marina is open. Anglers are starting to fish in the marina.

Many lakes in the district are ice-free, except for a few larger water bodies. Unsafe ice conditions. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
There are many areas of open water. Any remaining ice is deteriorating quickly; unsafe ice conditions. Black Crappie – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Bluegill – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes.

Lower Pine Lake
There is no open water on Upper or Lower Pine Lake; unsafe ice conditions.

Upper Pine Lake
There is no open water on Upper or Lower Pine Lake; unsafe ice conditions.

Winnebago River
The northern pike bite should pick up; try fishing a chub in slack water below dams and where smaller creeks enter the river.

Ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating on all area waterbodies with the warm temperatures and high winds. Ice fishing is not recommended. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions

Ingham Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated; unsafe ice conditions.

Lost Island Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice fishing is not recommended. Recent warm temperatures have quickly deteriorated much of the ice in the area. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 40s and 50s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 5, 2021 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The Girls All-Substate teams from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association are out.

Named to Class 1A Substate 7: MMCRU’s Emily Dreckman, Taylor Harpeneau, and Ellie Hilbrands. MMCRU Coach Gillian Letsche earn Coach of the Year honors. Also named to the team was Akron-Westfield’s Natalie Nielsen, and Gehlen Catholic’s Rachel Langel.

Named to Class 2A Substate 7 was Central Lyon’s Hayden Heimensen, and Heather Grafing earned Coach of the Year honors. Rock Valley’s Abby Heemstra, and Lexi Van Kekerix. Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer and Bria Wasmund.

Class 3A Region 1 honors went to Cherokee’s JaMae Nichols, Teagan Slaughter, Alexis Pingel and Coach Brandon Slaughter won coach of the year honors. Region 2 honors went to Unity’s Gracie and Janie Schoonhoven, along with Coach of the year honors to Jay Schuiteman. Also named to the team was ELC’s Jayden Nitchals and Kaitlyn Tendal

Region 6 honors went to West Lyon’s Brooklyn Meyer and Kennedy Kramer with Coach Ryan Brasser earning Coach of the year honors.

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association released the All Sub-State Teams for Class 1A, 2A, and 3A.

Named to Class 1A, Substate 1: Keaton Bonderson and Carter DeRocher of Gehlen Catholic, Lance Berends of HMS, Jaxon Bunkers of Remsen St. Mary’s, and Jake Wallin of South O’Brien. Sub-state 1 coach of the year honors went to Gehlen’s Mike Langel

Named to Class 2A Substate 1: Tanner Te Slaa of Boyden-Hull, Clayton Bosma of Unity Christian, Hinton’s Caleb Holmes, and Cherokee’s Will Luger. Class 2A Substate 2 honors went to Western’s Ty Van Essen, Central Lyon’s Zach Lutmer, Carter Brouwer of Sibley-Ocheyedan, and Creighton Morisch and Vance Katzfey of Spirit Lake. Coach of the year honors for Substate 2 went to Spirit Lake’s Paul Brown.

In Class 3A Substate 1: MOC-Floyd Valley’s Ayden Klein was named to the team. Substate 2 honors went Spencer’s Karter Petzenhauser and Will and Owen Larson of ELC.

March 1, 2021 - 11:37 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Siouxland Conference boys All-Conference Basketball Teams are out and there are 4 unanimous selections among the 7 first teamers. They include a pair of Boyden Hull Comets in Tanner Te Slaa and Marcus Kelderman. They were joined by Landyn Van Kekerix of Rock Valley and Zach Lutmer of Central Lyon.

For the complete first, second , third and honorable mention teams click on the link below.
BBB All-Siouxland Conference 2020-21

March 1, 2021 - 11:36 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The War Eagle All-Conference girls teams are out.

Unity Christian and MMCRU each put two players on the first team

1st Team
Janie Schoonhoven Unity Christian 12
Gracie Schoonhoven Unity Christian 10
Emily Dreckman MMCRU 11
Taylor Harpenau MMCRU 11
Megan Waterman West Sioux 12
Mya Bunkers Remsen St. Mary’s 9
Natalie Nielsen Akron/Westfield 11
Rachel Langel Gehlen Catholic 12
Anna Coffee Hinton 11
Hannah Dau South O’Brien 12

2nd team
Tyra Schuiteman Unity Christian 10
Ellie Hilbrands MMCRU 11
Emily Hulshof West Sioux 12
Whitney Jensen Remsen St. Mary’s 9
Chloee Colt Akron/Westfield 11
Lauren Heying Gehlen Catholic 11
Bella Badar Hinton 11
Taya Mason HMS 12

Honorable Mention
Jenna Bouma Unity Christian 11
Jaylen Bork MMCRU 12
Addi Dekkers West Sioux 10
Carmindee Ricke Remsen St. Mary’s 9
Elise Knapp Akron/Westfield 12
Larissa Sitzmann Gehlen Catholic 11
Aubree Lake Hinton 10
Jasmine Lux HMS 11
Kaylee Jacobs South O’Brien 12
Alyssa Maassen Trinity Christian 12
Zella Ingham HLP 11

March 1, 2021 - 11:36 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The War Eagle All-Conference Boys Basketball teams are out.

Unity Christian, Gehlen Catholic, and HMS each put 2 players on the first team.

1st Team
Keaton Bonderson Gehlen Catholic 10
Carter DeRocher Gehlen Catholic 11
Clayton Bosma Unity Christian 12
Bo Byl Unity Christian 11
Jaxon Bunkers Remsen St. Mary’s 10
Jake Wallin South O’Brien 10
Mason Coppock West Sioux 10
Lance Berends HMS 10
Kooper Ebel HMS 10
Caleb Holmes Hinton 11

2nd team
Zach Kraft Gehlen Catholic 12
Jacob Van Donge Unity Christian 10
Blaine Harpenau Remsen St. Mary’s 12
Jarome Jackson South O’Brien 12
Blake Van Ballegooyen West Sioux 11
Brody Sohn HLP 12
Tony Kooiker Trinity Christian 12

Honorable Mention
Dylan Lehmann Gehlen Catholic 11
Tanner Schouten Unity Christian 12
Logan Franken Unity Christian 12
Austin Jensen Remsen St. Mary’s 11
Josh Johannsen South O’Brien 12
Brady Lynott West Sioux 10
Brody Boles HLP 12
Carson Zandstra Trinity Christian 12
Kam Steffen MMCRU 10

March 1, 2021 - 11:34 am - Posted in Sports

This years Siouxland Conference All Conference Girls Basketball team features five unanimous selections. They include Brooklyn Meyer West Lyon 11, Hayden Heimensen Central Lyon 12, Madison Brouwer Sibley-Ocheyedan 10. Rounding out the five are a pair of Rock Valley seniors in Lexi Van Kekerix Rock Valley 12
and Abby Heemstra Rock Valley 12.

For complete first team and the second and third teams along with honorable mention click on the link below.
GBB All-Siouxland Conference 2020-21

March 1, 2021 - 11:34 am - Posted in Sports

This years Siouxland All-Conference wrestling teams are out. Sheldon South O’Brien and Sioux Center both put 4 wrestlers on the first team.

BHRV and West Lyon had 3 wrestlers named first team. CL-G-LR and Sibley Ocheyedan each had 2 athletes named to the squad with MOC Floyd Valley 1 wrestler named to the first team.

For a look at all wrestlers name to the first and Second teams along with at large berths click here.  WR Siouxland All-Connference 2020-21

February 25, 2021 - 10:56 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has released the All District teams for all classes.

Class 1A Northwest
McKenzie Goodwin – Kingsley-Pierson
Emily Drechman – MMCRU
Ella Larsen – Newell-Fonda
Danika Demers – Storm Lake St.Marys
Bailey Sievers – Newell Fonda
Addy Johnson – Westwood
Macy Sievers – Newell-Fonda
Camrin Baird – Woodbury Central
Natalie Nielsen – Akron-Westfield
Ellie Hibrands – MMCRU
Taylor Harpenau – MMCRU
Coach of the Year: Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda

Class 2A Northwest
Riley Batta – South Central Calhoun
Madison Brouwer – Sibley-Ocheyedan
Hannah Dau – South O’Brien
Akaysa Duitscher – Pocahontas Area
Abby Heemstra – Rock Valley
Hayden Heimensen – Central Lyon
Taylor Krager – Sioux Central
Rachel Leerar – West Hancock
Mallory McCall – West Monona
Marissa Pottebaum – Boyden Hull
Abbie Schany – Emmetsburg
Lexie VanKekerix – Rock Valley
Coach of the Year: Heather Grafing, Central Lyon

Class 3A Northwest
Jaiden Ainley – Clear Lake
Payton Beckman – Panorama
Kendal Clark – Humboldt
Brooklyn Meyer – West Lyon
JaMae Nichols – Cherokee
Jayden Nitchels – Estherville Lincoln Central
Alexis Pingel – Cherokee Washington
Gracie Schoonhoven – Unity Christian
Janie Schoonhoven – Unity Christian
Teagan Slaughter – Cherokee Washington
Coach of the Year: Ryan Brasser, West Lyon

For complete teams CLICK HERE

February 18, 2021 - 2:16 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.

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Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches.in front of the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 13 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice in the east basin may have thinner areas. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay; avoid ice near the bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8- to 10-inch fish reported. Bite has been hit or miss. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point Denison Beach and Ice House Point. You may have to move to find fish; fish are 6- to 12-inches. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8-inches.

Black Hawk Pit
Ice thickness is 11 inches at the boat ramp.

Brushy Creek Lake
Beware of thinner ice from a pressure ridge in the middle of the lake that starts near the fishing jetty just south of the east boat ramp. There is thinner ice near the swimming beach. The best ice conditions (around 12 inches) are at the north end and near the big island by the southeast boat ramp. Drill test holes often and use caution. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water; 10- to 12-inch keepers with lots of sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head fished in areas with up to 25 feet of depth. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms in 20 feet of water.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up trout. Try a small hook with a piece of nightcrawler or corn fished under a bobber, tube jigs or a small spinner. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Most ice is reported to be around 15 inches. Ice is covered with snow and drifts. There are thinner areas from a pressure seam extending from Casino Point to the northeast. Ice near the big island and near Chautauqua Point may by thinner and unsafe. Avoid these areas; use caution and check ice thickness often as you move around. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms, mealworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west and north portions of the lake. Move around to find fish. Larger fish are 10- to 13- inches. Walleye – Fair: The bite is picking up. Try a small minnow on a jigging spoon in the dredge cuts and flats. Morning bite is best. You may have to move around to find groups of fish. Anglers have had luck in the north end and western portions of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a waxworm on a jig or minnow on a small jigging spoon. You may need to move to find fish near the dredge cuts.

Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is around 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Avoid the channel between the little lake and the main lake; use extreme caution if you fish within the aeration holes boundary. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Use your electronics to find fish; stay mobile. Best bite is a half hour before sunset. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Try near vegetation in 2 to 6 feet of water. Use bigger bait to catch keeper-sized fish. Walleye – Fair: Try dead sticking a minnow while you fish with another rod. Best bite is near sunrise and sunset. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for suspended fish along the dredge cuts. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig in the open areas near the rushes.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a jig and small minnow fished along the edge of the dredge cut. Yellow Perch – Slow. Northern Pike – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 14-16 inches. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try near vegetation in 4 to 5 feet of water on the west side of the lake. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small jig tipped with spikes near vegetation. Yellow Perch – Slow.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Permanent ice fishing shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16.5 inches.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions vary across the lake with averages around 18 inches or more. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16 inches or more with a major open hole from the lake aeration unit. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency. Some good sized perch have been seen recently.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently running on the north east side near the nature center. Ice thickness is 18-20 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice thickness varies around 19 inches. Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 18-22 inches, but can be variable. Use caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness across the lake is around 19 inches or more. Caution: Holes created by small springs have developed or iced over recently. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness varies, starting around 19 inches. Caution: there are many seams across the lake. Panfishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10 feet of water along weed lines. Many fish are headed to the basins with the latest cold front. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with thickness ranging from 18-22 inches. Recent temperatures have created safer ice conditions, allowing the use of some full-sized vehicles; use caution and check conditions before driving out. Caution: there are still many seams throughout area lakes, as well as a few holes that have been kept open due to geese activity. The extended forecast calls for warmer temperatures again, so fishing should pick up. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.