April 8, 2021 - 2:42 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
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite along shore should start to pick up. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps. Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Anglers continue to pick up perch, crappie, and walleye in the marina. Expect shore fishing action to pick up. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s in most district lakes. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as these water temperatures continue to increase. DNR crews are currently netting walleye on the walleye broodstock lakes. More reports will be available as we receive them. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-50’s. The courtesy docks are in at all the boat ramps and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Walleye are biting. Try a jig and minnow or crankbaits fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
The courtesy docks are in and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

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

April 1, 2021 - 2:28 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
Surface water temperature was 46 degrees on April 1. The courtesy docks are in. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps. Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40’s. Anglers continue to pick up perch, crappie, and walleye in the marina. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures warm over the next week. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been hit or miss in the marina over the last week. Expect the bite to get better better along the shoreline in the main lake as water temperatures start to gradually warm. Throw a twister or fish a minnow under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions.

Water temperatures, as of April 1, are in the mid to upper 40’s in most district lakes. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as these water temperatures increase with next week’s warmer weather. 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
The water temperature is in the low 40’s. The courtesy docks are in at the city and island boat ramps. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up as water temperatures rise. Try a jig and minnow fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties.

Lake Cornelia
The docks are in. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use small jigs in the harbor.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Winnebago River
Northern pike are biting; try a chub or crankbait fished in slack water below dams and where smaller creeks enter the river. Northern Pike – Fair.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. East Okoboji is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Spirit Lake is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. West Okoboji is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. The Iowa Great Lakes are ice-free. The extended forecast calls for much warmer temperatures with highs in the 70s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 28, 2021 - 9:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Cedar Falls, Iowa — University of Northern Iowa linebacker and former Central Lyon/George Little Rock standout Riley Van Wyhe earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after the Panthers defeated Western Illinois 34-20 on Saturday.

Van Wyhe recorded a team-high 11 tackles and picked up an interception and a pass breakup to lead UNI to a 34-20 win over Western Illinois. The Panther first team allowed just one offensive touchdown on the day. The Leathernecks scored a touchdown against the second-team unit in the waning moments of the game.

Up next for the Panthers is a road contest against South Dakota on Friday.

March 25, 2021 - 2:38 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
Arrowhead Lake
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is ice-free. Surface water temperature is around 46 degrees. The courtesy docks are in. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: After ice-out can be a good time to target channel catfish. Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline where catfish may be aggressively feeding.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake is ice-free. Water levels remain about 4-5 feet low. The courtesy dock on the south ramp is in. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
The lake is ice-free. Anglers have picked up perch, crappie and walleye in the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target the abundant channel catfish population that Storm Lake has to offer. Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been hit or miss in the marina over the last week. Expect the bite to get better as water temperatures start to gradually warm.

Lakes in the district are ice-free. Water temperatures are in the mid-40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
The lake is ice-free. Courtesy docks are in.

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.

Bluebill Lake
The lake is ice-free. Gates are closed until the access road dries up a bit.

Clear Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy docks are not in yet. Water temperature is in the low 40’s. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up as water temperatures rise. Try a jig and minnow fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset.

Lake Cornelia
The lake is ice-free. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom.

Lake Smith
The lake is ice-free. The dock at the boat ramp is not in yet. No fishing activity reported. Channel Catfish – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished on the bottom.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The lake is ice-free.

Upper Pine Lake
The lake is mostly ice-free.

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.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. The lake is completely open and mostly free of ice.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. The lake is expected to completely open up this week.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. The lake is expected to completely open up this week.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice fishing is not recommended. Most of the area ice has deteriorated significantly with total ice-out expected in the next week or so. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.

For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 25, 2021 - 10:10 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Sites and assignments for the 2021 spring golf postseason are now available.

Sectional meets are set for Friday, May 14, unless otherwise noted. District meets are set for Friday, May 21, unless otherwise noted.

Qualifiers from these meets advance to the 2021 IHSAA State Golf Championships, currently set for May 27-28 at three courses.

Sites and assignments for Class 3A, Class 2A, and Class 1A are available to view through the links below.

Class 2A
Rock River Golf & CC @10:00 AM
Boyden-Hull
Central Lyon
North Union
Rock Valley
Sibley-Ocheyedan
West Lyon
West Sioux
Western Christian

Sheldon GCC @10:00 am
Alta-Aurelia
Cherokee
Hinton
MVAOCOU
OABCIG
Ridge View
Sheldon
Unity Christian

Class 1A
Sanborn GCC @10:00 am
George-Little Rock
GT/RA
Harris-Lake Park
HMS
South O’Brien
Trinity Christian
West Bend Mallard

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Whispering Creek on Thursday, May 20 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Hinton.

Newell Municipal GC @10:00 am
Akron-Westfield
Gehlen Catholic
MMCRU
Newell-Fonda
River Valley
Storm Lake St. Mary’s
Remsen St. Mary’s

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Lakeside Golf Course on Friday, May 21 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge.

Class 3A
Spencer Golf & CC – May 13th
Algona
Estherville-Lincoln Central
Humboldt
MOC-Floyd Valley
Sioux Center
Spencer
Spirit Lake
Storm Lake

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Landsmeer Golf Club on Thursday, May 20 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley

2021 SECTIONAL & DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS

Class 3A
Class 2A
Class 1A
March 18, 2021 - 1:53 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
Arrowhead Lake
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy dock is in at the Ice House Point boat ramp. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: After ice-out can be a good time to target channel catfish. Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline where catfish may be aggressively feeding.

Black Hawk Pit
Black Hawk Pits are ice-free.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake is ice-free. Water levels remain about 4-5 feet low. Courtesy docks are not in at this time. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Reports of anglers catching perch with crawlers. Shortly after ice-out can be a good time to target crappie, perch, or channel catfish. More open water angling reports will be available as we receive them.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)
Anglers are picking up walleye and channel catfish.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
The lake is ice-free. Anglers have picked up perch and crappie in the marina. More reports will be available as we receive them. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Right after ice-out is a great time to target the abundant channel catfish population that Storm Lake has to offer. Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline.

Lakes in the district are ice-free. Open water anglers are starting to make their way out. River fishing for walleye and channel catfish has been productive. 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
The lake is about 75 percent open. Black Crappie – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Bluegill – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom.

Lake Cornelia
The lake is ice-free. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom.

Lower Pine Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished on the bottom.

Upper Pine Lake
The lake is mostly ice-free.

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.

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. Most of the area ice has deteriorated significantly with total ice-out expected in the next week or so. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 40’s and 50’s.

For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

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

NORTHWEST
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 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The 2021 Pizza Ranch All Star Rosters are out from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

Named to the girls Northwest Team was Abby Heemstra and Lexie Van Kekerix of Rock Valley, Central Lyon’s Hayden Heimensen, and Cherokee’s JeMae Nichols. They will be coached by Okoboji’s John Adams.

Named to the boys Northwest Team was Boyden-Hull’s Marcus Kelderman and Spirit Lake’s Creighton Morisch.

The All-Star games will be played at Dallas Center Grimes.

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.