July 31, 2014 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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

Storm Lake

Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably, but some anglers are still catching a few around the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish: Fair – try using cut bait, dip bait, or shrimp. The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested using spinner baits near weed beds.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

July 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Sports

downloadThe Annual Lake Pahoja Youth Triathlon was on Friday July 25th  and  the Adult mini triathlon and 3.5 Mile Fun Run was on Saturday July 26. The Youth triathlon was for ages 7-14. The 7-10 year olds swam 75 yards, biked 2.5, ran 1 mile, while the 11-14 year old participants had to  swim 150 yards, bike 2.5, and run 1 mile. In the Adult mini triathlon, participants had to swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles, and run 3.5 miles.

Here are the results

Youth Triathlon
Boys 7-8  Name  Time
1st Evan Mahrous 18 min, 52 sec
2nd Joseph Levesquet 21 min 29 sec
3rd Bryson Childress 22 min 47 sec
Boys 9-10
1st Wilson Dodge 19 min 14 sec
2nd Ty Brinkman 22 min 12 sec
3rd Jordan Levesquet 23 min 2 sec
Boys 11-12
1st Andrew Grady 21 min 50 sec
2nd Jacob Vander Brink 23 min 19 sec
3rd Todd Jiskoot 24 min 8 sec
Boys 13-14
1st Liam Reese 18 min 43 sec
2nd Chase Bradner 22 min 59 sec
3rd Trent Hoogendorn 25 min
Girls 7-8
1st Gracy Gruber 22 min 20 sec
2nd Addison Van’t Hul 24 min 14 sec
3rd Tara Hoogendoorn 26 min 7 sec
Girls 9-10
1st Randi Childress 25 min 30 sec
2nd Bell Schiermeyer 27 min 21 sec
3rd Alyssa Tryon 30 min 37 sec
Girls 11-12
1st Hannah Dodge 20 min 45 sec
2nd Annabella Klosterman 23 min 14 sec
3rd Emma Brower 23 min 31 sec
Girls 13-14
1st Analise Levesquet 21 min 23 sec
2nd Morgan Van Der Brink 21 min 32 sec
3rd Maria Hoogendoorn 22 min 20 sec
3.5 Mile Fun Run
Women 0-19
1st Chayla Besonen 29 min 56 sec
2nd Amara Jones-Meyer 47 min 15 sec
3rd Pam Regnerus 50 min 12 sec
Women 20-29
1st Lanae Regnerus 28 min 59 sec
2nd Jana Regnerus 50 min 12 sec
Women 30-39
1st Tracy Kramer 25 min 18 sec
2nd Mallorie Hansmann 34 min 41 sec
3rd Josephine Myers- Kyekindal 48 min 4 sec
Women 40-49
1st Lisa Murphy 31 min 43 sec
2nd Cathy Anderson 33 min 58 sec
Men 0-19
1st Jacob Van Der Brink 30 min 29 sec
2nd Scott Hansmann 34 min 40 sec
Men 30-39
1st Dustin Schrumm 31 min 26 sec
Men 40-49
1st Scott Van Der Brink 29 min 21 sec
2nd Chad Overgaard 30 min 32 sec
Adult Triathlon
Female 20-29
1st Leah Freese 2 hr 4 min 58 sec
2nd Tiffany Huber 2 hr 6 min 10 sec
3rd Leah Rasmussen 2 hr 8 min 58 sec
Female 30-39
1st Laura Leenderts 1 hr 43 min 39 sec
2nd Renae Remer 2 hr 6 min 16 sec
3rd Leslie Johnson 2 hr 12 min 5 sec
Female 40-49
1st Kathy Grady 1 hr 27 min 12 sec
2nd Patty Klinghagen 1 hr 47 min 3 sec
3rd Amy Barr 1 hr 47 min 5 sec
Men 0-19
1st Jadon Johnson 1 hr 29 min 19 sec
Men 20-29
1st Russel Fergen 1 hr 34 min 58 sec
2nd Jeremy Reimer 1 hr 40 min 52 sec
3rd Brennan Thompson 1 hr 54 min 34 sec
Men 30-39
1st Jeremy Reimer 1 hr 18 min 25 sec
2nd Brenton Rains 1 hr 22 min 8 sec
3rd Eric Bannwarth 1 hr 22 min 44 sec
Men 40-49
1st Lance Bergeson 1 hr 24 min 8 sec
2nd Ryan Remers 1 hr 30 min 9 sec
3rd Timothy Olson 1 hr 38 min 10 sec
Men 50-59
1st Brian Williams 1 hr 31 min 39 sec
2nd Kirby Schroll 1 hr 40 min 9 sec
3rd Glenn Voss 1 hr 46 min 42 sec
Men 60-up
1st Gary Patton 1 hr 46 min 53 sec
2nd Howard Bich 2 hr 34 sec
July 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm - Posted in Sports

Tyler StarrFormer Central Lyon George Little Rock and University of South Dakota Football standout Tyler Starr will be taking part in his first NFL training camp beginning this Friday. Starr, a Little Rock native, was the seventh round selection of the Atlanta Falcons in this year’s NFL Draft.

We had a chance to talk with Starr during an appearance in Sheldon earlier this month and asked what if was like walking into the Falcons team facility for the first time for rookie camp and realizing that …. “this is the NFL” .

From there it was time to get to work as an NLF player and the rookie camp was an important step in the process with full team camp opening this Friday.

We asked Tyler about the transition from his college defensive schemes to the pros.

Offensive players often talk about the speed of the game compared to college. It pertains to the defensive side of the ball too.

Athletic ability gets every player drafted. We asked Starr what it would take to separate himself from the other linebackers in camp and earn a roster spot.

Despite his small school background in high school and college now it’s all about taking advantage of opportunities.

Since his signing with the Falcons there has been a lifestyle change as well and with that comes the opportunity to provide substantially for his family.

To get rookies off to a good start the NFL offers a rookie symposium to help players adjust to those sudden changes in lifestyle. Starr found it extremely beneficial.

The NFL has been a goal for Tyler since 6th grade. The key word on the road from Little Rock to Atlanta has been faith. Starr reflected on where the trip has taken him so far.

 

The Falcons will open their 2014 training camp at team facilities in Flowery Branch Georgia this Friday July 25th.

The Falcons have been selected as the feature team for this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. The program selects one team in the NFL and follows their training camp experience as they get ready for the upcoming season.

July 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm - Posted in Sports

DNR logoSpirit 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 current information, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching.  Bluegill – Good: Anglers working deep weed beds have been catching some nice bluegills using small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers working rock structures have been catching a number of nice yellow perch using small jigs tipped with live bait.

East Okoboji Lake

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching.  Walleye – Fair: The catch has been dominated by small walleyes with the occasional angler acceptable size. Boats working the areas around Jingle’s Point and Charlestrom beach have been seeing the most action.  Yellow Bass – Good: Small yellow bass continue to be caught near the spillway with a few nice ones mixed into the fray. Jig heads tipped with shiners should work well.

Big Spirit Lake

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike have been caught by running spinner baits over or near the edge of the major weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass – Good: Jerk baits and jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few bass near rocky points and other deep water structure.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Fishermen using spinner baits and soft plastics have reported catching bass near docks and other vertical structures.  Walleye – Fair: The catch is dominated by 20-inch walleyes currently with the best action on live baits near weed beds and deep rocky structures.   Black Bullhead – Fair:

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Angler reports indicate fish being caught on chicken livers, night crawlers, chubs and stink bait.  White Bass – Good: Anglers are catching fish using shiny spoons like Kastmasters.  Walleye – Fair: A few limits of fish have been reported trolling scatter raps.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken liver or cut bait worked near snags and deep pools should produce some nice action right now.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Water levels are still above normal but falling.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught around brush piles and creek mouths with stink bait.  New brush piles have formed this year so care should be taken if boating.

The Rock Rapids Rec. Dept. is looking for business sponsorships for the upcoming soccer season.

The season runs Aug. 21-Sept. 27 and there are approximately 220 kids signed up.

Your business name will be printed on the back of the t shirts and the kids get to keep their shirts at the end of the season.

Cost is $75 a team and we are only allowing businesses to have one team.

Please contact the Rock Rapids Chamber Office by Tuesday, July 22nd if you are interested in sponsoring a team.

Make checks payable to RR Rec. Dept and state how you want your business name listed on the shirts.

Call 712-472-3456

July 10, 2014 - 4:45 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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 Iowa

Lake Smith

Bluegills and crappies are being caught along the rocky shorelines.  Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are near the rocks, spawning. Cast a piece of cutbait with a light splitshot about of foot above the hook near the rocks. If you don’t get bit in 15 minutes, recast. Cats will bite if it is close to their nests.

Lake Catherine

Catfish and bass are biting.  A few large bluegills are being caught.  Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait.

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try on the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. North shore docks and Ventura grade are also worth a try. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds.  Walleye – Good: Shoreline docks have been ok at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rock reefs near state reef, Billy’s or Gilmore’s. Some fish by the edges of the reeds where the wind blows into them.  Muskellunge – Fair:   Yellow Bass – Fair: Walleye anglers are picking 5-10 up. The state reef and dodge’s point are worth a shot.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill bite is slowing down some but fish can still be caught. Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore. Or try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech.  Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines.  Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

July 2, 2014 - 3:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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 Iowa

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.  Channel Catfish – Excellent: Good numbers of catfish are being picked up on Sonny’s dip bait blood/cheese flavor.  White Bass – Good: Anglers are picking up white bass on chrome/pink crankbaits, silver Mepps, Kastmasters, or other shiny lures.  Walleye – Good: Anglers are still catching walleye.  Try using a #5 Shad Rap or a slow death rig with leeches or crawlers.  Focus efforts around the dredge cuts. The daily bag limit for walleye is three.  All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Fishing for pike has been good lately. Trolling crankbaits and spinners near weed lines should produce good results for anglers. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Bass have been hitting top water baits and jigs tipped with live bait near rocky points.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers are continuing to catch many slot walleye during the day and in the evening. A few fish are being harvested by drifting and/or trolling live bait near weed lines and across rocky points.  Black Bullhead – Fair:

East Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been good fishing near docks with small jigs and live bait.  Walleye – Fair: Many small walleyes are being caught fishing in the evenings with live bait along with a few angler acceptable sizes. Yellow Bass – Good: Jigging live bait over deeper rocky areas is producing a few nice sized yellow bass. Many small yellow bass are being caught on the north end of the lake near the spillway from Big Spirit.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills are being caught near docks and over deeper rock piles. Fishing live bait with a small jig is producing the best results. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported caught by anglers jigging live bait over deeper rock piles and rocky points.

June 26, 2014 - 3:22 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Water levels were six inches below crest as of Tuesday.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with traditional catfish baits.  Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has slowed down some compared to the last several weeks, but anglers are still picking up fish on leeches under a bobber.  A lot of the walleye are slot fish, but there are some legal fish mixed in.  Some anglers are still picking up walleye with a jig and minnow while drifting in 8-10 feet of water. The daily bag limit for walleye is three.  All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fishing deep rock piles will produce excellent action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass bite reported. Fish deeper docks and weed beds will produce the best action.  Walleye – Fair: Some action reported in the early morning, fish weed beds and deeper water for the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

The Spirit Lake spillway began flowing on June 20. Anglers fishing the current area entering East Okoboji Lake will find consistent angling with the action picking up as the flow increases.   Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits after dark for plenty of pole bending activity.

West Okoboji Lake

Recent storms in the Iowa Great Lakes has limited angling on West Okoboji Lake.  Weed growth is limited; anglers are encouraged to focus on the weed lines as they continue to develop.

Lyon County Fair Rapid Speedway Combo SignDue to all the damage from the flooding, Rapid Speedway will be cancelling the races scheduled for June 27 and July 4. Their plans are to be ready to race again on July 11.

Rapid Speedway management thanks everyone that has been helping them get the grounds and track back together and appreciates your patience.

June 19, 2014 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge and pipeline. The daily bag limit for walleye is three. All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Water levels were 6 inches below crest as of Tuesday. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with traditional catfish baits. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing continues to be good. Most of the keeper size fish are coming on leeches or night crawlers on jig or slip bobber. Twisters baited with a crawler tend to be picking up smaller fish. Most anglers have been drifting with a lot of focus around the dredge cuts.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fishing the deep rock piles will produce excellent action of this popular sport fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass bite reported. Fishing the deeper docks and weedbeds will produce the best action. Walleye – Fair: Fish weed beds and deeper water for the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits after dark for plenty of pole bending activity.

West Okoboji Lake

Recent storms in the Iowa Great Lakes has limited angling on West Okoboji Lake. Weed growth is limited; anglers are encouraged to focus on the weed lines as they continue to develop.