After a 3200 meter race last Thursday at the Boys State Track meet that stripped George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson of a state title, Anderson was given that title back as Co-Champion.

KIWA talked to Anderson about the events that surrounded the race.

The IAHSAA reported on Monday that they awarded three post-meet medals to boys who placed higher in last Thursday’s complete Class 1A 3,200-meter run than in the official race that was shortened to seven laps due to our bell lap error on the track.

The Athletic Association stated that they know these awards cannot make up for the frustration these competitors and their supporters felt last week, but hope they can serve as a positive reminder of their accomplishments.

Anderson received a first-place gold medal, Nodaway Valley’s Joshua Baudler a runner-up silver, and Dawson Hatch of Sioux Central will receive a medal for eighth place.

May 20, 2019 - 3:41 pm - Posted in Sports

The girls All-Siouxland Conference Golf teams are out. West Lyon, MOC-Floyd Valley, Boyden-Hull, and Okoboji each put two golfers on the first team, and Okoboji added another two on the second team.

1st Team Girls:
Hannah Butler OKO 12
Martha Stein OKO 11
Sophie Swart MOC-FV 11
Chloe Harskamp SC 12
Brialle Koerselman BH 12
Grace Bauder WL 10
Ellie Whalen WL 12
Lydia Grond BH 10
Madi Mulder MOC-FV 11
Melissa Postma CL 10

2nd Team Girls:
Marra Oldenkamp SHEL 12
Morgan Slagter SC 12
Sydney Dorn MOC-FV 9
Faith Pearson OKO 11
Isabelle Schneidermann CL 10
Olivia Smith OKO 11
Madilyn Matuska GLR 11
Whitney Anderson BH 12

May 20, 2019 - 3:02 pm - Posted in Sports

After a 3200 meter race on Thursday at the Boys State Track meet that stripped George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson of a state title, he will be given that title back.

According to Joe’s father, Pastor Bryan Anderson,George-Little Rock Athletic Director Tyler Glanzer, and the Iowa High School Athletic Association Joe Anderson is being named co-champion by the State Athletic Association in the 1A 3200 Meter race with Gehlen’s Will Roder.

The IAHSAA reports they are awarding three post-meet medals to boys who placed higher in last Thursday’s complete Class 1A 3,200-meter run than in the official race that was shortened to seven laps due to our bell lap error on the track.

The Athletic Association states they know these awards cannot make up for the frustration these competitors and their supporters felt last week, but hope they can serve as a positive reminder of their accomplishments.

George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson will receive a first-place gold medal, Nodaway Valley’s Joshua Baudler a runner-up silver, and Dawson Hatch of Sioux Central will receive a medal for eighth place.

The results and team scoring that they ended the meet with will not change, so both GLR’s Anderson and Gehlen’s Will Roder will have gold medals from the event.

IAHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste talked with Joe Monday afternoon and said he spoke with the same class he displayed on Friday and Saturday.

The results were originally 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 original results were based on the runners’ placement after seven laps, when most participants appeared to consider the race over.

After seven laps, Gehlen Catholic’s  Will Roder was in first place, with George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson and Central Decatur’s William Gillis in third.

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.

Joe Anderson has gained national recognition with his tweet talking about how being stripped of his title hurt, but that he was more than trophies, he instead runs to bring glory to God.

Anderson was key in George-Little Rock’s 1A State Championship getting on the podium in the 3200, 1600, and 800.

May 17, 2019 - 12:14 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 1A

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.

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

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

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

May 16, 2019 - 3:17 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. 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 – Good: 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 – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has been productive this last week. Use leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits in the north shore, east shore, the marina, Casino point and near the outlet. 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 and open areas of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use small jigs in 3 to 4 feet of water on warmer days. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Lake Cornelia
Yellow Bass – Excellent: Use little jigs minnows and twister tails. Bluegill – Slow: Some sorting is needed, but keepers can be caught. Black Crappie – Slow.

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

Little Wall Lake
Channel catfish are biting. Bass are just starting to move into their spawning areas. Channel Catfish – Good. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

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

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.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappie being caught at the North Grade; use minnows under a bobber in the morning hours. Walleye – Good: Report of wader anglers having good success after dark. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching bluegill from Templar Park lagoon; sorting is needed.

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.

Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms.

Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.

In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.

Wynns states that it can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court. This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.

The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle.

Wynns continues that this change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs. Officials currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.

Northwest Iowa — The list of tentative qualifiers has been released by the IGHSAU for the upcoming State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines.

For a complete list in all classes for Iowa girls click on the link below

http://www.ighsau.org/news/2019-tentative-state-track-field-state-qualifiers/

Northwest Iowa — The list of tentative qualifiers has been released by the IAHSAA for the upcoming State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines.

For a complete list in all classes for Iowa boys click on the links below

Tentative State Meet Qualifier List:  4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

May 10, 2019 - 3:21 pm - Posted in Sports

The All Siouxland Conference Boys golf teams are out for the 2019 season.

MOC-Floyd Valley lead all schools with three first teamers, while Boyden-Hull and Sioux Center each put two golfers on the first team.

1st Team

School Name All-Conference Handicap Avg Handicap
MOC-Floyd Valley Justin Schipper 1.33 1.60 11
Sioux Center Freddy Bullock 3.22 3.60 12
MOC-Floyd Valley Kyle Christy 4.78 5.10 11
West Lyon Jalyn Gramstad 4.78 5.60 11
Boyden-Hull Drew Van Roekel 5.89 6.40 9
Okoboji Jamison Helmers 7.22 7.22 11
Sioux Center Marshall Schuiteman 7.44 7.80 11
MOC-Floyd Valley Riley Frederes 8.11 8.60 12
Boyden-Hull Caden Kleinwolterink 8.11 9.50 9
Central Lyon Kaden Huisman 9.00 9.30 12

2nd Team

Sheldon Dallas Kuiper 9.33 9.70 9
Sioux Center Jackson Stander 9.33 9.90 12
Okoboji Kole Karstens 9.44 9.80 10
Central Lyon Cody Huisman 9.44 10.00 11
Sioux Center Willeam Cam 9.44 10.60 10
Sheldon Spencer Kuiper 9.56 9.80 12
Okoboji Kyle Martin 10.11 11.20 11
MOC-Floyd Valley Aaron Te Grotenhuis 10.44 10.90 11
May 9, 2019 - 2:35 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 50’s. The cool weather and rains have temporarily slowed the fishing, but expect action to pick up as water temperatures warm throughout the week. 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 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
Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie along shore near the south boat ramp and the outlet. 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)
Fishing has been productive; recent cold weather and rains may slow the action temporarily, but expect the bite to pick back up once water temperatures warm up throughout the next week. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is usually best around the middle of May. 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 – Fair: Use crawlers and twisters fished from shore. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive this last week. Post-spawn fish are starting to feed more heavily as they regain their energy reserves. Use leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters in the north shore, east shore, the marina, Casino point and near the outlet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low fifties. Fishing has been slow with the cold, rainy weather. Expect the bite to get better as the water warms up. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use small jigs in 3 to 4 feet of water on warmer days. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
The water temperature is in the low fifties. No fishing activity reported this week.

Rice Lake
The water temperature is in the low fifties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jigs and spinnerbaits.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The water temperature is in the low fifties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jigs and spinnerbaits.

Upper Pine Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-fifties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jigs and spinnerbaits.

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

Lost Island Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and yellow bass being caught from the canals.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark. 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.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Some crappie action at Buffalo Run; boat anglers also report good numbers caught. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Early spring provides superb action for bass on calm sunny days with a jig and minnow on shallow rock piles.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Some action reported from Triboji Lagoon; sorting is needed. Expect action to improve as water temperatures warm.

Fishing activity has slowed with the cold and wet weather. Look for improvement next week with warmer temperatures in the forecast.

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