May 22, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines — The State Track and Field meet has a three day run set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

For a complete Schedule of events click on the link below

2015StateTrackFieldSchedule

 

For complete results click on the link below

http://www.iahsaa.org/Track/2015/index.htm

May 21, 2015 - 3:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad. Anglers fishing under the Highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in the upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water.

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are being caught along the southeast banks of West near Pillsbury Point and Fort Dodge. Fish the drop offs with dropshots and huskyjerks. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and little millers are filled with northerns. Throw anything and catch a few. Walleye – Slow: Good numbers of walleyes swimming near shore after dark at Pikes Point, Manhattan, Fort Dodge, Pillsbury, and Gull Point. Anglers are catching fish but not in good numbers. Water clarity and temperatures are keeping fish from biting.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Small bass are in trickles. Larger bass are still out deep. Males are staging on beds. Many bedded bass are along the north shore near Trickle Slough. Walleye – Fair: Few above the slot walleye are being caught but many in the 10-14inch range are being caught at Marble and Templar on the rock bars. Anglers are catching more non-slot walleye at the north grade using worms and small hair jigs. Fishing the channel where the old foot bridge once was is proving to be a good spot for those with waders. Bullhead – Excellent: The north grade is keeping anglers busy with bullheads. Anglers being creeled have reported catching many bullheads over a pound. Anglers are using a worm weighted to the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more 6-8 inch perch for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Use jig heads and wax worms.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Anglers are using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inches. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up a lot of 12 to 13 inch and 17 to 19 inch walleye. Try trolling shad colored crankbaits in 7 to 9 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use traditional catfish baits. A few are also being picked up while walleye fishing.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 1050 cfs (48th percentile) and around Correctionville is 1830 cfs (71st percentile).

Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of Town Bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.

Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows are biting in 8 feet of water on soft plastic shad. Anglers are getting their fill this week.

May 19, 2015 - 3:14 pm - Posted in Sports

golf picThe 2015 All Siouxland Conference Golf teams are out for both boys and girls golf. Sheldon’s Rachel Abele, Tyler Merley, and Dominic Sievert all earned first team honors for the Orabs, while MOC Floyd Valley lead the first team selections with 6. The complete list of 1st and 2nd teams is listed below.

Siouxland Conference 2015 Golf All-Conference Team
Girls 1st Team Boys 1st Team
Alex Mankle—12 OKO Tyler Merley—9 Sheldon
Anna Clemens—12 MOC-FV Tate Arends—10 MOC-FV
Brooke Grimes—12 S-O Trenton De Haan—9 MOC-FV
Rachel Abele—12 Sheldon Jaden Snyder—9 WL
Kira Jasper—12 MOC-FV Ethan Mino—12 S-O
Kenz Eichman—12 RV Matt Van Engen—11 SC
Josie Van Roekel—11 MOC-FV Brandt Boekhout—10 CL
Brooke Wiersma—12 MOC-FV Brock De Boer—11 SC
Sarah Honken—12 S-O Braden De Boer—12 SC
Hannah Sieperda—11 CL Dominic Seivert—10 Sheldon
Girls 2nd Team Boys 2nd Team
Megan Grimes—9 S-O Kyle Baartman—10 B-H
Jenessa Herman—11 CL Davis Van Roekel—10 B-H
Britta Harberts—10 S-O Major Postma—12 S-O
Sydney Peterson—12 CL Dylan Whalen—12 WL
Bri Koedam—11 RV Tyler Pennings—12 MOC-FV
Samantha VanderVelde-10 SC Nik Mankle—10 OKO
Katie Storm—12 Sheldon Chandler Brunsting—11 B-H
Rebekah Ripperda—12 WL Evan Mehls—11 S-O

 

May 7, 2015 - 4:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled up in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill up with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are being caught along the southeast banks of West near Pillsbury Point and Fort Dodge. Fish the drop offs with dropshots and huskyjerks. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and little millers are filled with northerns right now. Throw anything at this time and catch a few.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Small bass are in trickles at this time. Larger bass are still out deep. Some bass can be seen along the north banks. Walleye – Slow: Few above the slot walleye are being caught; many in the 10-14inch range are being caught at Marble and Templar on the rock bars.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inches. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The city is in the process of getting the dredge machine out on the lake. Boaters should be aware of the dredge barge, booster pump, and pipeline in the water. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using plastics, crankbaits, leaches, and minnows fished along the east and south sides of the lake. Anglers are doing well fishing along the dredge cuts between Chautauqua Point and the big island. Fishing the dredge cuts between the big island and Shorty’s Island has also been productive. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake and around the dredge cuts; they are biting on plastics, leaches, and minnows. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up with minnows along the east side of the lake.

Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows are biting in 8 feet of water on soft plastic shad. Anglers are getting their fill this week.

Five Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits in 8 feet of water are seeing a steady bite.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove 435 cfs, which is within the normal range. Discharge around Correctionville is 812 cfs, which is below normal. Recent rains may bring the river up over the weekend.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught using stink bait. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish are ranging from 1lb to 12lb.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Walleye – Fair: More and more anglers are reporting increased walleye catch along the Hwy 18 bridge. Fish are being caught using twister tails and shad raps. Fish the snags parallel to the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait upstream of snags or deeper pools. Anglers are catching many fish per outing.

May 5, 2015 - 2:06 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRDes Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s master angler program presented 304 awards for 28 different fish species caught in 84 DNR managed lakes during the 2014 fishing season. Largemouth bass reeled in the most entries with 49 fish from 35 lakes, followed by crappies with 43 entries caught in 32 lakes.

“Not only were multiple species caught in a single lake but several fish of the same type were angled out of a single lake,” said Lewis Bruce, DNR fisheries technician. “A good example is West Okoboji, this natural lake located in northwest Iowa tallied 39 awards for yellow bass in 2014.”

Qualifying fish were caught during each month of the year. Anglers caught the most entries, 57, in May, followed by 53 entries in June. “A majority of channel catfish were angled in August and September,” said Bruce.

The master angler program is modeled after similar programs in other states that recognize anglers who catch a memorable fish. Anglers who fill out the entry form and submit an electronic photo receive a commemorative certificate of accomplishment and a car or boat decal.

Anglers who catch five different qualifying species earn a silver master angler award and those who catch 10 different qualifying species earn a gold master angler award.

Master angler species minimum lengths, potential master angler hotspots and entry forms are available on the master angler webpage at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/MasterAnglerFirstFish.aspx

Iowa DNRDes Moines, Iowa – More than 200 hunter education and shooting sports professionals will be in Des Moines for the International Hunter Education Association – USA conference May 18-21, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Participants are coming from nearly every state, Canada, Mexico, Guam, New Zealand and Kyrgyzstan. This is the second time the conference will be held in Iowa; the first was in 1994.

“We have 57,000 hunter education instructors, most of whom are volunteers, who train more than 700,000 students annually. This conference provides a valuable opportunity for hunter education program administrators to discuss their program needs, standards and reciprocity,” said Steve Hall, executive director for the International Hunter Education Association – USA.

The International Hunter Education Association – USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs.

Since 1949, nearly 40 million students have completed hunter education courses that cover firearm safety, bowhunting, wildlife management, caring for game in the field, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification and more.

“Hunting is a safe activity that’s getting even safer because of hunter education,” Hall said. “Hunter education teaches responsibility while hunting and combined with our expanding shooting sports programs has significantly elevated the image of hunters and hunting.”

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting the conference. Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., of Dallas, is the title sponsor.

April 30, 2015 - 5:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide 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

West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Northerns are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals which is bringing fish in from the cooler waters. Fish using worm and bobber or small feather jigs. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie are being seen around Gull Point out from the point and out of the canals and back waters. Largemouth Bass – Good: A good number of largemouth have been seen roaming the banks around rock piles and existing weed lines  at Gull Point, trestle bridge, Smiths Bay, Manhattan, Omaha, and Pikes Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools of perch are being seen by local anglers at the trestle bridge. These perch are not large but there are very high numbers of them schooling up in the warmer waters between east and west Okoboji.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, little stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases.  Northern Pike – Fair: Fish black spinner baits around docks just before dark. Many anglers are reporting that fish are coming in shallow to warmer water around dark. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up more bluegill at the trestle bridge. Fish size range from 4-9 inch. Anglers are using small jigs, worm and bobber. Crappie – Fair: More and more crappies are being seen and caught at the trestle bridge. Larger fish are not being caught; most fish caught are 7-8 inch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are reporting more bass around the trestle bridge while they are fishing. These fish are being seen under boat hoists and around the bridge structures.

 Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers along the grade are still catching northerns; water temperatures are still in the 60s which is holding more fish with this cool down. Fish spinner or large jerk baits. Black Crappie – Fair: The old foot bridge rock piles are holding good numbers of crappie. Anglers are pulling feather jigs along the rocks and catching small 7-10 inch crappie. Larger fish should become more available as water temperatures warm again. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught at the Little spirit tube. Many anglers are having to leave to buy more worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and being caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom. The little spirit outlet is beginning to see more fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: More and more largemouth bass have been seen around Rednose and Cottonwood Point but not caught. Anglers are having success throwing jerk baits far away from the boat where fish can’t see anglers and working jerk baits slow.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Excellent: Fish the jetties that are placed around the lake; bluegills are thick around all the jetties and in great numbers. Average size ranges between 7.5-8 inches. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught around the standing cattails and off the jetties. Fish with small jigs or worm and bobbers.

Five Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits in 8 feet of water are seeing a steady bite from yellows.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are seeing many walleyes at the south end of the lake using yellow twister tails. These fish are swimming slowly; persistence will get them in the boat. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits are catching 8-10 inch yellows.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using plastics, crank baits, leaches, and minnows fished along the east and south sides of the lake. Anglers are doing well fishing along the dredge cuts between Chautauqua Point and the big island. Fishing the dredge cuts between the big island and Shorty’s Island has also been productive for walleye. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up with minnows along the east side of the lake. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake and around the dredge cuts; they are biting on plastics, leaches, and minnows.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught using any kind of stink bait. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish range from 1 to 12 pounds.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Walleye – Fair: More and more anglers are reporting increased walleye catch along the Hwy. 18 bridge. Fish are being caught using twister tails and shad raps. Fish the snags parallel to the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait upstream of any snags or deeper pools. Anglers are catching many fish per outing.

West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught in fair numbers at any of the bridge access points in Emmetsburg. Anglers are having success using stink bait. Walleye – Slow: Persistent anglers willing to walk to find fish have been successful.  Anglers are using yellow or green twister tails with white or pink heads. Cast parallel to the bank alongside of snags and dead fall.

April 28, 2015 - 12:22 pm - Posted in Sports

WalleyeDickinson County, Iowa — The 139th walleye fishing season officially opens May 2 at Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji lakes. Beautiful weather is forecast this weekend, but lake conditions could create some challenges.

“The lakes are very cool and clear this spring,” said fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins. “We’re seeing 12-15 feet of water clarity on Big Spirit Lake and 6-7 feet of clarity on East Okoboji.  Walleyes are definitely more cautious and finicky in that clear water. When the water is this clear, the bite is usually a lot better after dark.  Daytime walleye fishing will be tough.

“Water clarity presents challenges anglers may be accustomed to, but lagging water temperatures are certainly another thing to keep in mind.  After a cold first half of April, water temperatures are struggling to get into the 50s,” Hawkins said.

Walleye population assessments in the Iowa Great Lakes indicate very healthy numbers of large walleyes.

“We continue to see some of the best numbers of broodstock sized fish (17 inches and greater) that we have ever documented in the Iowa Great Lakes,” he said. The smaller, harvest-sized walleye numbers are probably best on the Okoboji chain, while a better percentage of the Spirit Lake population is above 17 inches.

Anglers heading to the lakes for the opener will be greeted with beautiful weather conditions; 75 degrees and sunny skies are forecast for Saturday.  There is a slight chance of showers on Sunday. Water temperature should increase this week, however, which may help the bite.

A quick check of state park campgrounds in the area found many sites with electricity still available at Marble Beach, Gull Point and Emerson Bay.

Walleye season opens the first Saturday in May through February 14 each year. There is a protected slot limit on walleyes from 17 to 22 inches, with only one walleye over 22 inches allowed per day. The daily limit is three walleyes with a possession limit of six.

The Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce will host the 33rd annual Great Walleye Weekend Fishing Contest in conjunction with the opener.  For more information on the contest, visit their website – www.okobojichamber.com.

April 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide 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 (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye near shore in the evenings. Successful anglers are fishing the south shore areas of the lake using twisters. Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch have been caught on crawlers fished under a bobber. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake near the Kings Point area and the little island.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers along the grade are still catching northerns; water temperatures are in the 60s which is holding more fish with this cool down. Fish spinner or large jerk baits. Black Crappie – Fair: The old foot bridge rock piles are holding good numbers of crappie. Anglers are pulling feather jigs along the rocks and catching small 7-10 inch crappie. As water temperatures warm, larger fish should become more available. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught in gill nets on Big Stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and being caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom. The little spirit outlet is beginning to see more fish.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, Little Stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Fair: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gill nets at Lone Tree Point and parks marina. These fish are not being seen in great numbers. Northern Pike – Fair: Fish black spinner baits around docks just before dark. Many anglers are reporting that fish are coming in shallow to warmer water around dark. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up more bluegill at the trestle bridge. Fish size range from 4-9 inch. Anglers are using small jigs, worm and bobber. Crappie – Fair: More and more crappies are being caught at the trestle bridge. Most fish being caught are 7-8 inches. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are reporting more bass around the trestle bridge. These fish are being seen under boat hoists and around the bridge structures.

West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Northerns are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals; bringing fish in from cooler waters. Fish using worm and bobber or small feather jigs. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are being seen around Gull Point out from the point and straight out of the canals and back waters.

April 16, 2015 - 3:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide 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

West Okoboji Lake

We received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Large channel catfish are being caught in gill nets at night. Three were caught Monday night that were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow at this time is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals, which brings fish in from the cooler waters. Use a worm and bobber or small feather jigs for the best results.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, Little Stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gill nets at Lone Tree Point and parks marina. These fish are not being seen in great numbers. Northern Pike – Fair: Many northern pike are being caught in gill nets. They can be found just about everywhere on East.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at Buffalo Run, Hales Slough, and at the north grade have been reporting quality catch rates for northern pike. Use hollow body 4-8 inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. Black Crappie – Fair: Buffalo Run is holding small crappie 30 feet out from the mouth of Buffalo Run. Use slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullheads are being caught in gillnets on Big Stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye near shore in the evenings. Successful anglers have been fishing the south shore areas of the lake near Stony Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch have been caught on crawlers fished under a bobber. Others have caught perch near shore while walleye fishing. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake near the little island.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught using stink bait of any kind. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish that are being caught range from 1lb to 12lb.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.