May 24, 2018 - 3:55 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
Bluegill – Fair: As water continues to warm, look for bluegill nest colonies along the west and east shorelines; the highest concentration are likely in the southern end of the lake. Use a small tube jig tipped with a piece of crawler.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are around 70 degrees. Water clarity is 5-6 feet. Bluegill – Fair: Fish for bluegill just about anywhere along the shoreline. The fish average 7-8 inches. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. Look for bluegills to start moving closer to shore, sitting on nests; you can easily target the males. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye from shore and by boat. Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge are producing fish. Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers are still picking up fish from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers, and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using the traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water clarity is 3-4 feet. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Much of the walleye action has shifted to the boat anglers. Boat anglers are doing well trolling shad raps or ripple shads or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up suspended crappie out mid-lake in the dredge cuts while fishing for walleye. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Water temperature is around 70 degrees. Water clarity is 3 feet. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most of the fish are 6-7 inches. Look for fish to move closer to shore and the males sitting on nests.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 67 degrees. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows bass are on the rocky areas to spawn. Use a small jig in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening.

Crystal Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use nightcrawlers fished from shore. Walleye – Slow. Black Bullhead – Fair: Try nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in the edge of the vegetation.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Cast mini jigs in shallow water wood habitat.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie from docks; sorting is needed. Walleye – Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits during evening hours. Walleye – Fair: Action is picking up with numbers of angler acceptable size and larger being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught close to shore. Try fishing from a dock or wader fishing after dark. Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappie and yellow perch being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action. Black Bullhead – Good: Good action reported of angler acceptable sized fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some activity reported.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Fish the bulrush on the lake for spawning crappie. Cast a mini-jig and swim the bait slowly back to the boat to find active fish. Walleye – Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Black Bullhead – Good: The bite has slowed at the north grade; persistence will be rewarded with good numbers of fish caught. Fish traditional baits on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Fair: Use casting spoons below the spillway.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

The Northwestern College men’s track and field team will send a total of 14 athletes to compete in the 2018 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Gulf Shores, Ala. The three-day event, held at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium, begins on Thursday around 10 am with the first events of the Decathlon, followed by a few field and running events. The Championships will continue on Friday and run through Saturday, May 26, concluding with the awards at 6:50 pm.

Athletes from the area include Unity grad Calvin Korver in the Decathlon and High Jump along with West Lyon alum Cody Bauman in the Discus.

Korver is seeded second among the 16-athlete field with a qualifying score of 6,651 points and placed 13th last year. Seth Gretz has the top overall mark coming in (6,895pts) and is one of seven athletes returning from last year’s championship. Gretz finished fifth in 2017 and last year’s runner-up, Joe Dotson (Southern Oregon), is also in the field.

Bauman is seeded 27th with a qualifying mark of 47.92m and is one of 10 athletes from the GPAC in the field. 14 athletes return from last year with Zach Brittain (Doane) as the top returner, placing third last year. James Plummer (Grand View) is the top seed with a mark of 55.98m.

May 21, 2018 - 10:51 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll is out. In Class 2A Estherville Lincoln Central is ranked 4th with West Lyon in the 10 spot. In 1A Remsen St Mary’s is ranked number 5. Kingsley Pierson is in the receiving votes category. Heelan is number 4 in the 3A poll with Sergeant Bluff Luton is the receiving votes category.

Class 1A (2017 Record)
1. Newman Catholic, Mason City (35-3)
2. North Linn (41-3)
3. Lisbon (31-6)
4. Martensdale-St. Mary’s (41-5)
5. St. Mary’s, Remsen (28-8)
6. Don Bosco, Gilbertville (27-6)
7. St. Albert, Council Bluffs (26-13)
8. Moravia (22-7)
9. CAM, Anita (22-8)
10. Southeast Warren (20-7)

Others:
Alburnett (23-12), Calamus-Wheatland (24-11), Highland, Riverside (21-5), Kingsley-Pierson (18-8), Tri-Center, Neola (21-5), West Fork (22-5)

Class 2A (2017 Record)
1. Beckman, Dyersville (32-11)
2. Regina, Iowa City (28-8)
3. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll (22-3)
4. Estherville Lincoln Central (23-7)
5. Wilton (26-7)
6. Van Meter (30-5)
7. Cascade, Western Dubuque (25-8)
8. Centerville (24-11)
9. Treynor (32-5)
10. West Lyon (24-5)

Others:
Denver (18-15); Forest City (26-4); Monticello (22-7); New Hampton (32-3); Pocahontas Area (20-11)

Class 3A (2017 Record)
1. Davenport, Assumption (41-5)
2. Harlan (36-3)
3. Carlisle (27-10)
4. Bishop Heelan, Sioux City (32-13)
5. Waverly-Shell Rock (26-9)
6. Oskaloosa (28-14)
7. Marion (31-11)
8. Solon (27-14)
9. Boone (21-11)
10. North Polk (25-9)

Others:
West Delaware, Manchester (22-14), Xavier, Cedar Rapids (18-21), Wahlert, Dubuque (27-16), Bondurant-Farrar (21-16), Knoxville (28-8), Decorah (22-9), Gilbert (25-9), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (29-9)

Class 4A (2017 Record)
1. Johnston (41-3)
2. Iowa City West (32-9)
3. Dowling, West Des Moines (36-9)
4. Urbandale (28-15)
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie (29-12)
6. Waukee (29-14)
7. Indianola (31-9)
8. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (23-17)
9. SE Polk (27-15)
10. Davenport West (22-15)

Others:
Valley, West Des Moines (22-19); Lewis Central (26-8)

May 17, 2018 - 3:37 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: Catch bluegill in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. Expect shore fishing action to pick up again as water temperatures increase and bring bluegill back near shore. Walleye – Fair: Use twisters, leaches and minnows in Town Bay and from Ice House Point.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Pick up walleye in about 8 feet of water using crawlers and crankbaits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Crankbaits and crawlers work well in about 8 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 66 degrees. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows bass are moving into the shallow rocky areas to spawn. Use a small feather jig in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening.

Crystal Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use nightcrawlers fished from shore. Walleye – Slow. Black Bullhead – Fair: Try nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Rice Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in the edge of the vegetation.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Report of a very early bite from the pier; expect action to improve soon as these fish move to the inshore cover.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie from docks; sorting is needed. Walleye – Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Using traditional baits during evening hours. Walleye – Fair: Action is picking up with numbers of angler acceptable size and larger being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught close to shore. Try fishing from a dock or wader fishing after dark. Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappie and yellow perch being caught. Fish shallow water areas such as the canal. Yellow Bass – Fair: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action. Black Bullhead – Good: Good action reported of angler acceptable sized fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some activity reported.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Good numbers of fish continue to be harvested from the Templar Park lagoon; Buffalo Run has been “hit or miss.” Walleye – Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Black Bullhead – Good: A good bite is reported at the north grade; fish traditional baits on the bottom

West Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught from the Triboji lagoon. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from Lazy Lagoon (Triboji). Sorting is needed; persistence will result in good numbers creeled.

Des Moines Iowa — Jan Hall of George, Pleasant Valley’s Lexie Anderson and Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Megan Glisar are the 2018 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Track & Field Hall of Fame. The trio will be inducted Saturday afternoon at the Iowa High School Track & Field Meet.

Jan Hall competed at George High School from 1978-to-1982. She captured four state titles, two indoor championships, a Drake Relays crown and one cross country individual title. Hall won two Class 1A titles in the 1500 meters. As a junior, she added an 800-meter crown while anchoring the distance medley relay team to the best overall time in the 1981 State Meet. Hall set two records in winning the 800 and 1500 meters at the 1982 State Indoor Meet. The 1981-82 school year also saw her win the Class 1A cross country title and the Drake Relays 800 meters. When she graduated, her time of 4:39.55 in the 1500 ranked third on Iowa’s all-time list while her 800 time of 4:14.62 ranked 13th. She would go on to compete at Drake University in cross country and track.

Lexie Anderson starred at Pleasant Valley from 1982-to-1986. She was the leading scorer at the 1985 State Meet, earning 22.5 points in helping Pleasant Valley win the 1985 state outdoor championship.

Megan Glisar is one of two girls to win four state championships in the high jump. Competing for Sergeant Bluff-Luton from 2005-to-2009, she won the Class 2A high jump title as a freshman and Class 3A crowns her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

May 10, 2018 - 3:28 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

Clark Lake (Mike Zack W.A.)
Northern Pike and Largemouth are biting on crankbaits and soft plastic baits.

Clear Lake
Water temperature is 62 degrees. The docks are in at all the boat ramps. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows bass are moving into the shallow rocky areas to spawn. Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or cut bait in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening.

Crystal Lake
Water temperature is 62 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use nightcrawlers fished from shore. Walleye – Slow. Black Bullhead – Fair: Try nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill – Slow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie from docks; sorting is needed. Walleye – Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught close to shore. Try fishing from a dock or wader fishing after dark. Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappie and yellow perch being caught. Fish shallow water areas such as the canal. Yellow Bass – Fair: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action. Black Bullhead – Good: Good action reported of angler acceptable sized fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some activity reported.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Good numbers of fish are being harvested from the Templar Park lagoon; Buffalo Run has been “hit or miss.” Walleye – Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Black Bullhead – Good: A good bite is reported at the north grade; fish traditional baits on the bottom

West Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught from the Triboji lagoon. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from Lazy Lagoon (Triboji). Sorting is needed; persistence will result in good numbers creeled.

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball All-Conference team has been announced after a vote of league coaches. The 2018 GPAC All-Conference Team consists of 17 first-team members and 18 second-team members, and an honorable mention list.

Nate DeChaine of Morningside was selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the-Year and Nick LIttle from Concordia was selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year. Brian Wede of Northwestern was named the 2018 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year. The 12th annual Hauff Mid-America Sports Gold Glove Team was also named.

Northwestern’s Zachary Rosson, Reed Smith and Dustin Gaither are 1st team honorees, while Christian Stekl, Noah McBride and Tanner Ortlund earned 2nd team nods. Matt Martin, Mitchell Kresnik, Victor Mena, Raphael DeHoyos and Michael Callahan are honorable mention. Kresnik is also a Gold Glove winner.

Dordt’s Colton Van Otterloo was named to the First Team, while Josh Van Eps was named to the Second Team. Taylor Neuroth, Isaac Vander Hart, and Luke Drooger earned Honorable Mention nods.

For A Complete List CLICK HERE

May 4, 2018 - 4:28 pm - Posted in Sports

Each year the Iowa Football Coaches Association honors seniors with the IFCA Scholarship to aid in their future education after high school.

This year, the IFCA Scholarship Committee is proud to recognize:

Walt Fiegel Award – $2000 – Noah Van’t Hof- West Lyon

IFCA Scholarship – $500 – Trent Slattenow – Ankeny

IFCA Scholarship – $500 – Mitchell McCauley – Center Point- Urbana

IFCA Scholarship $500 – Braydon Aker – Baxter

IFCA Scholarship $500 – Jayden Snyder – West Lyon

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals!

May 3, 2018 - 3:40 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
Expect crappie and walleye fishing to pick back up as water continues to warm. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in the marina, inlet, and Town Bay. Action has slowed a bit, but persistent anglers have been picked up a few. Black Crappie – Slow: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and the floating dock. Expect the crappie bite to pick up near shore as water temperatures reach 60 degrees. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm and post-spawn fish increase feeding activity. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Try along the north shore near Chautauqua Park, the east shoreline and the state marina. Look for the bite to pick up offshore near dredge cuts along the east shore and in around 8 feet of water on the west end of the lake. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Clear Lake
Water temperature is 55 degrees. The docks are in at all the boat ramps. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting in the canals and fishing off the jetties. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are still being caught near the outlet. Best time to fish is after sunset. White Bass – Fair: Use minnows and jigs fished from the jetties.

East Okoboji Lake
Public docks are in on the north end. Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy and provide superb early “pole bending ” action. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report catching fish from the trestle.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Good numbers of fish are being harvested from the Templar Park lagoon; Buffalo Run has been “hit or miss.”

West Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught from the Triboji lagoon. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from Lazy Lagoon (Triboji). Sorting is needed; persistence will result in good numbers creeled.

April 26, 2018 - 2:24 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. Expect fishing to pick back up as water continues to warm. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in the marina. Action has slowed a bit, but a few have been picked up in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Slow: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is in the mid 50’s. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Decent walleye action along the north shore near Chautauqua Park. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 95 percent ice free. Water temperature is 46 degrees. The docks are in at the city beach ramp and the Island boat ramp. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting in the cannels and fishing off the jetties. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are starting to bite near the outlet. Best time to fish is after sunset. Be aware – DNR staff have nets set in this area.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is about 95 percent ice free.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. The north end of the lake and bridges has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Silver Lake is open. Report of boat traffic last weekend. Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Ice is receding from the Iowa Great Lakes. Open water exists at the bridges and the north end of East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.