July 11, 2019 - 2:59 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
Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house.Try also the rock pile off Gunshot Hill as fish have moved deeper. Walleye – Slow: Use leeches or crankbaits near the inlet bridge along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet, or rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a minnow on a small jig under a bobber or cut bait fished on the bottom near the stone piers along Ice House Point shoreline, near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Any rocky shoreline should be good places to target catfish this time of year. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnow or crawler on a jig fished near submerged structure in 5-10 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures. Weedless and topwater lures work well.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the low 80’s. Water clarity is around 3 feet. Walleye – Fair: Pull crankbaits or fish live bait in areas where walleye gather to feed on baitfish near vegetation and inlets. Early mornings or evenings are best.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Trolling crankbaits along the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake and to the west of the big island has been working well. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fish the rock reefs with crawlers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

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

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
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleyes being caught in the flats; don’t overlook the weed edges. Use leeches and slip bobbers or troll crankbaits.Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of fish being caught. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

July 10, 2019 - 8:08 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks cruised to a 13-1 win in three innings over George-Little Rock/Central Lyon Wednesday evening in Spirit Lake in a Class 3A Region 2 quarterfinal.

The Nighthawks got off to a hot start when lead-off batter Taylor Richter went yard over the wall in left-center to give BHRV a quick 1-0 lead. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley added another three runs in the inning and had an early 4-0 advantage. The Nighthawks added another 3 runs in the second inning, and six more in the third.

The Mustangs got their lone run in the bottom of the third when Kayla Gerken was driven in by Kiely Metzgar. The final, though, would be 13-1 after three innings of play.

Lizzy Blum for the the Nighthawks got the win. Giving up 1 earned run on two hits and three walks. Blum struck out one.

Madilyn Matuska took the loss. Giving up 9 earned on nine hits, and three walks.

BHRV improves to 22-8 on the year and will play the winner of Spirit Lake and Okoboji in the Class 3A Region 2 semifinal on Friday night in Spirit Lake at 7 pm.

The Mustangs end their year at 9-13.

July 8, 2019 - 10:14 am - Posted in Sports

In the latest IAHSBB Rankings, Kingsley-Pierson ends the year ranked 8th in Class 1A, and Remsen St. Mary’s finishes the season ranked 10th. Class 2A has West Lyon in at the four spot, Hinton at 9, and E-LC at the tenth position.

FINAL CLASS 1A RANKINGS
1. Newman Catholic
2. Martensdale-St.Marys
3. Alburnett
4. Calamus-Wheatland
5. SE Warren
6. Don Bosco
7. St. Ansgar
8. Kingsley-Pierson
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard
10. Remsen St.Mary’s

FINAL CLASS 2A RANKINGS
1. Wilton
2. North Linn
3. Dike-New Hartford
4. West Lyon
5. Van Meter
6. Treynor
7. New Hampton
8. Beckman Catholic
9. Hinton
10. Estherville Lincoln Central

CLASS 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier
2. Assumption
3. Central DeWitt
4. Harlan
5. Marion
6. Gilbert
7. Centerville
8. Fairfield
9. North Polk
10. Ballard

CLASS 4A
1. Johnston
2. Iowa City West
3. Western Dubuque
4. Urbandale
5. Des Moines Roosevelt
6. Southeast Polk
7. Ankeny Centennial
8. Dowling Catholic
9. Linn-Mar
10. Waukee

July 3, 2019 - 3:04 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
Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and rocky areas with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

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

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
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Good walleye fishing continues with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in weed edges or troll crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch action is improving. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

July 1, 2019 - 8:52 am - Posted in Sports

In the latest IAHSBB baseball rankings, Heelan jumps two spots in Class 3A to 8th, and in Class 2A, West Lyon is up to the 5 spot, Hinton at 9, and E-LC stays at #10. Remsen St. Mary’s jumps into the 1A rankings at #10.

Class 4A
1. Johnston (22-3) LW #1
2. Iowa City West (21-6) LW #3
3. Western Dubuque (21-5) LW#2
4. Des Moines Roosevelt (20-4) LW #6
5. Linn-Mar (20-5) LW #7
6. Urbandale (18-9) LW #8
7. Ankeny Centennial (19-8) LW #9
8. Southeast Polk (21-9) LW #4
9. Dowling Catholic (17-9) LW #5
10. Mason City (18-8) LW (X)

Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (24-2) LW #1
2. Davenport Assumption (21-3) LW #2
3. Central DeWitt (22-0) LW #3
4. Marion (20-3) LW #5
5. Harlan (18-4) LW #4
6. Ballard (17-3) LW #7
7. Gilbert (19-2) LW #9
8. Sioux City Heelan (20-6) LW #10
9. Centerville (17-3) LW #8
10. Fairfield (16-3) LW (X)

Class 2A
1. Wilton (17-1) LW #1
2. Dike-New Hartford (23-2) LW #3
3. North Linn (31-4) LW #2
4. Treynor (22-3) LW #4
5. West Lyon (23-0) LW #7
6. Van Meter (21-3) LW #6
7. New Hampton (23-4) LW #5
8. Dyersville Beckman (21-8) LW #8
9. Hinton (22-1) LW #9
10. Estherville Lincoln Central (22-2) LW #10

Class 1A
1. Newman Catholic, Mason City (21-3) LW #1
2. Martensdale-St. Mary’s (25-3) LW #3
3. Alburnett (24-4) LW #6
4. Calamus-Wheatland (24-3) LW #4
5. Southeast Warren (22-2) LW #2
6. Don Bosco (21-4) LW #5
7. Saint Ansgar (19-6) LW #7
8. Kingsley-Pierson (21-4) LW #8
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (21-3) LW #9
10. Remsen St. Mary’s (18-6) LW (X)

June 28, 2019 - 9:31 am - Posted in Sports

In the latest IGHSAU softball rankings, Akron-Westfield fell one spot to six, and South O’Brien jumped to 12th in Class 1A. Class 2A has West Sioux falling two spots to 12th and West Lyon out of the rankings. Spirit Lake is out of the top 15 in Class 3A.


Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Collins-Maxwell 17-1 1
2 Lisbon 21-5 2
3 Clarksville 23-1 3
4 Newell-Fonda 28-5 4
5 BCLUW 20-9 6
6 Akron-Westfield 18-10 5
7 AGWSR 16-5 7
8 Lynnville-Sully 20-5 8
9 Bishop Garrigan 23-5 9
10 Janesville 13-6 10
11 West Harrison
12 South O’Brien 21-3 14
13 Twin Cedars 24-3 13
14 Westwood 22-9 12
15 Belle Plaine 18-7 NR
Dropped Out: North Mahaska (15)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 North Linn 30-3 1
2 Durant 21-6 2
3 Pleasantville 22-6 3
4 Jesup 21-6 4
5 West Monona 21-4 5
6 Central Springs 22-6 6
7 Wilton 15-11 8
8 Iowa City Regina 11-13 7
9 East Marshall 21-4 12
10 Beckman Catholic 21-11 11
11 Alta-Aurelia 15-6 9
12 West Sioux 21-5 10
13 Mount Ayr 13-2 15
14 Van Meter 20-8 NR
15 Colfax-Mingo 18-4 NR
Dropped Out: West Lyon (13), Ogden (14)

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Davenport Assumption 26-1 1
2 Louisa-Muscatine 26-2 2
3 Humboldt 21-2 3
4 West Liberty 18-1 4
5 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 25-3 5
6 Treynor 20-1 6
7 Albia 18-3 7
8 Anamosa 23-3 9
9 Solon 20-12 8
10 Camanche 24-4 10
11 Williamsburg 26-9 14
12 New Hampton 22-5 11
13 Mount Vernon 22-9 12
14 West Burlington/Notre Dame 18-7 NR
15 Atlantic 21-6 13
Dropped Out: Spirit Lake (15)

Class 4A
School Record LW
1 Carlisle 23-3 1
2 Charles City 28-0 3
3 ADM 21-5 2
4 North Scott 18-8 4
5 Independence 25-10 7
6 West Delaware 22-8 8
7 Dallas Center-Grimes 17-10 5
8 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 23-3 6
9 Ballard 22-8 9
10 Cedar Rapids Xavier 19-9 10
11 Norwalk 17-8 11
12 Mount Pleasant 16-6 13
13 Central DeWitt 22-7 12
14 Winterset 14-12 NR
15 Webster City 16-5 15
Dropped Out: Boone (14)

Class 5A
School Record LW
1 Waukee 26-3 1
2 West Des Moines Valley 22-5 2
3 Fort Dodge 21-5 3
4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 26-2 4
5 Iowa City High 25-6 5
6 Indianola 21-4 6
7 Johnston 21-8 8
8 Ottumwa 24-4 7
9 Muscatine 19-7 10
10 Pleasant Valley 17-10 9
11 Dubuque Hempstead 22-6 14
12 Des Moines East 18-9 15
13 Cedar Rapids Prairie 18-9 11
14 Bettendorf 16-10 13
15 Southeast Polk 17-12 12
Dropped Out: None

June 27, 2019 - 3:49 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-70’s. Water levels are about 6 inches over the crest of the spillway. Water clarity is around 3 feet. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Anglers have had some luck fishing the rock piles off Cottonwood point and near Gunshot Hill. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or crankbaits near the inlet bridge along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet, or rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Black Crappie – Fair: Good numbers of 10 to 12 inch crappie were picked up in and around the fish house this past week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a minnow on a small jig under a bobber near the stone piers along Ice House Point shoreline, near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Focus on rocky areas where catfish may be looking to spawn. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

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: Fish near submerged structure along the weed lines. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water clarity is around 3.5 feet. White Bass – Fair: On calm evenings, look for schools of baitfish breaking the surface; cast around those schools to look for white bass. White colored twisters, shad colored crankbaits and silver colored spinners work well. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Most action has been off shore in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines. Try also drift fishing to cover a lot of water in search of catfish.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and rocky areas with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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

Upper Pine Lake
Bass anglers are doing well on a variety of baits.

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
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started at the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Good walleye fishing continues with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in weed edges or troll crankbaits. Black Bullhead – Good: Use the traditional worm fished on the bottom in the north grade. Yellow Perch – Fair: Report that yellow perch action has started on the lake. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

June 26, 2019 - 8:41 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the regional softball pairings Wednesday evening.

West Lyon is in Class 2A Region 4 and will play host to Hinton on July 10th.

George Little Rock/Central Lyon will take on BHRV in Class 3A Region 2 at Spirit Lake on July 10th at 5:30 pm.

 

Class 1A Regional Pairings

Class 2A Regional Pairings

Class 3A Regional Pairings

Class 4A Regional Pairings

Class 5A Regional Pairings

June 26, 2019 - 10:26 am - Posted in Sports

District pairing for Class 1A and 2A were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wednesday.

In Class 1A District 2 GLR squares off against Ridge View at Remsen on July 13th at 5:00 pm. Central Lyon is in Class 1A District 1 and will face Akron-Westfield in Akron in July 13th at 7:00 pm.

West Lyon had a first round bye in Class 2A District 1 and will face the winner of Western Christian and Sioux Center on July 16th in Larchwood at 7:00 pm

Class 1A District 1

Class 1A District 2 

Class 1A Substate 1

Class 2A District 1

Class 2A Distict 2

Class 2A Substate 1

June 24, 2019 - 8:50 am - Posted in Sports

In the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings, West Lyon is ranked #7 in Class 2A, along with Hinton at the nine spot, and E-LC is in the rankings at 10. Heelan jumps into the rankings at #10 in Class 3A.

CLASS 1A
1. Newman Catholic
2. Southeast Warren
3. Martensdale-St.Marys
4. Calamus-Wheatland
5. Don Bosco
6. Alburnett
7. St. Ansgar
8. Kingsley-Pierson
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard
10. HLV

CLASS 2A
1. Wilton
2. North Linn
3. Dike-New Hartford
4. Treynor
5. New Hampton
6. Van Meter
7. West Lyon
8. Beckman Catholic
9. Hinton
10. Estherville Lincoln Central

CLASS 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier
2. Assumption
3. Central DeWitt
4. Harlan
5. Marion
6. Solon
7. Ballard
8. Centerville
9. Gilbert
10. Bishop Heelan

CLASS 4A
1. Johnston
2. Western Dubuque
3. Iowa City West
4. Southeast Polk
5. Dowling Catholic
6. Des Moines Roosevelt
7. Linn-Mar
8. Urbandale
9. Ankeny Centennial
10. Iowa City High