July 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm - Posted in Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

DNR logoSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

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

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call 712-472-3456

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

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Smith

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

Lake Catherine

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

Clear Lake

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

Crystal Lake

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

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

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest Iowa

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

West Okoboji Lake

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

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

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

West Okoboji Lake

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

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

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

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

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Big Spirit Lake

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

East Okoboji Lake

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

West Okoboji Lake

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

June 12, 2014 - 4:21 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST IOWA

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

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

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms or stink bait. The island has been good for quick bites. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass catch near the island, Dodge’s Point or near the Ventura grade. Largemouth Bass – Slow: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Walleye – Good: Shoreline docks have been ok, yet at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rocks. Yellow Bass – Slow: The spawning bite looks like probably done. Fishing might be tough for a few weeks.

george 5kThe George Recreational Trail Committee, in conjunction with the George, IA Freedom Days Committee will be hosting a “5K Fun Run and Walk” on Saturday, July 5th during the George Freedom Days festivities.

All proceeds go to the George Recreation Trail. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:00. Medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in each of the age and gender brackets. All participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. The race is held on the recreational trail in George, beginning at the intersection of L-14 and A-34. check in will be held at the new Train Depot at Locker Park.

The cost is $15 per participant if you register before June 15th. For more information or to pre-register, contact Kristi Landis at 712-475-2862 or e-mail flandis@mtcnet.net