April 27, 2016 - 12:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — A total of 183 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.

Among those being honored as officials of the year in Iowa will be longtime boys and girl’s official Scott Wynja of Sheldon. Wynia is being recognized as the boys’ basketball official of the year in the state of Iowa by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Tim Rogers of Orange City is being honored as the Northwest District’s Aspiring New Official of the year.

Ron Baack of Spirit Lake is being recognized for his 50 years as an official.

Terry McMillen of Orange City is being recognized for 35 years.

Daniel Kruse and Eldon Maxwell of Rock Rapids along with Jeff Ten Napel of Sibley are 25 year honorees.

Timothy Brunsting of Hull and Jamie Arend of Sibley are both 15 year honorees.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Credit Union.

April 25, 2016 - 9:46 am - Posted in Sports

Rapid Speedway signRock Rapids Iowa — It was opening night Friday night at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids. The night included Sportsman, USRA Hobby Stocks, USRA B Modifieds,USRA Stock Cars and NSL 360 Sprints.

For complete racing results click on the link below:

Rapid Speedway – 4_22_16 – Rapid Speedway

April 21, 2016 - 8:48 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 1Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for eastern South Dakota and the Tri-State area. For more information head to DakotaAngler.com

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few walleye.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

April 14, 2016 - 2:24 pm - Posted in Sports

fishingSpirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. A few walleye have been picked up near shore. Anglers have had the most luck fishing the north side of the lake near the Chautauqua Jetty.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of fish have been caught fishing the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. Black Bullhead – Fair: Look for action at the north grade to improve as water temperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers fishing after dark will catch acceptable size and larger fish. Use cut bait on the bottom for this hard fighting game fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow perch and yellow bass action have been reported from the trestle located on the south end of the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Shore anglers fishing after dark will have the best action. Cast slowing moving lures such as a modified minnow imitation lure.

West Okoboji Lake

Black Crappie – Fair: Look for action to pick up for this species as the water warms.

Due to the windy weather, fishing activity has been limited at the Iowa Great Lakes. Expect increased activity as warmer temperatures are expected.

April 7, 2016 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 2Spirit 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

Beeds Lake

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel catfishing is usually good after ice-out on the causeway near the bridges. Use cut bait or worms.

Lake Smith

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish in the shallower water or bays on the warmer days or on the windward shorelines where bait is pushed.

Clear Lake

Water temperature is around 44 degrees. Walleye – Good: Shore fisherman near the Ventura grade have caught some walleyes during the day and at dark on minnows and twisters. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Fish with small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – Fair: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and a minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in low numbers off the Grade. Farmer’s beach and Baptist camp shorelines can be good spots in the early season.

Crystal Lake

The fish cleaning station, boat launch dock, and the courtesy dock are in at Crystal Lake.

Blue Pit

Rainbow Trout – No Report: Trout stocked in winter should still be able to be caught throughout spring. Try using a quick searching lure like an inline spinner.

Bluebill Lake

The access gates to the boat ramp are now open and the courtesy dock has been installed. Minimal fishing activity has been observed to date. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass.

Hull, Iowa — Western Christian High School Director of Development & Promotions, Wes Fopma, has announced the naming of the school’s new Head Boys Basketball Coach.

New Western Christian Boys Basketball Coach, Bill Harmsen

New Western Christian Boys Basketball Coach, Bill Harmsen

Fopma says Western Christian is pleased to announce that Bill Harmsen has accepted the position as Head Boys Basketball Coach at Western Christian High School for the 2016-17 school year.  Harmsen has been the head coach of the girls varsity squad for the last five years where he led the Wolfpack girls team to three state championships, one state runner up trophy, and one state semifinal trophy.  Prior to that Harmsen coached the boys junior varsity team at Western for 11 years and the boys freshman team at Western for 10 years.  Earlier this spring Harmsen was appointed the new Activities Director at Western Christian High School. He also will serve as the Assistant Principal at Western.

Harmsen replaces Jim Eekhoff who coached 34 years as the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Western and recently announced his retirement. Eekhoff set the state record for state championships by a boys head coach with his 8th state championship a few weeks ago.

Harmsen, his wife Shawna, and their two children live in Rock Rapids.

March 31, 2016 - 3:42 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 2Spirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Expect good walleye fishing near shore this weekend and next week as water temperatures continue to climb and walleye exhibit spawning behavior. Try areas near shore that contain sand, rocks, and/or gravel substrate.

Clear Lake

Docks are in at MacIntosh State Park and Lynne Lorenzen ramp. Walleye – Fair: The bite has been slow this week for wader fisherman near the outlet on the east side of the lake. An occasional walleye has been taken near the Ventura grade. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper, on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – No Report: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. White Bass – Fair: Anglers have had some occasional good days in the past weeks for white bass near the Ventura grade.

Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have started to pick up some smallmouth bass on the rock piles. Use tubes or jerk baits.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few yellow bass in the evenings on Jingles point.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Fair: The walleye bite has been picking up with the warming water temperatures. The north bridge, the island, and the east shoreline have been producing fish in the evening. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slowly works best.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite has picked up in Triboji. Small minnows or mini jigs worked well the past week.

Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

March 24, 2016 - 3:10 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The recent cool down has slowed some fishing. As of Wednesday March 23rd, water temperature was 42 degrees in the main lake and 45 in the marina. Forecasted temperatures next week could warm things up again, expect good walleye fishing near shore as water temperatures rise.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Not much activity this week. Look for the fishing to pick as the water temperatures warm.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been picked up on the north bridge, the island and the east shoreline. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slow work best.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Slow: A few crappies were picked up in Triboji before the cold front pushed through. Try downsizing and slowing your presentation to coax fish into biting.

Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

March 22, 2016 - 8:14 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center Iowa — Dordt College hosted the Defender Gold Club/American State Bank High School Basketball All-Star Games on Saturday, March 19th.

The De Witt Gym on Dordt’s campus was the site of the girls and boys games matching seniors from the War Eagle, Lakes and Siouxland Conferences.

The girls three-point shooting contest winner was Chanda Zomermaand who converted 21 baskets in one minute and Levi Jansen made 18 shots to win the boys contest. Jansen also earned team MVP honors with a 33 point outburst while Matt Van Engen claimed the MVP award for his team. The girls MVP’s were Anna Kiel and Payton Harmsen.

The Black team opened a 27-20 halftime lead over the White team in the girls All-Star game going on to win 60-44. The Black team was led by Chanda Zomermaand of Unity Christian with 14 points. She was joined in double figures by Unity team mate Anna Kiel with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The White team was led by Payton Harmsen of Western Christian with 10 points.

The boys game was a shoot out with the White team up 62-50 at the half. The Black team would outscore the White team 54-47 in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the White team held on to win 109-104.

The White team had four players in double figures led by Levi Jansen of MOC Floyd Valley with 33 points hitting 9-three pointers in the contest. Team mate Christian Korver hit for 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. They were joined by Myles Van Maanen of Rock Valley with 12 points and Brian Perez of Hartley Melvin Sanborn with 12 points as well.

The Black team had five players in double figures. Matt Van Engen of Sioux Center led the way with 26 points. Team mate Marcus Winterfeld hit for 17. Taylor Miedema of Western Christian and Dalton Moser of Boyden Hull had 14 points each. Josh Van Lingen of Western Christian hit for 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Here are the participants:

Girls
Bailey Ten Haken (Boyden-Hull)
Abbie Kleinwolterink (Boyden-Hull)
Mariah Terhark (George-Little Rock)
Mia Graham (George-Little Rock)
Regan Shockley (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn)
Kailey Burke (Hinton)
Sarah Dreckman (Marcus Meriden Cleghorn)
Destiny Einerwold (MOC-FV)
Megan Peschong (Okoboji)
Molly Mitchell (Okoboji)
Megan Maas (Remsen-Union)
Kayla Van Meeteren (Sheldon)
Kaylin Adams (Okoboji)
Deanna Hoksbergen (Trinity Christian)
Anna Kiel (Unity Christian)
Chanda Zomermaand (Unity Christian)
Alyssa Fedders (Unity Christian)
Deidra Noteboom (Unity Christian)
Maddie Meyer (West Lyon)
Payton Harmsen (Western Christian)
Kaira Moss (Western Christian)

Boys
Levi Jansen (MOC – FV)
Christian Korver (MOC – FV)
Dalton Moser (Boyden-Hull)
Chandler Brunsting (Boyden-Hull)
Marcus Winterfeld (Sioux Center)
Matt Van Engen (Sioux Center)
CJ Roths (Central Lyon)
Myles Van Maanen (Rock Valley)
Josh Van Lingen (Western Christian)
Taylor Miedema (Western Christian)
Jake Kluender (Spencer)
Preston Funderburg (Spencer)
Blake Illg (Spencer)
Collin Heynen (Trinity Christian)
Cole Vande Vegte (Unity Christian)
Damon Struve (South O’Brien)
Kyle Paulsen (South O’Brien)
Porter Hummel (West Sioux)
Brian Perez (Hartley Melvin Sanborn)