March 4, 2021 - 3:59 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — West Lyon’s best move all season has been getting the ball to Brooklyn Meyer and it proved so again in the Class 3A semifinals.

Meyer followed up her triple-double in the quarterfinals with another big effort in leading the fourth-ranked Wildcats into the state championship game with a 52-39 victory over top-ranked Cherokee.

Meyer, a 6-foot-2 junior who has committed to South Dakota State, scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots as West Lyon handed Cherokee its first loss. Meyer made 8-of-10 shots, handed out three assists and led a third-quarter surge that gave the Wildcats control of the game.

Kennedy Kramer added 10 points for West Lyon and Hayley Knoblock had seven points and 10 rebounds.

Now 24-1, West Lyon will go for its first state title at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Wildcats lost to Solon in the 1998 championship game.

Cherokee, with no player taller than 5-feet-9, simply could not match up with Meyer and finished 23-1. Kenna Mongan led the Braves with 13 points and Camille Zwiefel scored 11.

West Lyon shot 52 percent, outrebounded Cherokee 35-27 and held the Braves to 4- for-23 shooting in the second half.

Cherokee rallied from a 22-14 deficit to 29-29 tie at halftime. West Lyon then made a concerted effort to get the ball Meyer and it paid off. Using a variety of post moves, Meyer scored the first 13 points of a 15-2 run that lifted the Wildcats into a 44-35 lead as the third quarter ended.

Meyer scored again at the start of the fourth quarter, Randi Childress followed with a layup and the Wildcats did the rest on the defensive end, holding Cherokee to one field goal the rest of the way.

March 4, 2021 - 3:05 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
Ice fishing is not recommended.

Black Hawk Lake
On March 4, there was 8 inches of good ice under 4 inches of poor quality ice near the Ice House Point boat ramp. Anglers are out on the ice. Conditions will continue to deteriorate quickly with the warm temperatures. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay; avoid ice near the bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8- to 10-inch fish reported. Bite has been hit or miss. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point, Denison Beach and Ice House Point. You may have to move to find fish; fish are 6- to 12-inches. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8-inches.

Black Hawk Pit
Ice fishing is not recommended.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice conditions are deteriorating due to the warm weather and will continue to do so quickly to where ice will be unsafe. Areas near inflows are unsafe. As of March 4th, anglers were still making their way out with foot traffic only. Use caution and check ice thickness often. Water clarity on the north end of the lake is lower due to snowmelt running into the lake. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try minnows or waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water; 10- to 12-inch keepers with lots of sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head fished in areas with up to 25 feet of depth. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms in 20 feet of water.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
On March 3rd there was 14 inches of clear ice under 4 inches of poor quality ice in the west end of the lake. Ice is covered with slush and water in some places and will continue to deteriorate quickly with the predicted warmer temperatures. There are thinner areas from a pressure seam extending from Casino Point to the northeast. Ice near the big island and near Chautauqua Point may by thinner and unsafe. Avoid these areas; use caution and check ice thickness often as you move around. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west and north portions of the lake. Move around to find fish. Larger fish are 10- to 13- inches. Walleye – Fair: Try a small minnow on a jigging spoon in the dredge cuts and flats. Best bite is mornings and evenings. You may have to move around to find groups of fish. Anglers have had luck in the north end and western portions of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a waxworm on a jig or minnow on a small jigging spoon. You may need to move to find fish near the dredge cuts.

As of March 4th, anglers are still fishing larger bodies of water. The top 5-6 inches of most ice is cloudy and rotten. Ice will continue to deteriorate quickly to where it is unsafe with the predicted warm temperatures. Use caution and check ice thickness often if you venture out. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. With the warmer weather, the condition of access points will change quickly. Use caution around the rushes and the near the aeration holes boundary. Avoid the channel between the little lake and the main lake and around the island. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Use your electronics to find fish; stay mobile. Best bite is a half hour before sunset. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Try near vegetation in 2 to 6 feet of water. Use bigger bait to catch keeper-sized fish. Walleye – Fair: Try dead sticking a minnow while you fish with another rod. Best bite is near sunrise and sunset. Black Crappie – Fair: Look for suspended fish along the dredge cuts. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig in the open areas near the rushes.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a jig and small minnow fished along the edge of the dredge cut. Yellow Perch – Slow. Northern Pike – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 12 inches off the boat ramp; the top 6 inches is soft and areas near shore are deteriorating.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try near vegetation in 4 to 5 feet of water on the west side of the lake. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Bluegill – Good: Try a small glow jig tipped with spikes near vegetation. You may need to use a 1 to 2 pound leader with the clear water. Yellow Perch – Slow.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 12 inches off the boat ramp; the top 6 inches is soft and areas near shore are deteriorating.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16.5 inches.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions vary across the lake with averages around 18 inches or more. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16 inches or more with a major open hole from the lake aeration unit. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency. Some good sized perch have been seen recently.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently running on the northeast side near the nature center. Ice thickness is 18-20 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice thickness varies around 19 inches. Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 18-22 inches, but can be variable. Use caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice thickness across the lake is around 18 inches or more. Caution: There are many open holes around the lake, and many of the accesses have deteriorated due to large vehicle traffic. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing is getting better; you may need to move around to find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice thickness varies, starting around 19 inches. Caution: there are many seams across the lake. Panfishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10 feet of water along weed lines. Many fish are headed to the basins with the latest cold front. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice is still in good condition, ranging from 18-24 inches. Many boat ramps have deteriorated ice due to large vehicle traffic and warm weather. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 30’s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 1, 2021 - 11:37 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Siouxland Conference boys All-Conference Basketball Teams are out and there are 4 unanimous selections among the 7 first teamers. They include a pair of Boyden Hull Comets in Tanner Te Slaa and Marcus Kelderman. They were joined by Landyn Van Kekerix of Rock Valley and Zach Lutmer of Central Lyon.

For the complete first, second , third and honorable mention teams click on the link below.
BBB All-Siouxland Conference 2020-21

March 1, 2021 - 11:34 am - Posted in Sports

This years Siouxland Conference All Conference Girls Basketball team features five unanimous selections. They include Brooklyn Meyer West Lyon 11, Hayden Heimensen Central Lyon 12, Madison Brouwer Sibley-Ocheyedan 10. Rounding out the five are a pair of Rock Valley seniors in Lexi Van Kekerix Rock Valley 12
and Abby Heemstra Rock Valley 12.

For complete first team and the second and third teams along with honorable mention click on the link below.
GBB All-Siouxland Conference 2020-21

March 1, 2021 - 11:34 am - Posted in Sports

This years Siouxland All-Conference wrestling teams are out. Sheldon South O’Brien and Sioux Center both put 4 wrestlers on the first team.

BHRV and West Lyon had 3 wrestlers named first team. CL-G-LR and Sibley Ocheyedan each had 2 athletes named to the squad with MOC Floyd Valley 1 wrestler named to the first team.

For a look at all wrestlers name to the first and Second teams along with at large berths click here.  WR Siouxland All-Connference 2020-21

February 25, 2021 - 10:56 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has released the All District teams for all classes.

Class 1A Northwest
McKenzie Goodwin – Kingsley-Pierson
Emily Drechman – MMCRU
Ella Larsen – Newell-Fonda
Danika Demers – Storm Lake St.Marys
Bailey Sievers – Newell Fonda
Addy Johnson – Westwood
Macy Sievers – Newell-Fonda
Camrin Baird – Woodbury Central
Natalie Nielsen – Akron-Westfield
Ellie Hibrands – MMCRU
Taylor Harpenau – MMCRU
Coach of the Year: Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda

Class 2A Northwest
Riley Batta – South Central Calhoun
Madison Brouwer – Sibley-Ocheyedan
Hannah Dau – South O’Brien
Akaysa Duitscher – Pocahontas Area
Abby Heemstra – Rock Valley
Hayden Heimensen – Central Lyon
Taylor Krager – Sioux Central
Rachel Leerar – West Hancock
Mallory McCall – West Monona
Marissa Pottebaum – Boyden Hull
Abbie Schany – Emmetsburg
Lexie VanKekerix – Rock Valley
Coach of the Year: Heather Grafing, Central Lyon

Class 3A Northwest
Jaiden Ainley – Clear Lake
Payton Beckman – Panorama
Kendal Clark – Humboldt
Brooklyn Meyer – West Lyon
JaMae Nichols – Cherokee
Jayden Nitchels – Estherville Lincoln Central
Alexis Pingel – Cherokee Washington
Gracie Schoonhoven – Unity Christian
Janie Schoonhoven – Unity Christian
Teagan Slaughter – Cherokee Washington
Coach of the Year: Ryan Brasser, West Lyon

For complete teams CLICK HERE

February 18, 2021 - 2:16 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
Ice thickness is 11 inches.in front of the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 13 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice in the east basin may have thinner areas. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay; avoid ice near the bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8- to 10-inch fish reported. Bite has been hit or miss. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point Denison Beach and Ice House Point. You may have to move to find fish; fish are 6- to 12-inches. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8-inches.

Black Hawk Pit
Ice thickness is 11 inches at the boat ramp.

Brushy Creek Lake
Beware of thinner ice from a pressure ridge in the middle of the lake that starts near the fishing jetty just south of the east boat ramp. There is thinner ice near the swimming beach. The best ice conditions (around 12 inches) are at the north end and near the big island by the southeast boat ramp. Drill test holes often and use caution. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water; 10- to 12-inch keepers with lots of sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head fished in areas with up to 25 feet of depth. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms in 20 feet of water.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up trout. Try a small hook with a piece of nightcrawler or corn fished under a bobber, tube jigs or a small spinner. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Most ice is reported to be around 15 inches. Ice is covered with snow and drifts. There are thinner areas from a pressure seam extending from Casino Point to the northeast. Ice near the big island and near Chautauqua Point may by thinner and unsafe. Avoid these areas; use caution and check ice thickness often as you move around. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms, mealworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west and north portions of the lake. Move around to find fish. Larger fish are 10- to 13- inches. Walleye – Fair: The bite is picking up. Try a small minnow on a jigging spoon in the dredge cuts and flats. Morning bite is best. You may have to move around to find groups of fish. Anglers have had luck in the north end and western portions of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a waxworm on a jig or minnow on a small jigging spoon. You may need to move to find fish near the dredge cuts.

Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is around 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Avoid the channel between the little lake and the main lake; use extreme caution if you fish within the aeration holes boundary. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Use your electronics to find fish; stay mobile. Best bite is a half hour before sunset. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Try near vegetation in 2 to 6 feet of water. Use bigger bait to catch keeper-sized fish. Walleye – Fair: Try dead sticking a minnow while you fish with another rod. Best bite is near sunrise and sunset. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for suspended fish along the dredge cuts. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig in the open areas near the rushes.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a jig and small minnow fished along the edge of the dredge cut. Yellow Perch – Slow. Northern Pike – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 14-16 inches. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try near vegetation in 4 to 5 feet of water on the west side of the lake. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 14-18 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small jig tipped with spikes near vegetation. Yellow Perch – Slow.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Permanent ice fishing shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16.5 inches.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions vary across the lake with averages around 18 inches or more. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16 inches or more with a major open hole from the lake aeration unit. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency. Some good sized perch have been seen recently.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently running on the north east side near the nature center. Ice thickness is 18-20 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice thickness varies around 19 inches. Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 18-22 inches, but can be variable. Use caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness across the lake is around 19 inches or more. Caution: Holes created by small springs have developed or iced over recently. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness varies, starting around 19 inches. Caution: there are many seams across the lake. Panfishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10 feet of water along weed lines. Many fish are headed to the basins with the latest cold front. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with thickness ranging from 18-22 inches. Recent temperatures have created safer ice conditions, allowing the use of some full-sized vehicles; use caution and check conditions before driving out. Caution: there are still many seams throughout area lakes, as well as a few holes that have been kept open due to geese activity. The extended forecast calls for warmer temperatures again, so fishing should pick up. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

February 11, 2021 - 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
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is 10 inches.in front of the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 13 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice in the east basin may have thinner areas. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay; avoid ice near the bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8-10 inch fish reported. Bite has been hit or miss. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point Denison Beach and Ice House Point. You may have to move to find fish. Most fish are 6- to 10-inches with some 11- to 12-inches. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8-inches.

Black Hawk Pit
Ice thickness is 10 inches at the boat ramp.

Brushy Creek Lake
Beware of thinner ice from a pressure ridge in the middle of the lake that starts near the fishing jetty just south of the east boat ramp. There is thinner ice near the swimming beach. The best ice conditions are at the north end and near the big island by the southeast boat ramp. Drill test holes often and use caution. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water; 10- to 12-inch keepers with lots of sorting. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head fished in the north end of the lake.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Try a small hook with a piece of nightcrawler or corn fished under a bobber, tube jigs or a small spinner. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult but they must limit their catch to one daily limit (5 trout). The child can purchase a trout fee which will allow them to keep their own limit.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
There may be thinner areas from a pressure seam extending from Casino Point to the northeast. Ice near the big island is more variable. Avoid these areas; use caution and check ice thickness often as you move around. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west side of the lake. Move around to find fish. Sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair: Bite has been hit or miss. Try jigging spoons with a minnow near the dredge cuts in the west end. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a waxworm on a jig or minnow on a small jigging spoon. You may need to move to find fish near the dredge cuts.

Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is around 9-14 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. Check out the Virtual Ice Fishing Clinic at Black Hawk Lake. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 12-17 inches. Avoid the channel between the little lake and the main lake; use extreme caution if you fish within the aeration holes boundary. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Use your electronics to find fish; stay mobile. Best bite is a half hour before sunset. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Try near vegetation in 2 to 6 feet of water. Use bigger bait to catch keeper-sized fish. Walleye – Fair: Try dead sticking a minnow while you fish with another rod. Best bite is near sunrise and sunset. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for suspended fish along the dredge cuts. Bluegill – Slow: Try a small jig in the open areas near the rushes.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 11-16 inches. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a jig and small minnow fished along the edge of the dredge cut. Yellow Perch – Slow. Northern Pike – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 14-16 inches. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 11-16 inches. Yellow Perch – Slow: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 11-16 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small jig tipped with red spikes near vegetation. Yellow Perch – Slow.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 11 inches off the boat ramp. Very little fishing activity with heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16.5 inches.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions vary across the lake with averages around 17 inches or more. The walleye season is open through Feb. 14. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 16 inches with two major open holes caused by geese and the lake aeration unit. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency. Some good sized perch have been seen recently.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently running on the north east side near the nature center. Ice thickness is 12-15 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice thickness varies around 18 inches. Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 12 inches, but can be variable. Use caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness across the lake is around 17 or more inches. Caution: Holes created by small springs have developed or iced over recently. The walleye season is open through Feb. 14. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness varies, starting around 17 inches. Caution: there are many seams across the lake. The walleye season is open through Feb. 14. Panfishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10 feet of water along weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with thickness ranging from 17-20 inches. Recent temperatures have created safer ice conditions, allowing the use of some full-sized vehicles; use caution and check conditions before driving out. Caution: there are still many seams throughout area lakes, as well as a few holes that have developed or iced over on Spirit Lake. The extended forecast calls for well below freezing temperatures. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

February 11, 2021 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The latest IGHSAU Basketball rankings are out.

In Class 1A, MMCRU is ranked #5, while Kingsley-Pierson is ranked #7.

Class 2A has Central Lyon is ranked 7th, and Sibley-Ocheyedan is 11th.

Class 3A keeps Cherokee top ranked, Unity 3rd, and West Lyon in 4th. ELC is ranked 11th

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Bishop Garrigan 20-0 1
2 Newell-Fonda 19-1 2
3 St. Ansgar 19-1 4
4 Exira-EHK 20-0 5
5 MMCRU 17-2 6
6 Montezuma 19-1 7
7 Kingsley-Pierson 20-1 3
8 Springville 17-3 8
9 Winfield-Mount Union 16-0 9
10 Burlington Notre Dame 16-1 10
11 Lenox 17-3 11
12 Collins-Maxwell 19-1 13
13 Storm Lake St. Mary’s 18-3 14
14 Lynnville-Sully 16-3 NR
15 Baxter 17-2 12
Dropped Out: Sigourney (15)

Class 2A
1 Maquoketa Valley 19-0 1
2 Dike-New Hartford 19-0 2
3 West Branch 16-1 3
4 Nodaway Valley 20-0 4
5 North Linn 17-2 5
6 Bellevue 17-1 6
7 Central Lyon 19-2 8
8 Grundy Center 15-3 7
9 Denver 15-4 10
10 Treynor 17-4 9
11 Sibley-Ocheyedan 16-5 12
12 Cascade 15-5 11
13 Summer-Fredericksburg 16-6 NR
14 West Hancock 18-5 14
15 Underwood 16-3 13
Dropped Out: Ridge View (15)

Class 3A
1 Cherokee 19-0 1
2 Clear Lake 15-1 2
3 Unity Christian 19-2 3
4 West Lyon 19-1 5
5 West Burlington 18-1 6
6 Osage 19-2 4
7 Des Moines Christian 18-3 7
8 Roland-Story 14-4 9
9 West Liberty 13-5 11
10 Center Point-Urbana 14-5 8
11 Estherville-Lincoln Central 16-5 10
12 Solon 15-5 12
13 Vinton-Shellsburg 17-4 13
14 Waukon 16-4 14
15 Monticello 15-5 NR
Dropped Out: Bishop Heelan (15)

Class 4A
1 Glenwood 15-3 1
2 Ballard 18-1 2
3 Dallas Center-Grimes 16-2 3
4 North Scott 13-1 5
5 Central DeWitt 13-2 4
6 Waverly-Shell Rock 19-2 6
7 Bondurant-Farrar 12-5 7
8 Denison-Schleswig 17-3 8
9 Harlan 15-5 10
10 Gilbert 13-5 9
11 North Polk 12-7 13
12 Xavier 9-6 11
13 Creston 13-5 14
14 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12-6 NR
15 Clear Creek-Amana 15-4 15
Dropped Out: Winterset (12)

Class 5A
1 Waukee 7-1 2
2 Johnston 12-1 1
3 Waterloo West 16-1 3
4 Southeast Polk 13-2 4
5 Ankeny Centennial 12-2 5
6 Iowa City West 9-3 6
7 Cedar Falls 14-3 8
8 Cedar Rapids Washington 12-2 7
9 Dowling Catholic 9-5 9
10 West Des Moines Valley 7-6 10
11 Des Moines Roosevelt 8-1 11
12 Iowa City High 7-4 12
13 Davenport North 8-1 13
14 Indianola 16-4 15
15 Sioux City East 16-2 14
Dropped Out: None

February 4, 2021 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — Regional tournament pairings are out from the IGHSAU.

In Class 1A Region 7, GLR plays host to Harris-Lake Park on Thursday, February 11th.

Class 2A Region 7 has Central Lyon with a first round bye. The will play the winner of Western vs West Sioux on Tuesday, February 16th in Rock Rapids

West Lyon is in Class 3A Region 6. They start their tournament trail against Okoboji on Saturday, February 13th at home.

 

Class 1A Regional Basketball Pairings

Class 2A Regional Basketball Pairings

Class 3A Regional Basketball Pairings