May 6, 2021 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released their weekly fishing report for northwest Iowa. This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Keeper-sized crappie have been picked up with minnows on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature is around 60 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Bite is starting to pick back up again. Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay around the fish house, along Ice House Point and in the marina. Fish are 8-12 inches. Bluegill – Slow. Walleye – Fair: Fish from shore with a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch with a small jig and minnow or piece of crawler fished under a bobber. Anglers are having luck fishing around the fish house in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 3 feet low. The west ramp is best option for launching a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig near shore in 5-10 feet of water. Some sorting is needed. Black Crappie – Good: Fish are starting to stage close to shore. Use a bare tube jig or a small jig and minnow fished under a bobber near shore. Bluegill – Fair. Walleye – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass anglers are doing well along shore and structure.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie have moved in close to shore. Try a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber along shore and along docks. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish for catfish along shore with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Fish from shore using a leech or minnow fished under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 60 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch along shore using minnows fished on a jig. Fish are 8-11 inches. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or dipped catfish baits fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Good: Fishing in the main lake and from shore has been productive, especially during late evening and low light conditions. Anglers have had luck throwing crankbaits as well as twisters. Also try a minnow or leech fished under a bobber from shore.

Water temperatures are around 60 degrees in most district lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a small minnow near down trees. Yellow Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Slow.

Clear Lake
Water temperature is in the mid-50’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. The bite will get better as the water warms this week. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler fished near vegetation and rocky habitat. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from docks. Best bite is after sunset. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks. The bite at the Island is picking up; best time is at first light. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler in open areas of vegetation. White Bass – Slow.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a small minnow fished near woody habitat. Bluegill – Slow.

Rice Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a piece of crawler fished near vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use dark colored plastics fished around vegetation. Bluegill – Fair: Try a piece of crawler fished near vegetation.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. Most courtesy docks are in place. The water temperature is 51 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Lost Island Lake
Anglers have had consistent success with yellow perch and a few other species this spring. Yellow Perch – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: A nice crappie bite can be found with a little movement around the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Most courtesy docks are in place. Perch and panfish are slowly making their way in shallower, making shoreline and dock fishing more promising. The water temperature is 50 degrees. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. All courtesy docks are in place. The water temperature is 50 degrees. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

The walleye season is open. All courtesy docks should now be in place. The extended forecast calls for varying temperatures with highs in the 50’s to 60’s. Lake levels are currently lower, making navigation and launching more difficult. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

April 26, 2021 - 10:16 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Football schedules for the 2021 and 2022 regular seasons are now available for all participating schools.

District and group assignments were posted in March following Board of Control approval. After a unique one-year cycle and adjusted playoff format in 2020, these schedules are in place for two years and include a new seventh classification.

The new Class 5A has implemented a success model for its group format and regular season scheduling.

Regular season football schedules are determined by the IHSAA. Regular season schedules for all other IHSAA sports are determined by member schools and their conferences.

Districts and groups are assigned by the IHSAA, then schools select preferred non-district opponents through a priority list. The IHSAA attempts to align schedules with as many priority list selections as possible, however, opponents and availability cannot be guaranteed.

 

CLASS 5A
CLASS 4A
CLASS 3A
CLASS 2A
CLASS 1A
CLASS A
EIGHT-PLAYER

Practice for 2021 is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 9. The first official competition date for Week 1 is Thursday, Aug. 26.

Playing dates are currently listed for Fridays, but subject to change for Thursdays or Saturdays depending on host school and site availability.

The last week of the 2021 regular season for Classes 2A, 1A, A, and 8P is Friday, Oct. 15. The last week of the 2021 regular season for Classes 5A, 4A, and 3A is Friday, Oct. 22.

Schools in 2A, 1A, A, and 8P that do not qualify for the postseason may schedule a ninth game if they desire.

April 22, 2021 - 2:46 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
Black Crappie – Fair: Pick up keeper-sized crappie with minnows on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature is around 50 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are still picking up crappie in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and in the marina, but the cool water has slowed the bite. Use a small jig with a small minnow. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has slowed with cooler water this week. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber. Walleye fishing on Black Hawk Lake usually starts to pick up the end of April and into May.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 3-4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. The docks are in at the north, east, south, and west boat ramps. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom along shore.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch along shore using minnows fished on a jig. Fish are 8- to 11-inches. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or or dipped catfish baits fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions. Expect shore fishing for walleye to pick up as water temperatures warm over the next few weeks.

Water temperatures are around 50 degrees in most district lakes. The cool water has slowed the bite in some areas. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Cooler weather this week has slowed the bite. Water temperature is in the mid-40’s. The State dock on the north shore is in. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom on the wind swept shore. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are biting. Try a jig tipped with a minnow or leech fished near vegetation and rocky habitat. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks. Yellow Bass – Slow: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Yellow bass are biting on cut bait. Try fishing around the docks in the marina.

Lower Pine Lake
The courtesy docks are in.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

Upper Pine Lake
The courtesy docks are in.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 45 degrees.

Lost Island Lake
Anglers have been successful with yellow perch and a few other species this spring. Yellow Perch – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: A nice crappie bite can be found with a little bit of movement around the lake.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 44 degrees.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 44 degrees.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. The extended forecast calls for varying temperatures with highs in the 50’s to 70’s. Many of the courtesy docks are now in place. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

April 16, 2021 - 11:08 am - Posted in Sports

Statewide Iowa — Team sites and assignments for the 2021 IHSAA and IGHSAU state qualifying meets for all four classes of track and field are now available.

All state qualifying meets are co-ed and set to begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

Qualifiers will advance to the 2021 Iowa High School State Track & Field Championships, currently scheduled for May 20-22 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. There will be no more than 24 qualifiers for any event.

Class 3A District 4 at MOC-FLOYD VALLEY
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
LeMars
MOC-Floyd Valley
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Sioux Center
Spencer
Storm Lake
Spirit Lake Park (Girls Only)

Class 2A District 8 at WEST SIOUX, HAWARDEN
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids
Cherokee, Washington
Hinton
KPWC
Okoboji, Milford
Sheldon
Sibley-Ocheyedan
Spirit Lake (Boys Only)
Unity Christian, Orange City
West Lyon, Inwood
West Sioux, Hawarden
Western Christian, Hull

Class 1A District 5 at LAWTON-BRONSON
Akron-Westfield
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
George-Little Rock
Harris-Lake Park (Boys Only)
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Lawton-Bronson
MMCRU
River Valley, Correctionville
Siouxland Christian
South O’Brien, Paullina
St. Mary’s, Remsen
Trinity Christian, Hull
Westwood, Sloan
Whiting

2021 SITES & ASSIGNMENTS

CLASS 4A
CLASS 3A
CLASS 2A
CLASS 1A
April 15, 2021 - 2:27 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
Black Crappie – Fair: Pick up keeper-sized crappie with minnows on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature is around 51 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and in the marina. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegill along shore. Most fish are smaller; sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has slowed with cooler water this week. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber. Walleye fishing on Black Hawk Lake usually starts to pick up the end of April and into May.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 3-4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. The docks are in at the north, east, south, and west boat ramps. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures have cooled back into the low 50’s. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions. Expect shore fishing for walleye to pick up as water temperatures warm over the next few weeks.

Water temperatures have cooled and are in the low 50’s in most district lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Cooler weather this week has slowed the bite. Water temperature is in the upper 40’s. The courtesy docks are in at all the boat ramps and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are biting. Try a jig and minnow or crankbaits fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place.

Lost Island Lake
Bluegill – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: A nice crappie bite can be found with a little bit of movement around the lake.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. The Iowa Great Lakes are ice-free. The extended forecast calls for cooler temperatures with highs in the 40’s to 50’s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

April 8, 2021 - 2:42 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
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite along shore should start to pick up. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps. Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Anglers continue to pick up perch, crappie, and walleye in the marina. Expect shore fishing action to pick up. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s in most district lakes. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as these water temperatures continue to increase. DNR crews are currently netting walleye on the walleye broodstock lakes. More reports will be available as we receive them. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-50’s. The courtesy docks are in at all the boat ramps and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Walleye are biting. Try a jig and minnow or crankbaits fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
The courtesy docks are in and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

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

April 1, 2021 - 2:28 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
Black Hawk Lake
Surface water temperature was 46 degrees on April 1. The courtesy docks are in. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps. Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40’s. Anglers continue to pick up perch, crappie, and walleye in the marina. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures warm over the next week. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been hit or miss in the marina over the last week. Expect the bite to get better better along the shoreline in the main lake as water temperatures start to gradually warm. Throw a twister or fish a minnow under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions.

Water temperatures, as of April 1, are in the mid to upper 40’s in most district lakes. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as these water temperatures increase with next week’s warmer weather. 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
The water temperature is in the low 40’s. The courtesy docks are in at the city and island boat ramps. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up as water temperatures rise. Try a jig and minnow fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties.

Lake Cornelia
The docks are in. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use small jigs in the harbor.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Winnebago River
Northern pike are biting; try a chub or crankbait fished in slack water below dams and where smaller creeks enter the river. Northern Pike – Fair.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. East Okoboji is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Spirit Lake is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. West Okoboji is ice-free. None of the courtesy docks are in place yet.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. The Iowa Great Lakes are ice-free. The extended forecast calls for much warmer temperatures with highs in the 70s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 28, 2021 - 9:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Cedar Falls, Iowa — University of Northern Iowa linebacker and former Central Lyon/George Little Rock standout Riley Van Wyhe earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after the Panthers defeated Western Illinois 34-20 on Saturday.

Van Wyhe recorded a team-high 11 tackles and picked up an interception and a pass breakup to lead UNI to a 34-20 win over Western Illinois. The Panther first team allowed just one offensive touchdown on the day. The Leathernecks scored a touchdown against the second-team unit in the waning moments of the game.

Up next for the Panthers is a road contest against South Dakota on Friday.

March 25, 2021 - 2:38 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
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is ice-free. Surface water temperature is around 46 degrees. The courtesy docks are in. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: After ice-out can be a good time to target channel catfish. Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline where catfish may be aggressively feeding.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake is ice-free. Water levels remain about 4-5 feet low. The courtesy dock on the south ramp is in. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
The lake is ice-free. Anglers have picked up perch, crappie and walleye in the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target the abundant channel catfish population that Storm Lake has to offer. Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along any windblown shoreline. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been hit or miss in the marina over the last week. Expect the bite to get better as water temperatures start to gradually warm.

Lakes in the district are ice-free. Water temperatures are in the mid-40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
The lake is ice-free. Courtesy docks are in.

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.

Bluebill Lake
The lake is ice-free. Gates are closed until the access road dries up a bit.

Clear Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy docks are not in yet. Water temperature is in the low 40’s. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up as water temperatures rise. Try a jig and minnow fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset.

Lake Cornelia
The lake is ice-free. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom.

Lake Smith
The lake is ice-free. The dock at the boat ramp is not in yet. No fishing activity reported. Channel Catfish – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished on the bottom.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The lake is ice-free.

Upper Pine Lake
The lake is mostly ice-free.

Winnebago River
The northern pike bite should pick up; try fishing a chub in slack water below dams and where smaller creeks enter the river.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. The lake is completely open and mostly free of ice.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. The lake is expected to completely open up this week.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. The lake is expected to completely open up this week.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice fishing is not recommended. Most of the area ice has deteriorated significantly with total ice-out expected in the next week or so. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.

For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 25, 2021 - 10:10 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Sites and assignments for the 2021 spring golf postseason are now available.

Sectional meets are set for Friday, May 14, unless otherwise noted. District meets are set for Friday, May 21, unless otherwise noted.

Qualifiers from these meets advance to the 2021 IHSAA State Golf Championships, currently set for May 27-28 at three courses.

Sites and assignments for Class 3A, Class 2A, and Class 1A are available to view through the links below.

Class 2A
Rock River Golf & CC @10:00 AM
Boyden-Hull
Central Lyon
North Union
Rock Valley
Sibley-Ocheyedan
West Lyon
West Sioux
Western Christian

Sheldon GCC @10:00 am
Alta-Aurelia
Cherokee
Hinton
MVAOCOU
OABCIG
Ridge View
Sheldon
Unity Christian

Class 1A
Sanborn GCC @10:00 am
George-Little Rock
GT/RA
Harris-Lake Park
HMS
South O’Brien
Trinity Christian
West Bend Mallard

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Whispering Creek on Thursday, May 20 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Hinton.

Newell Municipal GC @10:00 am
Akron-Westfield
Gehlen Catholic
MMCRU
Newell-Fonda
River Valley
Storm Lake St. Mary’s
Remsen St. Mary’s

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Lakeside Golf Course on Friday, May 21 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge.

Class 3A
Spencer Golf & CC – May 13th
Algona
Estherville-Lincoln Central
Humboldt
MOC-Floyd Valley
Sioux Center
Spencer
Spirit Lake
Storm Lake

Teams and individuals advancing from the above sectionals will play their DISTRICT meet at Landsmeer Golf Club on Thursday, May 20 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley

2021 SECTIONAL & DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS

Class 3A
Class 2A
Class 1A