March 18, 2021 - 1:53 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

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Arrowhead Lake
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is ice-free. The courtesy dock is in at the Ice House Point boat ramp. 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.

Black Hawk Pit
Black Hawk Pits are ice-free.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake is ice-free. Water levels remain about 4-5 feet low. Courtesy docks are not in at this time. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Reports of anglers catching perch with crawlers. Shortly after ice-out can be a good time to target crappie, perch, or channel catfish. More open water angling reports will be available as we receive them.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)
Anglers are picking up walleye and channel catfish.

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

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
The lake is ice-free. Anglers have picked up perch and crappie in the marina. More reports will be available as we receive them. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Right after ice-out is a great time to 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.

Lakes in the district are ice-free. Open water anglers are starting to make their way out. River fishing for walleye and channel catfish has been productive. 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 lake is about 75 percent open. Black Crappie – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Bluegill – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom.

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

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.

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.

Center Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Ingham Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated; unsafe ice conditions.

Lost Island Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

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 40’s and 50’s.

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

March 11, 2021 - 3:12 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

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Arrowhead Lake
The lake is ice-free.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is open. A few anglers have picked up bluegill and crappie in Town Bay since it opened up. More reports will be available as we receive them. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Black Hawk Pit
Black Hawk Pits are ice-free.

Brushy Creek Lake
The lake has just recently opened up; unsafe ice conditions.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
As of March 11th, most of the main lake is still covered with ice; unsafe ice conditions. The Marina is open. Anglers are starting to fish in the marina.

Many lakes in the district are ice-free, except for a few larger water bodies. Unsafe ice conditions. 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
There are many areas of open water. Any remaining ice is deteriorating quickly; unsafe ice conditions. Black Crappie – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes. Bluegill – Fair: Wader fish open pockets in the rushes.

Lower Pine Lake
There is no open water on Upper or Lower Pine Lake; unsafe ice conditions.

Upper Pine Lake
There is no open water on Upper or Lower Pine Lake; unsafe ice conditions.

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.

Ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating on all area waterbodies with the warm temperatures and high winds. Ice fishing is not recommended. 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
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions

Ingham Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated; unsafe ice conditions.

Lost Island Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Minnewashta Lake
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly; unsafe ice conditions.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice fishing is not recommended. Recent warm temperatures have quickly deteriorated much of the ice in the area. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 40s and 50s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 5, 2021 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The 2021 Pizza Ranch All Star Rosters are out from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

Named to the girls Northwest Team was Abby Heemstra and Lexie Van Kekerix of Rock Valley, Central Lyon’s Hayden Heimensen, and Cherokee’s JeMae Nichols. They will be coached by Okoboji’s John Adams.

Named to the boys Northwest Team was Boyden-Hull’s Marcus Kelderman and Spirit Lake’s Creighton Morisch.

The All-Star games will be played at Dallas Center Grimes.

March 5, 2021 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The Girls All-Substate teams from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association are out.

Named to Class 1A Substate 7: MMCRU’s Emily Dreckman, Taylor Harpeneau, and Ellie Hilbrands. MMCRU Coach Gillian Letsche earn Coach of the Year honors. Also named to the team was Akron-Westfield’s Natalie Nielsen, and Gehlen Catholic’s Rachel Langel.

Named to Class 2A Substate 7 was Central Lyon’s Hayden Heimensen, and Heather Grafing earned Coach of the Year honors. Rock Valley’s Abby Heemstra, and Lexi Van Kekerix. Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer and Bria Wasmund.

Class 3A Region 1 honors went to Cherokee’s JaMae Nichols, Teagan Slaughter, Alexis Pingel and Coach Brandon Slaughter won coach of the year honors. Region 2 honors went to Unity’s Gracie and Janie Schoonhoven, along with Coach of the year honors to Jay Schuiteman. Also named to the team was ELC’s Jayden Nitchals and Kaitlyn Tendal

Region 6 honors went to West Lyon’s Brooklyn Meyer and Kennedy Kramer with Coach Ryan Brasser earning Coach of the year honors.

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association released the All Sub-State Teams for Class 1A, 2A, and 3A.

Named to Class 1A, Substate 1: Keaton Bonderson and Carter DeRocher of Gehlen Catholic, Lance Berends of HMS, Jaxon Bunkers of Remsen St. Mary’s, and Jake Wallin of South O’Brien. Sub-state 1 coach of the year honors went to Gehlen’s Mike Langel

Named to Class 2A Substate 1: Tanner Te Slaa of Boyden-Hull, Clayton Bosma of Unity Christian, Hinton’s Caleb Holmes, and Cherokee’s Will Luger. Class 2A Substate 2 honors went to Western’s Ty Van Essen, Central Lyon’s Zach Lutmer, Carter Brouwer of Sibley-Ocheyedan, and Creighton Morisch and Vance Katzfey of Spirit Lake. Coach of the year honors for Substate 2 went to Spirit Lake’s Paul Brown.

In Class 3A Substate 1: MOC-Floyd Valley’s Ayden Klein was named to the team. Substate 2 honors went Spencer’s Karter Petzenhauser and Will and Owen Larson of ELC.

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

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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