Fishing Slow With Water Temps in The 60s

Big Spirit Lake

Fishing has been slow with the best action coming early in the morning and late in the evening.  White Bass – Good: Action can be fast. Use twister tails or plastic shad on a lead head, top water may also be good at dawn and dusk.  Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Rock piles continue to shine but don’t overlook nearby weed lines.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Look for active perch in or near the weeds, on the mudflats or on transition areas in between. Use wigglers on a jigging spoon and don’t be surprised to pick up a bluegill or walleye.  Walleye – Slow: Troll crankbaits and spinners near bottom or fishing around the weed lines. Live bait rigs have not been as effective but a few fish may be picked up on Lindy rigs.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Use wigglers or worms on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber and look for rock piles and drop offs.  Trolling small crankbaits can also prove effective.


West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Try fishing with buck tails or spoons around weed lines or holes in the weed beds.  Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Use red worms or wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones.  Fishing 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results.  Yellow Bass – Good: Use a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.


Lost Island Lake

Yellow bass and bluegill fishing has been decent with good sized yellow bass leading the way.


Water temperatures have fallen into the 60s.


Bow Hunters Encouraged to Make Sure Tree Stands And Safety Harnesses Are in Working Order

Bow hunters preparing for the upcoming season should check all their gear to make sure it is in proper working order, especially tree stands and safety harnesses, before heading to the timber.

“Falls associated with tree stand use are the most common hunting incidents during the bow season,” Litchfield said. “Hunters should always wear a safety harness and use caution when climbing.”

Megan Wisecup, supervisor for the DNR’s recreational safety program, said there are a number of tips hunters can use to prevent injury when using a tree stand.

“Make sure to select a tree that fits the tree stand recommended limits and follow the three point rule of tree stand safety – always have three points of contact to the steps or ladder before moving,” she said.

“That could be two arms and one leg holding and stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the ladder before moving. And remember the elements – the rain, frost, ice or snow can cause steps to become slippery so check the security of the step before placing your weight on it.”

Other safety tips include using a haul line to pull gear and the unloaded firearm or bow to the stand and hunters should never climb with anything in their hands or on their back. When exiting the stand, use the haul line to lower the gear on the opposite side of the tree.

“Get familiar with the safety harness. Read the instructions for it and for the tree stand itself so you know how to use it properly and know its limitations,” Wisecup said.

Falls from tree stands are required to be reported to the DNR if a person seeks medical attention for an injury received while entering, exiting or sitting in a stand.

“The basic rules of tree stand safety don’t apply to just bow hunters, but to firearm hunters using an elevated device or stand,” she said. “We want everyone to be safe out there. The goal at the end of every hunt is to arrive home safely.”

Sports Schedule For Friday 9/28/12

It’s a battle of teams unbeaten in district play in Rock Valley as the Nighthawks 2-0 in Class 2A District 1 welcome the Sheldon Orabs who stand at 3-0 in the district. It’s also homecoming for the Nighthawks.






CLASS 2A: District 1

Sheldon at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with Joe and Jon
Broadcast on KIWA AM 1550 with LA and Kent Dezeeuw
Also streamed from the website at

Estherville Lincoln Central at Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (ND)
MOC-Floyd Valley at Unity Christian, Orange City
Sioux Center at Cherokee, Washington

CLASS 1A: District 1

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at South O’Brien, Paullina
Okoboji, Milford at Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
Pocahontas Area at North Union (ND)
Western Christian, Hull at Emmetsburg

CLASS A: District 1

Akron-Westfield at Sibley-Ocheyedan
Alta/Aurelia at West Lyon, Inwood
Hinton at West Sioux, Hawarden
Woodbury Central, Moville at Lawton-Bronson

8 Player: District 1

Harris-Lake Park at River Valley, Correctionville
Kingsley-Pierson at St. Mary’s, Remsen
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Whiting
Remsen-Union at Clay Central-Everly

CLASS 3A: District 2

LeMars at Denison-Schleswig
Sergeant Bluff-Luton at Glenwood (ND)
Spencer at Carroll
Storm Lake at Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City

Dordt Defenders Down NWC Red Raiders in GPAC Volleyball

Orange City, Iowa — Dordt College squandered a 2-0 match lead before taking a 3-2 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night at at the Bultman Center in Orange City. The Defenders pulled away late in set five to secure their fifth win in as many tries to stay atop the GPAC race. Game scores: 25-19, 25-16, 18-25, 25-27, 15-11.

Dordt is now 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the GPAC while Northwestern is 3-2 in the league and 13-5 overall.

Sports Schedule For Thursday 9/27/12

A busy night in Siouxland Conference Volleyball is highlighted by a meeting between the final two unbeaten teams in conference play. The Sheldon Orabs at 5-0 in conference play travel to Sioux Center to go against a Warriors team that has put together a 4-0 conference mark.





Sheldon at Sioux Center

Rock Valley at MOC Floyd Valley

Boyden Hull at Okoboji

Central Lyon at Sibley Ocheyedan

West Lyon at George Little Rock

Akron Westfield at Spalding

Unity at Hinton

Gehlen at South O’Brien

Remsen Union at West Sioux

HMS at Remsen St Mary’s


Iowa Turkey Hunters Should See More Birds This Year When Season Opens October 1st

Iowa’s turkey population likely benefited from an early nesting season and dry spring and summer, which is good news for turkey hunters who should expect to see more birds when fall turkey hunting seasons open next month.

The archery only fall turkey season mirrors the archery deer season: Oct. 1-Nov. 30, then closes for the shotgun deer season and reopens Dec. 17 to Jan. 10, 2013. The gun-bow fall turkey season is Oct. 15-Nov. 30.

The fall turkey seasons are often passed over while hunters pursue deer, ducks and pheasants, but it provides a good opportunity to bring kids into the sport because being noisy is one of the ways to hunt them.

“The most productive way to hunt turkeys in the fall is to find a flock, break them up by either running at them, or sending the dog in or let the kids run at them. The key is to get the birds flying in as many different directions as possible,” said Todd Gosselink, forest wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Turkeys are flocking birds so they will want to get back into a flock. Once they are dispersed, get the camo on, sit down, wait a few minutes and then begin to call them back,” he said.

But leave most of the spring calls at home. Calling in the fall is different than in the spring. “It sounds like ‘kee-kee’ and you can mimic the call with a diaphragm mouth call to bring them in. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.

Deer bowhunters and pheasant hunters should consider picking up a tag as well, Gosselink said, not because they plan specifically target turkeys, but more as an opportunistic harvest.

“Hunters who will be around wooded areas and our wooded riparian corridors in Iowa’s more agricultural areas may have the opportunity to shoot a turkey this fall,” he said.

“The fall season is long which allows hunters some flexibility and helps with taking kids because there is time to find flocks and you can go when the weather is nicer when the kids have off from school,” Gosselink said.

With all the activity in the forests and fields, hunters should plan to wear blaze orange when they head to and from the field.

Fall turkey hunting has similar shotgun and bow hunting regulations, with the exception that in the fall, hunters may harvest a bird of either sex. In the spring, it’s bearded bird only. Rifles and muzzleloading rifles are not allowed and shotguns must be between 10-gauge to 20-gauge. Bow hunters are under the same broad-head restrictions for turkey as they are for deer.

Harvest must be reported through the harvest reporting system by midnight of the day the bird is recovered.