IHSBCA All-District Baseball Teams Announced

The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IBCA) All-District baseball teams were announced recently. Here is a look at how some of the individuals from the KIWA listening area fared.

Class 1A – Northwest District

1st Team

Pos. Player School Gr. Avg. W-L
P Matt Wesselman Remsen St. Mary’s 10 10-2
P Michael Grady Spalding Catholic 11 6-0
P Jon Van Beek West Lyon 11 7-0
1B Michael Callahan South O’Brien 10 .475
OF Tanner Utesch Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 11 .525
UT Cody Colling Remsen St. Mary’s 12 .416


2nd Team

Pos. Player School Gr. Avg. W-L
P Matt Queck Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12 6-2
SS Tyler Nielson Remsen St. Mary’s 11 .354
OF Cole Ebel South O’Brien 12 .410
OF Tyler Delperdang Remsen St. Mary’s 11 .327
UT Tyler Konz Spalding Catholic 12 .306 2-3
UT Casey Dorhout Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 10 .434 2-1
UT Brandon Snyder West Lyon 10 .355 2-2
UT Colin Sandbolte George-Little Rock 12 .416



Class 2A – Northwest District

1st Team

Pos. Player School Gr. Avg. W-L
C Colin Bolkema BH-RV 11 .373
OF Cody Hatting Sheldon 12 .394
UT Trevor Johnson Sheldon 12 .413 4-2
UT Alex Schoonhaven Unity 11 .398 3-5


2nd Team

Pos. Player School Gr. Avg. W-L
P Zach Jones Okoboji 12 5-6
OF Brandon Frick Sheldon 12 .368
UT Kyle Jensen BHRV 12 .259 4-3



Class 3A – West District

2nd Team

Pos. Player School Gr. Avg. W-L
C Caleb De Haan MOC-FV 12 .400



2012 All Academic Honorable Mention – Michael Grady, Spalding Catholic


Fisheries Biologist Receives Conservation Award for Effort to Prevent Asian Carp Movement

Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stationed at Spirit Lake, received the Ace Cory Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the Okoboji Protective Association (OPA) on July 28, at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

The Ace Cory Conservation Award honors an individual who has contributed substantially to the betterment of the ecological health of Lake West Okoboji. The OPA, founded in 1905, has been an advocate for clean water and a healthy environment for over a century. This is the seventh year of the award.

Hawkins was recognized for his tireless efforts and recent leadership in constructing an electrical barrier to prevent the future migration of Asian carp (an invasive species) into the Iowa Great Lakes. Flood waters in the Missouri and Little Sioux rivers during 2011 allowed for the movement of bighead and silver carp into the Iowa Great Lakes.

Fortunately, the density that migrated in was low, resulting in no biological or recreational impact on these popular lakes.

Through Hawkins efforts, future Asian carp movement will be blocked by the construction of the barrier. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

Hawkins is a native of Cascade and a 13 year veteran of the Fisheries Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Anglers Trashing Shoreline is Major Problem

DES MOINES – Littering is not only an eyesore, it shows a lack of respect someone demonstrates by leaving their trash behind for others to clean up. And there may be no group of litterbugs worse than those among the fishing community.

“Anglers are the worst of the worst of the outdoor groups for cleaning up after ourselves,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“It is very frustrating from my perspective because it seems our constituency is infected with more than our fare share of litterbugs and that’s unfortunate. We are using a lot of energy and resources to get people fishing and when they come out to a lake they see all this trash on shore. That’s pretty disappointing.”

A number of civic and conservation groups spend countless hours volunteering their time to clean the shorelines of the empty bait containers, old fishing line, pop and beer cans, chips and candy wrappers and so on.

“Just about anything you can carry with you fishing, we’ve probably cleaned it up,” Larscheid said.

The solution, he said, is not that difficult. Anglers should tuck a few plastic grocery sacks in their tackle bag and use it for trash.

“When you’re done fishing, carry the sack out with you. Pretty simple,” Larscheid said. “It’s our resource and we need to do a better job of keeping it clean, and that includes not throwing rough fish on shore. That leaves a terrible, smelly mess.

“If you don’t want to eat the fish, give them to someone who does, or bury them in the garden, or put them in the trash. Don’t leave them to rot on the bank,” he said.

IGCA All State Softball Teams Released

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association All State Softball Teams have been released and the KIWA listening area is well represented.

In Class 3A Tara Hunt of MOC Floyd Valley and Jessica Hilbrands of George Little Rock Central Lyon were named to the first team. Named to the second team was Lexi Ackerman of George Little Rock Central Lyon along with Kassidy Van Voorst of Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Named to the third team in Class 3A were Joanna Heemstra and Monserrat Figueroa of Boyden Hull Rock Valley along with Emily McDonald of MOC Floyd Valley.

In Class 2A Marissa Childress of West Lyon was named second team All State.

In Class 1A the War Eagle placed a large number of athletes on the top three teams. Named to the first team were Brandi Davis and Monica Harve of Akron Westfield along with Steph Rohe of Gehlen and Allison Schreiner of Remsen Union.

Named to the second team were Jalyn Doeden and Erica Dreckman of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn along with Dana Hedlund of Akron Westfield.

Named to the third team were Kayla Foresman of MMC, Brittany Weikel of Remsen Union, Anyssa Trejo of Remsen St Mary’s and Melissa Kroksh of Akron Westfield.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out 7/26/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Very few anglers have been targeting Storm Lake. Water levels are low. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some catfish are being picked up on cut bait, stink bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.

Mill Creek (Lake)

A netting survey took place recently and good numbers of bluegills and bullheads were sampled as well as a few catfish, largemouth bass, and black crappie. The bluegills averaged 6-7.5 inches with a few reaching 9 inches. Bullheads ranged from 8-11 inches and should be easy to catch. Catfish were sampled up to 6 pounds with the majority of them in the 1 to 2-pound range measuring 17-22 inches. The water was in the low 80s and the thermocline was a 7 feet so don’t fish to deep.

Big Spirit Lake

Water temperature has climbed into the mid 80s. The warm water has also contributed to a significant bluegreen algae bloom in the lake turning it green. Bullhead – Fair: Action has slowed on the grade but a few fish are being caught on the main lake around weeds. Use traditional presentations like a worm on the bottom. Northern Pike – Slow: Northern pike may become more difficult to catch but they will still be hanging out along weed edges. Casting or trolling along or near these weed edges should produce the best action. White Bass – Fair: Look for schools breaking the surface in the morning and afternoon. Once located a popper or minnow bait should get some action. A few smallmouth bass should also be expected while fishing a school of white bass. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some of the bigger smallmouth are being caught on weed edges but the rock piles are still producing a few. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The largemouth are still being found near weeds but some are also starting to disperse to other areas in the lake. Yellow Perch – Fair: Action is picking up, look for schools of perch on the mudflats in the 18 plus feet of water. Try drifting crawlers on bottom bouncers or with slip bobbers. A GPS or marker buoy could be useful once a school is located. A few perch are also being caught in or near the weeds while targeting walleye or other species. Walleye – Slow: With the warm water fishing has slowed a bit but a few fish are still being caught. Best results have been coming in early morning, at dusk, and after dark using slow presentations.

East Okoboji Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Use worms on bottom. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait around rocks and wood during low light conditions. Walleye – Fair: Fish near bottom with crawlers and leeches or trolling crankbaits. Twister tails can also be productive. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood. Use small baits.

West Okoboji Lake

Avoid boat traffic by fishing early in the morning. Northern Pike – Fair: Find weed beds and you have found the pike. Use spoons or most anything resembling a minnow and don’t forget the steel leader. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills around weed edges in the early morning or later afternoon. A small jig on a slip bobber or a plain hook with live bait should produce fish. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish spook easily. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around weed edges in the bays. Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches.

 Big Sioux River

Fishing has been slow but a few catfish are still being caught. Try fishing deeper pools and brush piles after dark.

A reminder to bow fishermen please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish. With the summer season upon us remember to be courteous to fellow lake users. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Tuesday DNR Notes 7/24/12

Hot Weather Continues to Stress Fish

The hot and dry conditions across the state continue to take its toll on Iowa fish.

A fish kill in the Des Moines River is occurring due to low water flows and high water temperature. This fish kill is in the same area as the fish kill that occurred on July 6-7.

“River conditions are getting worse, increasing an already stressful condition for fish,” said Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The combination of low water and high temperatures stresses fish, especially those susceptible to warmer water, like sturgeon, northern pike, yellow perch and walleye.

Channel catfish and bullheads, two species that are more tolerant of warmer water, are also showing signs of stress.

2011 Pheasant Harvest Tops 100,000 Roosters

The 2011 Iowa pheasant harvest reflected what the roadside counts had predicted, that the population was down after five winters with above average snowfall followed by five wetter than normal springs.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that 109,000 roosters were harvested during the 2011 hunting season, the lowest since standardized estimates began in 1962. Harvest was highest in the northwest region, followed by central and southwest.
The harvest estimate is based on a random survey of hunters. The survey is used by the DNR to estimate the number of hunters pursuing small game, hunter effort by species and harvest.

The survey collects data on quail, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, partridge, and mourning dove, in addition to pheasants.

According to the survey, an estimated 57,285 mourning doves were harvested during Iowa’s inaugural mourning dove hunting season.

Predictions for Iowa’s 2012 pheasant population and season forecast will be issued based on the upcoming August roadside survey that will take place Aug. 1-15, on more than 200, 30-mile routes.

Weather patterns this past winter and spring suggest Iowa will see its first significant increase in pheasant numbers in 6 years.