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.

Annual Upland Game Survey Begins August 1st

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources annual survey of upland game populations begins on Aug. 1, with state biologists and conservation officers driving more than 200, 30-mile roadside routes statewide.

“The August Roadside Survey is the DNR’s main tool for determining whether our fall populations will be up or down from the previous year,” says Todd Bogenschutz, Upland Wildlife Research Biologist for the DNR.

Routes start at sunrise on mornings with heavy dew and are driven primarily on gravel roads because of lower traffic volume.  A heavy dew causes hen pheasants to move their broods to the gravel roadsides to dry off before feeding, allowing them to be counted easily.  Routes are run over the same roads each year from August 1 to 15 so the information is comparable with previous years.

This survey is the best indicator of what hunters will find when they take to the field this fall, said Bogenschutz.  “Historically, when the roadside counts are compared to the small game harvest figures, they parallel each other nicely,” he said.

However, since the survey depends on heavy dew for consistent results, hot dry weather in August can affect the results.  “The birds do not come to the roads as consistently in dry years, which makes the counts more variable,” Bogenschutz said.

Final results of the survey will be compiled in late August and posted on the DNR’s website in early September.  To find out more information visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/PheasantSmallGame/AugustRoadsideSurveyData.aspx

Interested persons can also sign up for e-mail notification when the roadside results have been posted.

Village Northwest Panthers Close Out Regular Season With 15-1 Win

The Village Northwest Unlimited Panthers softball team played their final home game of the season Saturday July 21st against the Emmetsburg Hurricanes. The game was played at the Sheldon High School Softball Field with the Panthers posting a 15-1 win.

It was a team effort with Bob Stewart and Scott Wheeler sharing the pitching duties going 2 innings each. At the plate Cody Meendering had a home run his first of the season.
The Special Olympics State Tournament will be August 3rd and 4th with travel on the 3rd and games on the Saturday the 4th at Des Moines. The Panthers go against the Clinton Bobcats at 1:15 with a game against the ARC Sharks set for 2:45.

The Panthers have been invited to represent the state of Iowa in the Special Olympics National Tournament in September at Oklahoma City. The Nationals are set for September 21st through the 23rd.


Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Iowa

A white-tail deer at a hunting preserve in Davis County has become the first positive detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa. The positive sample was verified this week, and DNR is working closely with the State Veterinarian on this isolated incident.

There is no evidence that CWD can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock such as pork, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep or goats.

The Davis County facility where the animal was held has been inspected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to ensure that any remaining deer remain contained. The facility is surrounded by an eight-foot fence. A quarantine has also been issued for the facility.

“Given all of Iowa’s surrounding states have confirmed cases of CWD, Iowa DNR was prepared to address this isolated incident,” said DNR Deputy Director Bruce Trautman.
The DNR and IDALS have a CWD response plan in place to address the disease.

“We have a CWD surveillance program in place to test deer, elk and moose at the facilities that raise farm deer and we have worked closely with DNR to plan for a possible finding of the disease,” said Iowa State Veterinarian Dr. David Schmitt.

Iowa has tested 42,557 wild deer and over 4,000 captive deer and elk as part of the surveillance program since 2002 when CWD was found in Wisconsin. The DNR will increase testing of wild deer in the area by working with hunters and landowners to collect samples from hunter harvested deer beginning this fall.

CWD is a neurological disease that only affects deer, elk and moose. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion, which affects the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head.

The prions can attach to soil and spread the disease among deer. Chronic wasting disease was first identified in captive mule deer at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. Prior to the positive detection in Iowa, CWD had been detected in every bordering state.