Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report 5/31/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye fishing has picked up some. Channel Catfish – Fair: Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having the best luck in the evenings. Most of the fish are being caught on the east side. Minnows with a split shot and bobber is key. 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.

Big Spirit Lake

Bluegills and crappies are in the spawning areas try using small presentations while sight fishing. Bullhead – Good: There were lots of bullheads being caught off the north grade as well as a few at Templar Park. Most were coming on worms but minnows and leaches also caught a few. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. Some pike are being caught trolling crankbaits for walleye around the 10 foot depth. White Bass – Fair: Locating an active school of white bass is the hard part, but once found, something resembling a minnow should get good results. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Most smallmouth bass have are being caught off rock piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Green vegetation still seems to be the key but as the water keeps warming the fish are becoming more active. Slow presentations are still bringing fish to the boat but the top water bite is also shining when conditions allow. Yellow Perch – Slow: Fishing has been slow but a few are being caught while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Fair: Leeches and night crawlers seemed to be the choice bait by most fishermen with minnows bringing some success as well. Trolling crankbaits in 10 to 20 feet of water has been another good tactic.

East Okoboji Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing 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 and use small baits.

West Okoboji Lake

The canals seem to be where the most action is taking place with bluegills and largemouth bass gaining the most attention but many of the fish are small. Northern Pike – Fair: Find weed beds and you have found the pike; try using spoons or most anything resembling a minnow and don’t forget the steel leader. Bluegill – Good: Action is picking up in the main lake around docks but there are still a good number of fish in the canals. Try using small jigs coupled with light line and a small bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish are still in the canals but there are a few being caught in the bays around the weed beds. Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Fishing is picking up as the water has reached the mid 60’s. Try drifting live bait either on a jig or a rig with live bait. A few good sized yellow bass may also be picked up with these methods. Yellow Bass – Good: There are some good sized yellow bass in the lake and they can be caught using crappie sized baits. Try using twister tails, crappie tubes, and live bait to catch a batch of these taste fish.

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, contact the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.


MOC Floyd Valley’s Kyle Anderson to Run Track And Cross Country at Northwestern

Kyle Anderson of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his track and field and cross country careers at Northwestern College next year.

Anderson is a 6’2” multi-sports standout who earned all-conference honors in three sports at MOC-Floyd Valley High School. Voted team MVP in cross country, Anderson earned first team all-conference honors and qualified for state the last two years. He finished 39th at the state meet in 2011, leading the Dutch to a 14th place finish.

In track and field, Anderson earned all-conference honors and qualified for state, finishing 11th in the 1600m and fourth as a member of the distance medley. Anderson was also an all-conference wrestler in 2011 and 2012, finishing third at districts three years. An honor roll student, Anderson plans to major in pre-engineering at Northwestern. He is the son of Tony and Teri.

“Kyle is a very talented runner who is just starting to realize his potential,” commented head coach Nate Wolf. “He had a fantastic senior year and I anticipate that he will contribute immediately in both cross country and track. Kyle is a great fit for Northwestern and our program. I am excited that he will be a Red Raider in the fall.”


Sports Schedule For Thursday 5/31/12

After the rains got in the way of the area high school sports schedule on Wednesday area teams look to get back out on the softball and baseball diamonds. Games are on the schedule for the Siouxland, War Eagle, Cornbelt and Lakes Conferences Thursday afternoon and evening.

 

 

Baseball

Sibley Ocheyedan at Sioux Center

Emmetsburg at Okoboji

Boyden Hull Rock Valley at G-LR

West Sioux at West Lyon

Western Christian at E-LC

Trinity Christian at Graettinger Terril

Softball

G-LR-CL at MOC Floyd Valley

West Lyon at Okoboji

Sibley Ocheyedan at Sioux Center

HMS at Pocahontas Area

South O’Brien at Hinton

West Sioux at Remsen Union

Western Christian at E-LC

Trinity Christian at Graettinger Terril

 


Sheldon Girls Finish 7th at State Golf Meet

The Sheldon Orab Girls Golf Team wrapped up the season with a two day total 804 and a 7th place finish at the State 2A Girls Golf Tournament at River Valley Golf Club in Adel.

The Orabs opened with a 400 and followed with a 404 on Wednesday. Beckman took top honors with a team total 688. Kuemper Catholic was second at 747 followed by Cascade who shot a team 748. Alta Aurelia was 4th at 768. Dike New Hartford was 5th at 776. Then came Wapello at 777, the Orabs at 804 and Clarinda at 825.

Individual honors went to Ellie Ament of Beckman with a two day total of 154 over 36 holes. Her team mate Brooke Klasterman was next at 165. Alex Mankle of Okoboji finished 8th overall with a 177.

Sheldon scorecards included Erin Abele and Carrie Wahlstrom at 198. Rachel Abele came in at 203 with Lindsey Nilles shooting a 205. Katherine Bomgaars put together a 227 and Brittany Van Gorp carded a 263.

The Orabs under the direction of Jan Sneiderman assisted by Eric Maassen were at the State Tournament for the first time since 1982.


Iowans May Fish Free June 1st Through The 3rd

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 1, 2 and 3 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend.

Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place.

“We hope that someone who gives fishing a try during free fishing weekend will enjoy the experience and want to go fishing more often and become a license holder,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau.

Free fishing weekend is scheduled during what is traditionally the time when bluegills are close to shore and aggressive.

“This is a great time to take kids fishing because the chance for success is pretty good,” he said.

The best way to catch bluegills, according to Larscheid, is to use small tackle – little hooks, a bobber no larger than a quarter, 4-pound test line and small bait.

Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.

Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/MasterAnglerFirstFish.aspx

Qualifying fish caught during free fishing weekend are also eligible for master angler recognition. For bluegills, the minimum length for master angler award is 10 inches.

 


High School Softball & Baseball From Tuesday

High School Softball:

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 6, Sheldon 5

Alta/Aurelia 11, Spirit Lake 5

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 13, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0

Emmetsburg 11, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer 6

LeMars Gehlen Catholic 10, South O’Brien 6

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 3, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 0

 

High School Baseball:

Sheldon 2, George-Little Rock 0

MOC-Floyd Valley 8, Estherville Lincoln Central 6

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 3, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 1

Okoboji 5, Harris-Lake Park 0

South O’Brien 7, Gehlen Catholic 3