August 13th DNR Fishing Report

dnrSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

Clear Lake

Walleye – Slow: A few walleyes have been reported in the early morning from docks around the outlet. Walleyes have been caught in the submergent vegetation outside of the reed beds. Muskellunge – Good: Successful anglers are fishing the docks and weed lines. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are catching yellows on the state artificial reef on the main lake, Gilmores Reef, the Baptist camp area or in the little lake in 5-6 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with a piece of worm. The outlet on the main lake has also been producing lately. Early morning bite is best.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits in 8-9 feet of water. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Fair: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with leech. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on the south end in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Slow: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. Successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Slow: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms. Crappie – Fair: Large numbers of crappie are being caught on the north side of the narrows. 10 inch fish are being caught using pilkies, small jigs, or minnows.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish – Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught along the west shore of the south bay while setting hoop nets.

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Use jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. Yellow Bass – Good In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails, or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.


132 Golfers Participate in This Year’s VNU Golf Tournament

golf 3Sheldon, Iowa – Village Northwest Unlimited is excited to share the outcome of the 15th annual Village Northwest Unlimited Benefit Golf Tournament. The tournament was held Monday, July 20, 2015 at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City, IA and hosted 132 golfers.

All golfers were treated to lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day and were eligible for prize drawings for items including a Bushnell Range Finder, iPad Mini, Bose Bluetooth Speaker, Smart TV, Oakley Sunglasses and more.

Taking first place in the men’s first flight was the team of Scott Simonsen, Curt Strouth, Chad Brown and Eric Moerman. Winning the men’s second flight was the team of Dennis Ten Clay, Daniel Ten Clay, Michael Ten Clay and Paul Poppen. Winning the women’s flight was Jaynee Smith, Heather Storeg, Rylee Smith, and Ashley Sandersfeld. Winners of the mixed flight were Kristi Landis, Jason Anderson and Duane Wahlstrom.

Key Sponsors of this year’s tournament were: Perspective Insurance, The David Scott Foundation and The Vetter Foundation. Premier Sponsors included: American Investment & Trust, Avera, Citizens State Bank, DeKoter, Thole & Dawson, Den Hartog Industries, Gesink & Vander Wilt Agency, Maintainer Corporation/Link, Mr. P’s Pizza & Sports Grill, Northern Natural Gas, Northwest Décor & Furniture, Northwestern Bank, Peoples Bank, and Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. The Village would like to thank all who provided meal, refreshment, lucky hole and tee sponsorships as well.

Over the lifetime of the Village Northwest Unlimited golf event, over $330,000 has been raised in support of individuals with disabilities.

Village Northwest Unlimited is nationally recognized as one of the premier providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and traumatic brain injuries. VNU builds successful lives for 180 individuals by providing opportunities and choices in residential, vocational and social programs while fulfilling its mission of providing Purpose, Privacy and Dignity.


Dordt Men’s Volleyball Team to Play in Midwest Conference for 2015-2016 Season

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center Iowa — After months of planning and review in conjunction with the National Administrative Council, the NAIA National Office and the NAIA Men’s Volleyball Executive Committee, the Dordt men’s volleyball application for Invitational Status has been approved effective 2015-2016 season. Along with this announcement came the conference alignments for the upcoming season.

Dordt College will be part of the Midwest Volleyball Conference made up of eight schools from the current Great Plains Athletic, Kansas Collegiate Athletic and American Midwest Conferences. The Defenders are scheduled to open the season in late January 2016 and the schedule will run through mid-April.

The Midwest Volleyball Conference will include:
Briar Cliff University (Iowa)
Dordt College (Iowa)
Morningside College (Iowa)
Hannibal-LaGrange University (Missouri)
Lindenwood University (Missouri)
Missouri Baptist University
Park University (Missouri)
Ottawa University (Kansas)


Morningside the Favorite to win GPAC Football Title

football 1The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held their 16th annual football media day on Thursday, August 6, at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The day featured comments from all ten of the league’s football coaches in preparation for the 2015 season.

One of the highlights of the day is the release of the preseason coaches’ poll. Morningside is the preseason pick to win the GPAC championship. The Mustangs totaled 81 points and nine (9) first place votes. Northwestern was picked second with 73 points and the one (1) first place vote.

The Red Raiders, coached by Kyle Achterhoff, in his seventh season, return 19 starters and 41 letterwinners off a 2014 team that finished as co-GPAC champions with an 8-1 record, 9-2 overall. They finished ranked 12th in the NAIA Coaches’ poll.
Doane was third with 65 votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

2015 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll:
Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Morningside – 81 (9)
2. Northwestern – 73 (1)
3. Doane – 65
4. Dakota Wesleyan – 51
5. Hastings – 48
6. Concordia – 46
7. Nebraska Wesleyan – 27
8. Midland – 25
9. Briar Cliff – 24
10. Dordt – 9

For the third year a media poll was conducted among those present at the press conference. Morningside was tabbed in the media poll to win the GPAC with 90 points and nine (9) first place votes, while Northwestern was 10 points back in second with 80 points. Doane was picked third by the GPAC media with 70 points.

2015 GPAC Preseason Football Media Poll:
Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Morningside – 90 (9)
2. Northwestern – 80
3. Doane – 70
4. Hastings – 56
5. Dakota Wesleyan – 52
6. Concordia – 45
7. Nebraska Wesleyan – 39
8. Midland – 30
9. Briar Cliff – 22
10. Dordt – 11

Games for the 2015 season kick off on Saturday, August 29th with Midland hosting Olivet Nazarene and Briar Cliff hosting Presentation College while Dakota Wesleyan travels to Dakota State in non-conference play. The GPAC schedule will consist of nine games with one bye week in the conference. League games will being on September 12.


August 6th Iowa DNR Fishing Report

fishingSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Use jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes.  Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point.  Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms. Crappie – Fair: Large numbers of crappie are being caught on the north side of the narrows. 10 inch fish are being caught using pilkies, small jigs, or minnows.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught, and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on the south end in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. Successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.

 

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie – Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught along the west shore of the south bay while setting hoop nets.

 

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

 

Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.

 

Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and from shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.