Twelve to Sixteen Inches of Ice Across Most of Big Spirit And West Okoboji

DNR logoStorm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye fishing has picked up a little bit over the past week, but there still hasn’t been a lot of angler effort due to the weather. Focus efforts around the college island and east end of the lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Expect to find 12-16 inches of ice across most of the lake with ATV travel being the best means at this time. Northern Pike – Slow: Most pike are being caught by accident on walleye tackle but setting tip-ups with chubs around structure has been producing some fish. Bluegill – Slow: A few gills are being caught in Little Angler’s Bay and off the grade. Try small jigs and being very quite as they are spooked easily. Yellow Perch – Slow: Look for perch off the end of structure and in the main basin. Searching for active fish may be needed to catch numbers. Wigglers, waxies, and minnow heads on either spoons or small jigs seem to be the go to lures. Walleye – Slow: Action seems restricted to dawn and dusk without much of a pattern revealing itself. Try using spoons and jigging raps tipped with a minnow head.

West Okoboji Lake

There is currently 12-16 inches of ice and ATVs are driving on much of the lake. Truck traffic is not recommended. Northern Pike – Fair: Setting tip-ups in or near weeds and on drop offs is producing a few pike. Bluegill – Slow: Look for bluegills in the bays (Emerson and Millers seem to be the best) in or near standing weeds. Try small jigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers but don’t overlook some of the finesse plastics. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch in 20 plus feet of water along drop-offs or on mudflats. Small jigs tipped with either wigglers or plastic seem to produce the best.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Slow: Look for walleyes around dawn and dusk as well as into the night. Try jigging raps and spoons tipped with minnow heads.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)

Walleye and perch fishing has been slow but if you pay your dues, some nice fish can be caught. Being very quiet and fishing during low light will bring the most fish.
For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Ice Fishing Better Than Last Year in Iowa

DNR logoThe recent yo-yoing weather is making fishing somewhat inconsistent, but overall, ice anglers have had a pretty good run once Iowa lakes had finally frozen and the wax worms arrived.

“Once we had ice, everyone was scrambling to get out, just in case we had a repeat of 2012. Unfortunately, there was a bait shortage. Bait shops were cautious about getting in a large supply of wax worms and being unable to sell them like last year when the ice really never came,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau.

Last year, ice anglers had little opportunity to fish over much of the state with Iowa’s record warm winter. Many area bait shops opted for the wait and see approach this year to see if “normal” winter weather would return to avoid getting stuck with a large inventory of bait.

“At first ice, there were people driving 50 miles just to get wax worms,” he said.

The bait has arrived and the panic subsided.

“We have had consistent ice fishing reports for quality sized bluegills and crappies coming from across the state,” said Larscheid. “The winter trout stocking program has been really popular and we are seeing a lot of activity on lakes and farm ponds.”

The recent rain likely eroded some of the ice gained during last week’s cold snap. Anglers should be cautious when heading out and test the ice with a spud bar or auger frequently.

“We are about at the mid-point as far as the season goes, which means that the best fishing takes place around sunrise and sunset,” Larscheid said. “You may need to mix up your tactics a little, try some different depths to see what is working.”

Sports Schedule For Friday February 1st


A full schedule of games are on tap in the Siouxland Conference including West Lyon at Sheldon.

Basketball Doubleheaders

West Lyon at Sheldon
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for the girls at 6:05 for 6:15 opening tip. We’ll stream from the website at

Okoboji at MOC Floyd Valley

Boyden Hull at Sibley Ocheyedan

Rock Valley at Sioux Center

Central Lyon at G-LR

Hinton at West Sioux



Spalding at HMS

MMC at Gehlen

Remsen Union at Unity

Akron Westfield at Remsen St Mary’s

Western at Spencer

Trinity at Clay Central Everly

Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Harris Lake Park


Northwestern Sweeps Dordt in GPAC Clash

Orange City, Iowa —  The Northwestern Red Raiders basketball teams swept Dordt in GPAC basketball action Wednesday night in Orange City.

In the women’s game, the upset-minded Defender women saw their upset bid come up short as the eleventh-ranked NWC women posted a 71-67 victory. The Red Raiders improve to 16-6 overall and 10-5 in the GPAC with the win while the Defenders fall to 7-10 in conference play and 13-13 on the season.

The men’s game came down to the wire as the fifth-ranked Red Raiders completed the sweep with an 89-87 overtime win over fifteenth-ranked Dordt College.  With the win Northwestern improves to 18-5 overall and 12-3 in the GPAC while the Defenders fall to 19-6 and 11-5 in the conference.

Brackets Out For 1A And 2A Boys Basketball

basketballThe brackets are out for boy’s basketball tournament games in Class 1A and 2A. In Class 2A district 2 Sheldon got the first round bye in the upper bracket and will host the winner of Emmetsburg and Sioux Central in the semi finals on Thursday February 14th. First round games in the lower bracket on Monday February 11 include North Union at Spirit Lake and Okoboji at HMS.

In 2A District 1 Western got a bye into the semis on Thursday the 14th and will host the winner of the opening round game between Ridge View and Unity being played at the Unity Gym. The lower bracket bye went to South O’Brien who will meet the winner of Cherokee at Sioux Center being played on the 11th.


In Class 1A District 1 a play in game on Tuesday the 11th Clay Central Everly will be at Sibley Ocheyedan. The winner moves on to the quarter finals Thursday the 14th against Harris Lake Park who got a first round bye. That game will be at Lake Park. The other upper bracket quarterfinal on the 14 has Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Trinity Christian. In the lower bracket it’s G-LR at West Lyon and Central Lyon at Rock Valley.

In 1A District 2 there are a pair of play in games. In the upper bracket on Tuesday the 11th its Akron Westfield at West Sioux. The winner will be at Boyden Hull on Thursday the 14th. The Comets got a bye into the quarterfinals. Also in the upper bracket quarters Thursday the 14th it’s Hinton at Remsen Union. In the lower bracket a play in game on the 11th has Remsen St Mary’s at Spalding. The winner will be at LeMars Gehlen in the lower brackets quarter finals on Thursday the 14th. The other lower bracket quarterfinal has Kingsley Pierson at MMC.

Sports Schedule For Thursday January 31st


A limited sports schedule features Sibley Ocheyedan at Harris Lake Park in a boy’s match up. Four doubleheaders involve War Eagle Teams.

Boys Basketball

Sibley Ocheyedan at Harris Lake Park

Basketball Doubleheaders

Unity at Rock Valley

Clay Central Everly at Spalding




South O’Brien at Sioux Rapids