Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa 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.




West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Millers Bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20 plus feet of water, size ranges from 7-10 inch. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been seeing an increase in perch activity with the warm weather coming. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 feet of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers Bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 feet range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.


Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised. Ice reports are as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover and as thin as 9 inches where there was snow cover.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish. On the south side of Big Stoney in 14 feet of water a consistent perch bite has been occurring for a couple weeks now. Anglers report catching 10 inch perch. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow. The walleye bite has slowed down during the day; the night bite has been more consistent.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice being present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice being around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.


Center Lake

Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Outside the thin ice signs ice conditions showed ice conditions in the 12-15 inch range. Bluegill – Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills.


Ingham Lake

Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Ice depths around open water show ice being as thick as 11 inches outside of the thin ice signs.


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Slow: The walleye bite at Five Island has really picked up and fish are being caught in dredge holes, and in Town Bay. Fish ranging in the 14-20 inch range are being caught. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in the deeper holes along with the walleye. Perch are ranging from 8-11 inches.


Scharnberg Pond

On January 31st Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout at noon.  Rainbow Trout – Fair: Working jigs right below the ice to catch these schooling trout.

2014-15 Eighth Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings

ighsauNorthwest Iowa — In the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Northwest Iowa remains well represented. In Class 3A, Sioux Center remains in the third position, while Spirit Lake drops 3 spots to #8, and Cherokee jumps into the rankings at #13 with a 10-6 record.

In Class 2A, Unity and Western are still 1 and 2. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn leaps  to the 12 spot while Hinton remains at 13, while Okoboji falls out of the rankings.

In Class 1A, nothing changed from the prior week with George-Little Rock at #11, Marcus-Meriden- Cleghorn remaining at 14, and Central Lyon at the 15 spot.

Class 5A 

School Record LW
1 Waukee 15-1 1
2 Dowling Catholic 13-2 2
3 Southeast Polk 13-3 4
4 West Des Moines Valley 15-1 5
5 Iowa City West 15-1 3
6 Ankeny Centennial 10-5 6
7 Iowa City High 12-4 9
8 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 12-5 10
9 Pleasant Valley 11-4 NR
10 Johnston 9-6 8

Dropped Out: Cedar Falls (7)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 15-0 1
2 Western Dubuque 16-0 2
3 Carlisle 15-1 3
4 Ballard 15-1 4
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 17-0 6
6 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 12-2 8
7 Perry 12-4 5
8 Davenport North 14-2 7
9 Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-5 10
10 Indianola 12-4 10
11 Pella 13-2 12
12 North Scott 12-4 9
13 Marion 13-4 15
14 Mount Pleasant 12-3 NR
15 Dallas Center-Grimes 11-5 13

Dropped Out: Lewis Central (14)

 Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Mediapolis 16-0 1
2 Pocahontas Area 14-1 2
3 Sioux Center 15-1 3
4 Osage 18-0 6
5 Hampton-Dumont 14-1 7
6 Crestwood 13-2 8
7 Shenandoah 13-3 10
8 Spirit Lake 10-5 5
9 Center Point-Urbana 13-4 12
10 Kuemper Catholic 11-4 9
11 Nevada 14-3 4
12 Red Oak 13-4 11
13 Cherokee 10-6 NR
14 Clear Lake 9-5 13
15 Saydel 13-3 NR

Dropped Out: Gilbert (14), PCM (15)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Unity Christian 15-0 1
2 Western Christian 14-2 2
3 North-Linn 17-1 3
4 South Central Calhoun 15-1 4
5 IKM-Manning 15-1 5
6 Dike-New Hartford 14-2 6
7 Panorama 15-2 7
8 Manson-NW Webster 13-2 10
9 Des Moines Christian 13-4 11
10 Cascade 15-2 8
11 Iowa City Regina 14-2 9
12 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 14-2 15
13 Hinton 14-2 13
14 Pekin 14-2 NR
15 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 14-4 12

Dropped Out: Okoboji (14)

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 1
2 Colo-Nesco 16-0 2
3 Kingsley-Pierson 17-0 3
4 Fremont-Mills 16-0 4
5 Exira-EHK 17-0 5
6 Lynnville-Sully 17-0 6
7 Newell-Fonda 13-3 7
8 Grand View Christian 15-1 8
9 Bedford 14-2 9
10 Turkey Valley 17-1 10
11 George-Little Rock 12-3 11
12 Springville 14-2 12
13 Janesville 16-1 13
14 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13-3 14
15 Central Lyon 12-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Smolders Signs With The Defenders

Dordt fb helmetSioux Center, Iowa — Colten Smolders, a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football program.

Smolders, a 6-0, 280 pound offensive and defensive lineman, was a part of a state runner-up team in 2014 and a state semifinalist in 2013. He totaled 35 tackles during his career with 12 tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks and one interception. He was a two-time all-district honoree.

Colten is the son of Hans and Nancy Smolders. He plans to study agriculture at Dordt College.

Sheldon and MOC Floyd Valley Split Conference Doubleheader

Siouxland Conference logoSheldon and MOC Floyd Valley split a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday night in Orange City. The girls game went to Sheldon 44-41 with the boys game going to the Dutch 72-37.

The Lady Dutch led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 28-20 at halftime. Sheldon went on a 13-4 run in the third quarter to take the lead 33-32 going into the fourth quarter. Down the stretch the Orabs would do just enough at the free throw line to get the win 44-41.

Sami Kleinwolterink was the games top scorer with 14 points. Kelsey Den Hartog and Emily Johnson hit for 9 points each and Katie Kneifl added 8 in the team win.

MOC Floyd Valley was led by Breanna Schuiteman with 13 points on the night. Destiny Einerwold was next with 7 points.

With the win Sheldon improves to 6-10 on the year and 5-9 in the conference. The Lady Dutch are 5-12 on the year and 5-9 in the Siouxland.

In the boys game MOC Floyd Valley led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and with a trio of threes from Levi Jansen were up 29-21 at halftime. Coming out of the break it was a trio of threes from Christian Korver that would be the springboard to a 46-26 third quarter lead as the Dutch went on to claim a 72-37 win.

Jansen and Korver would finish with 22 points each. Sheldon was led by Dylan Ennema with 9 points followed by Andy Cooper and Collin Wolthizen with 6 ponts each.

With the win MOC Floyd Valley ranked 9th in Class 3A move to 13-2 for the year and 12-1 in the conference. For Sheldon it was just their fourth set back of the year as they fall to 11-4 on the season and 9-4 in the conference.

Up next for the Orabs will be a friday nigth home doubleheader with Sioux Center. MOC Floyd Valley travels to Rock Valley on Friday night.

Two Sign With Northwestern

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Sean Kleinwolterink (Sheldon, Iowa) and Brady Van’t Hul (Hull, Iowa), both from Western Christian High School, have signed letters of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year.

“It’s nice to have Sean and Brady join us at Northwestern College,” said head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “They come from Western, a program that uses similar terminology under their head coach Travis Kooima, and that should help them as they transition to our system.”

Kleinwolterink is a 6’2”, 170-pound wide receiver and defensive back who lettered three years for the Wolfpack. An all-district selection, Kleinwolterink caught 26 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns, averaging nearly 14 yards per catch. He also registered 14.5 tackles on defense in leading his team to a state playoff berth and a 6-5 overall record. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, Kleinwolterink plans to major in business administration at Northwestern. He is the son of Mark and Ruth.

“Sean is a receiver with great size and length,” commented Achterhoff. “He has good hands and understands the game well. We think that Sean will transition very well to the college game next year.”

Van’t Hul is a 5’10”, 195-pound running back and linebacker who played three years for the Wolfpack. Van’t Hul earned first team all-district honors for the second straight year after rushing for a team-high 654 yards and six touchdowns on 133 attempts. He averaged nearly five yards per carry and also caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Van’t Hul accounted for 45.5 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery while leading the Wolfpack to a 6-5 record and state playoff berth. He also earned honorable mention all-district honors as a sophomore. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Van’t Hul plans to major in biology at Northwestern. He is the son of Brian and Markie.

“Brady has good size and strength for a running back coming out of high school,” commented Achterhoff. “He runs hard and is very good between the tackles. We are excited to have Brady join the Red Raider family.”

Lil Orab Wrestling Tournament

lilorabsSheldon, Iowa — The Lil Orab Wrestling Tournament will be on Saturday, January 31st starting at 9:00 am at the Sheldon Highschool gym. at 1700 E 4th St. Weigh-ins for PWs will be from 7:30 – 8:30 am. All other divisions will weigh-in from 9:30 – 10:00 am.

PW’s will begin at approximately 9:15 am.

Older divisions will begin at the conclusion of the PWs.

For more information and the entry form click on the link below

Sheldon 2015 Tournament