Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out 4/26/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing has been pretty slow at Storm Lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleye but it has not been real fast action. The point off the north side of the marina has been producing some walleye. 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

Walleye and musky season is closed. A few panfish are being caught in Templar Park and the North Grade. Panfish action has been spotty on the main lake with a few crappies coming off docks. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. White Bass – Fair: Locating an active school of white bass is the hard part once found something resembling a minnow should get good results. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Finding rock piles or other structure in 5-15 feet of water is key for catching smallmouth. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few largemouth bass have moved in to pre-spawn areas.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits.

Minnewashta Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Try using small jigs tipped with either a twister tail or piece of worm. Expect lots of small fish with a few bigger ones mixed in. A few bluegill and crappie may be mixed in.

West Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. The canals seem to be where the most action is with bluegills and largemouth bass gaining the most attention but many of the fish are small. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky.

Big Sioux River

Walleye – Slow: Walleye action has been slowing down on the river but a few may still be caught.

Rock River

Northern Pike – Slow: Look for pike in current breaks near pools and around cover. Try casting spinner baits, spoons, and minnow baits and don’t forget the steel leader. Channel Catfish – Slow: A few cats are being caught; try fishing deeper holes and around cover.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

A mixed bag is being caught on worms including catfish, bullheads, carp, suckers, and sheephead. Some walleye may also be taken on worms but twister tails may be a better option and be prepared to catch a pike or two. Targeting deeper pools seems to bring the best results.

A reminder to bow fisherman please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish. Walleye weekend is May 5 – 6 on the Iowa Great Lakes remember to be courteous to fellow lake users. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Sports Schedule For Friday 4/27/12

Coed Golf

Sheldon and Spencer at Spirit Lake girls competition cancelled

Western at Worthington MN

Hinton at Akron Westfield

Girls Track

Sheldon, Cherokee, Emmetsburg, Forest Ridge, HMS and Laurens Marathon at Spencer has been cancelled

Coed Track

Akron Westfield, G-LR, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, West Lyon and Western at Boyden Hull Rock Valley   has been cancelled


Northwestern Sweeps Dordt In GPAC Baseball Doubleheader

Northwestern used 11 runs in the final four innings to pull away from Dordt in game one of their doubleheader in Sioux Center on Wednesday night in GPAC play. A three run fourth inning pushed the visitors from up 3-2 to up 6-2 and they went on to win 14-2.

Dordt was outhit 16-6 Nate Fraley going 2-3 with a run scored. Nick Serrato, Travis Dekkers, Dustin Brisel and Jason Wapnick all had one hit each. Ben Van Kekerix took the loss with nine runs allowed on 12 hits in six innings of work. Brad Trimm and Josh Van Kekerix split up the seventh inning with Trimm getting charged with five runs.  Taylor Morris was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts and six hits scattered. Davis Bloemendaal led the Raiders with a 3-4 night at the plate with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

In game 2, A nine run explosion in the sixth inning led Northwestern to a 13-3 win over Dordt.  Dordt struggled with walks, allowing nine for the game. Northwestern’s Ryan Brasser got the win, allowing one hit and one walk in three innings of relief and he struck out six.

Dordt was outhit 10-9. Fraley, Dekkers and Lyzenga all had two hits and Serrato walked twice.

Dordt is now 4-14 in the GPAC and 13-29 overall. Northwestern is 26-20 and 10-8. Dordt will conclude its season on Thursday, April 26 when they travel to Dakota Wesleyan for a 1:30 doubleheader.

Dordt’s Vander Woude 5th After Day 1 Of Pentathalon At Drake Relays

Des Moines – Dordt  College junior Briana Vander Woude is in fifth place after day one of the pentathlon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Vander Woude used steady performances in the four events on Wednesday to stand fifth in the ten member field.  The Clara City, Minnesota native is the only non-NCAA Division I or unattached athlete in the field.

Vander Woude placed seventh in the 100 meter hurdles in :14.62; fourth in the high jump with a 5-5.25 performance; fifth in the shot put at 35-4 and seventh in the 200 meters in :25.68.

Day two of the event will feature the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

Full results can be found here.

Sports Schedule For Thursday 4/26/12

Boys Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Rock Valley

Storm Lake and Spencer at Western

Harris Lake Park and E-LC at Spirit Lake

Girls Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan

Coed Golf

Remsen St Mary’s at West Sioux

HMS at Akron Westfield

South O’Brien at Spalding

Boys Soccer

West Sioux at Unity

MOC Floyd Valley at Western

Girls Soccer

Unity at West Sioux

Western at MOC Floyd Valley




MOC-FV Takes Boys Siouxland Conference Meet

Orange City — MOC-Floyd Valley was the host team and the top team in the Siouxland Conference meet held at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City Tuesday.

Here is how the rest of the teams fared:

MOC-Floyd Valley               153

Okoboji                                     156

Sibley Ocheyedan                157

Rock Valley                            167

West Lyon                               174

Sheldon                                    179

Central Lyon                          180

Sioux Center                           181

Boyden Hull                            193

GLR  No team score


Sheldon led by Garrett Lang and Brennan Vote with 43’s

Trevor Fiddelke                        45

Peter Fonkert                             48

Tom Brown                                  48

Chris Jansen                                51