Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Spirit 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.




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 11 to 13 inch and 17 to 20 inch walleye. Most are having success trolling crankbaits in the dredge cuts between the islands on the east side of the lake. Others have had success fishing in 4-6 feet of water along the south shore using crankbaits and leeches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Successful anglers are using dip baits and crawlers. Fish the north shore areas, especially in the Circle Park area and the island near Circle Park. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on spinners and crankbaits while fishing for walleyes. Anglers are also having luck fishing spinners and crankbaits in shallower areas near shore.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are schooled off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throw spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males.


Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are bedding along the north banks. Fish that are bedding can be caught using drop shots placed around the bed or larger Texas rigged baits. Use a lighter color to keep your bait visible. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using dark deer hair jigs tipped with. Yellow Perch – Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more 6-8 inch perch for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Successful anglers are using jig heads and wax worms. Crappie – Fair: Crappies over 10 inches are becoming a common catch at the north grade. Anglers are using minnows below bobbers anywhere along the grade. The old footbridge site is turning on as well. Anglers are pulling minnows parallel with the rocks to bring crappies into their baskets. Anglers fishing this location are catching larger numbers but less respective in size. These fish are 8-10 inches. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits. These fish are 12-14 inches. Successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Fair: Creeled anglers are catching northerns while trolling around vegetation just before dark. Most creeled northerns are in the 30 inch range but in low numbers.


Center Lake

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


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. Anglers fishing under the Highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: 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. 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.


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.


West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jig, and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Good numbers of large and small fish are being. Pocahontas Point is holding a good population of bluegills with anglers catching large fish with little sorting. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouths are on beds in bays with sandy cobble and larger boulders. These fish will be bedded near the larger rocks. Placing any soft plastics near the bed will result in a strike. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and Little Millers are filled with northerns. Throw anything at this time and catch a few. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught by shore anglers fishing the canal bridges after dark. Successful anglers are fishing darker crankbaits and bottom jigs with leeches. 13-19 inch fish are being caught. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass in Smiths bay just north of the amusement park. Use orange twister tails or a plain hook with worm and split shot.


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 at the outlet of little lake. They are being seen and caught under the overhang of the outlet structure. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A very large number of bullhead are being seen while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island. These large numbers of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are starting to group in the shallow coves of little lake. They are swimming into the cattails in preparation for the spawn.


Village Panthers Athletes Finish Strong at Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games

Sheldon, Iowa – Members of the Village Northwest Unlimited Panthers Special Olympics program traveled to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa Summer Games on May 21-22, 2015. The 23-member Panthers team competed in both individual and group events including soccer skills, track & field, and boccie ball. To earn their way to the state competition, individuals and teams qualified based on their placement in the state qualifying event which was held in Sioux Center in April 2015. The Village Panthers are coached by Deb Middle and Sara Wolthuizen.

“Many of our athletes compete year-round and are multi-sport athletes,” says Sara Wolthuizen, Exercise & Sports Instructor, Village Northwest Unlimited. “We’ve really been challenging individuals to compete in different events and they have stepped up to the challenge. We’re proud of their accomplishments.”

Also at the Summer Games, Special Olympics Iowa honored the Harry and Connie Arrick family as Outstanding Family of the Year. The honor was presented during the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies on May 21, 2015 at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum.

“I cannot think of a more deserving family to be named Outstanding Family of the Year,” says Deb Middle, Exercise & Sports Development Instructor, Village Northwest Unlimited. “Harry and Connie are not only there to support their son, but also to support the entire team. They can always be found in the bleachers encouraging the Panthers. Their liveliness and enthusiasm is contagious to all who attend Panther events.”

The Outstanding Family of the Year award is presented to a family who has made unique and lasting contributions to the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Iowa and who has at least one family member who is a Special Olympics athlete.

Following are the Panthers’ Summer Games Results:

Soccer Skills – Individual results:

1st place – Nicole Arens, Brad Friedland, Chad Wassenaar

2nd place – Zach Arrick, Austin Buurman, Darcy Espey, Justin Groen, Jessica Webb

3rd place – Matt Stoll

4th place – Janet Grooters

Track & Field results:

25 meter wheelchair manual race – Todd Ellis 1st Place

30 meter slalom electric wheelchair race – Roger Vogel 1st place

30 meter electric wheelchair race – Eric Graves 1st place

Mini turbo javelin throw – Stephanie Landhuis 1st place

Softball throw – Matt Stoll 3rd place

Standing long jump – Stephanie Landhuis 4th place; John List 5th place; Mike Kramer 6th place

Running long jump – Scott Wheeler 1st place

100 meter dash – John List 5th place

50 meter dash – Bob Stewart 1st place; Nicole Arens 3rd place; Zach Arrick 7th place; Jessica Webb 3rd place; Scott Wheeler 3rd place

100 meter walk race – Chris Swoyer 3rd place

400 meter walk race – Karen Kennedy 2nd place; Les Van Engen 4th place; Mary Swoyer 4th place

4×100 meter relay – 5th place relay team members Zach Arrick, Scott Wheeler, John List, Matt Petersen

Boccie Ball Team Results:

The Panther’s boccie ball team placed 2nd. Team members are Mike Kramer, Stephanie Landhuis, Bob Stewart and Scott Wheeler.

Twenty-three Village Panther athletes competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games May 21-22, 2015 in Ames, IA.

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 6/8/15

baseball fieldDes Moines, IA — Northwest Iowa continues to move up in the rankings after being nearly nowhere to be found on the previous rankings. Hinton moved up to the four spot, in Class 2A, after starting the season at #7. In Class 1A Remsen St. Mary’s jumped to the 8 spot after being unranked last week.

Class 4A
1. Johnston, LW #2
2. Waukee, LW #4
3. SE Polk, LW #5
4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #1
5. Dowling Catholic, LW #10
6. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #9
7. West Des Moines Valley, LW #7
8. Sioux City North, LW #3
9. Linn-Mar, Marion, LW (X)
10.North Scott, Eldridge, LW (X)

Class 3A
1. Davenport Assumption, LW #1
2. Pella, LW #5
3. Harlan, LW #9
4. West Delaware, LW (X)
5. Sioux City Heelan, LW (X)
6. Perry, LW (X)
7. Knoxville, LW (X)
8. Gilbert, LW (X)
9. Fairfield, LW #3
10.Williamsburg, LW (X)

Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #3
2. Clear Lake, LW #1
3. Wilton, LW #4
4. Hinton, LW #7
5. Dyersville Beckman, LW #2
6. Iowa City Regina, LW #10
7. Des Moines Christian, LW (X)
8. South Winneshiek, LW (X)
9. New Hampton, LW #6
10.Treynor, LW #5

Class 1A
1. Mason City Newman, LW #2
2. Van Buren (Keosauqua), LW #3
3. Alburnett, LW #1
4. Pleasantville, LW #5
5. Coon Rapids-Bayard, LW #6
6. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, LW #4
7. Lisbon, LW #9
8. Remsen St. Mary’s, LW (X)
9. Don Bosco, LW (X)
10.Exira-EHK, LW (X)

Sports Schedule for Tuesday, June 9th

baseballNorthwest Iowa — Baseball and softball continue on Tuesday with a few area teams in action tonight. The Sheldon Orabs have the day off, but will be back in action tomorrow night.

Graettinger/Terril vs. Okoboji
West Lyon @ Okoboji
Lawton-Bronson @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Hinton @ Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Remsen St. Mary’s @ West Sioux
Western Christian @ Spencer

Sioux Central @ Okoboji
BH/RV @ Hinton
Spirit Lake @ MOC-Floyd Valley
Remsen St. Mary’s @ West Sioux
Western Christian @ Spencer

ISU Names Hoiberg Replacement

ISUAmes, Iowa – Steve Prohm, the 2012 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year, who compiled a 104-29 record in four seasons as the head coach at Murray State, has been named the 20th head coach in Iowa State men’s basketball history, it was announced today by Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard.

Prohm will be formally introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning (June 9) at the Sukup Basketball Complex at 10 a.m.

Prohm’s four-year stint as the leader of the Racer program earned him the distinction as one of the nation’s best young coaches. The 40-year-old produced the top winning percentage in school history (.782) while winning two Ohio Valley Conference outright regular-season titles and three conference division championships.

His Racer teams qualified for postseason play three times, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, winning the College Insider Tournament (CIT) in 2014 and making the quarterfinals of the NIT in 2015.

The energetic Prohm, who has tutored three of the last four OVC Players of the Year, has been successful playing an exciting brand of basketball. His 2014-15 squad ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense (79.0 ppg) and 13th nationally in adjusted offense (114.8).

“We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University,” Pollard said. “Steve’s personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next coach. He is a proven winner who is widely respected by his current and former players. We feel Steve is the ideal coach to continue the incredible success that Coach Hoiberg and his players have achieved during the past several years. We are excited to welcome Steve, Katie and Cass to the Cyclone family.”

Prohm, who has 17 years of college coaching experience at four schools (Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, Murray State), is coming off one of the greatest seasons in MSU history in 2014-15 where he led the team to a 29-6 overall mark, a perfect 16-0 record in conference play and a spot in the NIT.

The Racers won 25-straight games during the season, which was the second-longest winning streak in the nation at the time. Prohm won his second OVC Coach of the Year honor and point guard Cameron Payne was named OVC Player of the Year, OVC Male Athlete of the Year and earned third-team All-America honors by CBSSports.com.

In 2013-14, the Racers won the OVC West Division title with a 23-11 record and a 13-3 league mark. His team rallied in the postseason, winning five-straight games to claim the 2014 CIT title, defeating Yale, 65-57 in the championship game.

Prohm’s first season as a head coach in 2011-12 ranks as the best year in Racer hoops history. Led by All-American and NBA player Isaiah Canaan, a player Prohm helped recruit, the Racers set the OVC and school record for winning percentage and total wins with a 31-2 record.

The Racers cracked the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in school history and were the nation’s final unbeaten team, winning their first 23 games. As the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, MSU defeated Colorado State in the first round.

Prohm’s auspicious debut as a head coach earned him national coach of the year honors by the Basketball Times, the first of his two OVC Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2015) and district coach of the year kudos from both the NABC and USBWA.

Prohm just finished his ninth overall season at MSU, spending five seasons as an assistant for current Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy from 2006-11. The Racers made the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and the NIT in 2011 in his final two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to head coach for the 2011-12 season.

Prohm considers Kennedy one of his mentors in the coaching profession. He also worked on Kennedy’s staff at both Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana. In his final two years as an assistant at SLU, the Lions won back-to-back Southland Conference titles and earned an NCAA berth in 2005.

A 1997 graduate of Alabama, Prohm got his start in coaching under David Hobbs. Prohm worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT Final Four.

The Vienna, Va., native attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Prohm and his wife, the former Katie Ross, have a son, Cass.

Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.
Prohm’s Coaching Experience

1998-99 – Centenary – Assistant Coach

1999-05 – SE Louisiana – Assistant Coach

2005-06 – Tulane – Assistant Coach

2006-11 – Murray State – Assistant Coach

2011-15 – Murray State – Head Coach


Prohm’s Head Coaching Record

2011-12 – 31-2 overall, 15-1 conference (NCAA 3rd Round/OVC regular-season & tournament champs)

2012-13 – 21-10 overall, 10-6 conference (OVC West Division champs)

2013-14 – 23-11 overall, 13-3 conference (CIT Champions/OVC West Division champs)

2014-15 – 29-6 overall, 16-0 conference (NIT quarterfinals/OVC West Division champs)

Overall: 104-29 (.782)  Conference: 54-10 (.844)

Van Voorst Named NFCA Honoree

Dordt_Defenders logoKassidy Van Voorst has been named a 2015 NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association) second-team All-Central Region honoree.

Van Voorst, a junior from Boyden, batted .297 and led the team with 47 runs scored and she led the country in stolen bases with 57. She also had 46 hits and nine doubles for the Defenders. Van Voorst holds the single season record for runs scored and stolen bases. She ranks seventh all-time in runs scored with 93 and first in career stolen bases with 93.

Van Voorst is now eligible for NFCA All-American honors.