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.
West Okoboji Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled up 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 jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill up with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are being caught along the southeast banks of West near Pillsbury Point and Fort Dodge. Fish the drop offs with dropshots and huskyjerks. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and little millers are filled with northerns right now. Throw anything at this time and catch a few.
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. 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.
Big Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Small bass are in trickles at this time. Larger bass are still out deep. Some bass can be seen along the north banks. Walleye – Slow: Few above the slot walleye are being caught; many in the 10-14inch range are being caught at Marble and Templar on the rock bars.
Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inches. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The city is in the process of getting the dredge machine out on the lake. Boaters should be aware of the dredge barge, booster pump, and pipeline in the water. 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 – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using plastics, crankbaits, leaches, and minnows fished along the east and south sides of the lake. Anglers are doing well fishing along the dredge cuts between Chautauqua Point and the big island. Fishing the dredge cuts between the big island and Shorty’s Island has also been productive. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake and around the dredge cuts; they are biting on plastics, leaches, and minnows. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up with minnows along the east side of the lake.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows are biting in 8 feet of water on soft plastic shad. Anglers are getting their fill this week.
Five Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits in 8 feet of water are seeing a steady bite.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove 435 cfs, which is within the normal range. Discharge around Correctionville is 812 cfs, which is below normal. Recent rains may bring the river up over the weekend.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught using stink bait. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish are ranging from 1lb to 12lb.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Walleye – Fair: More and more anglers are reporting increased walleye catch along the Hwy 18 bridge. Fish are being caught using twister tails and shad raps. Fish the snags parallel to the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait upstream of snags or deeper pools. Anglers are catching many fish per outing.
Orange City, Iowa — Mitchell Yaw (Orange City, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.
Yaw is a 6’1” guard who lettered three years for MOC-Floyd Valley High School. Yaw averaged 10 points and three assists, shooting better than 50% from the field, in earning all-conference honors as a senior. He helped lead the Dutch to a top 10 ranking and 18-4 overall record. Yaw plans to major in physical therapy/athletic training at Northwestern and is the son of Chris and Donette.
“Mitchell is a hard-nosed, tough competitor,” commented head coach Kris Korver. “He loves to compete and has been part of a very successful high school program at MOC-Floyd Valley. We are excited to have Mitchell in our basketball program and we look forward to seeing him improve.”
Sioux Center Iowa — Two Dordt College baseball players earned first-team all-conference honors for the recently completed 2015 season and six others earned second-team or honorable mention honors.
Nate Forseth (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Aaron Parks (Senior; Flagstaff, Arizona) claimed first-team honors after putting together offensive seasons that rank among the best ever at Dordt College.
Forseth batted .411 this season with a team high 41 runs batted in, 53 hits and 12 doubles. Forseth’s slugging percentage was .504 and he was the Dordt designated hitter most of the season.Parks batted .449 in 27 games and played in all 20 GPAC games and had a .697 percentage with 33 runs batted in and a team high three home runs while playing third base.
Jake Thayer (Sophomore; Littleton, Colorado) was named second-team after batting .384 and he had a team high 13 doubles. Thayer was tied with Forseth for the team lead in hits and stole a team high eight stolen bases and he had a slugging percentage of .493 and scored 49 runs.
Michael Grady (Sophomore; Granville, Iowa), Cameron Gingerich (Sophomore; Riverside, Iowa), Jason Wapnick (Senior; Windsor, Colorado), Bryan Wallman (Junior; Wellington, Colorado) and Connor Hopkins (Sophomore; Menifee, California) all earned honorable mention honors.
Orange City Iowa — Northwestern seniors Mitch Peschon and Skyler Wheeler both earned All-GPAC First Team baseball honors along with GPAC Gold Gloves for their performances during the 2015 season. Grant Lang earned Second Team All-GPAC honors and five Raiders were named honorable mention.
Mitch Peschon from Spirit Lake hit .360 this season with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 51 RBI and scored 65 runs. Peschon also won four games on the mound with four saves for the Red Raiders. Peschon’s 65 runs scored this season trail only Steve Englund’s 70 in 2010.
Peschon was a 2014 First Team All-GPAC Outfielder, the 2014 GPAC Player of the Year, a 2014 NAIA All-American Second Team Outfielder, and a 2015 NAIA Preseason All-American Outfielder.
Wheeler led NWC hitting .378 this season with 15 doubles, six home runs, 48 RBI, and 76 hits. his 76 hits are third all time for the Red Raiders.
Lang hit .364 as a freshman with ten doubles and 36 RBI from the catcher position. Lang threw out 12 base stealers from the catcher position.
Casey Guthmiller from Orange City along with Zach Cortese, Sean Geelan, Fernando Gutierrez, and Christian Hamett all earned honorable mention GPAC honors.
Northwest Iowa — If the weather holds it’s going to be a busy Thursday especially for track and field on the sports schedule for Thursday. A number of golf meets are on the schedule as well.
Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Central Lyon
Akron Westfield, Harris Lake Park, Hinton, MMC, Remsen St Mary’s and Trintiy Christian at West Sioux
HMS, Newell Fonda, Sioux Central, Unity and South O’Brien at Cherokee
Cherokee, Emmetsburg, LeMars, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Western and E-LC at Spencer
Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sioux Center
Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Boyden Hull
Western and Spencer at Storm Lake
Akron Westfield at Gehlen
HMS at Hinton
MMC at Harris Lake Park
West Sioux at Trinity
West Sioux at Okoboji
MOC Floyd Valley at Sioux Center
Unity at Storm Lake
Western at Spencer
Sioux Center at MOC Floyd Valley
Storm Lake at Unity
Spencer at Western
Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s master angler program presented 304 awards for 28 different fish species caught in 84 DNR managed lakes during the 2014 fishing season. Largemouth bass reeled in the most entries with 49 fish from 35 lakes, followed by crappies with 43 entries caught in 32 lakes.
“Not only were multiple species caught in a single lake but several fish of the same type were angled out of a single lake,” said Lewis Bruce, DNR fisheries technician. “A good example is West Okoboji, this natural lake located in northwest Iowa tallied 39 awards for yellow bass in 2014.”
Qualifying fish were caught during each month of the year. Anglers caught the most entries, 57, in May, followed by 53 entries in June. “A majority of channel catfish were angled in August and September,” said Bruce.
The master angler program is modeled after similar programs in other states that recognize anglers who catch a memorable fish. Anglers who fill out the entry form and submit an electronic photo receive a commemorative certificate of accomplishment and a car or boat decal.
Anglers who catch five different qualifying species earn a silver master angler award and those who catch 10 different qualifying species earn a gold master angler award.
Master angler species minimum lengths, potential master angler hotspots and entry forms are available on the master angler webpage at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/MasterAnglerFirstFish.aspx