Weekly Dakota Angler Fishing Report

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 2fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.


Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and Pike fair to good.
Big Stone Lake A few perch and walleyes.
Poinsett Walleyes fair and a few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake Walleyes and pike fair.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair, but mainly small.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and A few musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with A few pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver A few walleyes.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleye to good! Many slotted fish being caught lately. Fair for smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullheads.
Silver Lake Good for walleyes from shore and boat.
East Okoboji Yellow bass, Crappie, and Bluegill fair to good. Also good for catfish!
West Okoboji A few walleye, but Crappie and bluegill fair to good.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes and crappies.
Sarah A few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
West Graham Few walleye.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs. Floating Raps from shore!
Platte Walleyes slow to fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few catfish and walleyes.
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few walleyes.

Landen Williams to Continue Football Career at Northwestern

Northwestern College logoOrange City Iowa — Landen Williams of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College this fall.

Williams is a multi-sports standout who lettered three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. A three-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back, Williams totaled 16 catches for 242 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 14 yards per kick return for his career. On defense, Williams recorded 63 tackles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He helped lead the Dutch to the state playoffs two years and was also a member of the Dutch basketball and soccer teams that qualified for state.

Williams plans to major in secondary science education at Northwestern and is the son of Shane and Kristen.

“We are very excited that Landen has decided to become a Red Raider,” commented head Northwestern football coach Matt McCarty. “Landen is a young man with great potential and can play on either side of the ball.”

Brittany Buren to Play Softball at Northwestern

Northwestern logoOrange City Iowa — Brittany Buren of Sheldon has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next fall.

Buren is in her fifth season playing softball for Western Christian High School. A pitcher and outfielder, Buren earned all-conference honors after hitting .369 with six doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI as a junior. She posted a 9-6 record with a 3.46 ERA in 20 appearances as pitcher. An outstanding student who was a member of the National Honor Society and a Pealle Scholar recipient, Buren plans to major in biology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Dane and Kerri.

“We are excited to have Brittany be part of our Red Raider softball program,” commented head Northwestern softball coach Chris Nachtigall. “She is a skilled player who will give us depth for our pitching staff. Brittany not only excels on the softball field but also in the classroom and this makes her a great fit for the Northwestern College community as a whole.”

Northwestern College Announces Athletic Awards

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — The Northwestern College athletic department announced the recipients of its end-of-the-season awards for the 2015-16 school year. These include the Vander Stoep Award, George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award and the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Women’s Athlete Award.

Karlie Schut (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Kyle Anderson (Orange City, Iowa) received the prestigious Vander Stoep Award for women’s and men’s athletics.

The Vander Stoep Award takes into consideration attitude and sportsmanship on and off the playing field and comparative contributions made to the success of the team. To be eligible, an athlete must have attended Northwestern College for four consecutive semesters and must also have participated in one or two sports for at least two years, while earning a minimum of two varsity letters in one or more sports.

Anderson is a nine-time NAIA All-American in track and four-year letterwinner for both the Red Raider track and cross country teams. Anderson finished sixth and seventh in the 800m during the 2016 and 2015 NAIA Indoor Championships, earning All-American honors. He placed fourth in the 800 at the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Championships while also being part of six 4×800 relay teams that earned All-American honors from 2013-16. Anderson was an eight-time GPAC Champion in the 800m and 4×800 relays. Anderson was also a member of the Red Raider cross country team that qualified for nationals last fall.

A three-time NAIA and AVCA All-American, Schut was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year last December. The 2015 GPAC Player of the Year and a four-time all-conference selection, Schut was the league’s top hitter and ranked among the GPAC’s best in blocks, aces and digs. She was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in Nursing.

Abby Stevens (Ord, Neb.) and Haley Chambers (Sioux Falls, S.D.) were named co-recipients of the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Women’s Athlete Award. The Christian Women’s Award was established in 1982 by the Carl Ver Steeg family, parents of Mary Ver Steeg. Mary was instrumental in the development of varsity women’s sports programs at Northwestern College. She coached women’s basketball for six years and volleyball for four years. In 2006, the name of the award was changed to the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Woman Athlete Award in memory of Heidi, who demonstrated a sincere Christian faith and servant heart as well as being an outstanding athlete at Northwestern College. The winners of this award must demonstrate a lifestyle and conduct that reflects their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ while participating in athletics. They must also demonstrate qualities of leadership on and off the court or field.

Stevens was a four-time national qualifier and competed four years for the Red Raider track and field team. Stevens qualified for the heptathlon in 2014 and 2016 and in the pentathlon in 2016. She also made it to indoor nationals in the 60m hurdles in 2014. Stevens earned all-conference honors seven times during her career and was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete two years.

Chambers lettered four years and was a three-year starter for the Red Raider volleyball team. A two-time all-conference selection, Chambers was a key member on two GPAC championship teams and two teams that qualified for the NAIA Championship. Chambers was also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Jesse Walnofer (Tea, S.D.) is this year’s recipient of the George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award.
The George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award was originated in 1968 by Mike Eischeid in memory of his late grandfather. Eischeid was a punter in the Super Bowl for both the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. To win the honor, one must represent the finest in character and sportsmanship, not only on the athletic field, but off the field, in classroom activities, and in his everyday life and relationship with others. He must do his best at all times, regardless of the job or position he is asked to hold or play.

A senior defensive back, Walnofer was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and three-year letterwinner for the Red Raider football team. Walnofer was a key member of a Red Raider defense that ranked near the top of the NAIA in several statistical categories, including total and scoring defense. Walnofer earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2015.

Sara Dekkers to Attend Dordt and Join Defender Softball Team

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center Iowa — Sara Dekkers, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender softball program. Dekkers has played every outfield position for the Knights and had a .256 batting average last season and scored six runs with seven bases on balls.

Sara is the daughter of Bryan and Deanne Dekkers of Hawarden, Iowa. She plans to study biology and pre-physical therapy at Dordt College.