This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide 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

We received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Large channel catfish are being caught in gill nets at night. Three were caught Monday night that were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow at this time is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals, which brings fish in from the cooler waters. Use a worm and bobber or small feather jigs for the best results.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, Little Stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gill nets at Lone Tree Point and parks marina. These fish are not being seen in great numbers. Northern Pike – Fair: Many northern pike are being caught in gill nets. They can be found just about everywhere on East.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at Buffalo Run, Hales Slough, and at the north grade have been reporting quality catch rates for northern pike. Use hollow body 4-8 inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. Black Crappie – Fair: Buffalo Run is holding small crappie 30 feet out from the mouth of Buffalo Run. Use slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullheads are being caught in gillnets on Big Stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye near shore in the evenings. Successful anglers have been fishing the south shore areas of the lake near Stony Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch have been caught on crawlers fished under a bobber. Others have caught perch near shore while walleye fishing. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake near the little island.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught using stink bait of any kind. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish that are being caught range from 1lb to 12lb.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.

Le Mars Standout Headed To Northwestern

softball_logo2Orange City, Iowa — Emily Pick (Le Mars, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next year.

Pick is a multi-sports standout who has played four years for the Le Mars Community High School softball team heading into her final season this summer. Pick earned second team all-conference honors for the second straight year after hitting .275 with one home run and five stolen bases. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a 30-1 overall record, the Lakes Conference championship and a #1 rating for a part of the season. An academic all-state selection, Pick plans to major in math education at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Todd and Kim.

“We are excited to have Emily join us at Northwestern College next fall,” commented head coach Chris Nachtigall. “She is a good athlete and knows the game well. Emily is a quality person and will be a great addition to our program and our campus community.”

West Lyon Big Man Signs With Northwestern

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa — B.J. Van Roekel (Larchwood, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Van Roekel is a 6’6” forward who played four years for West Lyon High School. Van Roekel averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and totaled 26 blocks in an injury-shortened senior season. Last year, he played a key role on a West Lyon team that captured the 2014 class 1A state championship with a 23-5 record. Van Roekel also was a member of West Lyon’s state championship football team as a junior. An honor roll student, Van Roekel plans to major in agri-business at Northwestern. He is the son of Larry and Deb.

“B.J. is a post player with size, good hands and good feet,” commented head coach Kris Korver. “B.J. has been part of state championship teams in both football and basketball. As he focuses on one sport, we are looking forward to seeing him improve and mature as a basketball player. We are excited that B.J. will be joining us here at Northwestern College.”

Sports Schedule for Thursday 4/16/15

Sheldon Golf Hole 9Northwest Iowa — Siouxland Conference golf meets are on the sports schedule for Thursday. The boys will be hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan with the girls meet hosted by Rock Valley.

Boys Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan

Girls Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Rock Valley

Coed Golf

South O’Brien at HMS

Akron Westfield at West Sioux

Harris Lake Park at Hinton

Remsen Union at Unity

Gehlen at MMC

Trinity at Remsen St Mary’s


Girls Soccer

Sioux Center at Okoboji

Uniity at Western

MOC Floyd Valley at West Sioux


Boys Soccer

MOC Floyd Valley at West Sioux

Western at Unity


Coed Track

Akron Westfield, Central Lyon, LeMars, MMC, MOC Floyd Valley, Sibley Ocheyedan and Unity at Sioux Center

Wolthuizen Headed for Southwest Minnesota State

Marshall, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler announced Wednesday the signing of one junior college and two high school student-athletes to a letters of intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at SMSU. Among those signees were Sheldon Orab Collin Wolthuizen.

Wolthuizen, a 6-foot-8, forward, is a senior at Sheldon High School. A four-year letterwinner, he averaged 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game as a senior. He earned all-conference accolades twice in his career and finished recording 131 blocked shots, ranking second in school history. He is also a letterwinner in both football and track.

Bigler said, “Collin comes from a good program in Sheldon. As a sophomore they made a great run in the state tournament. Some good players have come out of that school district. Collin is a player with good size and skill. As he puts on strength, his game will continue to evolve. When he visited campus it was a great fit.”

Also Joining the program for the 2015-16 season will be Minnesota West Worthington Minnesota junior college transfer Derek Buysse from Marshall and Michael Lee from Dawson, Minnesota. Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2014-15 season 12-17 overall, 8-14 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

MOC Floyd Valley Sweeps Siouxland Conference Golf Tuesday

golf picNorthwest Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley claimed the team totals for both boys and girls Siouxland Conference meets Tuesday. At Sheldon the Lady Dutch posted a 190 to finish ahead of Sibley Ocheyedan. The Generals were in at 215. Medalist honors went to Alex Mankle of Okoboji at 40.

For complete results click below

Siouxland Conference Girls Golf 4-14-15


West Lyon played host to Siouxland Conference boys golf on Tuesday. MOC Floyd Valley put together a team total 161 followed by West Lyon a shot back at 162. Sheldon put together a team total 165. The Orabs were led by Tyler Merley at 38 and Dominic Seivert at 39. Medalist honors went to Jaden Snyder of West Lyon at 37.

For complete results click below

Boys Siouxland Conference Golf 4-14-15