Weekly Dakota Angler Fishing Report

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 10fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Well the cold air has arrived and soon everyone will be on the ice! While you wait, check out the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report! Plus Todd talks about the Dakota Angler Customer Appreciation Weekend coming up on December 16-18!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Ice forming.
Horseshoe Ice forming.
Pelican Ice forming.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Ice forming.
Big Stone Lake Ice forming.
Poinsett Ice forming.
Lake Hendricks Ice forming.
Bitter Lake Ice forming.
Waubay Ice forming.
Reetz Ice forming.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Ice forming.
Pickerel Lake Ice forming.
West Oakwood Ice forming.
Swan Lake Ice forming.
Lake Kampeska Ice forming.
Piyas Ice forming.
Blue Dog Ice forming.
Lake Cochrane Ice forming.
Casey’s Slough Ice forming.
Indian Springs Ice forming.
Lynn Lake Ice forming.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Ice forming.
Traverse Ice forming.
Lake Albert Ice forming.
Lake Henry Ice forming.
Roy Lake Ice forming.
Buffalo Ice forming.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Ice forming.
Vermillion Ice forming.
Lake Herman Ice forming.
Wall Lake Ice forming.
Lake Alvin Ice forming.
Diamond Ice forming.
Scott’s Slough Ice forming.
Island Ice forming.
81 Ponds Ice forming.
George WPA Ice forming.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Ice forming.
Thompson Ice forming.
Brandt Ice forming.
Whitewood Ice forming.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Ice forming.
Henry WPA Ice forming.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Ice forming.
Mitchell Ice forming.
Menno Ice forming.
Beaver Ice forming.
Sinai Ice forming.
Brush Ice forming.
Loss Ice forming.
East Oakwood Ice forming.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Ice forming.
Silver Lake Ice forming.
East Okoboji Ice forming.
West Okoboji Ice forming.
Lake Pahoja Ice forming.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Ice forming.
Sarah Ice forming.
Benton Ice forming.
East Twin Ice forming.
Round Ice forming.
Okabena Ice forming.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes pulling plugs or spinners.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes slow to fair in deeper water.
Pickstown Walleyes slow to fair in trees and deeper water.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Ice forming.
Big Sioux Ice forming.

Deer Season Notes From Iowa DNR


deer portrait iowa dnrDeer season update

Iowa hunters have reported harvesting nearly 54,000 deer through the first weekend of the first shotgun season. First shotgun deer season ends on Dec. 7.

Second season shotgun deer season is Dec. 10-18, offering hunters two weekends in the field. The second shotgun season typically has about 50,000 hunters but could see an increase in hunter participation by hunters who normally go during the first season, but opted for second season due to the warmer weather.


Report your harvest

The deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. But the harvest is not complete until the deer is registered; either online, over the phone or at a license vendor.

Online, it takes just a couple minutes. Go to www.iowadnr.gov/deerhunting and click (left margin) on ‘Report Your Harvest.’ From there, scroll down and follow instructions. Be ready to enter your tag’s nine-digit harvest report number. By phone? Call 800-771-4692.

The deer should be reported by the hunter whose name is on the tag…and it must come before midnight, the day after the deer is tagged.


Safety reminder

Hunters are encouraged to use safe hunting practices and to discuss the hunting plan so each member of the hunting group knows where the others will be at all times during the hunt.


·         Treat every gun as if it is loaded

·         Wear plenty of blaze orange

·         Be sure of the target and what’s behind it

·         Don’t shoot at running deer


Turn in poachers

See something in the field that doesn’t look right? Report hunting violations to Turn in Poachers as soon as possible by calling 1-800-532-2020. Provide as much information as possible like a description of the individual(s), vehicle and time and location of the violation.

You can remain anonymous.


Deer tissue samples

The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will continue collecting tissue samples to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa’s wild deer herd.

Many hunters voluntarily contribute samples of their harvested deer for these testing efforts.  Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking with hunters in the field or at home processing points.

Iowa DNR’s website provides information about CWD and other information on infectious disease at:  http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/DeerHunting/CWDEHDInformation.aspx


Extend the hunt

Hunters looking to spend more time in the timber this fall can purchase antlerless only deer tags that are still available in 27 counties. Iowa’s late muzzleloader season is Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017 and archery season reopens Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017.

Antlerless tags available

County                      Number Available

ADAIR                     420

ADAMS                   989

ALLAMAKEE           824

APPANOOSE         1028

CLARKE                  896

DALLAS                  508

DAVIS                    1940

DECATUR              1309

DES MOINES         185

FREMONT             179

GUTHRIE               398

HENRY                  213

JEFFERSON          892

LEE                       428

LUCAS                   391

MILLS                    284

MONROE               839


PAGE                     358

POLK                     119

RINGGOLD            1528

TAYLOR                 1511

UNION                    820

VAN BUREN           2480

WAPELLO              1061

WAYNE                  1137

WINNESHIEK          465

Rockets Sweep Orabs

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Rock Valley Rockets swept a Siouxland Conference Girls/Boys basketball doubleheader against the Sheldon Orabs Tuesday night in Rock Valley. The Girls game was 52-33 Rockets, and the Boys final score was 56-51 in overtime.

In the girls matchup, Sheldon and Rock Valley were ice cold to start the contest. After 1 quarter of play it was tied 4-4, but the Rockets would ignite and jump to a 23-11 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of Sammy Blum.  After three, Rock Valley’s lead extended to 36-22, and the Rockets came away with the 52-33 victory.

The Rockets got a game high 18 points from Sammy Blum, 13 of those coming in the 2nd quarter. She was joined in double figures by Taylor Richter with 14 points. The Orabs leading scorer was Bryn Groff with 9.

With the win, Rock Valley improves to 3-1 on the year and in the Siouxland, while Sheldon falls to 1-4 on the year, and 0-4 in the conference.

In the boys matchup, Sheldon held a slim 12-11 after the first quarter, but Rock Valley was in charge heading into halftime with a 27-21 advantage. After three quarters of play, the Orabs regained the lead 33-32 on a pair of free throws from Jayden Kleinhesslink. The 4th quarter went down to the wire and the game would go into overtime with the score knotted up at 44-44. In the extra period, Rock Valley pulled away with their chances at the charity stripe and took the 56- 51 victory.

The Rockets’ leading scorer was Brett Moser with 13 points. Brayton Van Kekerix and Kobe Lutjens had 12 each and J.T. Van’t Hul added 10 points.  The Orabs got a team high 13 from Ryan Van Marel. Kyle Boerhave hit for 11.

With the win, the Rockets improve to 2-0 on the year. Sheldon falls to 2-1.

The Sheldon boys are on the road again to take on Boyden-Hull Thursday night. Rock Valley travels to Central Lyon Friday.

2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Teams

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee, Monday. This committee is made up of NAIA-AVCA officers and the championship committee. Three teams are named, plus honorable mention.

Dordt’s Brooke Granstra was named to the First team, Jamie Gesink was named to the 2nd team, and Ema Altena had third team honors.

First Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Wendy Romero Park (Mo.) OH SR Cojedes, San Carlos, Venezuela
Logan Drueppel Hastings (Neb.) MH SR Schuyler, Neb.
Natalie Geidel Viterbo (Wis.) MH JR West Bend, Wis.
Brooke Granstra Dordt (Iowa) MH SR Sioux Center, Iowa
Makenzie Montana Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) S JR Louisville, Ky.
Libby Dahlberg Westmont (Calif.) MH SO Sacramento, Calif.
Amelia Grahn Viterbo (Wis.) S JR Madison, Wis.
Gisele Silva MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) OH SR Nova Lima, Brazil
Mallory Dillon Missouri Baptist OH SR St. Charles, Mo.
Peiyi Liu Columbia (Mo.) OPP JR Nanjing, China
Rachel Kater MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) S JR Wichita, Kan.
Jessica Peters Midland (Neb.) S SO Omaha, Neb.
Katie Placke Hastings (Neb.) OPP JR Grand Island, Neb.
Priscilla O’Dowd Midland (Neb.) MH SO Omaha, Neb.
Second Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Madison Squiers Bellevue (Neb.) S FR Kearney, Neb.
Rachelle Chamberlain Eastern Oregon S SR Challis, Idaho
Taylor Beckman Westmont (Calif.) OH JR lake Oswego, Ore.
Manon Soraru Oklahoma City MH JR Mulhouse, France
Eloisa Sales Bethel (Tenn.) OH SR Brasilia, Brazil
Kendra Zwart Cornerstone (Mich.) MH SO Jenison, Mich.
Jenny Howell Georgetown (Ky.) OPP JR Cincinnati, Ohio
Sanja Vonjnovic Oklahoma City S JR Bajeljena, Bosnia
Grace Blomstedt Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) MH SO Red Oak, Iowa
Jamie Gesink Dordt (Iowa) S SO Sioux Center, Iowa
Adrienne Czaplewski Warner (Fla.) OH SR Winter Park (Fla.)
Kaitlin Bradley Doane (Neb.) OH SR Crete, Neb.
KC Heimann Midland (Neb.) OH SR Howells, Neb.
Jill Bax Hastings (Neb.) L JR Lincoln, Neb.
Third Team Institution Pos. Yr. Hometown
Annelise Rohrer Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) OH SR Hilliard, Ohio
Molly Shronk Lourdes (Ohio) OH SR Columbus, Ohio
Cristina Viera Peru State (Neb.) L JR Montevideo, Uruguay
Nicole Warren Jamestown (N.D.) L SR Oakes, N.D.
Taylor Wells Grand View (Iowa) OPP SR Des Moines, Iowa
Tena Loewen Tabor (Kan.) OH SR Hillsboro, Kan.
Kristina Medanovic Missouri Baptist MH JR Kraljevo, Serbia
Nikki McDaniel Webber International (Fla.) OH SR DeLand, Fla.
Ave Stout Lourdes (Ohio) MH SR Huntertown, Ind.
Jonni Dorr Carroll (Mont.) S SR Spokane, Wash.
Ema Altena Dordt (Iowa) OH SO Sioux Center, Iowa
Rachel Andrews Union (Ky.) OPP JR Louisville, Ky.
Amanda Miller Eastern Oregon OH JR Kennewick, Wash.
Cayley Meiners Coastal Georgia S SR Mackinaw, Ill.

Honorable Mention

Remy Bucknor Indiana Wesleyan
Morgan Miller Indiana Wesleyan
Shiloh Thomas Point Park (Pa.)
Lindi Thomas IU Kokomo (Ind.)
Tori Mantel Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Karlie Kelly Madonna (Mich.)
Meghan Birr Lourdes (Ohio)
Leah Alles St. Francis (Ill.)
Taylor Kelso Indiana Tech
Hope Leppink Cornerstone (Mich.)
Ashley McClintock IU South Bend
Heather Green Cornerstone (Mich.)
Maja Krstonosic Missouri Valley
Taylor Cowan MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Courtney Twit Grand View (Iowa)
Caterina Cigarini Missouri Baptist
Sashiko Heredia Columbia (Mo.)
Brittney Engelbrecht William Woods (Mo.)
Shayla Scanlan Bellevue (Neb.)
Bailey Gross Viterbo (Wis.)
Morgan Hensch Jamestown (N.D.)
Sierra Skow Viterbo (Wis.)
Mikaylah Gillsepie Bellevue (Neb.)
Shannon Murdock Rochester (Mich.)
Rielly Dobbs College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Haley Stallings College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Haley Glasoe Jamestown (N.D.)
Sara Biermaier Viterbo (Wis.)
Hannah Buck Mobile (Ala.)
Kendra Johnson Montreat (N.C.)
Amber Parker Corban (Ore.)
Bailie Cortner Montana Tech
Madison Wilhelm Great Falls (Mont.)
Madison Garlie Eastern Oregon
Alaina Gentili Corban (Ore.)
Kennadie Clute Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Shelby Stinnett Texas Wesleyan
Kendall Goff Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Fia Faa’Agi Oklahoma City
Rossanna Ramos Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Candace Grosjean St. Thomas (Texas)
Paulyae Dawkins SAGU (Texas)
Laycia Robinson Houston-Tillottson (Texas)
Rebecca Moustapha Wiley (Texas)
Marijana Bjelobrk Oklahoma City
Annija Abolina Campbellsville (Ky.)
Elly Burke Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Sarah Bell Georgetown (Ky.)
Whitney Battoe St. Thomas (Fla.)
Michelle Calderon Webber International (Fla.)
Jennifer Philpot Cumberlands (Ky.)
Ashlee Howe Georgetown (Ky.)
Aubrey Pyburn The Master’s (Calif.)
Juanae Johnson Vanguard (Calif.)
Kayla Sims The Master’s (Calif.)
Kami Troesh Westmont (Calif.)
Rebecca Lowden Vanguard (Calif.)
Tess Van Grouw Biola (Calif.)
Janaya Fox Ottawa (Kan.)
Lauren Hilger Northwestern (Iowa)
Valeria Most Kansas Wesleyan

Jordan Bos to Join Defender Track and Cross Country Programs

jordan-bosSioux Center, Iowa — Jordan Bos, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Bos has been a part of the Unity cross country program for four years and the Knights have earned state meet berths in all four of those seasons.  The Knights were team runner-up in 2013 and placed sixth in 2015.   She was the conference individual champion in 2015 and earned all-conference honors in both 2013 and 2015 and claimed academic all-conference honors three times.  Bos has been a part of three state qualifying 4 x 800 relays and helped the Knights win the state race in 2014 along with a pair of fourth place finishes in 2015 and 2016. She has personal bests of 2:23 in the 800; 4:56 in the 1,500 and 19:29 in the 5,000.

 Dordt College cross country coach Nate Wolf said, “I am excited to have Jordan join our program. Jordan is a multi-talented and driven young lady who will impact our cross country and middle distance programs in a variety of ways.  Jordan is a great fit for our program in terms of her running potential, academic abilities, and strength of character.  I look forward to working with Jordan and seeing her impact across the full spectrum of the Dordt College campus.”

Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen, “We are very excited to have Jordan joining our track and field program.  Jordan will be a great fit at Dordt, and will positively contribute to the track and field program and the campus community in a wide variety of ways.  We look forward to working with Jordan to develop her gifts and talents to their fullest,”

Jordan is the daughter of Matt and Teri Bos of Orange City, Iowa.  She plans to study Exercise Science at Dordt College.

Sheldon Sweeps Basketball Doubleheader With South O’Brien

Sheldon Orabs 1Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs swept a non conference basketball doubleheader with South O’Brien Saturday in Sheldon. The girls final was 36-19. The boys final was Sheldon 53-32 over the Wolverines.

Sheldon led at all the breaks in the girls game up 9-3 at the end of the first quarter and 22-7 at the half. At the end of three the lead was 25-10 with the Orabs going on to win  36-19.

Katie Wagner was the games top scorer with 11 points. She keyed the effort with a 7-of-11 performance from the free throw line. South O’Brien was led by Shelby Schueder with 7 points including a pair of three point bucket.

With the win Sheldon goes to 1-3 on the year while South O’Brien is even at 2-2.


In the boys game the Orabs led at all the breaks as well. Sheldon was up 10-3 at the end of the first quarter and up 20-16 at the half. A bucket by Ryan Van Marel at the buzzer  pushed to 36-29 at the end of three with the Orabs winning 53-32.

Sheldon got a game high 18 from Kyle Boerhave and 16 from Van Marel. The Wolverines also had two players in double figures getting 11 from Cameron Maxwell and 10 more from Payton Brasser.

With the win Sheldon stays unbeaten on the young season at 2-0 while the Wolverines are 2-1 after their first loss of the season.

Sheldon in on the road in conference play Tuesday with a trip to Rock Valley. South O’Brien will be at home Tuesday hosting Hinton in a War Eagle Conference match up.