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.
Clear Lake has about 7-9 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh, so anglers should be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. A few smaller permanent shacks have been moved on with 4 wheelers this past week. Use caution if considering using vehicles on the ice as the ice thickness is not uniform. Yellow Bass – Excellent: Action is good if anglers move often if they are not catching fish; anglers doing the best are fishing in 8-12 feet of water and moving till they find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but anglers are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish consistently. Walleye – Fair: No reports of any keepers yet; try Farmers Beach or the Baptist camp area for some active walleye. Early ice is the better time of the year to try for walleye. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations would be in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 AM) or evening (3-8 PM). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish.
Big Spirit Lake
Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice covered with some slush pockets. Ice conditions varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught in front of the pump house and off of buffalo run. Black Crappie – Fair: Templar lagoon has been producing some small crappies. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up north of the foot bridge.
Ice conditions: 9-11 inches of ice. The aeration system is in use. Anglers should use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.
East Okoboji Lake
Ice condition: 10-12 inches of ice with some slush. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch on the main lake basin. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught north of the narrows
Ice conditions: 9-10 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice conditions: 9-12 inches of ice with slush pockets. Ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Fishing activity has been minimal.
West Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice in the bays. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bay. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Good: Some nice perch have been picked up east of Triboji and in Browns bay.
Sheldon Iowa — The Spencer Tigers swept a non-conference basketball double header in Sheldon Tuesday night. The girls final was 63-41 with the Tigers winning the boys contest 73-69.
In the Girls game Spencer led at all the breaks 17-6 at the end of the first quarter, 35-16 at the half and 53-27 at the end of the third quarter. Spencer got a game high 20 points from Keely Petzenhauser and 15 from Ally Schlaeger. Sheldon was led by Kayla Van Meeteren with a 15 point effort. With the win Spencer improves to 6-4 on the year while Sheldon stands at 3-10.
In the boys game it was tight through out with the Orabs in front 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. Spencer took a 31-29 lead at halftime and moved to a 50-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The two teams continued to trade points and the Tigers eventually earned a hard fought 73-69 win.
Spencer scoring came from five players with four of them hitting for double figures. Jake Kluender scored a game high 24 points. Preston Funderburg hit for 17. Riley Maschino hit 4 three-point buckets as part of a 13 point night and Blake Illg added 12 points off the bench.
Sheldon was led by Colby Kleinhesselink with 17 points followed by Kyle Boerhave with 16 and Jaden Kleinhesselink with 14. With the win Spencer improved to 8-2 on the season while Sheldon moved to 5-7 on the season.
The Orabs return to conference play Friday night hosting George Little Rock. Spencer resumes conference play as well hosting Estherville Lincoln Central Friday night.
Boone Iowa — Boys District Basketball Tournament assignments are out. Brackets will be coming out later in the regular season.
Class 2A District 2 includes the Sheldon Orabs along with Emmetsburg, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, West Lyon and Western Christian.
Class 2A District 1 includes Alta Aurelia, Cherokee, Hinton, Rock Valley, Sioux Center and Unity Christian.
Class 1A District 1 includes Akron Westfield, Kingsley Pierson, Lawton Bronson, Marcus Meriden Cleghorn, River Valley, Siouxland Christian, South O’Brien, Westwood Sloan, Whiting and Woodbury Central.
Class 1A District 2 is made up of Boyden Hull, Central Lyon, LeMars Gehlen, George Little Rock, Harris Lake Park, Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Remsen Union, Remsen St Mary’s, Trinity Christian and West Sioux.
Orange City, Iowa —Alyssa Krohn (Orange City, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next year.
Krohn lettered four years in cross country and has three letters competing for the MOC-Floyd Valley track and field team heading in her final season. Krohn was part of two teams that qualified for the state cross country meet and has personal bests of 21:23 in a 5K, 12:19 in the 3000m and 5:47 in the 1500m. An outstanding student who is a member of the National Honor Society and honor roll, Krohn plans to major in Nursing at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Chris and Carrie.
“Alyssa will be a great addition to our women’s cross country and track and field teams,” commented head coach Scott Bahrke. “She is an outstanding teammate who encourages others and always puts the team above self. Alyssa will continue to improve as a distance runner and we are very excited to have her run for the Red Raiders.”
Sibley Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs got a road sweep over Sibley Ocheyedan in Siouxland Conference Basketball Friday night. The Orabs took the girls game 49-47 and followed with a 59-46 in the boys game.
A pair of free throws by Orab senior Sydney Iedema with 10 seconds left was the difference in the girls game. Iedema led all scorers with 20 points. Kayla Van Meeteren hit 4 three-point buckets on the way to an 18 point night from the outside. The Generals were led by Britta Harberts with 12 points and Megan Grimes with 9.
Sibley Ocheyedan took a 12-10 first quarter lead with the Orabs moving in front 26-24 at the half and remained in front 39-33 at the end of the third quarter on route to the win. Sheldon moves to 3-9 for the year and 2-8 in the conference. Sibley Ocheyedan is 2-10 for the season and 0-10 in the conference.
In the boys game Sheldon led at all the breaks 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, 25-21 at the half and 44-32 after the third quarter. The Orabs would go on to win it 59-46.
Sheldon got a game high 26 points from Kyle Boerhave and 9 from Jayden Kleinhesselink. The Generals had two players in double figures as well with Preston Marco leading the way with 14 followed by Grant Brouwer with 12. Sheldon improves to 5-6 on the year and 5-4 in the Siouxland. The Generals are 2-9 for the year and 1-8 in the conference.
Up next for Sheldon will be a non-conference doubleheader at home with Spencer Tuesday night. Sibley Ocheyedan will play host to Rock Valley for a conference doubleheader.