Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRThe 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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: bluegills should start to move shallower as the water cools. Continue to fish around weed edges and open pockets.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Try using a pilkie tipped with wigglers for perch around some sort of structure be it weeds, rocks, drop-offs, or a combination.  Most are reporting many small fish with a few nice ones mixed in.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.


Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch are being caught and the few that are, are mostly in the 4-7-inch range. Keepers are rare. Walleye – Slow: With the water cooling down the fishing has picked up a bit but is still fairly slow.  The best fishing has been in the late afternoon into the first hour after sunset.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Wader fishing should be picking up; try fishing the late evening with twister tails or a jig and minnow.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.  Recent sampling has indicated a fair amount of walleye (less than 17 inches) are in the state marina complex.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Try white twister tails in the deeper holes for walleye


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye fishing is starting to pick up a little.  Anglers should throw white or chartreuse twisters or other similar baits.  Rocky pools, deeper outside bends and below riffles are good places to target fish.


Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

Anglers have been catching good numbers of nice walleye.  Fish in the morning and evening hours and focus efforts around rocky habitat and deeper water.  Throw white twisters when fishing the channel.  If you’re fishing a deep hole you might want to try live bait, such as chubs or large shiners.







Sports Schedule For Thursday October 17th

volleyballHighlighting the  Thursday sports schedule will be the Siouxland Conference Cross Country Meet. It was postponed due to weather on Tuesday and will be run at the golf course in Sibley hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan.




George Little Rock at Sheldon

MOC Floyd Valley at Boyden Hull

Sioux Center at Central Lyon

Rock Valley at Sibley Ocheyedan

MMC at Akron Westfield

Hinton at Gehlen

HMS at South O’Brien

Unity at Remsen Union


Cross Country

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan (was ppd Tuesday)

Spirit Lake Walleye population, Slot Regulation Focus of Researchers

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake serves as the primary source of walleyes for the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery’s annual egg collection that provides half of all walleye fry and 25 percent of the fingerlings stocked statewide.

To maintain that level of production, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) placed a special 17-22 inch protected slot limit on walleyes in 2007. This slot limit was chosen because it showed the potential for highest catch rates for anglers while maintaining a population of walleyes most coveted by the hatchery.

Once in place, fishing was initially excellent, but gradually the number of fish caught outside of the slot decreased.  Although some anglers preferred the quality of fish provided by the slot; others suggested a change to the regulation.

DNR researchers predict even a slight change in the regulation could lead to undesirable consequences.  In fact, allowing anglers to harvest one walleye in the current slot-limit as part of their daily bag limit would reduce the brood stock population by 50 percent in just one year.

So what happened to the keepers?

“As the abundance of adult walleyes increases, recruitment may actually decrease due to competition for food,” said Jonathan Meerbeek, natural lakes research biologist for the Iowa DNR. “The boom and bust year class cycles that used to drive the fishery with high harvest periods that follow, are not as common and a more moderate cycle of recruitment occurs.”

The number of largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskies in Spirit Lake increased as well, placing more pressure on the primary food source – yellow perch.

Perch numbers fluctuate annually and while reproduction has been steady, adult yellow perch numbers have decreased considerably since 2010. The 2012 perch harvest was the lowest since 1957. Adult walleye abundance is partially responsible for the imbalance, but simply put, there are a lot of teeth out there and they all eat yellow perch.

“The walleye population in Spirit Lake is the most studied of any fish in any Iowa lake,” Meerbeek said. “We will continue to monitor it and make changes when necessary.”


Orab Volleyball Team Wins Road Test at Sibley

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orab Volleyball Team posted a 3-0 road win against Sibley Ocheyedan Tuesday night. The set scores were 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20.

Jessica Van Beek led the Orabs with 17 kills followed by Marti Vogel with 11. Sami Kleinwolterink had 29 assists to go with 17 digs and a 10-of-12 serving night. Kayla Johnson went 13-of-13 with a team high 21 digs. Katlyn Holtrop went 12-of-12 at the serve line. Jena Van Marel led the team with 3 blocks.

With the win Sheldon improves to 25-3 on the season and will wrap up the Siouxland Conference schedule hosting George Little Rock on Thursday.


Tuesday Volleyball 10/15/2013

Sheldon 25-25-25, Sibley-Ocheyedan 20-19-20
MOC-Floyd Valley 25-25-25, Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 19-2-15
Rock Valley 23-25-13-25-15, Boyden-Hull 25-20-25-20-12
Sioux Center 25-25-25, West Lyon 11-13-15

Harris-Lake Park 25-14-25-25, Luverne, MN 10-25-16-22
Hinton 25-25-25, Akron-Westfield 6-18-12
Unity Christian 25-25-25, St. Mary’s, Remsen 14-14-8

Western Christian 25-25-25, Cherokee, Washington 15-14-5

Iowa’s Youth Pheasant Season Is Oct. 19-20

Iowa DNRResident hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt rooster pheasants during the youth pheasant season without having a hunting license, paying the habitat fee or passing a hunter education course.

The youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who has a valid hunting license and has paid the habitat fee, if normally required. Only the youth may shoot pheasants.

The season is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The daily bag limit is one rooster pheasant with a possession limit of two, after the first day.

West Lyon Continues to Top Radio Iowa Class A Football Poll

footballThe latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll is out and the West Lyon Wildcats continue to top the Class A Poll as they have since the beginning of the season. In Class 2A three teams from districts one and two are in the poll with Boyden Hull Rock Valley ranked number six. Central Lyon George Little Rock is number eight with Spirit Lake in the nine spot.





Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (7-0), LW #1 vs DSM Hoover
2. Pleasant Valley (7-0), LW #2 vs Clinton
3. Ames (7-0), LW #3 @ Sioux City North
4. WDM Valley (5-2), LW #7 @ CB Jefferson
5. Waukee (6-1), LW #5 vs CB Lincoln
6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-1), LW #6 vs Cedar Falls
7. Iowa City High (6-1), LW (X) vs Linn-Mar
8. Bettendorf (6-1), LW #9 vs #9 Assumption
9. Davenport Assumption (6-1), LW #10 @ #8 Bettendorf
10.Iowa City West (6-1), LW #4 @ CR Jefferson

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan (7-0), LW #1 vs Denison-Schleswig
2. Clear Lake (7-0), LW #2 vs Iowa Falls-Alden
3. Pella (3-0), LW #3 @ Oskaloosa
4. Decorah (7-0), LW #4 vs Oelwein
5. Harlan (6-1), LW #6 vs Atlantic
6. Washington (6-1), LW #7 vs Fort Madison
7. Boone (7-0), LW #8 vs Grinnell
8. Spencer (6-1), LW #9 vs Algona
9. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-1), LW #10 @ Ballard
10.Solon (6-1), LW (X) @ Maquoketa

Class 2A
1. Waukon (7-0), LW #1 vs Hampton-Dumont
2. Carroll Kuemper (7-0), LW #2 @ Red Oak
3. West Marshall (7-0), LW #3 vs Roland-Story
4. Albia (7-0), LW #4 vs Interstate-35
5. New Hampton (7-0), LW #5 @ Union
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (6-1), LW #6 @ Cherokee
7. Mediapolis (7-0), LW #7 @ Columbus Junction
8. Central Lyon/GLR (6-1), LW #8 vs Sioux Center
9. Spirit Lake (6-1), LW #9 vs South Central Calhoun
10.Cascade (6-1), LW #10 @ Center Point-Urbana

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (7-0), LW #1 vs Wapello
2. Dike-New Hartford (7-0), LW #2 vs West Fork
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (7-0), LW #3 @ Nodaway Valley
4. North Fayette Valley (7-0), LW #5 @ Jesup
5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (7-0), LW #6 @ Sioux Central
6. Wilton (6-1), LW #4 @ Durant
7. Maquoketa Valley (7-0), LW #7 vs Tipton
8. Van Meter (7-0), LW #8 @ West Central Valley
9. Mount Ayr (6-1), LW #10 vs Ogden
10.Clayton Ridge (6-1), LW (X) vs North Cedar

Class A
1. West Lyon (7-0), LW #1 vs Woodbury Central
2. BGM (Brooklyn) (7-0), LW #2 vs #8 Montezuma
3. Wapsie Valley (7-0), LW #3 @ Starmont
4. AHST (Avoca) (7-0), LW #5 vs Logan-Magnolia
5. AGWSR (8-0), LW #6 @ Lake Mills
6. Pekin (6-1), LW #7 vs Southeast Warren
7. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-2), LW #9 @ Belle Plaine
8. Montezuma (6-1), LW #4 @ #2 BGM
9. Algona Garrigan (5-2), LW #10 vs Belmond-Klemme
10.Lisbon (5-2), LW (X) @ Highland Riverside

1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (7-0), LW #1 @ AR-WE-VA
2. Don Bosco (8-0), LW #2 Idle
3. Newell-Fonda (7-0), LW #3 @ CAL Latimer
4. Adair-Casey (7-0), LW #4 vs Ankeny Christian
5. Springville (7-0), LW #5 vs West Central (Maynard)
6. West Bend-Mallard (8-0), LW #6 vs Laurens-Marathon
7. Janesville (6-1), LW #8 vs Rockford
8. Macrus MMC (6-1), LW (X) vs Clay Central-Everly
9. HLV (Victor) (7-1), LW @ #10 Glidden-Ralston
10.Glidden-Ralston (6-1), LW (X) vs #9 HLV