Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 15 -20 inches of ice; there are reports of a small area of open water near College Island and another just north of the big island. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point. A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows are working the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are from anglers staying on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards bay. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Clear Lake

The bite has been a bit slower in this cold weather. Reminder – Permeant ice shacks must be removed by February 20th. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in 8-10 feet of water on the little lake and in the Baptist Camp area. Anglers have reported bigger yellows and less sorting on the main lake around the island in about 12 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Action for crappies has slowed but they can still be caught in the deeper water (18-24 feet) on the little lake. Most of the crappies being kept are 10-12 inches. Morning bite is good until about 10am then slower action in midday and picking up around 4pm. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes have been caught near the west aerator this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: An occasional catfish has been caught. Try Farmers Beach to Baptist camp area.


Waterman Prairie to Become Official Bird Conservation Area

Peterson, Iowa – A public ceremony to dedicate Waterman Prairie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and a portion of the Little Sioux River Iowa DNRwatershed as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on March 7 at 11 a.m. The event will be held in conjunction with the O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch at the O’Brien County Prairie Heritage Center at 4931 Yellow Ave., or about four miles west of Peterson on the north side of Hwy. 10.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting the dedication that will include brief presentations and the unveiling of a special Bird Conservation Area sign.  There will be refreshments, and, following the ceremony, a short driving tour of the area led by local birding expert, Lee Schoenewe.

This unique area is one of northwestern Iowa’s most important grassland/savanna rich habitats and includes special areas like Waterman Prairie WMA, Bertram Reservation, Tuttle WMA, Buena Vista County Conservation Park, and Wittrock Indian Village State Preserve and National Historic Landmark.

“Designating this complex as a Bird Conservation Area will add to its recognition by indicating its importance for nesting and migratory grassland and savanna birds,” said Bruce Ehresman, DNR wildlife diversity program biologist. “It provides important nesting habitat for declining grassland birds, such as upland sandpiper, northern harrier, and bobolink, for game birds such as ring-necked pheasant and American woodcock, and for declining savanna birds like the red-headed woodpecker; plus the area provides migration stopover habitat for many other bird species suffering nationwide declines.”

It is anticipated that this new BCA will attract bird enthusiasts from throughout the region.  Watching wildlife is now a $318 million industry in Iowa, and more birders visiting this area should support growth of the local tourism economy and encourage investment in local bird conservation.

“The designation of the Waterman Prairie Bird Conservation Area serves as recognition of the excellent teamwork of many partners, cooperating to emphasize the importance of habitat for all birds.  State, federal, and county conservation agencies, working together with private conservation organizations and citizens have made this possible,” said Chris LaRue, DNR wildlife biologist and Great Lakes Wildlife Unit manager.

The public is welcome to attend this event.  Bird appreciators and all other wildlife conservationists are asked to help celebrate the dedication of this important Bird Conservation Area and also to promote the conservation of birds and their habitats.


CL-G-LR Wrestlers Fall in State Dual Team Opener and Finish Season at 19-3

central lyon logoDes Moines, Iowa — # 6 Central Lyon George Little Rock opened team competition at the state dual team wrestling tournament with a 61-12 set back to #3 Mediapolis. The Lions were  making their third appearance at the team tournament and came in at 19-0. Mediapolis at 25-4 was making their third straight appearance and fifth overall. In the first round of the consolations the Lions fell to #7 New Hampton 40-36. Central Lyon George Little Rock fell to #8 Clear Lake in the consolation finals on a score of 37-36 in their final dual at state.

#3 Mediapolis 61, #6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 12

120 Brennen Swafford (#3 Mediapolis) over Seth Deatsch (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:22
126 Shea Swafford (#3 Mediapolis) over Mitch Van Beek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:55
132 Cody McNeil (#3 Mediapolis) over Treyton Virtue (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:04
138 Remmington Benz (#3 Mediapolis) over Kane Spencer (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Maj 11-2
145 Mason Buster (#3 Mediapolis) over Braeden Schulte (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:03
152 Bradly Conley (#3 Mediapolis) over Hunter Huisman (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 2:52
160 Cole Erickson (#3 Mediapolis) over Tanner Robertson (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:22
170 Luke Erickson (#3 Mediapolis) over Zach Fugitt (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Dec 3-0
182 Ethan Timmerman (#3 Mediapolis) over Tim Monroe (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 2:11
195 Steven Holloway (#3 Mediapolis) over Alex Waagmeester (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall
220 Travis Vander Streek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Dustan Fenton (#3 Mediapolis) Fall 1:11
285 Dillon Wagner (#3 Mediapolis) over Ross Wiertsma (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 3:21
106 Gable Sieperda (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Isaac Bybee (#3 Mediapolis) Fall 1:27
113 Reese Thornburg (#3 Mediapolis) vs Nile Christensen (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock)

 

 

Consolation Semi Final #7 New Hampton 40.0, Central Lyon George Little Rock 36.0

106 Gable Sieperda (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Dylan Robinson (#7 New Hampton) Dec 7-0
113 Connor Cleveland (#7 New Hampton) over Seth Deatsch (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:18
120 Tyler Shatek (#7 New Hampton) over Nile Christensen (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:44
126 Keaton Geerts (#7 New Hampton) over Mitch Van Beek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:40
132 Keegan Tenge (#7 New Hampton) over Treyton Virtue (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:51
138 Colby McIntire (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Noah Glaser (#7 New Hampton) Fall 1:20
145 Ryan Gorman (#7 New Hampton) over Kane Spencer (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 2:38
152 Tanner Robertson (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Drew Boeding (#7 New Hampton) Dec 4-2
160 Cole Denner (#7 New Hampton) over Hunter Huisman (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:47
170 Zach Fugitt (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
182 Alex Lukes (#7 New Hampton) over Tim Monroe (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Maj 10-04.
195 Alex Waagmeester (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Areon Day (#7 New Hampton) Fall 3:59
220 Travis Vander Streek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Noah Hopp (#7 New Hampton) Fall 2:59
285 Ross Wiertsma (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Lincoln Weber (#7 New Hampton) Fall 3:44

Consolation Finals #8 Clear Lake defeated #6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 37-36
132 – Ryan Leisure (#8 Clear Lake) over Treyton Virtue (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:14
138 – Colby McIntire (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Will Kirschbaum (#8 Clear Lake) Fall 3:37
145 – Spencer Orr (#8 Clear Lake) over Kane Spencer (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 0:55
152 – Ryan Faught (#8 Clear Lake) over Tanner Robertson (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Maj 10-1
160 – Hunter Huisman (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Brad Hillyer (#8 Clear Lake) Dec 9-6
170 – Zach Fugitt (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Dalton Mennenga (#8 Clear Lake) Fall 0:48
182 – Logan Wilcke (#8 Clear Lake) over Tim Monroe (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Dec 7-2
195 – Alex Waagmeester (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Ace Walton (#8 Clear Lake) Dec 7-5
220 – Travis Vander Streek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Nathan Benson (#8 Clear Lake) Fall 2:08
285 – Kyle Willms (#8 Clear Lake) over Ross Wiertsma (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 2:00
106 – Gable Sieperda (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Ben Hillyer (#8 Clear Lake) Fall 0:51
113 – Brennen Doebel (#8 Clear Lake) over Seth Deatsch (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 1:23
120 – Ryan Schmalen (#8 Clear Lake) over Nile Christensen (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) Fall 3:42
126 – Mitch Van Beek (#6 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) over Jacob Pingel (#8 Clear Lake) Fall 0:33


Central Lyon Girls Open Tournaments With Strong Opener Against LeMars Gehlen

central lyon logoRock Rapids Iowa — Central Lyon opened the tournaments hitting on all cylinders Tuesday night as they hosted LeMars Gehlen in a Class 1A girls Region 1 quarterfinal. The Lions jumped out to a 17-4 first quarter lead. With a strong second quarter Gehlen had pulled within 31-21 late in the first half . Central Lyon went in front at 33-21 at the half as Becca Roskam scored on a put back at the buzzer.

Central Lyon opened the second half on a 10-1 run and rode that momentum to a 61-33 third quarter lead before rolling to a 74-40 win.

Angel Rassmussen and Sarah Halse shared game high honors with 18 points each. Shaylee Struckman hit for 11 points to join them in double figures. LeMars Gehlen had two players in double figures with Carli Murphy hitting for 11 points and Jolee Linden adding 10 more.

With the win Central Lyon moves on to the semifinals Friday night with a record of 16-6. The Jays finish the year at 9-13.  Central Lyon will host West Sioux who downed Trinity 57-32. The upper bracket semi will have Westwood, a 69-29 winner over Woodbine at Kingsley Pierson. Third ranked Kingsley Pierson downed Charter Oak Ute 61-32 on Tuesday night.


State Wrestling Begins With Team Competition Wednesday, CL-G-LR in 2A Duals

wrestling gearNorthwest Iowa — The Iowa State Wrestling Tournament opens Wednesday morning with the Dual Team competition at Wells Fargo Arena. The individual competition is set to get underway on Thursday.

# 6 Central Lyon George Little Rock opens team competition at 9am Wednesday morning with a quarterfinal match up against #3 Mediapolis. The Lions are making their third appearance at the team tournament and come in at 19-0. Their last trip to state resulted in a third place finish. Mediapolis at 25-4 is makng their third straight appearance and fifth overall.

Individaul competition for area wrestlers gets underway on Thursday with the first round for 2A wrestlers beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon and the first round for 1A wrestlers beginning at 6:00pm.

A pair of Orabs will compete at State with (34-10) Dustin Freeman at 152 and unbeaten Darin Greenfield who takes a 45-0 record into the tournament at at 195.

Class 2A individuals from the more immediate KIWA listening area include

106
Gable Sieperda of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

113
Abraham Anzua of MOC-Floyd Valley

120
Austin Rozeboom of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

132
Connor Ascherl of MOC-Floyd Valley

138
Colby McIntire of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

145
Zack Konz of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

152
Dustin Freeman of Sheldon/South O`Brien

170
Derek Hooyer of Sioux Center

182
Zach DeJager of Western Christian

195
Darin Greenfield of Sheldon/South O`Brien
Ko Kieft of Sioux Center

220
Travis Vander Streek of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

285
Brody Koerselman of MOC-Floyd Valley
Colten Smolders of Sioux Center

Class 1A individuals from the more immediate KIWA listening area include 
106
Justin Severson of West Lyon

132
Dylan Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan

138
Kyle Green of Sibley-Ocheyedan

145
Garrett Sayler of Sibley-Ocheyedan

152
Dakota Drenth of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

160
Trent Kruger of Sibley-Ocheyedan
Noah Bouse of Okoboji

182
Hunter Dejong of Sibley-Ocheyedan

195
Jed Van`t Hof of West Lyon

220
Matt Naig of Sibley-Ocheyedan
Dustin Brown of West Lyon

285
Houston Coleman of Sibley-Ocheyedan


HMS Advances To District Semis

HMS logoHartley Iowa — Hartley Melvin Sanborn opened tournament play at home Tuesday night posting a 73-47 win over Sibley Ocheyedan. With the win the Hawks advance to the Class 2A District 2 semis Thursday at the Western Christian Gym.

The Generals started out quickly taking an early four point lead. The Hawks Jordan Japenga made a long three pointer and was fouled. The free throw was good tying the game at four apiece. HMS took their first lead of the night on another three by Japenga making the score 9-6. The Hawks would never relinquish the lead posting a 19-13 first quarter advantage. The Generals were in foul trouble throughout the first half, putting the Hawks on the free throw line. HMS shot for a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line in the second quarter going 14-16 in the first half taking a 38-29 lead into halftime.

The second half would belong to the Hawks as they started the half with another three by Japenga on their way to a 73-47 victory moving on to the second round where they will face the Sheldon Orabs at 6:30 pm Thursday night from the Western Christian gym in Hull.

Blake Simons led all scorers with 28 points while going 10-12 from the free throw line. Brian Perez scored 17 points and Jordan Japenga finished with 14 points for the Hawks. The Generals were lead in scoring by Carson Marco with 10 points. The Generals finish the season with a 3-19 record while the Hawks move on with a 12-10 record.

The late game tipping off at 8:00 Thursday night will match Okoboji a 72-53 winner over Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday night againstg the host team Wolfpack.