This Week’s 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching a few walleye near shore in the evenings. Those with the most luck have been fishing the north shore areas of the lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at buffalo run, Hales slough, and at the north grade have reported 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 straight out from the mouth of buffalo run. Slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites work best. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught in gillnets on big stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids.

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 gillnets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gillnets 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 gillnets. On East they can be found just about everywhere.

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 gillnets at night. Three caught Monday night were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gillnets 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 will be your best bet.


Two Nighthawks Sign With Northwestern

nighthawk logoOrange City, Iowa — Marcus Van Kekerix (Rock Valley, Iowa) and Bryce Van Beek have signed letters of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year.

Van Kekerix is a 5’10”, 200-pound linebacker/center who played three years for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School. Van Kekerix earned all-district honors as an offensive lineman after paving the way for an offense that totaled 3,085 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was also an all-district selection as a junior and was named most valuable linemen three times. On defense, Van Kekerix registered 26.5 tackles, one sack and three fumble recoveries. An academic all-district selection, Van Kekerix plans to major in accounting at Northwestern. He is the son of Berwyn and Kristi.

“Marcus is a hard-nosed, physical football player who will be part of our linebacker group,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “Playing on the offensive line in high school has helped Marcus develop the type of toughness that we like in our linebackers. We are glad to have Marcus join our football team.”

Van Beek is a 6’1”, 175-pound wide receiver and defensive back who played two years for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Van Beek earned all-district honors on defense after posting a team-high five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He registered 35.5 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, Van Beek totaled 22 catches for 367 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, Van Beek plans to major in business and accounting at Northwestern. He is the son of Al and Colleen.

“Bryce is a player we are really excited about,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He has a ton of potential who will continue to develop physically. Bryce will play safety on our defense.”


Sports Schedule for Thursday 4/9/15

trackNorthwest Iowa — Barring weather getting in the way the sports schedule involves a number of area high school teams Thursday in track, golf and soccer competition.

Boys Track

Alta Aurelia, Central Lyon, E-LC, HMS, Kingsley Pierson, LeMars, MMC, MOC Floyd Valley, OA-BCIG, Ridge View, Sioux Central, South O’Brien, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Woodbury Central and Harris Lake Park at Cherokee

 

Coed Golf

Harris Lake Park at West Sioux

Akron Westfield at Unity

South O’Brien at MMC

HMS at Remsen St Mary’s

Trinity at Remsen Union

 

Boys Soccer

Unity at Spirit Lake

Storm Lake at West Sioux

 

Girls Soccer

Spirit Lake at Unity


Improvements Coming to Softball and Baseball Fields in Orange City

baseball fieldOrange City — Northwestern College, MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District and the city of Orange City have agreed to significant upgrades to the baseball and softball complex at MOC-Floyd Valley High School, located directly east of the Northwestern College campus.

“Northwestern College is excited to partner with MOC Floyd Valley schools and the city of Orange City in this project,” said Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Woudstra. “It will be a great improvement for both our softball and baseball programs, providing a first-class venue for hosting home contests and creating the opportunity to serve as host for GPAC and NAIA post-season competition.”

The project, which will begin following the high school baseball and softball seasons in July, will include a new poured concrete, padded backstop with tension netting system, and separate press boxes with additional storage space at both facilities.

The softball field will also see improvements to infield drainage, new foul line fences, outfield over-seeding, and improved bullpen and practice infield area.

Northwestern head softball coach Chris Nachtigal said, “We very pleased to have the updates to the softball field. The updates will allow us to have one of the better softball complexes in the GPAC. They will provide a great venue for us, helping us feel confident in hosting post-season tournament games. The upgrades will help in recruiting as well, giving parents of our players a chance to watch their daughter play live through webcast. We are pleased that Northwestern College, MOC Floyd Valley and the city have given our athletes and the softball program a vote of confidence by providing these upgrades.”

The baseball field will replace the current natural surface with 30,000 square feet of FieldTurf on the infield. A new right-field foul line fence will also be installed and the outfield will be leveled and re-seeded.

Northwestern head baseball coach Brian Wede said, “This is a significant improvement for us. The turf will not only allow us to play more home games, but it will give us the ability to practice on our field more frequently and earlier in the season. The addition of a press box will increase the exposure we can get our players through live webcasted games with both video and audio. The baseball team would like to thank MOC Floyd Valley Superintendent Russ Adams, the MOC Floyd Valley School board, MOC Floyd Valley AD Mark Gunderson, NWC AD Earl Woudstra, the city of Orange City, and the many other individuals who helped make this possible. It is a great day to be a Raider and a baseball/softball player in Orange City!”

The entire spectator area between the two diamonds will have improved landscaping and sidewalks while the restrooms and concessions area will also see repairs.

The MOC Floyd Valley practice fields will also be completely reshaped to improve playability and drainage. Improving the football/soccer practice areas will also result in better practice space for baseball and softball.

Woudstra said, “We are grateful for the spirit of cooperation between the agencies that share athletic facilities in Orange City, including Northwestern, MOC  Floyd Valley, Unity Christian and Orange City Recreation. We believe that collaboration on our joint-use facilities, including De Valois Stadium/Korver Field, the NWC Soccer Complex and the MOC Floyd Valley Sports Complex, provide outstanding venues and enhance opportunities for the athletes and fans at the most affordable cost.”


Schilling Signs With Minnesota West

Minnesota West BluejaysWorthington, Minnesota — Central Lyon/George-Little Rock High School football standout Thomas Schilling has accepted a scholarship offer and has committed to the Minnesota West Football Program in Worthington, Minnesota.  The Minnesota West Bluejays are members of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

Schilling is a first team All-District Receiver, who helped the Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Lions to a 6-4 season and a playoff berth in the Iowa High School Football Playoffs this past season.  He had 24 receptions for 576 yards, averaging 24.0 yards per catch, along with 3 touchdowns in the Lions 2014 season.

Schilling is a 3-sport performer who also excels on the track for the George-Little Rock Track Program, where he qualified for the Iowa State Track and Field Meet last spring in the long jump. He is also a member of the GLR basketball program.

Schilling is the son of Kenny and Lois Schilling, and is projected as a split end for Minnesota West.


Special Olympic Spring Games set for Saturday in Sioux Center

Iowa Special Olympics Logo 2014Northwest Iowa — Special Olympics Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday April 11th at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. If there is inclement weather the games will move indoors to the Dordt Gym and Rec Center.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:45 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15.

There are 400 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70. The counties for athletes include Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida and Crawford making up the Special Olympic Northwest Iowa District area.

Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team. There are also over 200 volunteers who help to make the day a great success for the athletes. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 21st through the 23rd at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.