July 12, 2018 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

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.

NORTHWEST

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are around 80 degrees. Water levels are 7 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill – Slow: Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water. Target deeper fish this time of year on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point, and the East Basin. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crawler harnesses around Ice House Pt, the dredge cut near Denison Beach, and around the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Look for fish along rocky shorelines this time of year.

Brushy Creek Lake
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are picking up fish trolling crankbaits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties in 3-6 feet of water. Most fish are 6-7 inches.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is 3.5 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 76 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Troll spinners near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a small piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait after dark.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits. Black Crappie – Good: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill –Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

East Okoboji Lake
The boat dock at Hattie Elston (North ramp) has been pulled. Yellow Bass – Good: The bite has picked up; good numbers of fish are being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs in the evening. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill – Good: Anglers report an improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms in the weed lines.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye action has improved; reports of the best action in areas with flow. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed on the lake; persistence will be rewarded with nice fish caught.

Spirit Lake
The south boat ramp (Orleans) is closed. Walleye – Good: The good walleye bite continues; troll live bait in the morning. Yellow Perch – Good: Report of yellow perch action “picking up” on the lake; sorting is needed.

West Okoboji Lake
The Triboji boat ramp is closed due to flooding. Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

July 10, 2018 - 9:49 am - Posted in Sports

Boyden, Iowa — The #8 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks fell to the #13 Spirit Lake Indians in the Class 3A Region 1 Final in Boyden Monday night.

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A pitchers duel and stout defenses were featured in the opening innings of the contest with neither team giving up much in the opening innings.

Both teams were able to cross home plate in the fourth inning. Hannah Poolman scored on a Jordyn Hamm fielders choice, and Emily Alger laid down the sacrifice bunt to drive in Izzy Backhaus to give Spirit Lake a 2-0 lead. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley responded when Brooke Zylstra went yard to center field. After four innings of play it was 2-1 in favor of the Indians.

Spirit Lake then added another run in the top of the 5th to take a 3-1 lead, but in the bottom of the 6th Zylstra shot another one over the wall to pull the Nighthawks to within 3-2, but it wouldn’t be enough and Spirit Lake came away with the victory.

Kelsey Kannenberg got the win for the Indians. Giving up 2 earned on 9 hits in seven innings of work. She walked 3 and struck out 4.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag took the loss for the Nighthawks. Van Der Zwaag gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6

Spirit Lake improves to 28-7 on the year. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley ends their season at 31-3.

Sioux Center Iowa — Sioux Center moved on to the District baseball semis with a 14-2 five inning win over Western Christian in Sioux Center Saturday night. With the win it’s on to Larchwood for a 5:00 pm semifinal against West Sioux who recieved a first round bye.

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The Warriors opened with 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning to go up early 3-0. Cade Bleeker led off with a double. Payton Boone reached on an error with Quin Byker hit by a pitch. All three would score as Issac Vietor singled in a run and Kendall Mouw doubled in a run.

A 7 run second inning effectively put the game away. Highlights included a 2 run single by Charlie Dykshorn and rbi’s from Boone, Vietor, Byker and Bleeker. The Warriors added 2 more in the third and 2 more in the fourth to close out the scoring.

Western got on the board in the fourth inning as Zach Van Essen reached on a fielders choice and came home when Levi VandenBos doubled. Evan Wibben doubled with 2 outs in the fifth and came home on Ty Van Essen’s rbi single.

Cody VanDenBerg went the first 4 innings for the win. He gave up 1 run on 3 hits. He struck out 5 and did not walk a batter. Tyson Boer took the loss for the Wolfpack.

With the win Sioux Center will take an 18-8 record into the District semis Tuesday night.

July 5, 2018 - 2:45 pm - Posted in Sports

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.

NORTHWEST
Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 4 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is 7.5 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 76 degrees. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches or crawlers fished near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are biting baits fished on the rock reefs and off the jetties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation. Muskellunge – Fair.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught; cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs in the evening. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill – Good: Anglers report an improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms in the weed lines.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: leye action has improved; reports of the best action in areas with flow. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed on the lake; persistence will be rewarded with nice fish caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Good walleye action continues; troll live bait. Yellow Perch – Good: Report of yellow perch action “picking up” on the lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

July 5, 2018 - 9:34 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — Brackets are out for Iowa Boys Class 3A Baseball. 

MOC-Floyd Valley, Bishop Heelan, Spencer, and LeMars are in Class 3A Substate 1 District 1, while Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Storm Lake, SB-L, and Spirit Lake are in Class 3A Substate 1 District 2. 

Class 3A Substate 1 District 1

Class 3A Substate 1 District 2

July 4, 2018 - 5:51 am - Posted in Sports

The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks topped the Sheldon Orabs in softball action Tuesday night in Boyden. BHRV took the Class 3A Region 1 quarterfinal 6-1.

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The Orabs struck first when Hannah Van Meeteren doubled to the fence, and Nicole Meyer came in to score from first to take the 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. The Nighthawks responded with three runs of their own after Morgan Halbur doubled to left/center, scoring Brooke Zylstra and Joanne Luevano. Halbur later came into score on a Brianna Kleinwolterink infield single. After two innings of work, it was 3-1 in favor of BHRV. The Nighthawks added two more runs in the 3rd to extend their lead to 5-1. Another run came in the bottom of the 5th for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, who later came away with the 6-1 victory.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag got the win for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Van Der Zwaag went all 7 innings, gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits while walking 4, and struck out 9.

Nicole Johnson took the loss for the Orabs, who gave up 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 30-2 on the year and will play Sioux Center Friday in Boyden.

Sheldon’s season comes to a close a 9-14-1.

July 2, 2018 - 4:02 pm - Posted in Sports

The final rankings for the 2018 Softball season are out for Class 1A-3A. Akron-Westfield ends the year ranked #3 in Class 1A, while West Sioux falls two spots to twelve. Class 3A features Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at the 8 spot, Spirit Lake falling to 13th, and Cherokee makes their way into the poll to end the year ranked fifteenth.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Lansing, Kee 33-5 1
2 Collins-Maxwell 24-1 2
3 Akron-Westfield 23-4 3
4 AGWSR 23-7 4
5 Clarksville 19-5 6
6 Mason City Newman 27-6 7
7 North Union 23-4 5
8 Sigourney 20-6 9
9 Lisbon 30-8 8
10 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 18-8 11
11 Martensdale-St. Marys 20-13 13
12 Woodbury Central 21-10 NR
13 West Monona 24-8 14
14 Calamus-Wheatland 22-7 NR
15 Westwood 21-11 10
Dropped Out: Lynnville-Sully (12), Wayne (15)

Class 2A
1 Durant 31-2 1
2 IKM-Manning 22-2 2
3 Louisa-Muscatine 32-6 4
4 Des Moines Christian 19-6 5
5 Alta-Aurelia 19-3 3
6 Central Springs 24-3 6
7 Treynor 22-4 7
8 Logan-Magnolia 24-6 9
9 North Linn 36-4 11
10 Iowa City Regina 20-15 8
11 Van Meter 25-6 12
12 West Sioux 24-8 10
13 East Marshall 24-7 13
14 Jesup 26-11 14
15 Earlham 24-11 NR
Dropped Out: Ogden (15)

Class 3A
1 Davenport Assumption 33-3 1
2 Albia 28-4 2
3 Columbus Catholic 35-2 3
4 Humboldt 27-3 5
5 North Polk 22-6 6
6 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 28-7 4
7 Atlantic 27-5 7
8 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 29-2 8
9 Roland-Story 24-4 9
10 Solon 25-8 10
11 Crestwood 22-9 14
12 West Liberty 23-10 12
13 Spirit Lake 25-7 11
14 Camanche 26-8 13
15 Cherokee 20-6 NR
Dropped Out: Clarke (15)

June 28, 2018 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Sports

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.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the low 70’s. Water levels are 15 inches over the crest of the spillway. Water clarity is around 2 feet. Bluegill – Slow: Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water. Target deeper fish this time of year on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point, and the East Basin. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches fished under a bobber in the shoreline along Ice House Point. Boat anglers have had some luck on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. Black Crappie – Slow: A few have been picked up from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Look for post-spawn crappie out deeper. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on musky at Black Hawk Lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Look for fish along rocky shorelines this time of year.

Brushy Creek Lake
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish along the vegetation to find perch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky on Brushy Creek Lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are doing well trolling crank baits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most fish are 6-7 inches.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig fished under a bobber with a minnow or piece of crawler around structure in 5-10 feet of water. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 4 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is 7 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 74 degrees. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches or crawlers fished near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are biting baits fished on the rock reefs and off the jetties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation. Muskellunge – Fair.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

June 27, 2018 - 11:19 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon and MOC Floyd Valley softball teams played to an 8-8 tie Tuesday night. It was senior night for the Orabs. The game was suspended due to darkness after the end of the 8th inning. The game had been moved to the Sports Complex along Park Street due to wet field conditions at the high school field. There are no lights at the Sports Complex.

Sheldon put 4 runs on the board in the 1st inning. Makenna Kleinhesselink and McKenzie Wagner both reach and then scored on back to back rbi singles by Alexa Vanden Hall and Zoe Keorselman. They would score on an rbi single by Madison Van Meeteren and a fielders choice off the bat of Anessa Schoo.

The Dutch got on the board with a pair of runs in the third as Delanie Niemyer reached on a error and scored on Carlin Smith’s rbi double. Smith scored on an rbi single Jenna Aalbers.

MOC Floyd Valley put 3 more on the board in the fourth as Taryn Nothem, Delanie Niemyer and Zoe Heemstra all reached and scored. The first run came in on an rbi single from Heemstra. The other two scored on an error. At that point MOC Floyd Valley was in front 5-4.

Sheldon tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Brooklyn Grady walked to lead off the inning and scored on a Vanden Hall rbi single.

The Dutch appeared to put it away with a 3 run seventh inning as Kenzie Kurtz, Jenna Aalbers and Taryn Nothem all reached and scored. Heemstra drove in 1 run and the other two came in on fielders choice plays and the Dutch were up 8-5.

Sheldon responded with 3 of their own as Johnson, Vanden Hall and Zoe Koerselman hit consecutive singles. Koerselman drove in the first run and the other two came in on a 2 run single by Mikayla Simonsen. That tied the score at 8-8 and an inning later that’s how the game would end after being suspended due to darkness.

Sheldon is now 7-12-1 for the year while MOC Floyd Valley is 8-13-1. The Orabs are 4-6-1 in the conference. The Dutch are 5-3-1.

both teams return to action Wednesday night. Sheldon is at Sioux Center. MOC Floyd Valley will host Boyden Hull Rock Valley.

June 26, 2018 - 11:58 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — Brackets are out for Class 1A and 2A baseball tournament action.

West Sioux earned a first round bye in Class 2A District 2’s lower bracket, while Sioux Center opens up tournament play against Western Christian on Saturday, July 7th at Sioux Center.

For Class 1A District 1 Brackets CLICK HERE

For Class 1A District 2 Brackets CLICK HERE

For Class 2A District 1 Brackets CLICK HERE

For Class 2A District 2 Brackets CLICK HERE