August 21, 2014 - 3:27 pm - Posted in Sports

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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers shallow.  Muskellunge – Good: Quite a few nice muskies have been caught on Big Spirit the past couple weeks.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish. Early morning seems to be when most are fishing these spots.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers.  Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.  Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

August 19, 2014 - 12:10 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRLast year Iowa had six treestand falls, all resulting in personal injury. Tree stand incidents are one of the leading causes of injury to hunters. The DNR urges hunters to utilize the following safety tips:

· National studies show that up to 30 percent of hunters that use a treestand without using/wearing the proper safety equipment will fall during their lifetime.

· Always wear a safety harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when you are in a tree stand, as well as when climbing into or out of a tree stand. 1 in 2 treestand users do not use a fall arrest device.

· 86 percent of treestand incidents occur while climbing in and out of a stand

· A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent you from falling more than 12 inches.

· Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

· Follow all manufactures’ instructions for use of a safety harness and stand.

· Follow the three point rule of tree stand safety. Always have three points of contact to the steps or ladder before moving. This could be two arms and one leg holding and stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the ladder before moving. Be cautious that rain, frost, ice, or snow can cause steps to become extremely slippery. Check the security of the step before placing your weight on it.

· Always hunt with a plan and if possible a buddy. Before you leave home, let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and who is with you.

· Always carry emergency signal devices such as a cell phone, walkie-talkie, whistle, signal flare, PLD (personal locator device) and flashlight on your person at all times and within reach even while you are suspended in your FAS. Watch for changing weather conditions. In the event of an incident, remain calm and seek help immediately.

· Always select the proper tree for use with your tree stand. Select a live straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your tree stand’s instructions. Do not climb or place a tree stand against a leaning tree.

· Never leave a tree stand installed for more than two weeks since damage could result from changing weather conditions and/or from other factors not obvious with a visual inspection.

· Always use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your tree stand once you have reached your desired hunting height. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Prior to descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.

· Always know your physical limitations. Don’t take chances. Do not climb when using drugs, alcohol or if you’re sick or un-rested. If you start thinking about how high you are, don’t go any higher.

· For more treestand safety tips visit: http://www.tmastands.com/_safety.html

August 19, 2014 - 12:05 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIt was not hard to see why the mourning dove is the most populous game bird in North America. As we bounced through the picked field, 30 or 40 lifted off ahead of us and to the sides; winging away from the millet-baited wire traps that held seven or eight less wary doves.

Yet, this handful of birds and a few more in the next set of wire live traps would bring the DNR wildlife crew from Otter Creek Wildlife Area in Tama County to their banding goal of 100. And over the next day, they would fit another 80 with tiny aluminum leg bands, to pad their quota. “You never catch them all. There are so many doves and we’ll catch only a small percentage,” explained wildlife technician Rodney Ellingson.

Setups across Iowa in August yield similar results…where 2,000 banded doves is the goal for this summer. Since 2003, 18,000 doves have been banded and released in Iowa. As any are harvested or recaptured, those bands tell wildlife biologists a lot about where the birds nest, age structure, their migration habits and just how many mourning doves are out there.

Even in mid-August, doves were on the move.

“We see a lot more birds. We know some are local, some are early migrants,” noted Ellingson. “Yesterday, we had some (already banded) recaptures; probably from the northern part of the state. They are definitely on the move; after a few cooler nights.”

That is what hunters want to see, with Iowa’s dove season opening September 1. The state’s newest season, hunters are still ‘trickling’ into the dove fields; as more learn how to hunt the elusive, fast moving game bird.

“An estimated 8,200 dove hunters harvested about 118,000 doves in 2013,” said DNR upland wildlife research biologist Todd Bogenschutz. “Band return data shows hunters harvest about 2 percent of Iowa’s doves.  The population has remained stable here over the last decade.”

Regionally, the 2013 estimated dove population in the Central Management Unit was 141 million.

Scouting is important for successful dove hunting. Many of the better areas are along food plots on public hunting areas and on private fields enrolled in IHAP—Iowa’s Hunter Access Program. Sunflowers have proven most popular in the first three seasons.  Contact the area wildlife biologist for locations of dove plots.  Observations by field staff indicate an abundance of doves this fall.  Visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/MigratoryGameBirds/MourningDoves.aspx for more information.

Iowa’s mourning dove season runs through November 9, 2014.  The daily bag limit is 15 doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared combined) with a possession limit of 30.  Shooting hours are half hour before sunrise to sunset.  Dove hunters are required to register with the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Hunters can register with HIP online or thru any license agent.  Go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/migratoryregs.pdf for information.

Non-toxic shot is not required for dove hunting except on areas requiring it be used.  A list of public areas requiring non-toxic shot for doves is in the 2014-15 hunting regulations (p. 17) http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/HuntingLicensesLaws.aspx

August 15, 2014 - 9:39 am - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRDES MOINES – The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the 2014-14 migratory game bird hunting seasons during its monthly meeting on Thursday.

In the north zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-19 and Oct. 25-Dec. 7, the youth waterfowl season is Sept. 27-28, Canada goose and brant season is Sept. 27-Jan. 2, White-fronted geese is Sept. 27-Dec. 9 and light geese is Sept. 27-Jan. 11.

In the south zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 18-Dec. 11, the youth waterfowl season is Oct. 11-12, Canada goose and brant season is Oct. 4-Jan. 9, White-fronted geese is Oct. 4-Dec. 16 and light geese is Oct. 4-Jan. 16.

In the Missouri River zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 25-Dec. 18, the youth waterfowl season is Oct. 18-19, Canada goose and brant season is Oct. 11-Jan. 16, White-fronted geese is Oct. 11-Dec. 23 and light geese is Oct. 11-Jan. 16.

Commissioners also approved reducing the daily bag limit for canvasbacks to one.

A statewide special September Teal season is Sept. 6-21. The daily bag limit is six with a possession limit of 18 of green-winged, blue-winged and cinnamon teal only. No other ducks may be taken.

Special September teal season shooting hours are different than regular duck season hours. Teal season shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.

The migratory game bird hunting regulations booklet is available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

 

August 15, 2014 - 9:33 am - Posted in Sports

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:

Big Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers are reporting a decent bullhead bite in the evenings. A great opportunity to get some kids out fishing for these hard fighting fish. Sinking a night crawler to the bottom should do just the trick.  Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weed beds.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past few weeks for daytime anglers. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers up shallow as well.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers.  Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action using small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.

August 14, 2014 - 9:52 am - Posted in Sports

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley man’s Chevrolet was damaged in an accident on Thursday, August 10th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:32 pm, 17-year-old Miguel Gonzalez of Rock Valley was driving northbound on Elmwood Avenue, one mile north of Rock Valley in a 1997 Chevrolet C1500, when he struck a cow on the roadway.

Gonzalez’s Chevrolet received $7,500 damage

There were no injuries reported.

August 13, 2014 - 11:01 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Hastings men, after posting a 20-4 record in 2013, have been selected by the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) men’s soccer coaches’ as the favorite for the 2014 GPAC men’s soccer season.

The Bronco men totaled 99 points and nine first place votes in the poll. Hastings posted a league record of 9-1 in 2013 en route to the GPAC regular season title. Midland, last year’s GPAC tournament champion, was picked second with 91 points and the two first place votes. Doane and Northwestern each had 77 points, to tie for third in the poll.

The 2014 schedule will consist of 10 league games as all 11 teams will compete for the conference crown.

Here is the complete 2014 GPAC Men’s Preseason Soccer Poll:

 

Place School Points First Place Votes
1 Hastings 99 9
2 Midland 91 2
3t Doane 77
3t Northwestern 77
5 Concordia 61
6 Morningside 52
7 Dakota Wesleyan 49
8 Dordt 39
9 Briar Cliff 26
10 Nebraska Wesleyan 24
11 Mount Marty 10
August 13, 2014 - 11:01 am - Posted in Sports

Soccer ball picThe Hastings Broncos, winners of the GPAC tournament in 2013, totaled 98 points and eight first place votes in the poll. Hastings posted a league record of 9-1 in 2013. Morningside, last season’s regular season champion with a record of 9-0-1, was tabbed to finish second with 85 points and two first place votes. Midland was third in the balloting of the league coaches’ with 80 points, while Nebraska Wesleyan was fourth with 71 points.

The 2014 schedule will consist of 10 league games as all 11 teams will compete for the conference crown.

Here is the complete 2014 GPAC Women’s Preseason Soccer Poll:

 

Place School Points First Place Votes
1 Hastings 98 8
2 Morningside 85 2
3 Midland 80
4 Neb. Weselyan 71
5t. Briar Cliff 55
5t. Concordia 55
7 Northwestern 53
8 Doane 50 1
9t. Mount Marty 21
9t. Dakota Wesleyan 21
11 Dordt 16
August 13, 2014 - 11:00 am - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) begins the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. Grand View, which was the unanimous top-team with 15 first-place votes and 340 points, finished the 2013 season with a program-best 14-0 record.

National semifinalist Carroll (Mont.) checks in at No. 2 with 322 points. The Fighting Saints, who fell to defending national runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.), 34-27, in overtime, return three key members of their 2013 squad in running back Dustin Rinker, linebacker Sean Blomquist and defensive back James Dowgin.

No. 3 Morningside (Iowa), which has reached at least the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series the last two seasons, received 308 points. The Mustangs were tabbed to win their fourth-straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) title by the league’s coaches at their annual conference media day on August 7.

Rank School (1st Place Votes) Total Points
1 Grand View (Iowa) (15) 340
2 Carroll (Mont.) 322
3 Morningside (Iowa) 308
4 Cumberlands (Ky.) 306
5 Baker (Kan) 285
6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 278
7t Missouri Valley 269
8 Tabor (Kan.) 236
9 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 226
10 Faulkner (Ala.) 225
11 Benedictine (Kan.) 213
12 Georgetown (Ky.) 205
13 Northwestern (Iowa) 187
14 Ottawa (Kan.) 168
15 Sterling (Kan.) 159
16 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 147
17 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 10
18 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 123
19 Friends (Kan.) 86
20 Saint Francis (Ill.) 88
21 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 72
22 Southern Oregon 52
23 Langston (Okla.) 44
24 Peru State (Neb.) 42
25 Cumberland (Tenn.) 27

Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Oregon 17; Reinhardt (Ga.) 13; Siena Heights (Mich.) 5.

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August 13, 2014 - 11:00 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) –Northwestern College tallied 98 points for first place in the 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Preseason Coaches’ Volleyball Poll. The Red Raiders garnered eight of eleven first place votes. Midland, who was picked second with 91 points, received the remaining three first place votes. Dordt was picked third with 83 points, while Hastings was fourth with 69 points. Northwestern won the GPAC regular season a 16-0 record last fall and posted an overall record of 35-4. Midland took the GPAC tournament title, and finished with an overall record of 37-5.

The 35th Annual NAIA National Volleyball Championship is set for December 2-6, 2014, at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The 2014 GPAC volleyball season will consist of 16 conference matches with 11 teams competing for the conference crown. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the preseason poll.

Here is the complete 2014 GPAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1 Northwestern 98 8
2 Midland 91 3
3 Dordt 83
4 Hastings 69
5 Nebraska Wesleyan 63
6 Briar Cliff 55
7t Concordia 40
7t Doane 40
9 Morningside 36
10 Mount Marty 20
11 Dakota Wesleyan 10