August 15, 2019 - 2:53 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 mid-70’s. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Walleye – Slow: Use leeches and crankbaits along the Ice House Point shoreline or the rock piles off Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have had luck using crawlers or stink bait fished on the bottom near the inlet bridge. Try near the stone piers along the Ice House Point shoreline and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures and topwater baits. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers have picked up some perch from the fish house and the inlet bridge using crawlers and minnows. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber from shore in Town Bay and from the fish house.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow or crawler on a jig fished near submerged structure in 5-10 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers or waxworms on small jig fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures. Try spinners, weedless and topwater lures.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the mid-70’s. Walleye – Fair: Try live bait or crankbaits in areas where walleye gather to feed on baitfish near vegetation lines and inlets.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Pull crankbaits along the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake and to the west of the big island. Low light hours may be more productive. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish a small tube jig to catch the suspended fish. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fish with cut bait. Shore anglers should try chicken liver or stink bait fished on the bottom. Yellow Bass – Slow: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish a tube jig in 7 to 8 feet of water. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill bite is good fishing along the shoreline.

For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved to deeper water; fish deeper weed lines or deep rock piles. Yellow Bass – Good: Find fish in 12 feet of water on the south end of the lake; move often to find active fish. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers report good action on the north end of the lake. Cast spinning baits for the best action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers report good numbers of fish being caught; sorting is needed.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish shallow water during the morning and evening. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches. Channel Catfish – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of 16 – 23.9 inch fish in the lake.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleyes being caught in the flats; don’t overlook the weed edges. Use leeches and slip bobbers or troll crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway; fish areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill; do not overlook deeper rock piles associated with aquatic plants. Black Crappie – Good: Fish weed lines that have a drop-off. Use a mini jig tipped with a minnow.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

August 14, 2019 - 10:43 am - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Park (Mo.) Pirates open the 2019 season at No. 1 after earning their second red banner in 2018.

From the GPAC, Northwestern is ranked 7th to start the season. Right behind the Red Raiders, Midland is ranked in the eight spot. Dordt is ranked 11th, Hastings is in at 14, and Jamestown is ranked 20th. Morningside received votes.

2019 Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES] 2018 RECORD POINTS
1 1 Park (Mo.) [18] 36-1 498
2 2 Columbia (Mo.) 36-4 480
3 5 Grand View (Iowa) 36-1 451
4 9 Missouri Baptist 31-3 428
5 3 Viterbo (Wis.) 33-8 425
6 8 Southern Oregon 29-5 422
7 12 Northwestern (Iowa) 26-9 418
8 4 Midland (Neb.) 26-8 381
9 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 33-4 369
10 11 Eastern Oregon 25-9 366
11 7 Dordt (Iowa) 31-3 329
12 14 College of Idaho 24-10 320
13 13 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 30-6 300
14 10 Hastings (Neb.) 22-7 298
15 17 The Master’s (Calif.) 29-8 292
16 19 Aquinas (Mich.) 35-8 224
17 21 Central Methodist (Mo.) 32-8 218
18 RV Vanguard (Calif.) 26-11 216
19 16 Corban (Ore.) 23-13 204
20 18 Jamestown (N.D.) 24-9 198
21 20 Providence (Mont.) (Mont.) 23-11 183
22 RV Bellevue (Neb.) 23-12 165
23 15 Westmont (Calif.) 27-7 130
24 23 Marian (Ind.) 30-7 124
25 RV Ottawa (Kan.) 27-13 91

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 89, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 88, Reinhardt (Ga.) 85, Madonna (Mich.) 58, Saint Francis (Ind.) 34, Northwest (Wash.) 18, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 18, Morningside (Iowa) 12, Kansas Wesleyan 12, SAGU (Texas) 11, Oklahoma City 6, Campbellsville (Ky.) 4, Milligan (Tenn.) 4

August 14, 2019 - 10:15 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Baseball Coaches Association announced the All State Baseball Teams.

Named to the Class 1A First team was Blaine Harpenau and Skyler Waldschmitt of Remsen St. Mary’s. On the second team from Remsen St. Mary’s Spencer Schorg.

Named to the Class 2A first team was West Sioux’s Hunter Dekkers. Hinton’s Blake Beller earned second team honors.

 

August 12, 2019 - 4:11 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — William Minnick of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his track and field career at Northwestern College this fall.

Minnick competed three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School track and field team. Minnick was the Siouxland Conference runner-up in shotput and placed third in discus as a senior. He has personal bests of 44.09.5 in shot and 124-9 in discus. A member of the National Honor Society, Minnick plans to major in secondary education and history at Northwestern. He is the son of Bill and Ann.

“Will is going to make an excellent addition to our Red Raiders track and field team,” said Head Coach Scott Bahrke. “We are excited to have Will throw for us and look forward to the contributions he will make both for our team and our campus.”

August 8, 2019 - 2:21 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 upper 70’s. Bluegill – Slow: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house.Try also the rock pile off Gunshot Hill as fish have moved deeper and can be found near structure. Walleye – Slow: Use leeches and crankbaits along the Ice House Point shoreline or the rock piles off Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have had luck using crawlers or stink bait fished on the bottom near the inlet bridge. Try near the stone piers along the Ice House Point shoreline and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Any rocky shoreline should be good places to target catfish this time of year. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures and topwater baits. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow or crawler on a jig fished near submerged structure in 5-10 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers or waxworms on small jig fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures. Try spinners, weedless and topwater lures.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Try live bait or crankbaits in areas where walleye gather to feed on baitfish near vegetation lines and inlets.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Pull crankbaits along the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake and to the west of the big island. Low light hours may be more productive. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a small tube jig to catch the suspended fish. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fish with cut bait. Shore anglers should try chicken liver or stink bait fished on the bottom. Yellow Bass – Good: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish a tube jig in 7 to 8 feet of water. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill bite is good fishing along the shoreline.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair.

Little Wall Lake
Catfish are biting. Try fishing a live chub or stink bait in the evenings. Flathead Catfish – Fair. Channel Catfish – Good.

For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved to deeper water; fish deeper weed lines or deep rock piles. Yellow Bass – Good: Find fish in 12 feet of water on the south end of the lake; move often to find active fish. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers report good action on the north end of the lake continues. Cast spinning baits for the best action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches. Channel Catfish – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of 16 – 23.9 inch fish in the lake.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleyes being caught in the flats; don’t overlook the weed edges. Use leeches and slip bobbers or troll crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway; fish areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill; do not overlook deeper rock piles associated with aquatic plants. Black Crappie – Good: Fish weed lines that have a drop-off. Use a mini jig tipped with a minnow.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

August 7, 2019 - 11:24 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Hastings College totaled 120 points for first place in the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll. The Broncos garnered ten of twelve first place votes. Hastings has won a league record 19 straight regular season men’s soccer titles.

Morningside was picked second with 105 points and one first place vote, while Briar Cliff and Concordia were tied for third with 91 points.  The final first place vote went to Midland.

In 2018 Hastings won the GPAC regular season title and won the GPAC Postseason Tournament with a record of 11-0 last fall and posted an overall record of 17-3. Morningside was second in the regular season with a record of 9-2 and overall record of 13-7-1.

The 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship will be held November December 2-7, 2019, at the OC Great Park Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California.  The Opening Round matches will be played at campus sites on Saturday, November 17. The GPAC will receive two automatic bids to the NAIA Postseason in 2018.  The NAIA Men’s Soccer Postseason will consist of 46 teams (45 qualifiers and one host berth) playing in a single elimination bracket.

The 2019 GPAC men’s soccer season schedule will consist of eleven (11) league games as all 12 teams will compete for the conference crown. Presentation College joined the GPAC as an affiliate member in men’s and women’s soccer in 2019 and will once again compete in the league this fall.

2019 GPAC Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll:

Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Hastings – 120 (10)
2. Morningside – 105 (1)
T3. Briar Cliff – 91
T3. Concordia – 91
5. Midland – 89 (1)
6. Northwestern – 71
7. Jamestown – 70
8. Doane – 45
9. Dordt – 43
10. Dakota Wesleyan – 29
11. Mount Marty – 27
12. Presentation – 11

August 7, 2019 - 11:24 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Midland University totaled 142 points for first place in the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll. The Warriors garnered ten of thirteen first place votes.  Midland advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship and ended with a 14-3-4 record in 2018.

Hastings was picked second with 131 points and three first place votes, while Concordia was picked third with 114 points.

Hastings won the GPAC regular season with a 10-0-2 record last fall and also won the GPAC Postseason Tournament while posting an overall record of 17-1-3.

The 2019 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship will be held December 2-7, 2019, at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Alabama.  The Opening Round matches will be played at campus sites on Saturday, November 23. The GPAC will once again receive two automatic bids to the NAIA Postseason in 2019.  The NAIA Women’s Soccer Postseason will consist of 46 teams (45 qualifiers and one host berth) playing in a single elimination bracket.

The 2019 GPAC women’s soccer season schedule will consist of 12 league games as all 13 teams will compete for the conference crown. Presentation College joined the GPAC as an affiliate member in men’s and women’s soccer in 2018 and will once again compete in the league this fall.

2019 GPAC Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll:

Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Midland – 142 (10)
2. Hastings – 131 (3)
3. Concordia – 114
4. Briar Cliff – 107
5. Jamestown – 105
6. Morningside – 90
7. Dordt – 73
8. College of Saint Mary – 68
9. Northwestern – 67
10. Dakota Wesleyan – 46
11. Doane – 27
12. Presentation – 26
13. Mount Marty – 18

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Northwestern College tallied 119 points and was picked first in the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Preseason Coaches’ Volleyball Poll. The Red Raiders garnered ten of twelve first place votes.

Midland was picked second in the poll with 106 points. Dordt was picked third with 99 points and one first place vote, while Hastings came in fourth with 87 points and one first place vote.

Dordt was the GPAC Regular Season Champion in 2018 with a record of 16-0 and a 31-3 overall record. The Defenders also won the GPAC Postseason Tournament. Midland, Hastings, and Northwestern all tied for second on the GPAC last year each with a record of 13-3. Midland advanced to the NAIA Fab Four last December.

The 40th Annual NAIA National Volleyball Championship is set for December 3-7, 2019, at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The GPAC regular and postseason champions will earn the automatic berth to the NAIA Volleyball Championship.

The NAIA Volleyball Championship will consist of 44 teams in 2019, with 32 advancing to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa.  There will be 20 automatic qualifiers for the final site from the final ranking (top 19 plus local host If criteria is met).  The other 12 teams will come from Opening Round winners played on November 23, 2019, at on-campus sites.

The 2019 GPAC volleyball season will consist of 16 conference matches with 12 teams competing for the conference crown. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the preseason poll.

2019 GPAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches’ Poll:

Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Northwestern – 119 (10)
2. Midland  – 106
3. Dordt  – 99 (1)
4. Hastings – 87 (1)
5. Jamestown  – 84
6. Morningside – 68
7. Doane  – 60
8. Concordia – 55
9. Dakota Wesleyan – 43
10. College of Saint Mary – 36
11. Briar Cliff – 24
12. Mount Marty – 11

August 2, 2019 - 10:15 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — Sophomore Zach Pleggenkuhle struck out 17 and allowed just two hits as second-seed Van Meter defeated sixth-seeded West Sioux 3-0 in the Class 2A semifinals Thursday at Principal Park.

The Bulldogs (33-3) advance to the 2A championship game on Saturday, when they will seek to add to the 1A state title they won in 2003.

After a ground out to start the game, Pleggenkuhle (7-1) retired the next 13 via strikeout. West Sioux broke up the no-hitter in the fifth inning with two-out back-to-back singles, and then a walk loaded the bases before a pop fly ended the inning.

Van Meter scored in the second on a single by Spencer Lamb, two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

It was 2-0 in the third after a walk, stolen base and an RBI single by Brett Berg.

The Bulldogs scored in the sixth for a 3-0 edge on a single by Berg, a sac bunt and an RBI single by Jacob Blomgren.

The 17 strikeouts by Pleggenkuhle are tied for the third-most in state tournament history. Tom Mullen of Davenport Central (22; 1976), Eric Wordekemper of Storm Lake St. Mary’s (18; 2002) and Cal Eldred of Urbana (17; 1986) top the list.

West Sioux pitcher Seth Salker allowed just three hits in 5.0 innings. Reliever Hunter Dekkers gave up one hit in relief pitching the sixth inning. West Sioux ends the year at 22-6.

August 1, 2019 - 2:31 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 mid to upper 70’s. Bluegill – Slow: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house.Try also the rock pile off Gunshot Hill as fish have moved deeper and can be found near structure. Walleye – Slow: Use leeches and crankbaits along the Ice House Point shoreline or the rock piles off Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have had luck during evenings and night using crawlers or stink bait fished on the bottom. Try near the stone piers along the Ice House Point shoreline near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Any rocky shoreline should be good places to target catfish this time of year. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures and topwater baits. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow or crawler on a jig fished near submerged structure in 5-10 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers or waxworms on small jig fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures. Try spinners, weedless and topwater lures.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Try live bait or crankbaits in areas where walleye gather to feed on baitfish near vegetation lines and inlets.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Pull crankbaits along the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake and to the west of the big island. Low light hours may be more productive. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a small tube jig to catch the suspended fish. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fish the rock reefs with a jig and crawlers. Yellow Bass – Good: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish a tube jig in 7 to 8 feet of water. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill bite is good fishing along the shoreline.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair.

Little Wall Lake
Catfish are biting. Try fishing a live chub or stink bait in the evenings. Flathead Catfish – Fair. Channel Catfish – Good.

For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved to deeper water; fish deeper weed lines or deep rock piles. Yellow Bass – Good: Find fish in 12 feet of water on the south end of the lake; move often to find active fish.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches. Channel Catfish – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of 16 – 23.9 inch fish in the lake.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleyes being caught in the flats; don’t overlook the weed edges. Use leeches and slip bobbers or troll crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway; fish areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill; do not overlook deeper rock piles associated with aquatic plants. Black Crappie – Good: Fish weed lines that have a drop-off. Use a mini jig tipped with a minnow.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.