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Spirit Lake Park girls open first wrestling season at Sioux Rapids


Spirit Lake Park competed in its first-ever state sanctioned girls wrestling tournament held Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Sioux Rapids. The Indians’ contingent combined to go 6-10 on the day.

Okoboji/HMS girls open wrestling season at Sioux Rapids


Okoboji/HMS opened its first-ever state sanctioned girls wrestling season at a tournament hosted by Sioux Central on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Pioneers’ contingent combined to win seven matches on the night.

DNR personnel give updates at IGLFC fall evening

What a great night for northwest Iowa anglers at the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club’s annual fall DNR night held Thursday, Nov. 10 at Oak Hill Outdoors. Lots of information from club president Terry Thomsen about all of the volunteer fishing activities the club members had been a part of in 2022 and club donations to area fisheries.

Developments in the fishing world

The 2022 version of the open water fishing season was an interesting one on several levels.  Some of the events/developments of the fishing season were good, some not so good. One of the developments that has really caught on in the past few months is the ongoing popularization of forward facing sonar(FFS). First, a little bit of history regarding sonar.

Shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 3

Iowa’s most popular deer hunting seasons are just around the corner, when roughly 100,000 blaze orange clad hunters take to the timber and wildlife experts are forecasting another good year.

“Our deer population is stable to slightly increasing statewide, so hunters should expect to see numbers similar to last year,” said Tyler Harms, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Rathbun Lake walleye length limit changes effective Jan. 1, 2023

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is implementing a 15-inch minimum length limit on all walleye captured from Rathbun Lake, starting Jan. 1, 2023.

All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released. Anglers can keep five walleyes per day. This regulation does not apply to the Chariton River below Rathbun Dam; the upper limit of the regulation will be the Wayne/Appanoose county line.

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar program to provide funding to local 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. Minimum grant request is $5,000 with a 1:1 cash match required.

2022 VOLLEYBALL SEASON REVIEW: Spirit Lake volleyball earns runner-up finish in Lakes Conference


Spirit Lake had a solid showing in the 2022 volleyball season, securing back-to-back 20-win seasons and runner-up finishes in the Lakes Conference. This year’s Indians squad went 20-16 overall and 3-2 in the conference to finish behind conference champion Cherokee.

A late winning streak was key to Spirit Lake’s success. The Indians were 11-14 heading into the month of October before winning nine of their final 11 matches of the season to push their record above .500.

2022 VOLLEYBALL SEASON REVIEW: Four Pioneers earn volleyball postseason honors


Okoboji’s volleyball team struggled throughout the 2022 season. The Pioneers went 5-25 overall and 0-9 in the Siouxland Conference — the program’s lowest win percentage in at least 16 years.

For their efforts on the court and in the classroom, four Okoboji athletes earned postseason recognition.


2022 VOLLEYBALL SEASON REVIEW: Harris-Lake Park’s Nicks earns volleyball postseason honors


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team struggled throughout the 2022 season. The Wolves went 0-25 overall and 0-10 in the War Eagle Conference. It was their second consecutive winless season, pushing their winless streak to 61 matches. One Wolves player earned postseason recognition.


The Hook Up to offer 3rd annual Iowa Ice Show


If you need a little exercise and want to talk fishing after the big Thanksgiving get together, this should be right up your alley. The Hook Up — located across the road to the north of Perkins at the north end of Milford — is excited to offer its third annual 2022 Iowa Ice Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 .

River walleyes – late fall and winter


While some anglers are putting their fishing equipment away for the season, a few die-hard walleyes anglers are taking advantage of what can be some very good walleye action. The rivers that criss-cross Walleye Country can provide some outstanding walleye fishing through the fall and winter months. Here’s how you can take advantage of that action.

Cold weather could mean ice is on the way


Well, it certainly looks as if the mild days of fall have departed. Even last Wednesday and Thursday, the temperatures were flirting with the 60s. Then we hit the wall. By this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the highs were in the upper 20s with lows in the lower teens. Snow flurries were even in the air. From now through Thanksgiving weekend, it looks to be more of the same with highs maybe getting into the low 30s and nighttime temperatures in the teens.

END OF THE ROAD: Spirit Lake’s football season ends with quarterfinal loss to Falcons


OABCIG entered Friday night’s Class 2A quarterfinal matchup with Spirit Lake looking to avenge its only loss of the season and secure a third trip to the UNI-Dome in four years. After a stellar performance, the alphabet school left town with one additional letter — a W.

Kabele’s 10th annual ‘Shop With the Pros’ set for Nov. 12


For the past 10 years, Kabele’s Trading Post, located on the north end of Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake, has hosted its annual Shop With the Pros event on the second Saturday of November. This year, the event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. As always, there is no charge for admission.

Fishing ideas that work almost anywhere


In the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of North America’s most successful anglers. Some were tournament angler; some were fishing guides. Others were people who just enjoyed fishing and did so whenever they could. Some of these anglers are well-known, others aren’t. But when we talked about techniques, it was surprising how many anglers employed the same or similar techniques.  

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