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End of the season ice fishing


It seems like winter just started, and it’s already time to be planning a late season ice fishing trip. This year’s mild weather has made it come more quickly than usual.

Late season ice, February or March depending on where you live, is my favorite ice fishing season. The days are getting longer, the weather isn’t as cold, and the fish are hungry.  Here’s how you can catch’em.

Virtual fishing tournament encourages Iowa walleye anglers to report their catches

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering for a third year with MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas to conduct a statewide walleye fishing challenge starting March 30 through June 30.

This year’s walleye challenge has been expanded to other states across the Midwest and into Canada as part of a larger fisheries research project funded by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

As other seasons close, hunters focus on coyotes

Coyote hunting moves to center stage for an estimated 10,000 hunters, after most of Iowa’s other hunting seasons have now closed.

UPENDED: Spirit Lake boys come up short in Lakes Conference repeat bid

 

Spirit Lake’s quest to repeat as Lakes Conference boys basketball champions came up short by the slimmest of margins following back-to-back losses to Estherville Lincoln Central last week. The 2023 conference kings lost 72-70 in overtime at home on Tuesday before suffering a one-point loss to the Midgets Friday, Feb. 2 in Estherville.

The Midgets won the 2024 Lakes Conference crown outright with a 53-52 win over the Indians.

Spirit Lake girls earn runner-up finish in Lakes Conference

 

Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team was in the hunt for a Lakes Conference title heading into the final week of the regular season, but the No. 10 (3A) Indians came up just short following back-to-back gut-wrenching losses to rival Estherville Lincoln Central last week, including a 62-40 road loss to the Lakes Conference champion and No. 1-ranked (3A) Midgets on Friday, Feb. 2.

SLP’s McKeen, Bennett compete at state wrestling tournament

 

Spirit Lake Park wrestlers Cassie McKeen and Audrina Bennett represented the Indians at the 2024 IGHSAU State Championships held Thursday-Friday, Feb. 1-2 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.

Sirola represents Okoboji/HMS at state wrestling tournament

 

Okoboji/HMS wrestler Amelia Sirola represented the Pioneers well at the 2024 IGHSAU State Championships held Thursday-Friday, Feb. 1-2 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.

Sirola, a junior, was the No. 27 seed at 235 pounds and went 1-2 at the tournament.

No. 10 Indians rebound with weekend win

 

After suffering back-to-back gut-wrenching losses to rival Estherville Lincoln Central last week, Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team rebounded with a hard-fought win over Moorhead (Minnesota) Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Indians earned a 49-48 win over the Spuds.

Pioneers drop home game to Boyden-Hull

 

Okoboji’s boys basketball team suffered a Siouxland Conference home loss to Boyden-Hull on Friday, Feb. 2. The Pioneers fell 66-42 to the Comets — their fourth straight loss — in Milford.

“A back-and-forth game within 10 most of the game,” Okoboji coach Alex Spielman said. “Biggest key difference was Okoboji was 1-for-3 from the foul line and Boyden-Hull was 19-for-29. Most foul shots came in the final minutes of the game for Boyden-Hull to pull away.”

Okoboji girls earn home win over Boyden-Hull

 

Okoboji’s girls basketball team earned a Siouxland Conference home win over Boyden-Hull on Friday, Feb. 2. After trailing 21-15 at the half, the Pioneers outscored the Comets 41-22 in the final two quarters to defeat the Comets 56-43 in Milford.

Harris-Lake Park boys drop home game to Mustangs

 

Harris-Lake Park’s boys basketball team dropped a War Eagle Conference home matchup with George-Little Rock on Friday, Feb. 2. The Mustangs mauled the Wolves 70-41 in Lake Park.

Harris-Lake Park girls end regular season with loss to No. 15 Mustangs

 

Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team played well, but suffered a War Eagle Conference home loss to No. 15 (1A) George-Little Rock in the regular season finale on Friday, Feb. 2. The Mustangs topped the Wolves 60-54 in Lake Park.

Pioneers drop home game to Central Lyon

 

Okoboji’s boys basketball team suffered a Siouxland Conference home loss to Central Lyon on Thursday, Feb. 1. The Pioneers fell 84-69 to the Lions in Milford.

“Played a great team basketball game,” Okoboji coach Alex Spielman said. “We had season high of 23 assists. Second-most points scored on the season. Season low on turnovers with seven.”

Okoboji girls fall to No. 8 Central Lyon at home

 

Okoboji’s girls basketball team dropped a Siouxland Conference home game to No. 8 (2A) Central Lyon on Thursday, Feb. 1. The Lions defeated the Pioneers 71-43 in Milford.

Okoboji boys hoops falls to Rock Valley

 

Okoboji’s boys basketball team dropped a Siouxland Conference road game to Rock Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Rockets defeated the Pioneers 51-44 in Rock Valley.

Boji girls drop road game to Rock Valley

 

Okoboji’s girls basketball team dropped a Siouxland Conference road contest to Rock Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Rockets topped the Pioneers 52-45 in Rock Valley.

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