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Catfish biting across Iowa

Fishing for catfish is a fun summer tradition for many Iowa families. Invite someone new to fishing to come along to share the fun and memories.

“Catfish will bite most of the time, no matter what the water temperature,” explains Daniel Vogeler, Iowa DNR fisheries technician. “They are biting in most lakes, ponds, rivers and streams across Iowa.

Celebrate a child’s first fish

Preserve the memory of your child or grandchild hooking their first fish this summer with a special certificate. Print the certificate yourself from an electronic file posted online or request a printed certificate.

END OF THE ROAD: Spirit Lake’s softball season ends with playoff loss to No. 5 Midgets

Spirit Lake’s softball season came to an end Saturday, July 8 following a shutout loss to fifth-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central in the second round of the Class 3A regional tournament. The Indians fell 6-0 to their rival Midgets in Estherville.

Spirit Lake baseball falls to rival Tigers in playoff battle

Spirit Lake’s baseball team ended its season with a loss to longtime Lakes Conference rival Spencer in the first round of Class 3A substate tournament play on Friday, July 7. The Tigers toped the Indians 8-4 in Spencer.

“I was really thinking about how great of an opportunity we had to win that game,” Spirit Lake coach Ross Ackerman said. “What really stood out to me was the early execution and aggressiveness by our guys to put a lot of pressure on them defensively.”

Okoboji baseball exits postseason following loss to Indians

Okoboji’s baseball team ended its season with a lopsided loss to Forest City in the second round of postseason play on Wednesday, July 5. The game was close through four innings, but an eight-run fifth allowed the Indians to top the Pioneers 14-5 in Estherville.

Pioneers end softball season with loss to Wildcats

Okoboji’s softball team saw its season come to a close with a loss to West Lyon in the first round of the Class 3A regional tournament. The Wildcats scored two runs in the first, six in the second and four in the third to whoop the Pioneers 12-0 in Larchwood.

Benge homer highlights Indians’ playoff win

After falling behind early in a first-round playoff game with Unity Christian, Spirit Lake’s softball team exploded for three runs in the fifth inning — highlighted by a two-run home run by senior catcher Brenna Benge — in a regional tournament win over the Knights on Thursday, July 6. The Indians topped the Knights 4-1 in Spirit Lake.

Indians snap 3-game skid with win over Sioux City West

Spirit Lake’s baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak and capped the regular season off with a win over Sioux City West on Wednesday, July 5. The Indians topped the Wolverines 7-4 at Spirit Lake.

Boji Mammoths to host golf tournament fundraiser

The Boji Mammoth high school hockey team is excited to announce its fifth annual Boji Mammoth Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 11 at Brooks Golf in Okoboji, Iowa.

This four-person, nine-hole golf tournament will have a shotgun start at 3 p.m. with a buffet following for all registered golfers. Participants can look forward to fun games on the course to make the event even more exciting.

Seeing the underwater world

Anglers today have electronics that give a great insight into what’s below the surface of our water bodies: rock piles, dropoffs, long rocky points, weedlines, hard bottom and soft bottom. With side imaging, you can look to the left and the right and not only see the structure but also fish. We have underwater cameras — the list goes on and on. The Iowa Great Lakes Area has several well-known and popular lakes, but it is West Lake Okoboji that brings water enthusiasts to this area.

Ice fishing baits for open water

There are a good number of anglers who enjoy open water fishing as well as ice fishing.  Most of these anglers have equipment and lures for open water and another group of equipment and lures for ice fishing.  \While the equipment used for open water fishing and ice fishing is often different, there are lures that anglers use for ice fishing that will also produce in open water.  

‘Learn to Hunt’ program opens registration for beginner fur harvesting workshops

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to trap furbearers to anyone who has little to no trapping experience.

The eight workshops will feature several knowledge and skill building sessions with instructors that will teach the basics of trapping in Iowa.

WIN & ADVANCE: Okoboji baseball advances in district play with win over Orabs

Okoboji’s baseball team began postseason play with a victory over Siouxland Conference rival Sheldon on Saturday, July 1. After falling behind 1-0, the Pioneers scored three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth to defeat the Orabs 9-2 at Okoboji High School in Milford.

It was the final home game for Okoboji seniors Logan Duvall and Ryan Pyle.

Harris-Lake Park softball suffers playoff loss to Titans

After surrendering 14 runs in the second inning of its playoff game with Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Friday, June 30, Harris-Lake Park’s softball season came to a close in the first round of postseason play. The Titans topped the Wolves 15-2 in Ruthven.

Wolves season ends with loss to West Hancock

Harris-Lake Park’s baseball season came to an end with a loss to West Hancock in the opening round of the Class 1A district tournament played Saturday, July 1. The Eagles scored runs in the first, third and seventh innings to defeat the Wolves 3-0 at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona.

Spirit Lake softball knocks off Knights

Spirit Lake’s softball team ended its regular season slate with a victory over Unity Christian on Friday, June 30. The Indians defeated the Knights 4-0 in Spirit Lake.

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