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Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, May 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Weisman

Iowa’s Ice Hole Festival on West Okoboji leads to Recreational Ice Diving Certification

The weekend of Feb. 9-11, as the ice fishing season was pretty much drawing to an end on the Iowa Great Lakes, my son, who was fishing off Triboji on the north end of West Okoboji, told me about a bunch of people off Pike’s Point.
My first thought was maybe a late perch bite, because my son said they appeared to be out in pretty deep water. However, he told me, “But, dad, they didn’t act like ice fishermen. They were all kind of bunched up in a group.”
After a little research, I found the answer, and it was certainly an interesting one.

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Here’s what it takes to get a Master Angler Award in Iowa

I am often asked what size of fish it takes to get a Master Angler Award in the state of Iowa.
So, I did some digging on the Iowa DNR website, and this is what I found for nearly 40 fish species.
Holly Luft, who has administered both the Mast Angler Award and the First Fish Award, notes the awards are popular.
“Between the two, we will process between 5,000-6,000 applications each year,” Luft said.

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National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic ready to welcome upland bird enthusiasts in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic (PF/QC) is less than a month away. The 2024 event will take place at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on March 1-3. Hours will be noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The PF/QC is billed as the nation’s largest upland trade show and convention with something for everyone including hunters, landowners and bird dog enthusiasts.

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Fight continues against yellow bass in some of Iowa’s lakes

Want to start an argument? Ask a group of people what their thoughts are concerning yellow bass in Iowa lakes.
Some people are huge proponents and enjoy their fight, their willingness to bite and their table fare. Others believe they can ruin a fishery, become overpopulated and stunted, while at the same time squeezing out other game fish by outcompeting native fish for food sources. 

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Iowa’s Spirit Lake Protective Association receives major conservation award from Pheasants Forever

The Spirit Lake Protective Association (SLPA) received a major award at Pheasants Forever’s Minnesota State Chapter Leadership Convention held in Willmar, Minn., Jan. 19-20.
The award, which is the Minnesota Pheasants Forever (PF) “Partnership of the Year Award” for 2023, was presented to the SPLA for its efforts in working with conservationists and clean water groups in both Minnesota and Iowa, along with national conservation organizations, to secure a 195.5-acre parcel of farmland just north of Shore Acres on the north shore of Big Spirit Lake.

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Steve Weisman: Longtime baitshops leave their mark on fishing in Iowa Great Lakes region

When I moved to northwest Iowa in 1978, I was amazed at the incredible fishing history surrounding the Iowa Great Lakes and the many fishing legends that had made the lakes one of the go-to places in the Midwest.
My son, Curt was only two years old at the time of our move, but he already had a passion for anything having to do with the outdoors and loved to tag along. Although I grew up fishing in South Dakota, these lakes were an entirely different deal. So, where do you go to learn? The local baitshops.

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Early and late ice are great times to target pike on Iowa’s Great Lakes

When Chad Loreth moved to the Iowa Great Lakes area in 2005, he knew he was coming to a great year-round fishery.
Loreth has enjoyed helping anglers, both veteran and novice, young and old, enjoy the fishery through his guide service, Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc. As much as he likes open water fishing, it’s chasing fish on the ice that he relishes the most. What Loreth has found is that the Iowa Great Lakes fishery has an untapped resource when it comes to fishing northern pike through the ice.

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Iowa high school students partner with Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club to create a “Fishing Utopia” through No Boundaries program

Through a program called No Boundaries, students at Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven Ayrshire (GTRA), Okoboji and Spencer High School in northwest Iowa are gaining real-world experience as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives. 
For one group of students, the program is giving them a chance to help renovate a local fishery.

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A look at Iowa’s timber industry — a small but valuable resource in the state

Mention the state of Iowa and many people think about its rich, fertile land that grows fields of corn and beans. Iowa is also known for being the top hog producing state in the country.
Most land in Iowa is cultivated. A recent update by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on field data from the USDA Forest Service shows that about 8% of the state is forested (2,851,077 acres), yet timber is a viable natural resource.

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