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  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors holds annual youth fishing derby
  • Cutting trees on Iowa’s public lands
  • Curly-leaf pondweed
  • Zebra mussel larvae sampled in Big Spirit Lake
  • Keeping our Lakes Alive
  • Iowa Spring Turkey
  • Taking a Look at Walleye Stocking Data
  • Walleye Workshop kicks off Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend
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  • Early Teal Season Dates Confirmed
    Early Teal Season Dates Confirmed

    By Steve Weisman It’s hard to believe that it is already August, and the first waterfowl season is just about here. This will be the second of a three-year experimental TEAL-ONLY 16-day season. If it corresponds to last year, this year’s season will run Saturday, September 5-20. Primary reason for the special early teal season is that teal, especially blue winged teal migrate so early that hunters in the Hawkeye state, along with the other production states of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, rarely got a chance to harvest any of these birds during the regular duck hunting season. As a Read more →

  • Forehand Arms Co. Revolver

    By: John Hackett This month’s old gun is a Forehand Arms Co. 5-shot top break revolver. It has a 3 ¼” barrel and chambered for .38 S&W. At first glance it doesn’t look like much, kind of like the 1,000’s of other cheap revolvers made around 1900. But it is a little different. Forehand revolvers were a little better quality than a lot of revolvers on the market during the day. And also this company has roots that date back to the early 1800’s, and arguably to one of the finest gunmakers that America has ever seen, Ethan Allen. Ethan Read more →

  • Okoboji Protective Association to Host Clean Water Concert Saturday, August 8

    By Steve Weisman Ready for an afternoon and evening of fun revolving around family and learning more about clean water and our Iowa Great Lakes? Then mark Saturday, August 8th on your calendar. That’s the date of the annual Okoboji Protective Association’s “Clean Water Concert” at the Arnold Park green space. OPA president, Barry Sackett invites everybody to come enjoy the festivities. “This event is meant for everyone. No matter your age, I think you will find something memorable about this event.” Oh, and it is FREE! That’s right. There is no cost! Just come and enjoy the camaraderie as Read more →

  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors holds annual youth fishing derby
    Northwest Iowa Outdoors holds annual youth fishing derby

    On June 6, 2015 Kingsley Iowa based Northwest Iowa Outdoors held its annual youth fishing derby at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville Iowa.  The event was held even though the weather forecast promised a rainy morning.  The rain held off and allowed to 76 attendees to enjoy a fun filled morning fishing with their friends and families. The fishing started at 8:00 A.M. and concluded at noon.  Upon registration youth received a free tackle box full of gear, and plenty of bait, compliments of Small Town Sportsman in Kingsley.  First time fishermen were able to gain the help from the Read more →

  • Cutting trees on Iowa’s public lands
    Cutting trees on Iowa’s public lands

    By Steve Weisman Want to get a controversy started? Well, let’s talk about cutting trees on Iowa’s public lands! You are going to get a whirlwind discussion for and against. Why is it such an emotional topic? We see people planting trees in their yards and shelterbelts around farmsteads. While at the same time, we see landowners razing old farmsteads and leveling the trees that have stood there for generations. I have a family farm in northwest Iowa, and 18 years ago we put in two 7-row tree belts as part of the Conservation Reserve Program and to help wildlife. Read more →

  • Curly-leaf pondweed
    Curly-leaf pondweed

    By Steve Weisman Say the words “water” and “exotic” and right away we think of zebra mussels, bighead carp and Eurasian watermilfoil. However, exotics cover so much more than that. In our Iowa Great Lakes chain, we have other exotics that are now part of these bodies of water. One of them, which seems to be more noticeable both last year and this year is curly-leaf pondweed. Although it is in all of the lakes, it seems to be more obvious on East Okoboji. I noticed it a year ago about this same time, in the portion of the lake Read more →

  • Zebra mussel larvae sampled in Big Spirit Lake
    Zebra mussel larvae sampled in Big Spirit Lake

    By Steve Weisman Ever since zebra mussels were discovered on the Okoboji chain in late 2012, we’ve been worried about Big Spirit Lake. There was the fear that sooner or later it would happen, and they would be found in Big Spirit. On Thursday, May 28, Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist at the Spirit Lake Hatchery, sent out a release confirming that zebra mussels had been found on Big Spirit. Over the past few days, Hawkins has spent a lot of time giving interviews with local media and regional media sources discussing the findings.   Here is the May 28th release… Read more →

  • Keeping our Lakes Alive

    By Steve Weisman Outdoor Editor “Keep our Lakes Alive.” That’s a pretty powerful statement, isn’t it? I think it’s what those of us living in the Iowa Great Lakes area want. However, when you consider that the watershed for the Iowa Great Lakes (acres of lakes and land) adds up to 85,933 acres, achieving this goal becomes a pretty daunting task. How can we as residents even begin to address an 85,933-acre watershed? That’s where the Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance (CWA) comes in. Formed in 1990 through the efforts of the Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District and the Read more →

  • Iowa Spring Turkey
    Iowa Spring Turkey

    by Clark Schmitz, Brunsville, IA As the winter of 2014/15 finally came to an end it was time to think about warmer weather and turkey season. The hunt preparations, which are part of the fun, included getting the decoys and blind ready, practicing up with the calls and of course some much needed target practice. A quick visit to the IA DNR website and my archery turkey tags arrived in no time. After scouting the turkey woods I would be hunting, I chose a fairly narrow ridge / saddle to place my pop-up blind a week prior to opening day. Read more →

  • Taking a Look at Walleye Stocking Data
    Taking a Look at Walleye Stocking Data

    By Steve Weisman Once again the DNR’s gill netting process on the Iowa Great Lakes was a huge success. As a result, the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery was able to harvest enough eggs to produce a new stock of fish for many of the states lakes and streams. This year more than 3,300 walleyes were taken from Big Spirit Lake, East Okoboji and West Okoboji, with 2,117 walleyes coming from Big Spirit alone. In addition DNR officials also take both northern pike and muskie for stocking purposes. Roughly 500 pike and over 300 muskies came from the three lakes. Largest Read more →


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