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  • Keeping our Lakes Alive
  • Iowa Spring Turkey
  • Taking a Look at Walleye Stocking Data
  • Walleye Workshop kicks off Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend
  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors Pro-Staff visits Chain Ranch
  • Ice going, going…gone?
  • Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21
  • Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar
  • Love That Northwest Angle
  • Winter Bird Feeding Tips
  • Using your eyes to see beneath the ice
  • It’s all about the kids
  • Bluegill Bite Turns on for Iowa Team Extreme
  • Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle
  • Third Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 8 on Clear Lake
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Recent NWIO Articles

  • 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 →

  • Walleye Workshop kicks off Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend
    Walleye Workshop kicks off Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

    By Steve Weisman You can feel it in the air…the anticipation for one of the most anticipated openers in the Hawkeye state: the 33rd annual Great Walleye Weekend. Set for May 2-3, this two-day fishing tournament brings all kinds of folk together to, yes, FISH! The tournament kicks off at midnight, actually 12:01 on Saturday morning and concludes at noon on Sunday. But what if there were something more, you know something to help kick this annual tournament off. Well, thanks to Shane and Christa Kendall, owners of Great Lakes Marine Service & Sales (GLMS) there is! GLMS www.greatlakesmarneservice.biz), will Read more →

  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors Pro-Staff visits Chain Ranch
    Northwest Iowa Outdoors Pro-Staff visits Chain Ranch

    By: John Hackett Hog hunting is becoming more popular with northwest Iowa hunters every year.  To see what all the hog hunting buzz is about, the Northwest Iowa Outdoors Pro-Staff took a 3 day trip to the Chain Ranch in near Canton Oklahoma.  The Chain Ranch has 20,000 acres available for free range hog hunting, along with its 160 acre preserve. Our first evening at the ranch we hunted the preserve.  At first I was skeptical of hunting a preserve.  Didn’t know for sure if would be more like shooting farm animals than actually hunting wild hogs.  But the way Read more →

  • Ice going, going…gone?
    Ice going, going…gone?

    By Steve Weisman Things are changing. The first week of March we were still ice fishing, and as I write this column, Big Spirit, East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper Gar and Lower Gar are completely ice free. West Okoboji, as it normally does, is taking longer. What is amazing is that this all happened without a spring rain. However, we had several sunny 60+ degree days. The power of the spring sun is truly amazing. I stopped in at the Hatchery, and the northern pike spawn will be over and done quickly. They bring them in, take the eggs needed and Read more →

  • Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21
    Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21

    By Steve Weisman If you are like me, I spend at least some of my weekends watching outdoor shows on television. One that I run across quite often is “Keyes Outdoors.” Mike Keyes is host to this show, which is the largest nationally televised musky show in the country. Guess what! Outdoors enthusiasts in this area will have the chance to see Keyes in person! The Upper Great Plains (Chapter 29) muskie club is hosting a Mike Keyes seminar on Saturday, March 21 at the Pelican Ridge Club House on the east side of Lower Gar. Doors open at 6:30 Read more →

  • Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar
    Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar

    By Steve Weisman Each year the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) holds an early spring fishing seminar at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly. This year’s seminar, which will be held on Friday, March 13, will feature Ted Takasaki, Hall of Fame professional angler and a widely renowned speaker. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a meal followed by the seminar at 7 p.m. The evening is free to all IGFC members and $10 for non-club members. According to Terry Thomsen, vice president of the IGLFC, “We are excited to have Ted Takasaki give a presentation for the IGLFC. Read more →

  • Love That Northwest Angle
    Love That Northwest Angle

    By Steve Weisman Last week my son, Curt and I spent three 8-hour days in a permanent ice shack way up at Lake of the Woods’ Northwest Angle. Crazy? Well, maybe to some people, but for us they were three days of “ice angler heaven!” We headquartered out of Jake’s Northwest Angle resort (www.jakesnorthwestangle.com) and utilized the guiding expertise of Big Mike Jenison. In his 14th year of ice fishing the Angle, Curt has struck up a strong friendship with three anglers from Kansas City, MO: Bob Switzer, Michael Burris and Doug Sutton. Their reason for coming up each year Read more →

  • Winter Bird Feeding Tips
    Winter Bird Feeding Tips

    By Darial Weisman As we move into winter months, bird feeding enthusiasts (my husband and I are two of them) get the opportunity to watch a wide range of birds. Because we have several things that wintering birds like, they are attracted to our yard. First off, our neighborhood is secluded with lots of mature oak trees and pine trees. These provide protection from the incredible northwest winds that come so often and also the potential winter storms. At the same time, the trees offer protection from predators. The pine trees, especially, afford protection during a snowstorm. At the same Read more →


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