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Iowa Great Lakes curlyleaf pondweed management plans for 2019

Iowa Great Lakes curlyleaf pondweed management plans for 2019

  • 3/5/2019 12:48:00 PM
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Spirit Lake - Invasive curlyleaf pondweed has become a common site in the spring on portions of the Iowa Great Lakes in recent years. The 2019 plan for managing this plant will be similar to 2018, but treat more acres.
Harsh winter conditions being felt on some Iowa lakes

Harsh winter conditions being felt on some Iowa lakes

  • 2/26/2019 11:43:00 AM
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Spirit Lake - As more snow and bitter temperatures dominate the forecast across Iowa, the mild start of winter is a distant memory. More than two feet of snow sits on many lakes and ponds across northern Iowa with 20-24 inches of ice below all that snow. Heavy snow on top of ice blocks sunlight from reaching aquatic plants and stops them from producing oxygen.  This combination can create low oxygen conditions that may lead to fish kills.
7 lakes you’ve got to fish this fall

7 lakes you’ve got to fish this fall

  • 10/23/2018 2:27:00 PM
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Get out and enjoy Iowa’s fantastic fishing opportunities. The air is cool, the views are picturesque, lakes are less crowded and the fish are easy to catch.
Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

  • 6/19/2018 12:35:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE - Dickinson County is home to a unique Iowa glacial area that has been attracting thousands of visitors a year, some from as far away as California, just to enjoy the scenery.
Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 5/22/2018 10:43:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE - The record breaking late ice on the Iowa Great Lakes delayed curlyleaf pondweed growth in the Iowa Great Lakes, but it will top out in portions of East Okoboji Lake and other lakes this week.
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 1/30/2018 1:57:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14, 2018.  It will be closed after that date and reopens again on May 5, 2018. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit Lake

Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit Lake

  • 10/3/2017 12:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Big Spirit Lake after a resident found a single juvenile zebra mussel attached to a rock in the southwest side of the lake on Sept. 23.
Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

  • 4/11/2017 11:27:00 AM
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Spirit Lake – The late night, annual walleye collection is underway at Rathbun Lake, Storm Lake, Clear Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau have been setting gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.
Lake restoration project underway at Center Lake

Lake restoration project underway at Center Lake

  • 10/11/2016 2:29:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin another phase of work on Center Lake this fall to improve habitat and water quality on the 257-acre lake southwest of Spirit Lake.
Limited Wastewater Discharge To West Lake Okoboji

Limited Wastewater Discharge To West Lake Okoboji

  • 5/4/2016 3:22:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The Great Lakes Sanitary Sewer District discovered a wastewater discharge at 10:30 a.m. following an electrical failure at a N. Lagoon Street pumping station located in the city of Spirit Lake.
Fish Hatcheries Busy Netting Walleye

Fish Hatcheries Busy Netting Walleye

  • 4/12/2016 6:28:00 AM
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Spirit Lake – The late night, week-long annual walleye collection is underway at Rathbun Lake, Storm Lake, Clear Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Bureau have been setting gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.