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March 1, 1998

SIOUXLAND OUTDOORS: Angler catches record 54-pound flathead

It takes the whole family to lift this 54-pound flathead caught in the Big Sioux River last Sunday by South Sioux Cityan Jim Murphy. The fish bit a nightcrawler behind a spinner. From left are Sean Murphy, Jim Murphy and his sons Skyler and Britt. ...

January 13, 2002

Ice fisherman urged to take precautions

Few people understand the allure of ice fishing. Yet, this winter pastime remains one of the outdoor's most popular.

June 30, 2002

Nightcrawlers make good bait in warm water

If there is a more universal bait for freshwater fishing than nightcrawlers, I have yet to find it. Once the cold waters of spring begin to warm, there is no better bait for walleyes, a fish that has a huge following in the Siouxland area. Minnows, o...

May 31, 2003

Sioux Cityan snags monster blue catfish

When Steve Wilhelm headed out to the Big Sioux River recently, he was hoping to catch a big catfish. He got more than he bargained for.

April 5, 2003

Bird Conservation Area to be dedicated

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) plan to dedicate the Conservancy's Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve as Iowa's newest Bird Conservation Area at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The event will be at the...

 June 28, 2003

Channel catfishing heats up during summer on Big Sioux River

WESTFIELD, Iowa -- It was cloudy and cool and the Big Sioux River slid silently past the boat ramp at the Millsite Access. Gary Howey, Hartington, Neb., and I stood there and noted the water level. It was pretty high and we watched the silt-laden cur...

 July 12, 2003

Top Cats': Jefferson's Carter brothers lead pro fishing series

YANKTON, S.D. -- One of Siouxland's premiere summer playgrounds just happens to be a dynamite fishing spot for channel catfish. While power boaters, waterskiers, sailboats and personal watercraft course across the surface of Lewis and Clark Lake, a b...

May 23, 2004

Special walleye tournament features 'no live bait'

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. Rain was falling pretty good and there was a wind out of the south blowing about 25 miles an hour up the river channel, so I knew the boat ride to the dam would not be a pleasant one. So, too, did Tommy Skarlis, PWT walleye pro, a...

July 10, 2004

Catfish action heats up on Missouri

Catfish action on the Missouri River is starting to heat up and almost any trip on the river any day will reveal anchored anglers watching big rods and waiting for those whiskered leviathans to make their move. Leviathans might be too big of a word c...

 July 31, 2004

Jefferson team captures top honors at U.S. C.A.T.S. tournament on river

Contestants at U.S. C.A.T.S. Iowa District II tournament last weekend at Sioux City had ideal weather conditions. After weeks of hot weather, temperatures turned cool and the clouds moved in. However, the weather change seemed to make fishing tougher...

July 10, 2005

Chasin' riverfront cats

The nine-foot rod was bent into a semi-circle and the line etched crazy little circles into the water's surface where the Missouri's heavy currents swept across. "This is a good one, " Pat Carter said as he applied all the pressure he dared. The fish...

Aug. 14, 2005

Local U.S. CATS tournament attracts anglers from five states

Anglers participating in the Second Annual U.S.-C.A.T.S. Iowa District II catfish tournament in Sioux City had a break from the steaming temperatures of prior days but the catfish bite cooled off a little as well. Most reported the fish biting light ...

 July 30, 2006

Carter brothers top cats tournament

The team of Larry Carter, Sioux City, and Mike Carter, Hinton, Iowa, took top honors in the US-CATS Iowa District II tournament last weekend in Sioux City. The brothers weighed eight fish totaling 37.6 pounds for the win and also captured big fish ho...

June 3, 2007

Drifting will take catfish in local oxbows

If you are looking for some good fishing close to home, try our local oxbows for channel catfish. That's what I did recently with Pat Carter, Jefferson, S.D., and his son Travis. We picked McCook Lake, the Missouri River oxbow just outside of North S...

July 8, 2007

Anglers target Missouri River for US CATS tourney

With the U.S. C.A.T.S. Iowa District II catfish tournament at Sioux City only two weeks away, it's time to get out and do some pre-fishing. That's why Darrell and Pat Carter and I were on the river one evening late last week. An evening practice trip...

July 29, 2007

Darrell Carter wins local US CATS tourney

Anglers competing in the fourth annual U.S. CATS Iowa District II tournament on the Missouri River at Sioux City found the weather agreeable, but the fish less than enthusiastic. A cold front slipped into the area the night before and knocked tempera...

Sept. 23, 2007

When cottonwoods begin to turn

This is that time of year when channel catfish begin moving actively throughout our river systems. Cooling water temperatures are sending a message just as vivid to a catfish as a cell phone call would be to one of us. "Start heading towards your win...

May 18, 2008

Dion Hibdon talks bass fishing and family

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. Making a living catching bass is something that most weekend bass fishermen dream about. Problem is, to be very good at it you have to be able to catch fish. Catching fish is something Dion Hibdon is very good at. He s been fishin...

July 15, 2008

'All-night' catfish tournament set Saturday

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa -- The Little Sioux Fishing Club of Correctionville will host its second "all-night" catfish tournament of the summer Saturday. Registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Little Sioux Park located south of Correctionville. Weigh-i...

Aug. 3, 2008

Cat men make record tournament catch

The mighty Missouri may be a catfish factory, but it was the Big Sioux that yielded the two largest catches during the fifth annual U.S. CATS Iowa District II tournament last weekend. A total of 37 teams spread out up and down the river on Saturday ...

May 7, 2009

You don't have to sit still to catch catfish

Drifting and trolling are two tactics for catfish When it comes to catfishing, most anglers think of sitting on the bank watching the tip of your rod for a bite. Catfishermen working from the bank are advised to move often in an effort to find the fi...

July 2, 2009

Local team wins catfish tourney

The team of Terry Matheny and Kerry Hombs, both of Sioux City, took top honors at the Catfish Drifters and Big Sioux Catfish Anglers' catfish tournament last Saturday on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers. Matheny and Hombs collected the $1,000 f...

July 16, 2009

Anglers gear up for catfish tournament

Catfishing will take center stage on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers July 25. Some 40 teams of anglers are expected to compete in the First Class Cat Attack! the fifth annual event. The teams will blast off at 7 a.m. from the Sioux Ci...

July 23, 2009

Catfishermen gear up for tourney

The First Class Cat Attack! catfish tournament will be Saturday on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers. Headquarters for the even will be the Sioux City Municipal Boat Ramp. Anglers will blast off at 7 a.m. and return for weigh-in at 4 p....

July 30, 2009

Myhre: One big blue wins tournament

All it took was one fish to win last Saturday's sixth annual First Class Cat Attack! on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers here. That fish weighed 56.60 pounds. Dean and Bruce Stroman, Sioux City, caught the big blue cat only a couple ho...

August 20, 2009

Myhre: It's all about deer skulls

Bill Graves' garage is a long ways from the great hall of an European baronial estate.

July 15, 2010

Catfish Take Center Stage

It probably wasnt the kind of day you would pick for catfishing, but nobody told the cats.

July 29, 2010

Carter, Foss Capture Cat Attack Honors

Travis Carter, Elk Point, S.D., and Dan Foss, Onawa, Iowa, captured first place in the Seventh Annual First Class Cat Attack Saturday.

September 5, 2010

Team repeats night cats win

The team of Chris Sharp, Merrill, Iowa, and Keith Copenhaver, Sioux City, won the First Class Cat Attack night tournament for the second year in a row.

July 14, 2011

Cat Attack Tourney delayed by Flooding

This year's Cat Attack Catfish Tournament will be postponed to Oct. 8 due to the flooding on the Missouri River.

August 20, 2012

Carter Catfish

Pat Carter, Cat Attack tournament director, holds a nice channel catfish caught a few weeks ago on the Missouri River. On Sept. 8, Cat Attack tournament teams will focus on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers to compete for cash prizes.

August 23, 2012

Cat Attack Tournament Ready to Go

Cat fishermen from throughout the Midwest are gearing up for the annual Cat Attack tournament set for Sept. 8.

Sept 4, 2012

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish will be the focus of anglers participating in Saturday's Cat Attack tournament on the Missouri River with weigh-in at the South Sioux City boat ramp.

Sept 6, 2012

River Fishing Tourneys Ready to Go

Two fishing tournaments are planned on the Missouri River this weekend.

Sept 11, 2012

Catfish Weight

Matt Schultz, Mayfield, Ky., center, puts a channel cat in the basket during the weigh-in at the Cat Attack tournament Saturday. Schultz and his teammate Chris Douglas, Clutier, Iowa, won the event with a weight of 34.55 pounds. At left is tournament director Pat Carter.

Sept 13, 2012

Catfish, Bass focus of River Tournaments

Matt Schultz, Mayfield, Ky., and Chris Douglas, Clutier, Iowa, captured top honors Saturday at the eighth annual Cat Attack tournament on the Missouri River.