Fishing reports for the lakes area are provided by Joe Scegura's Guide Service. Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-260-9056.
August 18, 2017
There is a pretty strong mixed bag of fish being caught in the Alexandria area right now. The sunfish and crappie bites seem to be the most consistent, while the walleye action remains fair for most anglers. For every great day of walleye fishing there seems to be another day where the bite is much tougher though. This is common for late August and September, so don't get discouraged there are plenty of walleye to be caught!
The panfish are being found suspended over 10-12' weeds on many of the lakes. Trolling a small jig and spinner, small jig and a plastic or a minnow at .5-1.0 mph has been producing a lot of crappie and sunfish. The average size crappies have been 10-12". The walleye have still been going well on leeches and night crawlers. Near the weeds or in the weeds is where I'm locating most of them. My best depth has been 12-22 feet of water. On the slower days we are catching a lot of smaller walleye 12-15" and on the better days we still catch quite a few walleye only the size increases significantly to 15-20".
With the cooler temps forecasted I expect some of my fall tactics will kick into high gear very soon. Smallmouth will soon go on a fall feeding binge like no other. This time of year it's hard for me to have anything else on my mind. These hard fighters are eager to eat and will continue to eat well into October until they are nearly round in shape. There are very few fish that offer the excitement that these fish do! If you like aggressive hard fighting fish than get ready because the best smallmouth fishing of the year is right around the corner!
August 4, 2017
The walleye fishing in the Alexandria Area has been a little more hit-and-miss lately. We are still seeing some amazing catches coming in but there are more days here and there where the bite is a little slower for the walleye. I expect this hot and cold bite to continue into October.
We are still catching good sized walleye on about every technique. The technique I choose at any given time is directly related to the type of structure that I am fishing. If I find fish in the weeds, bobbers and swimbaits work best. If I find fish on the outside weed edge, I like to use spinners and lindy rigs.
Recently I have been fishing outside weed edges with Lindy rigs and leeches. Spinner rigs have also been producing quite a few fish. As well as trolling #5 crankbaits in the low light time periods. On the clear bodies of water 16 to 22 feet has been best. Whereas the dirtier lakes I've been seeing most of my action in 5' to 15' of water.
The majority of the walleye we are catching are 13" to 20". On the slower days you catch a lot of smaller fish. And on the better days they are mostly 16" to 20" eater fish with some big picture fish mixed in. If you find yourself on one of the slower walleye days don't forget about the tremendous panfish we have around the area. Sunfish and crappie have been biting very frequently. As well as bass and northern pike. This time of year it is very common to catch a wide variety of species. That makes now a great time to get new anglers young and old out on the water!
July 14, 2017
The walleye fishing in Alexandria still remains very strong. In fact the past week has been as good as it gets. We were able to catch quality limits for every angler that entered the boat! As well as some big fish to let go! It's important to note that catching walleye at this rate in mid-July is no easy task. It truly shows the quality of our great fisheries in the Alexandria area.
The fish are holding on the outside weed edges in 16'-22' of water. Underwater points close to thick weeds has been the best for me. Lindy rigs and leeches moved slowly through these areas have been putting a lot of fish in the boat. In addition to the Lindy rigs, some anglers are doing well on spinners and crank baits too.
These patterns will produce fish for the next month or more, so now is a fun time to get the family out on the water. There are many other types of fish biting as well. On any given night we also catch: northern, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish and perch, so there's rarely a dull moment. If you have questions feel free to contact me via email anytime. There are plenty of fish to go around so I'm happy to help! Good luck!
June 23, 2017
The walleye fishing remains quite good around the Alexandria area. Since my last report the fish have been on the move. They went from holding in 12'-17' of water in the weeds, to roaming the outside weed edge in 18'-24'. Anytime you have moving fish you have to be willing to move with them. I recommend moving until you locate the walleye and then fishing them. This may sound like common sense, but I see many anglers just fishing where they've caught them in the past. Use your electronics and keep on the move until you locate them. Even the most basic electronics will tell you if you have fish under your boat.
The next step is choosing what technique you're going to use and when. Being the fish are on the outside weed edge I will generally troll with one of the following presentations, spinners, Lindy rigs or crank baits. If the fish are spread out on the bottom I like to use spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers (trolled at .8-1.1 mph). If the fish are in tight clusters in small areas I use Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers (trolled real slow, .2-.5 mph). If the fish are suspended and spread out on it's hard to beat a crank bait (trolled at 2-2.5 mph).
Anyone of the above techniques can work on any given day, so pay attention to your locator and let the fish tell you what to use! We are catching a lot of fish right now with many keeper sized walleye 14"-19" as well as some large picture fish being caught. It's hard to beat the combination of nice weather and great fishing right now, so bring the family out fishing soon!
June 9, 2017
The fishing the past week has been nothing short of amazing! As my clients said, "this was the best walleye fishing we have ever had" and "I had no idea walleye fishing could be this good so close to the Twin Cities." Then there is my personal favorite, "this is better than Canada!" Our average size has been excellent with 15"-20" keepers coming to the boat, as well as numerous fish over 20" to take pictures of.
With the warming water temps the walleye are getting more aggressive and sliding deeper, 15'-20'. A couple weeks ago the walleye wanted predominately minnows, but now they will happily take a leech ore night crawler. The techniques I've been using are just a vast with nearly everything working at some point. My favorite techniques have been a jig/minnow, Lindy rig/leech, bobber/leech or a #5 crank bait trolled shallow after dark. All of these techniques have produced good walleye over the past week.
The fish are congregated in or near the new weed growth, so look for weedy areas and you will most certainly locate the fish. This week bite typically lasts until July, so get the family out on the water and enjoy some great fishing!