Winter Fishing Reports
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.
January 5, 2018
The ice is thick and so are the fish! Most of the lakes I've checked have 18" or more of solid ice on them. There are wheel houses and trucks as far as the eye can see around the area. Some of the lakes have established ice roads and others only have a few anglers on them. As always check the ice for yourself and be cautious.
The crappie action continues to be very good. There has been numerous reports of limits being caught during the day and after dark. As for the crappie, there has been more reports than I can ever remember of 14"-16" crappie being caught and released. This is so great to hear, the 10-12" crappie are the best eating anyhow. If we continue to catch and release those large fish, we will most certainly start to see more 16"+ crappies in the future. These trophy crappie have been mostly biting after dark on suspended crappie minnows. Get a quick picture and send them back down the hole!
The walleye action has also been fairly good right through this cold snap. Reports of limits have not been uncommon, with some larger picture fish mixed in. The low light time periods near weeds or steep breaks have been the best for me. A plain #4 hook and a shiner under a bobber or an 1/8 oz jigging spoon bounced off of the bottom has been working very well. I have been getting bites throughout the entire night as well as dawn and dusk. There's nothing like hearing the sweet sound of a rattle reel at 3:00 am!
You can tell everyone is excited we finally have good ice, the entire town is loaded with vehicles pulling fish houses. It's great to see so many people enjoying the Alexandria Lakes Area.
December 22, 2017
Not much has changed since last week, other than the ice has gotten thicker. I'm finding 8-12" of ice nearly everywhere now, except for the few spots that froze over late. Keep an eye out for these areas. The easiest way to spot the thinner ice is by the noticeable difference in snow cover. As of today the thinner areas I've found were free of snow. From what I've seen these areas are located on the middle portion of the lake where the strong winds kept it open around the Thanksgiving time period. These areas will become less of an issue as we move through the winter. For now just keep an eye out and check the ice thickness as you go and you will have no problem.
We are still having decent luck on walleye in 10-25' of water. As always a minnow and a plain #2 or #4 hook is all you need. I've also been catching them on 1/8oz jiggins spoons like the Lindy Frostee. Bounce these within a couple inches of the bottom as the sun rises or sets for the best chance at catching your walleye dinner. The panfish bite has also been quite good. look in the shallow weeds during the day and the deeper basins in the evening. I've heard of quite a few 14"+ crappie being caught and released.
We will be making a lot of ice over the next two weeks, so get those wheel houses ready! I think there will be a lot of vehicle traffic by early January. Currently anglers are using ATV's to move around the larger wheel houses. Check the ice thickness often and go have some fun!
December 15, 2017
The ice around the Alexandria Area is shaping up nicely. There is around 8 inches of ice on most of the lakes. Of course there are some thinner areas that froze over later, but for the most part you can find good fishable ice on most of the lakes.
A majority of the reports have been pretty good for walleye and panfish. Getting enough for a meal hasn't been too difficult. I've had my best luck in 18 feet of water with a minnow and a plain hook or a jigging spoon and a minnow head.
It looks like we are supposed to have another good weekend for getting out on the ice. If you check the ice thickness as you go there's really nothing to be worried about.
Take your time and have fun!
December 8, 2017
Currently the ice conditions in the Alexandria Lakes Area are very inconsistent (1"-10" thick). To tell you how wide spread the conditions are, we have lakes with wheel houses on them and lakes that just froze over in the last 48 hours. For the most part there is fishable ice around the edges of most small to medium sized bodies of water.
As always be safe out there. Don't travel alone, wear a life jacket and check the ice as you venture out. There will be a lot of anglers out this weekend, but by no means is it safe all over. The ice formed in different sections on a lot of the lakes, so be cautious of ice that changes appearance as you head out on to the lake. Like I said there is plenty of fishable ice (4"+) for this weekend, just respect the ice and be cautious.
Generally this time of year can be very good fishing for both walleye and panfish. I plan on fishing the first break for walleye in 12-18 feet of water. I look for weed edges, rocks or steep breaks. Generally these areas are a short walk from shore and hold a good population of walleye. A small jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or a plain hook and a minnow should do the trick.
Good luck and have fun!