Now this is what I call some serious ice making weather! In sub-zero temps like this, it’s common to add ½ to 1 inch of new ice per day. On every lake I’ve checked there has been 18-24″ of good clear ice. There are vehicles driving on nearly every lake now, and travel is quite easy with little to no snow on the lakes. One piece of safety gear I recommend not leaving home without is a pair of ice cleats. It is extremely slick out there!
Fishing has actually gotten even better with this cold weather. Walleye are usually a hit or miss fish in the winter, but lately the bite has been fairly predictable. Most anglers are reporting good action for an hour or so at sunset and sunrise. The best depths have varied greatly (10’ to 30′) but as long as you’re near the weed line or some structure I’d say you are in a good area. Jigging a 3/16″oz spoon with a half or whole minnow a couple inches off bottom has been working very well. Set lines have also been catching a good number of fish.
The night crappie bite seems to be on fire lately. There are dozens of lakes right now kicking out some very nice sized crappie at sunset and after dark. Just a simple crappie minnow set under a bobber has been catching the majority of the fish. Look for deep basin areas, these fish like to congregate suspended off of the bottom a few feet. There will also be walleye in the areas, so setting one line closer to bottom wouldn’t be a bad idea.
With the current conditions, it’s a great time to get out fishing. We have quality ice, easy travel with little snow on the lakes, and hungry fish. So get out and enjoy the Alexandria lakes today!