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Alexandria Area’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors

By James Feist | January 27, 2017

Most of us know how AMAZING summer and autumn is in Alexandria, Minnesota. Outdoor adventures are plentiful with over 300 lakes, numerous public parks and miles and miles of different types of trails. Just as the seasons turn and change, so does the many changing faces of all that outdoor fun! You’ll be amazed at… Continue Reading

Share your Big Fish Pictures!

By Joe Scegura | January 23, 2017

The fishing this past weekend was great once again.  There was plenty of action with some very nice fish being caught.  The same baits and general areas I noted in previous reports are still producing.  I plan to bring my own kids out to try our luck. As good as the fishing has been, we have… Continue Reading

Ice Fishing Tips and Updates for Early January

By Joe Scegura | January 13, 2017

The ice is getting better by the day.  I’ve found anywhere from 13″-20″ of solid ice.  Most lakes have significant vehicle traffic with some plowed roads.  If you have 4 wheel drive you should be able to get around off road fairly well. Walleye are biting well in 15′-30′ feet of water near points or… Continue Reading

Excellent Fishing and Ice Thickness Update

By Joe Scegura | December 29, 2016

The ice conditions continue to improve.  The warm temps last week didn’t hurt a thing.  In fact they may have helped by melting most of the insulating snow.  Here are samplings of ice thicknesses across the area.  *Note these ice thicknesses were taken 200-300yrds out from the public accesses so thicknesses will vary in other… Continue Reading

Walleye and Crappie Action Heats Up as Good Ice Forms

By Joe Scegura | December 20, 2016

Currently there is about 6”-7” of ice on most bodies of water. (excluding the “deep” lakes like Ida, Miltona, Latoka and Carlos.)  There is 2-6” of snow on the ice with some drifting.  The snow is definitely slowing down the making of the ice, but most places there is still plenty of ice to get… Continue Reading

Ice Update for Alexandria Area Lakes

By Joe Scegura | December 12, 2016

We have ice! My post last week predicted some nice ice to form and covered some safety precautions when venturing out on early ice. Well, there were a lot more people out fishing this past weekend than I would have guessed.  There was a solid 6-8” of ice on the small-medium sized lakes around the… Continue Reading

Ice Beginning to Form on Area Lakes

By Joe Scegura | December 8, 2016

It’s been a long wait for some of us.  Too cold for many to fish from a boat but not cold enough to make ice.  The wait is almost over! We have had very cold temps this week, but it’s been too windy to make ice on most bodies of water.  That is until last… Continue Reading

Holiday Season Celebrations and Events

By Explore Alexandria | November 30, 2016

It’s the time of year again to take in holiday season events from music and plays to the simply joys of beautiful seasonal decorations. On top of special events, there are also great ways to enjoy the season with fun outdoor Winter Activities in Alexandria! To help you make the most of the season we have a list of 17 holiday… Continue Reading

November Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | November 15, 2016

I don’t think anyone can say they anticipated temperatures like this in mid November.  There have been years we’ve had a significant amount of ice by now, but there are still boat lifts and docks out.  Usually deer hunting week there are very few, if any boats out on the water.  This year there were… Continue Reading

Excellent Bass Season shifts to Fall Walleye

By Joe Scegura | October 25, 2016

  We finished off the smallmouth season this past week and it was one of the best seasons I’ve had since I started guiding trophy smallmouth.  We boated a staggering number of large smallmouth with over 50 fish reaching trophy status, 20″ plus!!  The smallmouth are still biting but they are moving much slower.  They’re… Continue Reading

Collection of YOUR Fall Color Photo Submissions!

By Explore Alexandria | October 23, 2016

The autumn season in the Alexandria lakes area has been outstanding in 2016! Great weather complimented an extremely long fall foliage season which lasted from early September to late October. Explore Alexandria wanted to see all your great photos while exploring autumn around Alexandria, so we ran a contest which got users submitted by tagging… Continue Reading

Trophy Bass on a Rampage this Fall

By Joe Scegura | October 7, 2016

Amazing!   That’s probably the best way to describe the smallmouth fishing right now.  We have been boating 100’s of big smallmouth 17”-20” with dozens of them going 20”-22”!  Anything over 20” is a true beast of a fish, so this year has truly been something special.  In all of the years I have been… Continue Reading

Peak Fall Colors Arriving Soon in Alexandria Area

By James Feist | October 6, 2016

The autumn season in the Alexandria lakes area continues to be absolutely delightful! The fall foliage season has been very long in the area and continues to be accompanied by mild, sunny days. A perfect equation for extremely enjoyable fall excursions! You will find some suggestions of great places to visit in the area here,… Continue Reading

Alexandria Area Beginning to Display Great Fall Colors

By James Feist | September 22, 2016

It’s always a delightful treat to be able to explore the great outdoors among great fall color displays. Luckily for the Alexandria lakes area, there are many different species of trees all over that typically will allow for a long season of color hunting. I have been seeing autumn hues popping up all over the… Continue Reading

Hungry Bass are on the Bite!

By Joe Scegura | September 20, 2016

The next few weeks’ reports are going to look very similar, because the big bass are on fire and there’s no end in sight!  I have said this for years, but the smallmouth fishing we have in Central MN is world class and this past weekend proves it.  The BASS Master Classic was on Mille Lacs last… Continue Reading

Fall Bass Feeding Frenzy!

By Joe Scegura | September 14, 2016

The fall smallmouth season for me is officially underway.  The fish are aggressive as ever and are willing to hit most lures.  As we continue through the next 6 weeks these fish will go from their fit-looking figures to an almost football shaped body.  Like most species, smallmouth are programmed to feed heavily before winter… Continue Reading

Alexandria Area Fall Color Update (with pictures)

By James Feist | September 8, 2016

Don’t you just love fall?! Whether it’s the warmth of a crackling fire on an autumn night, a visit to a pumpkin patch or the spectacular displays of changing colors on the trees… there is something about this time of year that makes it special. Now that school is back in session and Labor Day… Continue Reading

15 Places to enjoy Fall Colors around Alexandria

By James Feist | September 2, 2016

Without question, Autumn is one of the best times of the year to get out and explore Alexandria, Minnesota. Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from the diverse tree species around the lakes area make for spectacular displays to accompany your favorite activities! Here is… Continue Reading

Share Your Fall Color Photos and WIN!!

By Explore Alexandria | September 1, 2016

The Alexandria lakes area is home to over 300 lakes, dozens of trails, many public parks and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. On top of that, the area has a great diversity of tree species which makes it a great area to enjoy fall colors. Autumn is a fleeting time of year, with a fixed… Continue Reading

Fall Fishing Patterns for September

By Joe Scegura | August 29, 2016

Fall Fishing is on its way! Summer is quickly passing us by, but some of the best fishing is still on its way!  Through the month of September most fish will be transitioning into their fall patterns.  The walleye are already moving and changing habits daily.  One day you can catch a pile of walleye on leeches, the next day they want… Continue Reading

Walleye & Panfish Techniques for Late August

By Joe Scegura | August 19, 2016

The great fishing we’ve been having this summer continues!  Granted, the walleye fishing isn’t as easy as it was in June and July, but there are still reports of some very nice catches.  The majority of the walleye are being caught at dusk and dawn in 18-24’ with live bait.  The best techniques are still… Continue Reading

Early August Walleye Report

By Joe Scegura | August 6, 2016

Timing for hooking the most amount of walleye has changed recently as the daytime walleye bite has finally slowed around the Alexandria area. We are still getting good action in the low light time periods as well as the days that are breezier. In general though, the bite is much slower than we’ve been experiencing… Continue Reading

Big Ole through the Years

By Explore Alexandria | August 5, 2016

Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole, now 51 years old, has a long history including different looks and locations. Over the past year Big Ole has undergone structural repairs and a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long history. Let’s take a look back at some of the past photos… Continue Reading

Late July Walleye in the Alexandria Area

By Joe Scegura | July 18, 2016

Anglers have had to dodge some rain over the last couple weeks but fishing was good for those who got out.  I’ve been able to find walleye in about every depth from shallow to deep, but the most fish seem to be in 18’-22’.  Live bait has still been my go to.  Leeches or crawlers on a… Continue Reading

July Walleye Report for the Alexandria Area

By Joe Scegura | July 8, 2016

After the beautiful weather over the July 4th holiday weekend we knew it had to come to an end…. and come to an end it did.  This past week has been a mix of storms and calm weather with blue bird skies.  As many walleye anglers know, when you have unpredictable weather you will have… Continue Reading

Walleye Movement for Early July

By Joe Scegura | June 29, 2016

The walleye fishing in late June has still been pretty good, but it is showing signs of change and perhaps a bit of slowing down.  Instead of easy limits everywhere and everyday… now the walleye are more sporadic.  Limits are still being had across the area but there are days where you have to work… Continue Reading

Paddle the Chain of Lakes at Big Ole SUP-athon

By James Feist | June 28, 2016

Calling all Stand-Up Paddleboards, Kayaks and Canoes! If you love to paddle the water, the 2nd Annual Big Ole SUP-athon is a must do! This fun and adventurous event is geared for paddlers of all skill levels from experts looking to push their limits to leisure paddlers looking for some beautiful scenery on great water… Continue Reading

Late June Walleye and Sunfish Tactics

By Joe Scegura | June 22, 2016

The fishing is still extremely good around the Alexandria area.  We’ve been catching most of our walleye in 16’-22’ of water on leeches.  A week ago the weeds were full of hungry walleye, and as each day passed you could see more and more fish migrate to the outside weed edge.  There are still fish… Continue Reading

Early June Walleye Tactics

By Joe Scegura | June 1, 2016

The fishing over the holiday weekend was very productive and continues to be excellent!  Most people are reporting good numbers of walleye 14”-19” with some lakes even kicking out a few larger fish to throw back. Water temps are rising fast, so you will start see the walleye transition away from minnows and show a… Continue Reading

2016 Walleye Season off to a Great Start

By Joe Scegura | May 24, 2016

We have one week of walleye fishing in the books and it’s starting off great!  There are numerous lakes around the Alexandria area kicking out walleye.  Opening day was cool and windy, but those that braved the weather were more than rewarded.  There were reports of high catch rates of walleye in all sizes.  Our… Continue Reading

Walleye Fishing Tip: Picking the right Jig for the Job

By Joe Scegura | May 19, 2016

When fishing a jig and minnow for walleye there are a few things I like to consider when selecting the correct jig.  The first thing is picking the correct weight.  Generally, you like a jig that is as light as possible yet still make contact with the bottom.  The second is color, this is a… Continue Reading

Alexandria Through A Camera Lens

By Tyler Golberg | May 4, 2016

I’ve never claimed to be a photographer. I admitted as much in the aerial tour post. I can, however, appreciate great photography of those who have honed their skills for years. The following are photos from local photographers highlighting some of their best work of the beautiful Alexandria area. There are the obligatory lake photos, but there is also much more.… Continue Reading

Panfish Report and Walleye Forecast!

By Joe Scegura | May 2, 2016

Well, it’s the first of May and it actually feels like it! We’ve had rather inconsistent weather up until this point and it really hasn’t warmed up for any length of time.  That has made crappie fishing the past month much more difficult than it should be.  If it was nice and warm for a… Continue Reading

{PROOF} – Award-Winning Show Playing at AAAA Theatre

By Explore Alexandria | April 26, 2016

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama is an elegant and engaging story of obsession, intellect, the struggles of mental illness and family bonding.  This is a brilliant show that has gotten tremendous feedback from audiences. It will make you think, make you laugh, and make you feel! After the first weekend of showings, audiences… Continue Reading

Big Crappie Report – Alexandria

By Joe Scegura | March 30, 2016

Well it’s hard to believe only a few weeks ago there were ¾ ton pickups and 20 foot fish houses all over the lakes. Then, a week later we were down to ATV travel only.  Now there’s no evidence the ice even existed.  It was one of the fasted ice outs I can remember. The… Continue Reading

Late Season Walleye In Alexandria MN

By Joe Scegura | February 26, 2016

We are fast approaching the end of the walleye ice fishing season and the deadline to leave houses unattended overnight. Normally during this time of year the walleye bite is hit and miss at best, and most anglers usually move on to crappie or sunfish.  This year, on the other hand, we have been experiencing… Continue Reading

Central Lakes Trail Conditions: Almost Clear!

By James Feist | February 25, 2016

You don’t have to double check your calendars, it’s February and we’re biking on a mostly snow-free Central Lakes Trail. The area has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather recently which has accelerated melting during an already low snowfall year. While I certainly enjoy riding the streets and frozen lakes during the winter, I just can’t… Continue Reading

Catch Cupid’s Arrow in Alexandria Valentine’s Weekend

By Explore Alexandria | February 5, 2016

Love is in the air! It’s time to remind the ones we love just how much they mean to us. Valentine’s Day is full of flowers, chocolates and surprises. While the flowers and candy are safe bets, many of us may struggle with the surprise. Luckily Cupid’s arrow never misses in Alexandria, so make it… Continue Reading

Alexandria Ice Update and Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | January 27, 2016

Current Ice and Travel Conditions – With the cool temps we are making some good ice. Along with that we only have about 6”-8” of snow cover, so travel on the lakes has been quite easy. Small Lakes and Bays – Have 18”-24” of ice. Medium Lakes – Have around 14”-16” of ice Large Lakes… Continue Reading

The Spectacular Tradition Continues

By Explore Alexandria | January 15, 2016

If you were around from 1974 to 1985, you may remember a legendary snowmobile race in Alexandria called the Dayco Holiday Spectacular. It started in 1974 by Alexandria native, magazine publisher and Snowmobile Hall of Famer Jim Beilke . At the time most of the snowmobile races were held in Wisconsin, Michigan, West Yellowstone, Canada… Continue Reading

Alexandria’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors

By James Feist | January 9, 2016

Most of us know how AMAZING the summers are in Alexandria, Minnesota. Excellent outdoor opportunities are plentiful with over 300 lakes, numerous public parks and miles and miles of different types of trails. Just as the seasons turn and change, so does the many changing faces of all that outdoor fun! You’ll be amazed at… Continue Reading

New Year’s Ice Update and Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | January 8, 2016

Report as of 1/8/16 Here are the current ice conditions for the Alexandria area. I’ll break this ice report into three categories… small, medium and large lakes. SMALL LAKES AND BAYS Many of the small lakes around the area have 10”-12”+ of ice. There are plenty of permanent houses on these lakes and we are… Continue Reading

2015 Christmas Ice Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | December 22, 2015

We have ice again! After the mild temps last week we are back to winter. This past weekend with lows in the single digits most of the medium to large lakes froze over. There are only a couple inches of ice on those lakes, but many shallow lakes and bays have 4-6” on them. Anglers that… Continue Reading

2015 Alexandria Area Ice Conditions

By Joe Scegura | December 5, 2015

Well, I wish I had a report of fishable ice for you, but Mother Nature just won’t make up her mind. Our small to mid-sized lakes have frozen over and blown open a couple times now.  The smaller bodies of water that have kept their ice received around 4” of wet snow this week, so… Continue Reading

16 Holiday Season Celebrations in Alexandria, MN

By Explore Alexandria | December 1, 2015

From great Holiday Season events to fun outdoor Winter Activities, there are hundreds of great ways to enjoy the Holiday Season this winter in Alexandria! Our website’s Winter Guide will help you plan some fun activities, but here is a list of 15 Holiday Season celebrations and events in Alexandria, MN! Find more information on our Events Calendar.… Continue Reading

Alexandria Fall Fishing – Bass, Crappie & Walleye

By Joe Scegura | November 6, 2015

The beautiful mild weather has made this fall one of the nicest I can remember here in Alexandria. With consistent highs in the 50’s and 60’s, I’ve noticed a record number of anglers still out on the water enjoying the fishing.  Instead of just a couple adult diehard anglers in a few boats, I’ve been… Continue Reading

Alexandria on the brink of peak Fall Colors

By James Feist | October 9, 2015

The autumn season in Alexandria has been absolutely delightful thus far. We’ve been enjoying the slow turning of fall colors since early September in addition to nice, warm sunny days. Since the fall season can be a very fleeting time of year, we welcome this with open arms! More pictures and information in the following… Continue Reading

Fall Small Mouth Feeding Frenzy!

By Joe Scegura | October 9, 2015

What’s better than catching hundreds and hundreds of huge small mouth bass…? If I think of something I’ll let you know! The past few weeks has been as good as it gets for fishing in general.  Beautiful weather, endless hard fighting action and the size of the fish has been outstanding. We’ve already caught numerous… Continue Reading

15 ways to Explore Alexandria MN in October

By James Feist | September 25, 2015

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. Grab your favorite sweatshirt, a warm pumpkin latte and hit the road! There is plenty of fall fun in the Alexandria area from seeking fall colors to pumpkin patches and events. Here is a quick list of great things to do in October: 1. Foli-Ole Fall Festival… Continue Reading

Peak Fall Colors arriving soon in Alexandria Area

By James Feist | September 18, 2015

Catching fall colors at their peak can sometimes come with very short notice. As explained in my previous fall color blog, many different things contribute to the timing and intensity of autumn hues, with weather being on top of the list. Luckily for us we are at the beginning phases of color change with the… Continue Reading

Fall Color Update for Alexandria, MN (with pictures)

By James Feist | September 8, 2015

Autumn is in the air! Now that school is back in session and Labor Day has come, we are on the cusp of another spectacular fall season in Alexandria. Regardless of the intensity of the hues, one thing is always for sure… slightly cooler temperatures make for a perfect outdoor excursion! When it comes to… Continue Reading

“Hamlet: A Viking Adaptation” surprises Alexandria Farmers Market

By Explore Alexandria | September 5, 2015

Sword fights, vikings, Scandinavian culture and a game of Kubb! If you stopped by the Alexandria Farmers Market on Saturday morning you may have noticed something unique. The cast from Hamlet: A Viking Adaptation stopped by to perform sword fights, play a game of Kubb and engage guests of the market. This special production will… Continue Reading

Walleye in the Dawg Days of Summer

By Joe Scegura | September 4, 2015

The fishing this past month was officially the best August walleye fishing I’ve ever had. We consistently had good numbers of quality fish and very few days where the bite was slow. Normally the month of August is a hit and miss month for walleye, so it was nice to put anglers on such a… Continue Reading

The Adventures of Lil’ Ole

By Explore Alexandria | September 2, 2015

It is safe to say there are people all over the country with family and roots in Alexandria, MN. That is especially the case for Laurel and Stewart Loew, who travelled across the country with a very special member of the Alexandria family…… Big Ole’s little brother, Lil’ Ole! We had some fun with the… Continue Reading

Late Summer Walleye Fishing In Alexandria

By Joe Scegura | August 4, 2015

The walleye fishing in the Alexandria area continues to be some of the best I’ve seen in years. Other than the occasional cold front which slows the bite for a day or two, the fishing has been very consistent. We’ve been able to catch a decent number of walleye nearly every time we hit the… Continue Reading

Aerial Tour of Alexandria Minnesota

By Tyler Golberg | July 28, 2015

The land of 10,000 lakes is perfectly embodied in Alexandria, Minnesota. Douglas County is home to over 300 lakes, but it is hard to truly grasp the landscape until you get a bird’s eye view. Some areas are surrounded by so many bodies of water that they almost look like islands. The map below was… Continue Reading

4th of July Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | July 9, 2015

The fishing over the Holiday weekend was excellent!  The weather was great and the fish were hungry. The past couple weeks has been some of the best fishing of the year for me. I’ve heard reports of all species being very aggressive. Even on my evening trips it’s common to get numerous species. The majority of the walleye have… Continue Reading

Happy 50th Birthday, Big Ole!

By James Feist | June 30, 2015

Talk about aging well! Our famed and beloved Viking statue, Big Ole, turns 50 years old this year. There could be a few different dates to use for his actual date of birth, but for the purpose of fun we will go with the date of July 4th as stated in the intriguing and entertaining… Continue Reading

Summer is here! June 22nd Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | June 22, 2015

Summer is officially here, and that means we will get more daylight than any other time of the year to enjoy the things we love.  The long days also mean warmer water temps and that makes nearly every activity more enjoyable, including fishing of course!  With water temps near 70 degrees, many lakes are putting… Continue Reading

Rediscover Downtown Alexandria: New things to Experience

By James Feist | June 11, 2015

It’s time to REDISCOVER Downtown Alexandria, MN! The summer of 2014 ushered in a season of complete reconstruction of Broadway Street Downtown. While all the great updates will surely catch your eye, there were also new partnerships and events formed behind the scenes that will continue to enhance a wonderful, new experience in Downtown Alexandria… Continue Reading

May 2015 Walleye Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | May 22, 2015

The walleye opener was slower overall than I expected, but still a success in my opinion.  Our group fished hard opening morning and was able to catch a number of quality walleye.  Even though the bite was slower than normal we still managed plenty of fish by noon for our annual opening day fish fry. … Continue Reading

Written & Composed Locally: Berlin – Faded Memories

By Explore Alexandria | May 13, 2015

It’s not everyday that Alexandria has completely original locally produced, performed and composed art. Here is your chance to experience Berlin – Faded Memories:   The Alexandria Area Arts and Lakes Area Radio Theatre are excited to present a new radio theatre event, Berlin-Faded Memories.  This cold-war era drama is a semi-autobiographical telling of Karl… Continue Reading

Happy 2015 Walleye Opener Eve Everyone!

By Joe Scegura | May 8, 2015

Happy 2015 walleye opener eve everyone!  The weather for Saturday looks as promising as the walleye fishing.  The water on many of the shallower lakes has warmed to nearly 60deg, so I predict the walleye will be quite aggressive.  In years past when the water was this warm on opener the walleye have bit very well… Continue Reading

50 Photos Celebrating Alexandria, MN for Tourism Week

By James Feist | May 5, 2015

This week marks National Travel and Tourism Week, which brings awareness to the importance of travel both for the traveler and the economic impact for communities. Among all the great trails, lakes, cabins and businesses our area has to offer, tourism generates over $94 million in Douglas County alone! To celebrate Travel & Tourism Week… Continue Reading

Easy Spring Adventures at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist | April 23, 2015

As if it wasn’t enough to have a long and spectacular autumn season around Alexandria, spring arrives early this year and graces us with summer-like weather! Sure, the nights are a bit colder than summer, but the opportunities to Explore have been a joy with many high temps ranging from the upper 50s to 70s.… Continue Reading

Ice is Out and Crappie are in!

By Joe Scegura | April 16, 2015

The ice went out much quicker this year than average. Mild temps coupled with high winds melted ice in days that should have taken weeks. This early start to spring is a nice change from the past couple years where the ice didn’t decide to leave until May! This early ice out will allow local… Continue Reading

Early Spring Events in Alexandria, MN

By James Feist | April 9, 2015

The spring season is plump full of anticipation with antsy people thinking about getting out, having fun and making memories. Here in Alexandria, it’s easier than ever to turn that anticipation into action! Although the weather can change quickly, Alexandria has been experiencing some nice spring weather lately, which has made some outdoor activities very… Continue Reading

Spring Weather Has Moved the Panfish Shallow

By Joe Scegura | April 1, 2015

Ah, spring… it’s a favorite season to many people for many different reasons.  There are changes happening literally everywhere you look.  The snow and the ice are melting, grass is beginning to green, and birds of all types are migrating.  In fact, fish migrate just like other animals do.  Only instead of traveling hundreds or… Continue Reading

Spring Arrives with Clear Trails in Alexandria

By James Feist | March 26, 2015

I’ve heard an old saying that “winter makes you appreciate summer much more.” I slightly disagree with that statement, as there are many activities and lots of beauty to enjoy throughout the winter season, especially in Alexandria. HOWEVER, one can’t deny the great feeling of going outside without a jacket for the first time after… Continue Reading

Beautiful Weather and Big Panfish in Alexandria!

By Joe Scegura | March 20, 2015

When I wrote my last report it seemed possible we would have ice into May again this year.  Then the beautiful spring weather came for a week and really hit the ice hard.  Keep in mind the ice took months to make so one week of warm weather isn’t going to take it all away. … Continue Reading

7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

By James Feist | March 12, 2015

7. Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway All the lakes, rolling hills and surrounding landscapes in the Alexandria area were all formed by an ancient glacier that advanced and retreated over the span of 75,000-10,000 years ago. Millions of acres of land was covered by thousands of feet of ice as the Laurentide Ice Sheet advanced during… Continue Reading

Trophy Bluegill Fishing In Alexandria MN

By Joe Scegura | March 5, 2015

I’m sure many of you are ready for winter to be over, but as we all know it won’t be for some time yet. Like it or not, we potentially have well over a month of good ice fishing left. So, instead of waiting for warm weather, get out and enjoy some of the best ice fishing… Continue Reading

Toe-Tapping Live Music in Alexandria

By James Feist | March 4, 2015

The Alexandria area is known as a great vacation spot in Minnesota, with good reason! Our beautiful State Park, Central Lakes Trail, historic downtown, and of course over 300 lakes make for a fun and relaxing get-away year around. Besides the obvious, you’ll also find many other interesting and unique attractions around the area like… Continue Reading

2015 Ice Fishing Challenge Pictures and Results

By James Feist | February 19, 2015

  The Ice Fishing Challenge in Alexandria was a success once again! Tons of people came out to enjoy good company with friends and family, and of course, trying their luck at winning some HUGE prizes! For more information on what this tournament is all about, check out our previous blog which outlines everything you want… Continue Reading

Romance and Fun for Valentine’s Weekend

By James Feist | February 6, 2015

If you go out and look around you’ll probably notice it’s that time of year again. Nope, I’m not talking about the chill in the air……. it’s love in the air! Every year we celebrate love, romance and friendships with a holiday that’s filled with fine chocolates, flowers and surprises. Since Valentine’s Day falls on… Continue Reading

Try a New Way to Stay…. a Bed & Breakfast

By James Feist | January 16, 2015

I can almost remember like it was yesterday, my first childhood sleepover at a friend’s house. There was plenty of excitement and giggling to drive any parent nuts. For some reason there is just something intrinsically fun about mixing up the ordinary and staying overnight somewhere. That same excitement is still alive and well for… Continue Reading

January Alexandria Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | January 11, 2015

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… Continue Reading

Catch Big Fish and Big Prizes at the Ice Fishing Challenge

By James Feist | January 7, 2015

Here in Minnesota we embrace the winter. It holds lots of beauty along with providing plenty of outdoor recreation and fun. Luckily for the Alexandria area there are things to enjoy both inside and outside. There are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors, like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and downhill snowboarding/skiing (find info on… Continue Reading

New Year’s Celebrations to bid 2014 Farewell

By James Feist | December 23, 2014

As another year comes to an end, we are prompted to take a look back as another calendar benchmark passes on by. The year 2014 in Alexandria was certainly a sensational one! Lots of great events and good weather made fond memories for both residents and visitors alike. We have many things to look forward… Continue Reading

Mild Temperatures and Fishing Frozen Lakes

By Joe Scegura | December 19, 2014

 During last week’s warm up we lost the couple inches of snow we did have along with a couple inches of ice. This made for a slippery wet surface on the lakes, but that didn’t keep anglers from enjoying the beautiful weather. There were a few isolated incidents where large fish houses had drawn in… Continue Reading

Our Winter Guide for a Winter Get-Away!

By James Feist | December 8, 2014

There are hundreds of reasons the Alexandria area is a great place to visit in the winter. Hundreds of lakes to fish? We have it! Hundreds of fish to catch? We have them…but actually getting them is up to you! Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails to ride? We have it (366 miles to be… Continue Reading

Celebrate the Season with Holiday Happenings in Alexandria

By James Feist | December 2, 2014

Regardless of what you celebrate, the holiday season is a FUN time of year. People and businesses alike are well-spirited and full of cheer. Whether your holiday fun is fueled by religion, the return of the sun, beautifully decorated trimmings, family time or simply the anticipation of a mythical old man flying in the sky… Continue Reading

December 2014 Ice Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura | December 1, 2014

  The ice in the Alexandria area remains to be in excellent condition.  There is very little snow on the ice so with the cold temps the ice is gaining thickness quickly.  Most of the lakes have at least 6” and as much as 12”+ of good clear ice.  There is an increasing amount of… Continue Reading

First Frozen Lakes

By Joe Scegura | November 18, 2014

I don’t think anyone thought winter was going to hit us this quick, but it’s definitely here!  Only two weeks ago we were fishing on open water and now most of the lakes are frozen over.  I’m already getting reports of 6-10” of ice on many of the shallower lakes.  Luckily, almost all of the… Continue Reading

Turn that Winter Frown, Upside Down!

By James Feist | November 10, 2014

Here in Minnesota, it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Yep, I’m talking about winter. Sure, the Alexandria lakes area is AMAZING in the summer. Hundreds of lakes to enjoy, great bike trails along with countless other ways to get outside and be active. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can still be… Continue Reading

Warm Weather and Fall Fishing

By Joe Scegura | October 27, 2014

  The last few weeks have made this October the warmest I can remember. As enjoyable as the weather was, it was bittersweet for me.  The warm sunny days kept the water from cooling off like it usually does this time of year.  The water is still in the 50’s, where it usually is in… Continue Reading

Spooktacular Halloween Happenings in Alexandria

By James Feist | October 22, 2014

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts and goblins begin to run amok in celebration of the end of harvest and the shortening of daylight, which installs the seasonal chill. To most of us, Halloween is simply an unsentimental holiday strictly about harmless fun and treats. Luckily for Alexandria, there is no need to worry… Continue Reading

Satisfy Your Autumn Appetite in Alexandria

By James Feist | October 8, 2014

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin patch, celebration of apple harvest, carved pumpkin contest, zombie pub crawl, a costume party and strolling through a quaint and festive downtown. What if I told you ALL that and more can be found in one weekend in Alexandria over EM break (aka: MEA weekend)? It’s true! Sounds like… Continue Reading

Excellent Fall Colors at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist | September 30, 2014

  Considering all the lakes and trees around Alexandria, it’s difficult to say exactly where the best fall colors are located around the area. However, after visiting Lake Carlos State park over the weekend, I’m convinced that this must be one of them! Sure, camping is always fun at the park, but it is close… Continue Reading

Paddling the Chain of Lakes in a Canoe

By James Feist | September 25, 2014

In case you didn’t know, there are about 351 lakes around Alexandria in Douglas County. If that isn’t awesome enough, over a dozen of these lakes around the city are connected in “chains.” If you ask me, that sounds like a paddler’s paradise!   The lakes vary greatly in terms of size, depth, accessibility and… Continue Reading

Discounts on an Autumn Golf Get-Away

By James Feist | September 22, 2014

Whether you call it Autumn or Fall, one thing is certain…..it’s here! The autumn months are very popular times to get outdoors and have some fun. It might be because we are squeezing in every chance we can to get outdoors, or perhaps we seek the undeniable beauty of the colorful fall foliage. Most of… Continue Reading

Picnic in a Park….anyone? (with Fall Color Update)

By James Feist | September 16, 2014

There is something to be said about enjoying a nice meal with nice people. It’s almost a guaranteed good time.  The food tastes good, the conversation is intriguing….. what could be better, right? How about all that good stuff with a dose of inspiration from the great outdoors? Yep, I’m talking about a good ‘ol… Continue Reading

Alexandria Fishing Report September 2014

By Joe Scegura | September 11, 2014

The fishing the past couple weeks has been decent. Not great but still plenty of fish.  Currently the water temp is in the mid to low 70’s.  Walleye, crappie and smallmouth are all biting, but as the water temps drop the bite will just get better. Once the water cools into the 60’s the fall… Continue Reading

The Beginnings of Autumn Beauty (with Fall Color Update)

By James Feist | September 2, 2014

Now that Labor Day is over and school is in session for most of the country, there is concrete certainty for the arrival of autumn. Although the official beginning of fall is marked on September 22nd during the autumnal equinox, the celebration of Labor Day is commonly linked to the last blast of summer fun.… Continue Reading

Alexandria August Fishing Report 2014

By Joe Scegura | August 22, 2014

  The Alexandria area continues to kick out some great fish.  Walleye, northern, bass, crappie and sunfish have all been plentiful.  The walleye gave us a hard time for about a week or so, but we quickly located them again and have been catching good numbers and size as of late.  The crappie also continue… Continue Reading

A Beautiful Central Lakes Trail Bike Ride

By James Feist | August 22, 2014

If you’ve ever explored the Central Lakes Trail around Alexandria, it’s no secret how many opportunities for adventure it holds. Spanning 55 miles from Fergus Falls, through Alexandria and to Osakis, there is an overwhelming sense of freedom to know you could go on for hundreds of miles. Luckily for the Alexandria area, there are… Continue Reading

Alexandria Fishing Report for July

By Joe Scegura | July 27, 2014

  The past few weeks Alexandria has encountered some of the most consistent quality walleye fishing of the year.  Generally during late July and August the walleye bite is confined to low light time periods.  Even then the quality can be difficult to come by and any cold front will most certainly change the bite… Continue Reading

Fishing For Walleye

By Joe Scegura | July 1, 2014

The past month has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.  We started off with an excellent bite as usual for early June, boating many very good sized walleye.  With some very large walleye mixed in that were 25”-29”.  The fish were showing preference to leeches and crawlers pulled at a faster speed.  Fish were… Continue Reading

Early Summer Fishing Report For Alexandria

By Joe Scegura | June 9, 2014

We started off the fishing season with below average water temps, but in just a few short weeks the water warmed quickly.  We actually saw the water temperatures jump above average for this time of year.  Normally during early June we are still using primarily minnows to catch walleye, but with water temps nearing 70… Continue Reading

2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener

By Joe Scegura | May 19, 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s already been over a week since the 2014 Minnesota fishing opener, but lucky for us the fishing has been getting better by the day.  As always on opener, some anglers did excellent and others did just okay.  We saw water temps at 45-48 degrees on many of the lakes, and… Continue Reading