Category Archives: Featured

Celebrating Big Ole through the Years


Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole will turn 52 years old this April! He has had a long history over all those years in Alexandria, including slightly different looks and locations. During most of 2016 Big Ole underwent structural repairs and got a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long… Continue Reading

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Aggressive Bite Still Going on the Ice


The ice is still holding up quite well around the Alexandria lakes area.  If we keep getting these cold snaps we should have fishable ice for a couple weeks or more yet.  Currently, many of our lakes have very good ice conditions with a quality 12”-15”+ of ice.  Any place there is running water of… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Alexandria Area’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors


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

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Share your Big Fish Pictures!


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

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Excellent Fishing and Ice Thickness Update


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

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Holiday Season Celebrations and Events


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

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November Fishing Report


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

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Excellent Bass Season shifts to Fall Walleye


  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

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Collection of YOUR Fall Color Photo Submissions!


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

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Peak Fall Colors Arriving Soon in Alexandria Area


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

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.