Category Archives: Sports and Outdoors

Explore the Alexandria Lakes Area at the Big Ole Bicycle Festival!


Join the Big Ole Bike Club for a new event in the lakes area! The Big Ole Bicycle Festival will provide outdoor fun, friendly competition for those who wish, bike safety and more while cycling experts of the Alexandria Area get you out to explore great routes on your bike! Some of the locations will… Continue Reading

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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.

Paddle the Chain of Lakes at Big Ole SUP-athon


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

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Panfish Report and Walleye Forecast!


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

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

Big Crappie Report – Alexandria


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

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

Late Season Walleye In Alexandria MN


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

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

New Year’s Ice Update and Fishing Report


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

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

Alexandria Fall Fishing – Bass, Crappie & Walleye


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

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

Fall Small Mouth Feeding Frenzy!


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

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

Peak Fall Colors arriving soon in Alexandria Area


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

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.