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 parts of the lake. 


Maple – 8” (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Mary – 8” (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Lil Mary – 14”  (Some vehicle traffic)

Miltona – 8”  (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Ida – 8”  (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Reno – 14”  (Lots of vehicle traffic)

Geneva – 8”  (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Le Homme dieu – 12” (ATV/Snowmobile traffic)

Oscar – 12”  (Some vehicle traffic)


Limits of crappie, walleye and sunfish are being caught daily, so it’s a great time to get the family out on the ice.  There are already 100s of ice houses scattered around the area and I expect the long weekend to bring in many more.  I wish everyone a happy and safe New Year with plenty of big fish!



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

2 Responses to Excellent Fishing and Ice Thickness Update

  1. Hi. I am new to Big Chippewa. Any good Crappie spots? I walked off the North launch and caught one 13″ Crappie but that was it. Ice safe for Jeep Cherokee? I saw two cars out far North end. Scary. This was last Saturday. Thanks.

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