Ice Fishing Tips and Updates for Early January


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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 deep water.  Early morning or evenings have been the best action. Shiners and fathead minnows have both been producing well.  Use a plain #4 hook or small #4 jig for set lines under a bobber.  My preferred bait for jigging is a small Frostee or Tingler spoon.

Crappie have been biting well in the evening suspended over deeper basins 15′-25′.  They are usually 2/3rd of the way down in the water column.  A small crappie minnow on a plain #6 hook or small #6 jig under a bobber will get the job done.  My preferred bait for jigging is #12 Lindy Toad and a euro larva.  Work the jig slowly up in the water column to make the fish commit to biting.

Good luck and enjoy the wonderful Alexandria lakes area!

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

One Response to Ice Fishing Tips and Updates for Early January

  1. What is your favorite Alex area lake? Have fished Douglas County lakes for many years but liked Red Rock, Oscar and several lakes around Holmes City.
    Would be interested in seeing some quality fishing there sometime.

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