Currently the ice conditions in the Alexandria lakes area are very inconsistent. (1″-10″ thick) To tell you how widespread the varying conditions are, we have lakes with wheel houses on them and lakes that just completely froze over in the last 48hrs. For the most part there is fishable ice around the edges of most small to medium sized bodies of water.
As always be safe out there. Don’t travel alone, wear a life jacket and check the ice as you venture out. There will be a lot of anglers out this weekend, but by no means is it safe all over. The ice formed in different sections on a lot of the lakes, so be cautious of ice that changes appearance as you head out on to the lake. Like I said there is plenty of fishable ice (4″+) for this weekend, just respect the ice and be cautious.
Generally this time of year can be very good fishing for both walleye and panfish. I plan on fishing the first break for walleye in 12-18 feet of water. I look for weed edges, rocks or steep breaks. Generally these areas are a short walk from shore and hold a good population of walleye. A small jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or a plain hook and a minnow should do the trick. Good luck and have fun!!