The ice is thick and so are the fish! Most of the lakes I’ve checked have 18” or more of solid ice on them. There are wheel houses and trucks as far as the eye can see around the area. Some of the lakes have established ice roads and others only have a few anglers on them. As always check the ice for yourself and be cautious.
The crappie action continues to be very good. There has been numerous reports of limits being caught during the day and after dark. As for the crappie, there has been more reports than I can ever remember of 14”-16” crappie being caught and released. This is so great to hear, the 10”-12” crappie are the best eating anyhow. If we continue to catch and release those large fish, we will most certainly start to see more 16”+ crappies in the future. These trophy crappie have been mostly biting after dark on suspended crappie minnows. Get a quick picture and send them back down the hole!
The walleye action has also been fairly good right through this cold snap. Reports of limits have not been uncommon, with some larger picture fish mixed in. The low light time periods near weeds or steep breaks have been the best for me. A plain #4 hook and a shiner under a bobber or an 1/8oz jigging spoon bounced off of the bottom has been working very well. I have been getting bites throughout the entire night as well as dawn and dusk. There’s nothing like hearing the sweet sound of a rattle reel at 3:00am!
You can tell everyone is excited we finally have good ice, the entire town is loaded with vehicles pulling fish houses. It’s great to see so many people enjoying the Alexandria Lakes Area.