The Alexandria Lakes Area continues to put out some very nice fish! Walleye, crappie and sunfish have all been plentiful! We’ve had a series of cold fronts come through over the past couple weeks. Before the fronts the fishing has been amazing with very active fish and after the front, as expected, the fishing has slowed considerably. Some lakes will go unaffected, but in general I see this pattern to hold true across the area. For example we have another front coming in late Sunday, so I expect the fishing this weekend to be excellent!
Most of the lakes are producing fish at low light. Even the sunfish and crappie have been best in the morning and evening. I’ve heard good reports from a large number of lakes around the area, so finding a good bite hasn’t been too difficult.
The crappie are usually suspended 3-10’ off bottom in 15’-25’ foot deep basin areas. Use a small minnow under a float or a small jig and Euro larva jigged slowly. These same areas have been producing sunfish right before sunset and after sunrise as well.
The walleye fishing has been fairly predictable. I haven’t heard too many reports of outstanding walleye action, but it’s very common to go out and catch plenty for a meal. Set up on the outside weed edges at low light. A plain hook and minnow has been best. You can catch fish on jigging spoon too, but the walleye seem to prefer a more subtle presentation.
We have very little snow and 20”+ of ice anywhere I’ve checked. With conditions like these it makes getting around and finding the fish much easier, so get out and enjoy the lakes!