The ice in the Alexandria area remains to be in excellent condition. There is very little snow on the ice so with the cold temps the ice is gaining thickness quickly. Most of the lakes have at least 6” and as much as 12”+ of good clear ice. There is an increasing amount of light and full size truck traffic, but I’ll stick to traveling by foot or by snowmobile for a while longer yet.
The fishing has been pretty good as well. I’ve heard reports of excellent crappie and sunfish action, as well as a pretty consistent walleye bite on a number of lakes. This time of year I mostly focus on fishing for walleye but I’ll be chasing some panfish here soon enough.
The last couple times fishing walleye we’ve had our best luck in 8-15 fow. A small 3/16oz Frostee jigging spoon and a fathead have caught most of our fish. I like to pick areas that have both a hard bottom and are close access to deep water. At dusk and dawn these areas fill up with walleye looking for a quick meal.
The crappie and sunfish action has been best in 12’-18’ fow. A small #12 horizontal jig tipped with a Euro larva is my lure of choice. This time of year I like to target shallow bay areas connected to larger bodies of water. These areas are usually teaming with bait and hungry panfish looking to feed.
Check back again soon for the latest report. Good Luck!