Beautiful Weather and Big Panfish in Alexandria!

March 20, 2015    //   

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When I wrote my last report it seemed possible we would have ice into May again this year.  Then the beautiful spring weather came for a week and really hit the ice hard.  Keep in mind the ice took months to make so one week of warm weather isn’t going to take it all away.  There is still over two feet of fairly decent ice on most lakes in our area.  If you’d still like to get out ice fishing just be cautious and go out on foot.  There is still plenty of ice on the main parts of the lake.  As of yesterday most anglers are still using ATV’s to get around, and with the cooler temps forecasted for the weekend, I believe this will continue through next week.  My prediction as of right now is there will be ice anglers fishing on foot into April in the Alexandria area.

The fishing remains to be excellent.  In fact, I’d say it’s better than excellent.  Instead of the fish slowly coming up to your bait to investigate and then maybe deciding to eat, they are simply just swimming up to your bait and eating it!  There are many times when I’ll drop my lure down and 5-10 fish will race to the bait to eat it.  As you can imagine, it’s quite a blast to be catching big panfish like this while sitting on the ice in your t-shirt!

Most of the nice fish I’m finding are still in 10-15 feet of water, but they are getting higher in the water column (farther off bottom).  This generally means they will continue to move shallower and get more aggressive by the day.  As for bait, it seems I can get away with using just about anything.  Live bait or plastics are both working well.  My bait of choice is still a Lindy Tungestin Toad.  This bait fall fast and allows me to move quickly from hole to hole.  This bait also has a wide gap hook that lets me catch big crappie and the finicky giant blue gills all with the same lure!

So if you plan to head out fishing this weekend as I do, just remember to walk out on foot and bring a friend.  Even though the ice is plenty thick I like to be prepared.  Remember to stay away from the edges of the lake as much as possible because they get weak the quickest.  Also avoid emergent vegetation and exposed rock. This time of the year these items will draw in heat from the sun and melt ice quickly.  If you use your head and stay away from these areas the ice is in great shape!  Good luck!

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