Sports and Outdoors

2015 Ice Fishing Challenge Pictures and Results

By James Feist / February 19, 2015

  The Ice Fishing Challenge in Alexandria was a success once again! Tons of people came out to enjoy good company with friends and family, and of course, trying their luck at winning some HUGE prizes! For more information on what this tournament is all about, check out our previous blog which outlines everything you want […]


4th of July Fishing Report

By / July 9, 2015

The fishing over the Holiday weekend was excellent!  The weather was great and the fish were hungry. The past couple weeks has been some of the best fishing of the year for me. I’ve heard reports of all species being very aggressive. Even on my evening trips it’s common to get numerous species. The majority of the walleye have […]


50 Photos Celebrating Alexandria, MN for Tourism Week

By James Feist / May 5, 2015

This week marks National Travel and Tourism Week, which brings awareness to the importance of travel both for the traveler and the economic impact for communities. Among all the great trails, lakes, cabins and businesses our area has to offer, tourism generates over $94 million in Douglas County alone! To celebrate Travel & Tourism Week […]


7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

By James Feist / March 12, 2015

We’ve all heard the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of the United States and even 7 Wonders of the Solar System. So how about the 7 Wonders of Alexandria!? That’s right, we have a list of 7 things that make Alexandria MN unique, interesting and leaving you with a sense of wonder! […]


A Beautiful Central Lakes Trail Bike Ride

By James Feist / August 22, 2014

If you’ve ever explored the Central Lakes Trail around Alexandria, it’s no secret how many opportunities for adventure it holds. Spanning 55 miles from Fergus Falls, through Alexandria and to Osakis, there is an overwhelming sense of freedom to know you could go on for hundreds of miles. Luckily for the Alexandria area, there are […]


Alexandria Area’s Winter Activities in the Great Outdoors

By James Feist / January 27, 2017

Most of us know how AMAZING summer and autumn is in Alexandria, Minnesota. Outdoor adventures are plentiful with over 300 lakes, numerous public parks and miles and miles of different types of trails. Just as the seasons turn and change, so does the many changing faces of all that outdoor fun! You’ll be amazed at […]


Alexandria Fall Fishing – Bass, Crappie & Walleye

By Joe Scegura / November 6, 2015

The beautiful mild weather has made this fall one of the nicest I can remember here in Alexandria. With consistent highs in the 50’s and 60’s, I’ve noticed a record number of anglers still out on the water enjoying the fishing.  Instead of just a couple adult diehard anglers in a few boats, I’ve been […]


Beautiful Weather and Big Panfish in Alexandria!

By / March 20, 2015

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.  […]


Big Crappie Report – Alexandria

By Joe Scegura / March 30, 2016

Well it’s hard to believe only a few weeks ago there were ¾ ton pickups and 20 foot fish houses all over the lakes. Then, a week later we were down to ATV travel only.  Now there’s no evidence the ice even existed.  It was one of the fasted ice outs I can remember. The […]


Catch Big Fish and Big Prizes at the Ice Fishing Challenge

By James Feist / January 7, 2015

Here in Minnesota we embrace the winter. It holds lots of beauty along with providing plenty of outdoor recreation and fun. Luckily for the Alexandria area there are things to enjoy both inside and outside. There are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors, like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and downhill snowboarding/skiing (find info on […]


December 2014 Ice Fishing Report

By / December 1, 2014

  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 […]


Discounts on an Autumn Golf Get-Away

By James Feist / September 22, 2014

Whether you call it Autumn or Fall, one thing is certain…’s here! The autumn months are very popular times to get outdoors and have some fun. It might be because we are squeezing in every chance we can to get outdoors, or perhaps we seek the undeniable beauty of the colorful fall foliage. Most of […]


Easy Spring Adventures at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist / April 23, 2015

As if it wasn’t enough to have a long and spectacular autumn season around Alexandria, spring arrives early this year and graces us with summer-like weather! Sure, the nights are a bit colder than summer, but the opportunities to Explore have been a joy with many high temps ranging from the upper 50s to 70s. […]


Excellent Fall Colors at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist / September 30, 2014

  Considering all the lakes and trees around Alexandria, it’s difficult to say exactly where the best fall colors are located around the area. However, after visiting Lake Carlos State park over the weekend, I’m convinced that this must be one of them! Sure, camping is always fun at the park, but it is close […]


Explore the Alexandria Lakes Area at the Big Ole Bicycle Festival!

By Explore Alexandria / August 3, 2017

Fall Small Mouth Feeding Frenzy!

By Joe Scegura / October 9, 2015

What’s better than catching hundreds and hundreds of huge small mouth bass…? If I think of something I’ll let you know! The past few weeks has been as good as it gets for fishing in general.  Beautiful weather, endless hard fighting action and the size of the fish has been outstanding. We’ve already caught numerous […]


First Frozen Lakes

By / November 18, 2014

I don’t think anyone thought winter was going to hit us this quick, but it’s definitely here!  Only two weeks ago we were fishing on open water and now most of the lakes are frozen over.  I’m already getting reports of 6-10” of ice on many of the shallower lakes.  Luckily, almost all of the […]


First Frozen Lakes

By / November 18, 2014

I don’t think anyone thought winter was going to hit us this quick, but it’s definitely here!  Only two weeks ago we were fishing on open water and now most of the lakes are frozen over.  I’m already getting reports of 6-10” of ice on many of the shallower lakes.  Luckily, almost all of the […]


Ice is Out and Crappie are in!

By / April 16, 2015

The ice went out much quicker this year than average. Mild temps coupled with high winds melted ice in days that should have taken weeks. This early start to spring is a nice change from the past couple years where the ice didn’t decide to leave until May! This early ice out will allow local […]


January Alexandria Fishing Report

By / January 11, 2015

Now this is what I call some serious ice making weather!  In sub-zero temps like this, it’s common to add ½ to 1 inch of new ice per day.  On every lake I’ve checked there has been 18-24″ of good clear ice.  There are vehicles driving on nearly every lake now, and travel is quite easy with little to no snow on the […]


Late Season Walleye In Alexandria MN

By Joe Scegura / February 26, 2016

We are fast approaching the end of the walleye ice fishing season and the deadline to leave houses unattended overnight. Normally during this time of year the walleye bite is hit and miss at best, and most anglers usually move on to crappie or sunfish.  This year, on the other hand, we have been experiencing […]


Late Summer Walleye Fishing In Alexandria

By / August 4, 2015

The walleye fishing in the Alexandria area continues to be some of the best I’ve seen in years. Other than the occasional cold front which slows the bite for a day or two, the fishing has been very consistent. We’ve been able to catch a decent number of walleye nearly every time we hit the […]


May 2015 Walleye Fishing Report

By / May 22, 2015

The walleye opener was slower overall than I expected, but still a success in my opinion.  Our group fished hard opening morning and was able to catch a number of quality walleye.  Even though the bite was slower than normal we still managed plenty of fish by noon for our annual opening day fish fry.  […]


Mild Temperatures and Fishing Frozen Lakes

By / December 19, 2014

 During last week’s warm up we lost the couple inches of snow we did have along with a couple inches of ice. This made for a slippery wet surface on the lakes, but that didn’t keep anglers from enjoying the beautiful weather. There were a few isolated incidents where large fish houses had drawn in […]


New Year’s Ice Update and Fishing Report

By Joe Scegura / January 8, 2016

Report as of 1/8/16 Here are the current ice conditions for the Alexandria area. I’ll break this ice report into three categories… small, medium and large lakes. SMALL LAKES AND BAYS Many of the small lakes around the area have 10”-12”+ of ice. There are plenty of permanent houses on these lakes and we are […]


New Year’s Celebrations to bid 2014 Farewell

By James Feist / December 23, 2014

As another year comes to an end, we are prompted to take a look back as another calendar benchmark passes on by. The year 2014 in Alexandria was certainly a sensational one! Lots of great events and good weather made fond memories for both residents and visitors alike. We have many things to look forward […]


Our Winter Guide for a Winter Get-Away!

By James Feist / December 8, 2014

There are hundreds of reasons the Alexandria area is a great place to visit in the winter. Hundreds of lakes to fish? We have it! Hundreds of fish to catch? We have them…but actually getting them is up to you! Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails to ride? We have it (366 miles to be […]


Paddle the Chain of Lakes at Big Ole SUP-athon

By James Feist / June 28, 2016

Calling all Stand-Up Paddleboards, Kayaks and Canoes! If you love to paddle the water, the 2nd Annual Big Ole SUP-athon is a must do! This fun and adventurous event is geared for paddlers of all skill levels from experts looking to push their limits to leisure paddlers looking for some beautiful scenery on great water […]


Paddling the Chain of Lakes in a Canoe

By James Feist / September 25, 2014

In case you didn’t know, there are about 351 lakes around Alexandria in Douglas County. If that isn’t awesome enough, over a dozen of these lakes around the city are connected in “chains.” If you ask me, that sounds like a paddler’s paradise!   The lakes vary greatly in terms of size, depth, accessibility and […]


Panfish Report and Walleye Forecast!

By Joe Scegura / May 2, 2016

Well, it’s the first of May and it actually feels like it! We’ve had rather inconsistent weather up until this point and it really hasn’t warmed up for any length of time.  That has made crappie fishing the past month much more difficult than it should be.  If it was nice and warm for a […]