Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
EJ

Alex or Shammy ice report

Recommended Posts

EJ    0
EJ

Are Shamineau and/or Alexander sealed up?

Thanks,

EJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shamalex72    2
shamalex72

Last Sunday the west end bay was froze over, but the rest of the lake was open. After last night it might have skimmed over though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mtreno    0
mtreno

had the boat in alex monday night. wind was keeping the ice away. boy was it cold out there........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Andrew    0
Andrew

I own some property a few miles south of Alex, and I drove by the east side of Alex on my way there today. The lake is iced about 350-500 feet from shore going out, but a majority of the lake was still fresh in the center. It's probably going to be another two weeks or so before it's safe to go anywhere on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

I'm hoping to get up there on the 8th... So by all means keep the ice reports coming!

Thanks Guys!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shamalex72    2
shamalex72

I was told that there were houses on Fishtrap and Alex. Didn't see them, just what I heard at work today.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

Anybody know the conditions of the ice on Alex?

Or does anyone have the number of the bait shop on the west end?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
not_nuf_time    0
not_nuf_time

Dances, its named Lakeview------great people will help you out. They have business cards right on the counter..here it is 218-575-2153

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tyler D    0
Tyler D

We fished on shamineau on saturday there was probably

4 1/2" definatley some water coming through with all the snow piled up. Marked lots of fish but they were probably the most negative fish I had ever seen. Although I pretty much figured we wouldnt get much going out in the middle of that storm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

Cool Thanks Guys!

If any body has any more reports on the area please keep em coming... I'd much rather go that way this weekend than battle the epic crowds that are sure to fill the bays of Mille Lacs.

****

Say... Another question... I know some bait shops in the area (Like the one in Randall) stop carrying Minnows in the winter... Does Lakeview keep minnow tanks stocked in winter?

I assume Probably Yes... But I've been proven wrong on that before, and the last thing I want to do is travel and hour and then find I have no local bait!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
EJ    0
EJ

Dances,

I usually get my bait in Randall on my way through at the OK tire and bait. Maybe once they were out of shiners, but they usually have a good selection. I forget the gal's name, but she is very helpful and friendly. She lets me sort the minnows if I want to.

EJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
not_nuf_time    0
not_nuf_time

If I remember right they do, but the BP station on 10 and cty 3 is an option along with Hillside Sports in Cushing on Hwy 10.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lip_Ripper Guy    7
Lip_Ripper Guy

Quote:

We fished on shamineau on saturday there was probably

4 1/2" definatley some water coming through with all the snow piled up. Marked lots of fish but they were probably the most negative fish I had ever seen. Although I pretty much figured we wouldnt get much going out in the middle of that storm.


Where about did you fish? East or west access?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Phunnyfarm    0
Phunnyfarm

I cabin on Alex year round, and I can personally vouch for the Lakeside Store having bait year round. The owners of that place are just awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

Quote:

I cabin on Alex year round, and I can personally vouch for the Lakeside Store having bait year round. The owners of that place are just awesome.


This year I'm putting my wheel house (Really just a hard to move perm/camper conversion) on Mille Lacs... But next year I'm thinking about parking it on Alexander... How is the area for break-ins wise etc...

****

As it stands right now my buddy and I are thinking of fishing out of Thoroughfare bay on Saturday... Though he personally refuses to fish on less than 6 inches of ice... And my newlywed wife has pretty much made me vow the same.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Phunnyfarm    0
Phunnyfarm

Quote:

How is the area for break-ins wise etc...


I haven't had any experience with break ins up there, but I do not have a fish house on Alex. I am more of the "tip-ups in front of the cabin/sit on a bucket over a hole" kind of ice fisherman up there. So far, no one's stolen my bucket!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CNCMike    0
CNCMike


So far, no one's stolen my bucket!


Must not look fancy or new enough.;) Seems people these days would steal a bucket! Maybe they just can't get enough $$ from the pawnshop for a used bucket any more.... Of course, it would be tough to steal a bucket from someone who is sitting on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
irvingdog    0
irvingdog

FishTrap seems to get hit yearly with break-ins. Usually kids or folks with hillbilly heroin habits....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
enclak    0
enclak

I drove by the east side of Alex today on the way to my property, no fish-houses up yet that I could see. Actually I didn't see any sign of human activity on the lake period (no snowmobile tracks, no people standing on it, etc.) Plus the whole area around Lake Alex has about 8"-12" of settled snow, which is really keeping the ice from thickening.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

Did a cruise of the lake this weekend... East side, had 6 houses out on Sat Morning... Judging by the looks of things, Sat was the first anyone ventured out... North end by the blue port... 1 house sprang up that I could see around Mid Afternoon...

I fished the west end...

The guys at the Lakeview, really really took good care of me... Tires on my truck were low from the cold... The guy pumped up my tires with his own personal air compressor...

Gave us awesome advice on bait, and location... maintained a clean road out of the bay... Checked on us during the day to see if we needed anything... And they even had fresh slices of pizza ready at 6:30 when people started pulling off the lake.

I tell you, I've stopped there before "Just to grab a pop" etc... But after how well they treated me on Saturday, in the future even if I'm launching out of the East end, I'm still making it a point to go to the west end to give them my business!

I'm a very shrewd and critical guy when it comes to the places I shop... And I tell you, I could not give them a bigger thumbs up!

****

As for Ice conditions... West Bay had 6 good inches, with 2 inches of frozen slush... I heard from one guy that the main lake had 4 with 2-3...

I even caught some soft pops and thuds during the day that told me the lake was still slowly making ice.

My "Guess" is that all of Alex should be good to go by next weekend.

(But of course always proceed with caution.)

****

As for the fishing... I think I screwed up and set a little shallow in 15 feet of water... I think the hotter bite was deeper... But I still sorted out some sunnies and some table fare crappies for the pan...

Things were starting to heat up at prime time and then an army of about 15 people started setting up perms and drilling holes for portables...

Who waits until Prime time to pop holes and haul gear on sleds and wheelers...

Guys were setting up right on top of me... And I'd just get these flashes of Red and Yellow on the vex as the fish would spook, and high tail it...

Ultimately Prime time was the worst bite of the day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Waterfowl_Kid    0
Waterfowl_Kid

i think im gonna go to sham on saturday and maybe try alex for crappies on sunday. ice seems to be good since there have been portables on the spot i want to go on sham so i think i will give it a try. if i do good on sham i might just return sunday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wingnut38    0
wingnut38

who is this waterfowl kid from staples? maybe i'll see ya out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dances with Walleye    0
Dances with Walleye

Yeah I was going to come up on saturday and fish Alex... But my Buddy's gramma is dieing, so he's out... And everyone else with a house is busy...

Sucks... Here I am with an Auger and a Vex... And a green light from the wife...

No house or partner to fish with.

This whole thing where I've got an auger and Vex and my friends don't but they have shelters so everything should work out... Isn't working out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
irvingdog    0
irvingdog

Can I interest you in a bucket?

These kids today; I don't know...... wink.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Waterfowl_Kid    0
Waterfowl_Kid

not all of us kids are bad. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • collegepaul
      Nevermind, I figured it out. 
    • PSU
      That's a bummer airnuts. Fishing has been good in Frazer pretty much all summer. Coming up next week as well
    • Cheers
      I really like my smooth moves . I am pushing 270 lbs and not an issue . Going on year 3 now
    • monstermoose78
      I can’t sleep!! I got a problem and my dog does too!! I got two more hours to sleep.
    • collegepaul
      I just purchased the Humminbird Autochart Pro to use wth my Humminbird 999. After going through the 'installation guide' and the 'get started guide' that's included in the Autochart PC program, I can't find what I need to do to get this on my model Humminbird. Anyone have experience? Thanks, Paul
    • FishinCT
      Did well this morning on big bay with gold spinners. 24-26 feet off the edge of a reef. Decided since they were biting we'd try the west end to see if we could catch some big fish. Put up a big zero out there. Guess they behave a bit different from end to end.  On a small reef out west had a guy pull up on us, throw a marker right on the fish and camp out right there. Kind of tough to fish spinners when someone does that. What is the etiquette on this lake when someone does that? Just fish where you want even if you run right up on them or in between them and the marker? I see the thousand dollar  depthfinder in the back of the boat, just mark a waypoint and keep the marker in the boat man. Really grinds my gears. Whoops...sorry for the rant   Never had that happen on the east end though 
    • PRO-V
      Beats working anyway. Sorry you didn't have better luck.
    • fishmg
      I know this is old but they sell those glass jigs online, took me a while to find them https://tigereyeglassjigs.com/
    • BSLNORTH
      Reduced to 8950.00  Firm!  I found one I want, so I would like this gone today or tomorrow. Thanks
    • airnuts
      Coming up next weekend to pull up the docks for the last time. Yup, my brother-in-laws folks sold their place on Frazer Bay. They owned the beautiful place just west of the public boat landing.They are in their 80's and are going to stay put at their place on Arizona. Been coming up for 20 years and now I won't have a free place to vacation at. Going to have to do some surfing for rentals I guess. Anyways, how has the walleye fishing been? Guess the weather will be quite a bit cooler next week.  Thanks for all the help over the years!