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EJ

Alex or Shammy ice report

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EJ

Are Shamineau and/or Alexander sealed up?

Thanks,

EJ

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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.

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mtreno

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

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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.

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Dances with Walleye

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

Thanks Guys!

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shamalex72

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Phunnyfarm

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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!

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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.

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irvingdog

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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wingnut38

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

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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.

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irvingdog

Can I interest you in a bucket?

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

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Waterfowl_Kid

not all of us kids are bad. wink.gif

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