Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, which means there are a great many lakes for you to be able to take advantage of if you choose to take a fishing vacation to Minnesota. In order to get the best experience out of your lakes fishing vacation, here is quick guide that will show you around the very popular lakes area of Alexandria, MN and the varieties of fish you can expect to catch in each respective lake.
About Alexandria, MN
Alexandria is the hidden gem located in west central Minnesota and is only a gas tank of gas away! Located right on Interstate 94, Alexandria is a very easy location to find. There are plenty of hotels and resorts for you and your family to stay at and enjoy the hospitality that Minnesota is known for. No matter if you are taking a weekend vacation or a weeklong vacation, Alexandria is definitely the place to go as it is loaded with activities the whole family will be able to enjoy. The lure of the lake is probably the biggest draw to the area as people are attracted to the great fishing and water sports the lakes provide; however Alexandria also has shopping, restaurants, and much more. There is no better place for you to get a great Minnesota vacation than Alexandria, so talk to your travel agent today to start planning your trip.
Exploring the Lakes
The Alexandria area is home to hundreds of lake, so it isn’t possible for me to give you a run down on all the lakes in the area, however here is a quick overview of some of the most popular lakes in the area and some of the fishing varieties that the lake is known for.
- Lake Ida: Ida is very large clear lake that has three public access points. The lake is good for catching quality largemouth and small mouth bass as well as plenty of bluegill. This lake is well known for having successful fishing outings.
- Maple Lake: This moderately sized lake has a very varied aquatic plant community which means there is a wide variety of fish in the lake. There are two public accesses that are available and there is also a public fishing pier on the north shore. If you choose to fish here expect to see largemouth bass, pike, bluegill, and black crappie.
- Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Geneva: Collectively these lakes are known as the Alexandria Chain of Lakes as they are all navigable by channel. These lakes offer both excellent water quality and clarity. These lakes are known for their bass and they have many tournaments each year. However there are a lot of other fish you can expect to catch if you decide to visit this chain of lakes.
- Lake Miltona: If you are looking to catch some trophy fish this is the lake you need to visit. This clear-watered lake has a depth of 15 feet or less (in 50% of the lake), so it makes a great place to fish for many varieties of fish from walleye to bass to sunfish. There are three public access points for you to use and this lake is truly a fisherman’s delight.
- Lake Osakis: This lake is located at the headwaters of the Sauk River and has a good reputation for growing big pan fish. As far as access goes, there are three public accesses and a country park that has shore fishing sites available. This lake supports a varied fishing community complete with a walleye fishery.
There are many other great lakes in the area that can provide you with some good fishing. If you come to the area simply stop in and ask the locals where to go and they will be able to provide you with some great advice.