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Great Fishing Destination Photo by Joe Scegura IS WORST KEPT SECRET BY DAVE PEDERSEN O ne of most popular pastimes in Min- nesota is heading out to the lake and going fishing, and Central Minnesota is a great place to do it. Not only does the region have tremendous fishing all year long, guides are actually encouraged to make sure anglers know when, where and how to catch fish in the area. When you visit www.explorealex.com you will find an information box titled “Alexandria Fishing Guide.” It includes information about area lakes and resorts, fishing piers and guides, plus where to get your fishing license. Knowing the lakes in Alexandria were a great place to fish, about three years ago, Paul and Deb Roberts from Circle Pines in the northern suburbs bought a home on Lake Victoria. “When we looked for a lake home it was not so much a decision about fishing as it was about family,” said Paul. “The reason we picked Alexandria was it was between the 3 ½-hour drive to see our son’s family and we could spend more time with the grand kids. Having a good place to fish was very important since it was what we did growing up.” ready. It is amazing to bring my granddaughter down to the dock with worms from the garden and she can see all kinds of sunfish biting. It is a blast.” Roberts said they spent three years looking at about 150 cabins in north central Minnesota, but were priced out of some areas further north. They found an affordable home on Lake Victoria, which is connected to a chain of eight lakes through channels. For those who don’t have the luxury of access to a cabin on one of the lakes, or lots of time to get to know the area, there are plenty of people to turn to for fishing advice. Among them, local guide Joe Scegura, who has posted blogs over the past five years telling what is happening on lakes in the area. He supplies regular fishing tips, points out lake conditions and notes where the fish are currently being found. “There are a lot of choices with tons of lakes and thousands of acres of water we can explore, yet we are on a 700-acre lake,” Paul said. “We got the best of both worlds.” Paul said he was used to fishing by feel in darker waters and had to get used to fishing by sight in the extremely clear waters around Alexandria. “I can look 13-15 feet down and watch the fish attack my lure,” Paul said. “At first, I lost fish because I tried to set the hook before they were “I have a circle of friends and guides who share information with each other,” Scegura said. “Together we do our best to stay on the hottest bites around the area. I really think people coming to the area appreciate the information.” Plus, he provides pictures of the recent catches and memories. Learn firsthand about all things ATTRACTIONS ~ DINING ~ GOLF ~ LODGING ~ SERVICES Let Us Floor You! For all your flooring needs! LIVE BAIT PROPANE SPORTING GOODS Mobile Showroom 320.414.0382 or 320.360.7244 www.ShirleyMaes Outfitters.com • LITTLE FALLS, MINNESOTA • www.wiczeksfloors.com Downtown Little Falls • 320-632-4201 650215fs3/12/18 Hwy. 27 W & 5th St. SW Little Falls • (320) 632-9240 Challenging 18 Hole Golf Course along the scenic Rum River in Milaca Book your tee time today! Check our membership rates! 320.983.2110 • stonesthrowgolf.com 30 destinationupnorth.com 650221fs3/12/17 888-478-3633 Great Course. Great Rates. Our Clubhouse Features: Full Bar • Dining Area • Grill DRIVING RANGE CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL, SHUTTLE SERVICE, COMPLETE OUTFITTING & SUPPLIES wel comes you! Save on our Quality Selection of Toys • Gifts • Tools • Furniture • Housewares & more! Fish, Hunt, Camp #1 Selling RV in MN! Premier Ice Castle Dealer! 1 mile N of Milaca on Hwy 169 | milacaunclaimedfreight.com Enjoy your very own Kayak or Canoe to drift along the beautiful Mississippi River. • TRANSPORTATION TO FT. RIPLEY • PADDLE THE MISSISSIPPI • STAND-UP | CANOE | KAYAK Perham MN’s Summer Celebration TURTLE FEST June 13 - 17, 2018 www.perham.com/turtlefest h /t tl f t for more information