Thursday, March 1, 2018

In Towne Marina Closing for the Season after Sunday, March 4th

Our bait shop and main access will be closed for the season after Sunday, March 4th. We will keep an alternate access lane open (where we launch boats in the summer) for a limited time depending on ice and snow conditions (Drive at your own risk).  Also, after Sunday, March 4th we will not be plowing any more lake roads. We appreciate those of you that joined us for a great winter on Lake Waconia. It sure was nice to have good ice all season and good fishing action too!

Don’t forget to get your 2018 fishing license before heading out for spring ice fishing! Also, fish houses must be removed from lakes on Monday, March 5th. With a forecast with temps in the upper 40’s this weekend, with rain/snow coming Sunday into Monday, we recommend getting ahead of the weather by removing your fish house early if possible. Ice on the main lake is currently in great shape. With the warmth melting the snow and potential rain, we expect a lot of water, especially in plowed roads. Our access currently is still in good shape as well, but we expect it to worsen this weekend.

Thanks again!  The Mase’s and Staff

Friday, February 23, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice & Fishing Report - 2/23/18

All of the lake roads we have plowed all season have been opened back up by Ben today after last night’s snowfall. Conditions off-road have gotten more difficult with drifts scattered all over. Those with 4-wheel drive trucks can still get around off-road, but if we continue to get measurable snow this weekend, removing fish houses will get exponentially more difficult. We will continue to plow to the same areas we have all winter while we remain open for the season, but will not be plowing to new areas. We close for the Winter Season after Sunday, March 4th.

As for the fishing, we continue to get good sunfish reports during the daytime. Wax worms and larva have been doing the trick in 11 to 15 feet of water in areas like Waconia Bay, Center Reef and Wagener’s Bay/Pillsbury. Crappies continue to bite shallower than normal for this time of year. Using crappie minnows and fishing in the same areas as the sunfish, but in the evening after 6 pm has worked for many. Gamefish season closes after this weekend, so get after those walleye and northern pike while you can. There continues to be a large-minnow shortage, so for those going after the big fish will have to use fathead minnows unless you possess stock of shiners or suckers from earlier in the season.

This is weekend (the 24th/25th) is our final weekend renting fish houses for the season. We want to thank those who used our rental service this year! Lots of nice sunfish, crappies and northern pike were caught by many groups and families. We will be pulling our houses off the lake early in the week.

We’ll see you on the lake!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Only 3 Weekends left in our Fish House Rental season.

Only 3 more weekends left in our Fish House Rental season! If you’re looking to get ice fishing on Lake Waconia and want to have the ease and comfort of renting from us, call to reserve soon as dates are filling up. We have the houses set up on good sunfish action, with northern pike possibilities during the daytime, and good crappie prospects in the evening. We drill and slush the holes and the heat is on a comfortable temperature. If you don’t have any ice equipment, we rent basic jig sticks ($2.50 each) or rods with reels ($5 each) that are equipped with line, bobber and jig. If you are interested in a daytime underwater camera, we rent those as well for $30. We have bait for sale in our bait and tackle shop. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Monday, January 29, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 1/29/18

There is lots happening on Lake Waconia!  This past weekend the Midwest Vintage Snowmobile “Waconia Ride In” was held at the Lake Waconia Regional Park.  Thousands of snowmobile enthusiast took to the lake and watched racing events as well as showed off their own vintage ride!

This upcoming weekend is of course the Super Bowl being held in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium.  With the multitude of media outlets in the area, there are many that are taking advantage of learning our culture of Ice Fishing.  Besides that, we hope Lake Waconia will be hopping with fishermen Tuesday, 1/30 in the evening after 6 pm.  NBC Sports will be out on the ice to get some video shots that could very well be played during the Super Bowl!  How cool would that be!

As for the fishing itself, we continue to have good action for northern pike!  We’ve had plenty of happy anglers catching many different sizes of fish, which shows the health of the northern pike population in the lake.  Those having success are using sucker minnows and setting up on a weed edge or above the weeds in 10 to 14 feet of water around similar locations people are fishing for panfish.

Speaking of panfish, we continue to have good sunfish activity on Waconia.  Daytime fishing with a wax worm and small jig (pink and orange have been popular colors) has worked well.  Crappies have been more active in the evening, although best fishing times have varied for many.  Crappie minnows have been best with a glow hook.

Walleyes action has improved as the season has gone on.  While we still are reporting many undersized fish, we have had plenty of reports of nice keepers (must be over 16”) and even some in the upper 20’s, for which many have been released!  While it’s not a requirement, we still suggest getting away from the large crowds of houses and spending time in the late evening or overnight for your best chance.

Our Fish House Rental season has been good for many groups!  We have had good success with sunfish, crappies and northern pike.  If you’re interested in renting with us, please call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!  We do all the hard work, and have the heat on and holes drilled ready for you to fish!

See you on the lake!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1/23/18 Lake Waconia Update

Ben and Jim have been out with the plow truck today on Lake Waconia. We got roughly 8 to 10 inches of snow. They have roads plowed from the marina past Waconia Bay, to Center Reef and feathering out at Pillsbury Reef. We also have a road that goes to Cemetery Reef. For those with 4-wheel drive trucks wanting to venture out off-road, it is possible and we haven’t heard anyone having issues. If you’re looking to haul a fish house to a spot off road, we suggest driving a path with the pick-up only to create a beaten road to follow with the house. Expect heavy drifting around fish houses groups. Don't forget, we ask $2 to drive on our access, and as always it is drive at your own risk. Thank you! We’ll see you on the lake.

Friday, January 19, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 1/19/18

If you need a reason to get out ice fishing, this warm weather could be just what you are looking for! The Northern Pike bite has been better than average this winter, and tip-up fishing weather is here! Using sucker minnows near a decent weed edge in 10’-16’ of water is the ticket. Waconia Bay, Wagener’s Bay, Center Reef or any other good weed edge is working well for the Pike.

Walleye action has been decent still. Some “Eater sized fish have been reported, but many anglers are catching fish under the legal size(16”) you are able to keep on Waconia. Finding a quiet weed edge away from most traffic is always a good way to go on Lake Waconia for Marble Eyes. 12’-18’ of water is the targeted depth for most successful Walleye hunters. Fatheads on a good glow jig are working as well as anything. Right around dark and into the overnight is best for time of day as usual.

Sunfish action has remained good as long as you do some scouting to find some quality weeds and you fish the edge. Fishing in 10-15’ of water in Waconia Bay, Wagner’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef continue to be the best bets for Sunnies.

Crappies haven’t been as active as recent years on Lake Waconia. The good deep water bite has not really happened yet, so we recommend still hitting most of the areas the Sunnies are at for the best action. Setting up on good weed edges in 12’-15’ of water and downsizing baits is a smart move right now.

Don’t forget, we rent fish houses! We do all the hard work for you. Houses are placed on good sunfish, crappie and northern pike areas, with an occasional chance at a walleye. We drill and slush the holes, and the heat is on so it’s toasty warm when you arrive. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Ice conditions remain great on Lake Waconia to most of the main areas people are fishing. Our lake access is currently in great shape, with a little snow melt. The access by County Roads 155 and 30 is still not good with a pressure ridge you must pay attention to.

We’ll see you on the lake!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Access Open and Fish House Rentals have begun!

We opened up our lake access for vehicle traffic today. We are finding a lot of very good ice in the 11.5 to 13 inch range on areas like Cemetery Reef, Waconia Bay, Parts of Center Reef (where there aren’t marked spots), Pillsbury Reef and Wagener’s Bay. We are NOT driving all over the lake, as we have not checked ice everywhere and still have areas of concern that we have found marked with thin ice signs or lath board with flagging tape. If you are looking for ice thicknesses on areas we have not mentioned, we likely will not be doing any checks to locations like the north shore, Keg’s, Red’s, North and Anderson’s Reefs. We understand many people will be excited to spread out with wheel houses to locations away from the crowds, but please check ahead of yourself. If you would like to use our access it is $1 to walk out, $2 to drive with any vehicle or $25 for a season pass. As always, when driving out from our access, it is drive at your own risk.

We are now RENTING FISH HOUSES! We have all 5 houses on the lake and will be in full swing this weekend. We have them set up on locations best for sunfish, crappies and northern pike, with the occasional chance at a walleye. The fish houses are about a mile out, so they are beyond walking distance. We look forward to accommodating you on the ice, but please realize you will either need to drive to the fish houses with a vehicle, 4-wheeler or snowmobile. Currently the ice on the way to and around the rentals is averaging 12 to 12.5 inches. Please call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

We look forward to seeing you on the lake!