Friday, May 26, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 5/26/17

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and with that come extended summer hours.  Starting this weekend, our hours are now Sunday thru Friday from 7:30 am until 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 6:30 am until 8:30 pm.  The past 2 weeks we’ve had water temps fluctuate from 69 degrees on Mother’s Day to 55 degrees last Sunday.  It’s back on the climb, as today’s surface water temp hit 64 degrees.  That should help reignite the sunfish, crappie and bass bite on Lake Waconia.  Expect to have good success in the shallows like the reeds on the northwest side of the lake, the Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek) and by the Rock Dock.

Walleyes would be worth trying on the reefs such as Keg’s Reef, Center Reef, Cemetery Reef or North Reef.  Fishing around 12 to 18 feet of water with leeches or fatheads is most popular.  However, crawlers work well too in early summer pattern fishing.  If you’re a slip bobber fisherman, we still have shiners!  We won’t have them for long, so get them while you can.

The pike bite has been good so far this spring.  Trolling with spoons or diving cranks has worked.  It never hurts to bobber fish with a sucker minnow, which along with pike can also produce some big bass.  Speaking of bass, Saturday is the official Bass Opener, so you can now keep them if you’d like.

We are in full boat rental season!  We have fishing boats that accommodate 3 to 4 people, as well as pontoon boats that accommodate up to 9 adults for 3 of our 20 foot pontoons and up to 12 people for our 24 foot pontoon.  Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Have a safe and fun-filled Memorial Weekend Holiday!  We’ll see you at the lake!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 5/10/17 - Open ALL NIGHT Friday 5/12 for the Opener!

The Fishing Opener is almost here! Once again we will be open all ALL NIGHT this Friday the 12th for the Opener with plenty of bait (fatheads, shiners, leeches, crawlers, etc...), tackle and snacks to keep you going!  Whether you are heading on Lake Waconia or checking out a different lake, we hope to see you! 

After opener, our hours until Memorial Weekend will be Sunday thru Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm.  We have 3 of our fishing boats ready for rent starting Saturday morning.  Pontoon rental will begin the weekend of the 20th/21st. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! We begin pumping gas starting this Friday, with pump hours ending at 7:30 pm.  Our gas is 91 octane, marine grade non-ethanol, perfect for all your watercraft.

It’s been over 2 months since the ice officially left the lake, and water temps are in the upper 50’s (58.6 degrees as of the morning of 5/9/17) to low 60’s. With air temps in the 70’s this weekend, we’ll see lake water stay above that 60 degree barrier, which is rare for opener weekend.  With the higher water temps and earlier than usual weed growth, we don’t expect usual Opener fishing conditions.  Of course it’s never a bad idea to try areas like the Rock Dock, Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek on the NW side of the lake) and Harm’s Point.  But, if those usual good Opener locations aren’t producing walleyes, it might be a good idea to head to the breaks off reefs such as North, Kegs, Red’s or Anderson’s.  Slip bobber fishing is a great approach, but if you don’t have the patience for that, jigging with a fathead or leech is smart.

We’ve had a good several weeks of crappie fishing on Waconia so far.  As with most spring fishing, the weather dictates the bite.  When the weather has been reasonable, anglers have been pulling out keepers in the 10 to 11 inch range with some bigger.  Most of the spring, fishing out in Waconia Bay has been best in 12 to 15 feet of water.  With water temps rising, we expect the shallow bite to pick up, with crappies likely to be found around the reeds on the NW side of the lake, Pillsbury Reef/Old Camp Manakiki area, shallow weeds on the north end and around the marinas.  The sunfish bite has been better than usual so far, and expect it to pick up even more, as they get closer to their spawning pattern.

As for us at the marina, we thank you for your patience this spring as we have had a lot of projects going on!  We have completed our dock installation and are in the process of getting boats back into slips and on moorings.  You’ll notice some changes to the surface of our parking lot.  In conjunction with the City of Waconia and Carver County, there have been surface water runoff design changes to both our lot and the street coming down our hill.  These improvements will greatly reduce storm water runoff, with proper filtration into the lake.  This project also enhances the use and look of our marina!  There is still work being done this week, so again, thanks for your patience.  The project will resume in September for completion.

Have a safe and Happy Opener!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bait Shop and Access remain temporarily closed...Opening for season on Friday, April 21st!

Our bait shop and access will remain temporarily closed while we continue to install our marina docks. We look forward to seeing you when we open for the season on Friday, April 21st! Early season hours will be Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm and on Saturday & Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm. The start of Fishing Boat and Pontoon Rentals will be announced at a later time. Thank you for your patience!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bait Shop Closing for Season after 6 pm Sunday 2/19/17

We got another surprise batch of SHINERS!  Also, some smaller sucker minnows were delivered as well!

We have a SALE on Extra Large Sucker Minnows, with some Decoys for $1 EACH while supplies last (Regularly priced from $1.75 to $2.50 each).

Our hours this Saturday and Sunday are 7 am to 6 pm.  The Access will be available to ATV’s and those walking this weekend.  

Due to much warmer February weather than usual with diminishing ice conditions, we are sad to announce our Bait Shop and Access will be closing for the Season after 6 pm Sunday, 2/19/17. 


Thank you for great winter season on Lake Waconia!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 2/14/17

Looks like it’s portable season again! Lake Waconia’s ice fishing season will take a hit this weekend with the predicted temps in the mid-to-upper 50’s for several days. All In Towne Marina rental fish houses will be taken off the lake by end of day Thursday.  We have taken 3 of our 5 rental houses off already.  For those of you who have permanent houses on the lake at this time, we highly recommend taking them off the lake before the weekend.

As of now, our access is still usable, but we anticipate closing it to car and truck traffic before Saturday, 2/18/17. We hope we can still allow ATV traffic through our access this weekend depending on the condition of the shoreline ice.

We had reported on an active spring in Wagener’s Bay the other day, and have marked another one between the west end of Coney Island and Keg’s Reef.  That makes 3 active springs we are aware of that we have marked, but it is impossible to mark everything.  We are cautioning everyone to pay closer attention when on the ice during this time, as there is the potential for other springs to activate with the warm weather that will not be marked.  If you find one, please do what you can to mark it (tree branches make a good marker to use) and let us know so we can inform others.


Stay safe!



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice and Fishing Report - 1/24/17

We got through another January warm-up mostly unscathed.  Lake conditions remain surprisingly good. While we lost almost all our snow and a little ice off the top, we are still finding between 14.5 to 18 inches of ice on Lake Waconia.  Last weekend there was 2-3 inches of water scattered on the low spots of ice, but now it has mostly either drained off or frozen back to the surface.  Our previous road has some water on it yet and is bumpy, so we recommend going off road for now.

If you notice anything marked with lath board sticks or pine boughs, it is marking a drain hole that is more of a walking hazard, but worth avoiding with a vehicle as well.  Those should heal up soon with the colder temps. We also marked a small pressure ridge between Center and North Center Reefs as well.  The active spring we’ve mentioned in the past, remains open still and is marked well.  All in all, we continue to be happy with the overall ice conditions.  As we always say, we cannot guarantee ice and it is never 100% safe, but we continue to keep our access open for those like us who want to drive.

There are variable forecasts for snow the next day and half.  Reports are saying we may get anywhere from 2 up to 8 inches.  Depending on the amount of snow and potential high winds on Wednesday, if necessary we likely will not be plowing until later in the week when winds settle down.

As for fishing, it has been a very good bite for sunfish during the day on Pillsbury and Center Reefs as well as Waconia Bay.  12 to 14 feet of water has been working well.  Plenty have been caught on wax worms and small jigs.  Crappies have been caught in some of those same areas in the early evening.  They have also been found in the deep water of Wagener’s Bay in 20 to 24 feet of water, although biting less consistent than the previous winters.

The surprise this winter has been the northern pike bite.  We’ve had plenty of activity reported on tip-ups with small to medium sucker minnows.   Some anglers have caught them on their panfish rods as well, using good skill to finesse them up the hole.

We have seen a nice walleye bite this winter as well.  The best bite has come during the overnight hours on set-lines with shiners, but jigging with fatheads has been productive as well during the evening.  A variety of sizes have been caught with several mid-to-upper-20 inch size fish, many released.  Most walleye anglers are having their best success getting away from the larger groups to avoid the crowd noise.

It should be a busy, fun lake this weekend with the Midwest Vintage Snowmobile “Waconia Ride-In” event that starts Friday 1/27 and runs through Sunday 1/29/17.  The Sno Jet and Kawasaki are the featured snowmobiles this year!  It’s always fun watching the vintage snowmobiles from different eras parade around Lake Waconia.  With cooler temps and impending snowfall, it should be a good weekend to check it out!  Stop in to the marina to warm up, have a hot chocolate or coffee and shoot the breeze.

See you on the lake!

p.s. here's the link to the Vintage Snowmobile site...

Friday, January 20, 2017

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 1/20/17

The warmer temps this week have made conditions on the ice wet and slippery.  Bring your ice cleats! The ice itself has been holding up quite well so far.  The majority of the water on the ice is due to snow melt.  We are still seeing between 15 to 19 inches of ice as of this writing today, 1/20/17.  The access remains in good condition as well.

If you have a permanent fish house on Lake Waconia, we suggest keeping an eye on it the next several days.  Weather forecasters predict some light rain the next day or two, but thankfully the winds are supposed to be minimal through the weekend.  We don’t expect any major problems regarding the ice or fish houses in the near future, but it’s best to pay attention.  If you were hoping to bring a house out and leave it out for several days without checking on it, it may be best to move it off the holes or bring it to shore or home with you.

If you choose to move it off the holes, leave it cranked down as close to the ice as you can without freezing it in, to minimize air flow under the house (as wind mixed with water can created a whirlwind effect that erodes the ice under the house).  Keep in mind, we anticipate some snow by Tuesday or Wednesday that could make things slushy too. 

Again, it’s no time to panic regarding the conditions, but it’s best to remain diligent and watchful.  Pay attention to other’s houses too and report anything that concerns you to us so we can inform.


See you at the lake!

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