Thursday, August 25, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 8/25/16

Lake Waconia continues to produce some good fishing in August.  Sunfish have been biting best on crawlers or waxies, while crappie minnows are still working great for crappies.  You can expect to find good action continuing on the north side of Coney Island, as well as Center, Kegs and Anderson’s Reefs.  Sunnies are hanging near the weeds along with the crappies, although some anglers have been finding suspended crappies in over 20 feet of water on certain days.  Walleyes have been better in the evening hours off Kegs, North and Anderson’s Reef as of late.  A fathead minnow with jig is still a great option.  There have been a few reports of northern pike and muskie action along the weeds of Reinke’s Bay, Center Reef and the weedline of Waconia Bay.  Don’t forget to try out from Peterson’s Creek  (the “Carp Trap) for multi-species fishing. With the rainy month we’ve been given, the creek is flowing well into the lake and is always an area the fish feed after a storm. Bass are great in the shallow reeds in the early morning hours, and along the weedlines during the day.  Topwater baits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms are all good bass-catching choices. 

We are still renting fishing boats and pontoons, although our rental season will come to a close in mid-September.  If you’re looking to get on the lake for one more cruise, or for a chance at the big catch, give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve.  Store hours until Labor Day are Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to Sunset, and Saturday & Sunday from 7:30 am to Sunset. Our hours after Labor Day will be changing again, so we'll update you later as that date nears.

Waconia’s town celebration “Nickle Dickle Day” is coming up on Saturday, September 17th!  We will be offering 20% Off Bait, Tackle, Rods & Reels and Clothing on that day to celebrate.  Stop in to say hi and save!  P.S.,  there is NO Kid’s Fishing Pond this year.

To finish the report this week, we'd like to thank our great staff for the work they do all summer here at the marina! We held a fun Employee Fishing Contest earlier in the month and lots of bass were caught!  Below is a pic of our employee Carl Wenning with his 17 inch bass he caught on a spinnerbait in Waconia Bay. He and teammate Curt Hodgin won the title this year!

Carl Wenning, 17" Largemouth Bass

Thursday, July 7, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 7/7/16

What a great 4th of July Holiday mother nature gave us!  Those that made it out to Lake Waconia were given a great few days of boating or fishing!  Many of you witnessed another excellent display of fireworks put on by Waconia Chamber, Waconia Lions, and the wonderful volunteer fireworks shooters. Thanks to all who donate to put on this annual exciting show each 4th of July!

The fishing on Lake Waconia has been better than normal as we have entered July.  The most consistent fish anglers have had success with have been the crappies.  We continue to hear them being caught on the outside weedlines in 12 to 14 feet of water, as well as areas of mixed weeds and sand in 8 to 10 feet.  Crappie minnows have been most popular, although most baits have worked too. Sunfish are also around with the crappies, and have been biting well on crawlers and waxies. Many walleye anglers continue to catch crappies walleye fishing as well.

Speaking of walleyes, the bite for those has stayed decent off Keg's Reef and the rocks of Red's Reef in 14 to 18 feet of water. Some locations like the east end of Coney Island are good this time of year in deeper water, as depths drop fast, as deep as 26 feet. The northwest end of Coney Island can be great as well, in the 14 to 16 foot range. Fatheads continue to be a great choice, although leeches and crawlers have been working well too!

Largemouth Bass have been surprisingly good in late June and so far in July!  Many anglers were finding them both shallow and off deep weedlines.  We had several nice catches reported near the Carp Trap (Peterson's Creek on the NW side of the lake), and the reeds just west of that in less than 5 feet of water.  Topwater baits are always fun, as active bass will slam the surface to engulf your lure. For those working the weedlines or in the weeds, areas like Cemetery Reef, Center Reef and North Reef are all great bass locations. Using plastic worms, bass jigs, or spinnerbaits can produce nice bass in these areas.  Of course live bait like leeches and sucker minnows will always be a good bet.

While the muskie bite hasn't quite turned on like previous years yet, we have had a handful of anglers catching and releasing some.  The northern pike bite has picked up a little the past few weeks.  Working the weedlines past Lola's (below the big cemetery hill) and east toward the beach has worked.  Also the northeast side of the lake by the Clay Banks and around the cabbage weeds of Reinke's Bay can be good northern pike fishing as well.

If you haven't had the chance to get on the water, and need a way to get on Lake Waconia, don't forget we rent fishing boats and pontoons!  Click Here to learn more about our prices and policies! We make it easy for you to have an enjoyable day on the lake!  Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve.

See you at the lake!




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 6/1/16

We hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Weekend and Graduation festivities!  While Saturday was rainy, Sunday and Monday couldn’t have been better!  While Memorial Weekend is considered the beginning of summer for most, and the beginning of pleasure-boating as water temps begin to climb, we had plenty of anglers hitting the water as well.  Water temps hovered in the upper 60’s and even low 70’s in the shallows. 

Andrew Bandelin & 6-yr old Shaun Bandelin
with a basket full of Sunfish & Crappies!
Sunfish and crappies continued to bite very well.  We saw plenty of filled fish baskets , with many having success fishing in 4 to 10 feet of water by the north side of Coney Island, the south shore below the cemetery, the reeds on the northwest side of the lake (trim up when going there as there are scattered shallow rocks) and by the Rock Dock and Carp Trap, among many other areas.

The bass season opened up this past weekend as well, with much success.  Wide varieties of sizes have been reported caught.  Anglers have been catching them in some of the same areas as the panfish, as well as off weedlines of reefs while fishing walleye.  Live bait like leeches and crawlers are obvious go-to baits, but if you’re into using artificials, lures like Spinnerbaits, Power Worms, Jigs and Topwater are all fun to use right now!

Daniel Totzke with a 25" Walleye!
As for the walleye, the bite has continued to be good for those fishing early morning or early evening and after dusk.  During low-light hours, you can still find them in less than 12 feet of water, jigging or slip bobber fishing.  Fishing in 14 to 20 feet of water has worked for those fishing late afternoon or early evening.  Fatheads have been the popular bait of choice the past week, as there is a lesser chance to get bothered by the sunfish. Leeches and crawlers are great too, but expect a lot of nibbles by the active sunfish.

Muskie season opens up this upcoming weekend!  We’ll be seeing plenty of big lures flying in the search for those lake monsters.  Keep in mind, as of last year muskies in Minnesota  have to be over 54 inches to keep.  If you’re lucky enough hook into one, if it’s under 54, do what you can to get it released back in the water as soon as you can to be caught another time, as muskies are very sensitive fish after a long battle on the line.

Our Summer Hours are now in effect!  We are now open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm, and on Saturdays & Sundays from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm.  We had plenty of families out renting our pontoons and fishing boats this weekend!  Keep in mind, if you’re looking to get on Lake Waconia for an easy, fun time at the lake, give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve your day at the lake on one of our boats!  Click the following link to learn our prices and policies… http://intownemarina.com/Pontoon&BoatRental.htm

See you on the lake!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 5/18/16



Another Fishing Opener has gone by with the weather stealing the headlines.  Cold temps and high winds made it difficult for the few anglers that braved it on Saturday.  Water temps dipped to just 50 degrees by mid-Saturday.  But, as conditions slowly improved, the bite did as well.  We have had some good walleye reports for the few days since the opening day.  While those out in the late evenings or early mornings have had success fishing in less than 8 feet of water, there have been a surprising number of reports of walleyes being caught late afternoon into the early evening between 14 to 18 feet of water.  Jigs with fatheads or leeches have been working, and not surprisingly, slip bobber fishing with a leech has been productive.  Areas like Kegs Reef, North Reef and Harms Point are a few locations to have success.  Don’t hesitate to fish the points of Coney Island as well, as they are worth hitting up.  So far we’ve had a couple of 3 pounders, a 5 pounder, and a 28 incher reported, along with several in the 17 to 18 inch range.  Not a bad start considering how difficult Saturday was!

As for the crappie bite, just like the walleyes, it was tougher over the weekend.  However, as water temps have climbed into the upper 50’s to low 60’s again, we are seeing more action happening!  Waconia Bay and the Pillsbury Reef area continue to pump out decent keepers on crappie minnows.  The north side of Coney Island has been great the previous few years, and would be a good option as well. Along with the crappies are mixed in sunfish.  While the sunnies aren’t quite spawning yet, if the water temps stabilize in the mid-60’s, we’ll see an influx of beds appearing in the shallows. Wax worms or a chunk of night crawler or angle worm would be a great choice to pair with your jig/hook and bobber rig, or small spinner.

Bass have been very productive since the warm-up, as they usually are in the spring.  If you’re trying for any of the above mentioned species, you will likely have a bass bite or several.  The favorite bait for bass generally is leeches, but they aren’t too picky at the moment.  Keep in mind, as of now, it’s still catch-and-release only for largemouths.  The bass season opens on May 27th.

Our shop hours have extended since the Opener.  We are now open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am to 8 pm. We will further extend our hours starting Memorial Day Weekend!

Our fishing boat and pontoon rental season has started!  We have anxiously waited for some consistently nice spring weather, and we now have it. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve and get on beautiful Lake Waconia for some good fishing or relaxation!
 
 Here is a link to the Pontoon Prices: http://www.intownemarina.com/Pontoon%20Rental%20Prices.pdf

Here is the link to the Boat and Motor Prices: http://www.intownemarina.com/Boat%20&%20Motor%20Rental%20Prices.pdf

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - Opener 2016

The Fishing Opener is almost upon us, and we'll be open ALL NIGHT this Friday the 13th to celebrate the Opener and take care of your fishing needs!

While it’s seemed like forever since the ice went out, Lake Waconia’s water temps still haven’t gotten over 57 degrees, and likely will be lower 50’s come Saturday.  However, due to the early ice out, expect more weed growth than normal for the Opener.  Because water temps are still in the 50’s, we expect the overnight bite to be best in less than 10 feet of water like most years.  With it being predicted to be a sunny Saturday, those fishing in the afternoon will want to fish in the 12 to 16 foot range.

Areas like Harm’s Point, the Carp Trap, the Rock Dock and weedlines along the Clay Banks/Reinke’s Bay, and wind-blown areas near the beach and around the northwest side of Coney Island will all be good places to target Walleyes during low-light hours.  It will be tougher using deeper crankbaits this year due to the heavier weed growth, so we recommend using shallow diving cranks, jigs with leeches or fatheads, or slip bobber fishing with a leech or shiner for those with the patience to do so.  Center Reef and North Reef would be worth trying for those of you fishing walleyes during the day.

If crappies are what you’ll be looking for this Opener, the lake continues to produce nice action!  We are still seeing the best bites coming from the Waconia Bay weeds in 9 to 14 feet of water.  It wouldn’t be shocking to see some walleyes come from there as well.  Crappie minnows are still the best option for the crappies.  If you’re looking to get away from Waconia Bay for crappies, we suggest trying the weeds on the north side of the lake, the north side of Coney Island, as well as Pillsbury and Center Reefs.  If you need protection from a north wind, the south side of Coney Island and by Cemetery Reef has been good at times as well.

Whether you're going out on Lake Waconia or trying out a different lake this Opener, we have plenty of leeches, crawlers, fatheads and shiners on hand!  If the winds cooperate, we will be renting boats and pontoons starting on Saturday! Stop in to say hi and warm up, and get the latest reports!

Happy Opener!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 4/19/16

The crappie bite is improving on Lake Waconia! With the warmer weather last week, water temps have climbed into the upper 40’s, which helped get the crappies active.  While we need temps to reach the mid-50’s for the bite to get really good, we started hearing anglers getting a few more catches of 10 to 12 inchers mixed in with the numerous 6 to 9 inch crappies.  One 15 incher was reported over the weekend as well!  Most fishermen have been working the weeds of Waconia Bay fishing in depths ranging from 9 to 14 feet.  The smaller crappies seem to be lingering closer to the surface, so fish several feet down for a better chance at the bigger ones.

Our bait shop is now OPEN every day (weather dependent) Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm. Hours will lengthen as we get closer to the Fishing Opener.  Speaking of the Opener, we are open ALL NIGHT on Friday, May 13th for your fishing needs to celebrate the Fishing Opener!
 
Daily weekday launch rates are $5 after tax, while rates for Saturday and Sunday are $12 after tax.  Don’t forget, we offer a Summer Season Launch Pass for $160 after tax, which allows you to launch before and after business hours, as well as extra parking privileges (although parking is never guaranteed in our lot).  Stop in to pick up your season pass today!

Pontoon and Boat Rental will be starting up in the next few weeks!  We’ll keep you posted when we’re ready! In the meantime, call to make your future reservations at (952) 442-2096.

We’ll see you at the lake!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

We remain temporarily closed, but are OPENING SOON!

We remain temporarily closed through next work week while we continue to construct our marina docks.
We will OPEN our bait shop and access for the season on Saturday, April 16th! Beginning on the 16th, our Weekend hours are 8 am to 6 pm. After that, our weekday hours are 9:30 am to 6 pm. As always, we will be open ALL NIGHT, Friday May 13th for the Fishing Opener! We will announce longer hours later this spring. We look forward to seeing you!