Thursday, May 24, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Hours

Memorial Weekend is right around the corner and our shop hours will be extended starting this Saturday, 5/26. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 7 am to 8 pm, and Monday through Friday will be 8 am to 8 pm. There are still plenty of moving parts going on at our marina as we catch up from the late spring. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we will be returning customer boats from storage to their slips and moorings over the next 2 weeks and will continue to have limited parking during this time. We will also announce soon when our gas pump service is available.

As for the fishing, this weekend is Bass Opener, and they have been very active! Those fishing for walleye have had to contend with bass biting on a consistent basis. Bass have been caught in varied depths, but trying shallow early in the season is always a good, easy plan. Leeches or crawlers are a great if you’re using live bait. Soft plastic worms or flukes are good artificials to try.

The water temp yesterday morning was 63 degrees and we expect it to climb into the upper 60’s and maybe the low 70’s with this weekend’s warmth, so we expect the walleye bite to move deeper. Areas like Keg’s, North and Red’s Reefs are worth hitting up. You can still fish areas like the Clay Banks and Harm’s point for action. Fatheads and leeches are recommended.

We expect the sunfish and crappie bite to remain strong as well. Crappies in particular have been very good so far this spring. Sunfish may begin their spawning pattern soon with the aforementioned water temperature increase. Expect to have the most success in 12 feet or less, but don’t be surprised to find them a little deeper too. Crappie Minnows, Wax worms and chunks of night crawler should do the trick.

For those looking to rent fishing boats or pontoons from us, we are thankful for your interest and patience. We hope to be renting in early June. The late spring and necessary dock installation process has delayed our ability to rent thus far. Please call (952) 442-2096 for your future reservation needs!

See you at the lake!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Lake and Fishing Report - Opening for the Season Friday, May 11th / Shortened Hours after Opener

Fishing Opener is right around the corner and we will once again be there for your overnight needs! The Bait Shop and Access will open for the season this Friday, May 11th at 2 pm. We stay open all night Friday night until closing Saturday, May 12th at 6:30 pm. Because of our continued marina dock work, we will have shortened hours for the near future. Those interim hours after Opener are Monday through Friday 2 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 6:30 pm.

We thank you for your continued patience while we assemble our marina later than usual because of the record spring late ice-out. Parking will be limited until we have all of our equipment in the water. Our Boat and Motor, Pontoon Rentals and Gas Dock Service are not available at this time. We will update when we get closer renting and gas becomes available.

As for the fishing, we hope for a strong walleye bite this opener. Water temps are in the low 50’s and we expect good shallow water action overnight and into the early morning. Places like Harm’s Point, the Rock Dock, the Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek area), or any shallow emerging weedline should be good starting points. We should have all the bait on hand that you’ll need to get those Lake Waconia walleyes. For those fishing for crappies, we have been seeing plenty of activity in Waconia Bay. Anglers are fishing in 10 to 14 feet of water as of now. The open-water season is just getting going, so we hope to report some great catches after this weekend!

Good luck fishing this weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Report - Shop/Access remain temporarily closed.

The record has been broken. Lake Waconia ice-out has never been later. The official ice-out is today, May 4th. Due to the extremely late start to the open-water season, our bait shop and access will remain closed for an interim period of time while we begin constructing our marina docks. We will update mid-next week with any potential opening hours for both our bait shop and access.

It takes several weeks for us to complete work needed to safely use our docks. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time as there will be periodic disruptions moving heavy dock equipment from our parking lot into the lake that we normally don’t have to worry about this time of year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Report - 4/30/18

It’s April 30th and we STILL have ice on Lake Waconia. Lake resident and naturalist Jim Gilbert of WCCO recently shared his lake ice-out record information with us (that dates back to 1940). The latest Lake Waconia ice has ever gone out on record was May 1st, which has happened 3 times (1941, 1950 and 1965). Unless something drastically changes in the next 36 hours, that record will unfortunately be broken.

We will remain closed for an interim period (even after the ice is out) while we construct our marina docks. We will update any potential store opening hours as we know more and progress with our dock building. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us, as we will be working very hard to get things set up safely for use.


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!