Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Summer Hours - 5/21/19

Our regular summer hours begin this Memorial Day Weekend! Starting this Saturday, 5/25 our bait shop will be open from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm every Saturday during the heart of the summer. Hours Sunday through Friday will begin this weekend too and are 7:30 am to 8:30 pm. Boat & Motor and Pontoon rentals begin Saturday as well! Call for reservations at (952) 442-2096. Our gas pump, with 91 octane, non-ethanol marine gas is fully going too! Gas service ends at 8 pm each night.

We currently have a great price on Regular/Medium Leeches (15 per container). Buy 2 containers for $5.00 (regularly $3.99 each)! Great for walleye, bass or panfish!

This spring has been a rollercoaster of weather with Mother Nature throwing curveballs at fishermen. Water temps had begun to climb into the 60’s and we were seeing panfish start to move into the shallows. With air temps drastically dropping recently, combined with high winds and rain, water temps are now back into the low 50’s with fish moving back out. Because of the extreme fluctuation, fishing has been inconsistent on the more dreary days. Even when it’s nice, you might have to adjust your fishing style or location following a cold/windy day. We hope to get out of this funk of cold wet weather soon and expect the bit to pick up when it gets more consistently nice.

So far, this spring there has been a very good crappie bite despite the odd weather. Many anglers have been finding them on the edge of Waconia Bay suspended off the bottom (as your bait drops) in 8 to 12 feet of water. The Clay Banks have been good as well. Sunfish have been mixed in too when it’s not cold and windy. Many have taken advantage of a strong catch-and-release bite for bass since the walleye opener. This Saturday the 25th is the official Bass Opener, allowing those of you hoping to keep a few to do so. Generally speaking, for a strong bass bite, stick to the shallows for the first week or two once we get some consistent weather and water temps warm back up. As for walleyes, the first week-and-a-half of the season has been good when the weather allows. Many have found good action working in typical spring locations such as the Carp Trap/Peterson’s Creek inlet on the NW side of the lake, the Clay Banks on the NE side, the Rock Dock on the west side and Harm’s Point. Best times have been at low light or dark. Expect weeds, specifically curly leaf pond weed, to continue to grow rapidly and change “fishability”. Many times normal weedlines that would be at 12 to 14 feet get extended out to 16 or 17 feet because of the curly leaf. That weed grows fast, but lays down later in June into early July and reverts the lake back to normal weedline depths for fishing. While fishing for all of the above, don’t be surprised to hook into a nice northern pike. They are expected to continue to be active as they were all winter. A friendly reminder…Muskie season begins Saturday, June 1st.

We look forward to nicer spring weather soon and hope to see you at the lake!

Monday, May 6, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Hours Update - Spring Hours begin Thursday, May 9th at Noon. Open ALL Night Friday May 9th for Opener!

Our Bait Shop and Access opens for the season this Thursday, May 9th at Noon! Our spring hours are Monday through Friday from Noon to 7pm, and on Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 7pm. With the Fishing Opener upon us, we will again be OPEN ALL NIGHT this Friday May 10th until closing time on Saturday the 11th at 7pm. We will be stocked up with all of your bait and tackle needs or if you need a quick break for a warm-up of coffee or hot chocolate, or to share a fish story!

We continue to install or brace our marina docks, so we thank you for your patience while we get this work done. Parking will be somewhat limited until all equipment gets put into 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 to renting and gas becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming days and being here for all of your Fishing Opener needs!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In Towne Marina Spring Update - 4/30/19 - Bait Shop and Access opens for the season on Thursday, May 9th

Heads up! Our Bait Shop and Access will be opening for the season on Thursday, May 9th. Weather has held up our Marina dock assembly progress preventing us from being ready for you sooner. Hours will be announced before the opening date. Gas Service and Boat Rentals will begin at a later time as well. We thank you for your patience while we continue to work on our dock installation. See you soon!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

In Towne Marina is Closed for the Winter Season as of 3/3/19. Thanks!

We are now closed for the Winter Season! Our access will remain temporarily open for use while conditions allow. However, we will not be plowing any lake roads after today, 3/3/19 and may close the access at any time due to excess snow, ice conditions or safety concerns,etc... As always, drive at your own risk.

Thank you for another wonderful winter on Lake Waconia! We will update you with potential spring opening hours once the ice is off the lake and we have begun installation of our dock system.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 3/2/19

We have our road plowed again past Center reef and out to Pillsbury, albeit getting nothing but narrower in spots. It’s predicted to be windy on Sunday, therefore the 4+ inches of light snow we got yesterday will blow around and fill in the road and around houses making it even more difficult to get houses off the lake. We recommend taking time to remove your house from the lake today unless you have a plow or at minimum a 4 wheel drive truck with chains. Reminder, we will not be plowing to Cemetery anymore. Also, since we close for the season after Sunday, we will not be maintaining any lake roads from our marina beyond Sunday 3/3/19. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice, Plowing and Fishing Update: 2/26/19

We want to thank everyone for a great winter on Lake Waconia! We will be closing for the season after this Sunday, 3/3/19. We are done renting Fish Houses after this Wednesday, 2/27/19.

We will do our best to keep our lake road open past Center Reef and to Pillsbury Reef through 3/3 (we will not be servicing the road to Cemetery Reef). However, there is continued measurable snow forecasted on Friday with increasing wind on Saturday. Because our road is already very narrow in many areas, we cannot guarantee that it will be easy to navigate after more snow and wind. Therefore, since fish houses must be removed by Monday, 3/4/19 anyway, those with houses on Lake Waconia that use the road we plow, should consider removing it before more snow comes while we have a good road open. After Sunday 3/3, we will not be maintaining the lake road.

For those coming to the lake to fish, remember that the Gamefish Season (Bass, Northern and Walleyes) is now closed as of last Sunday 2/24/19. Also, we now have new 2019 Fishing Licenses available for purchase through our closing date on the 3rd. We have seen a continued good sunfish and crappie bite fishing in the weeds or on weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sunfish have been good all day, with crappies best between 6 to 9 pm. While there are plenty of smaller fish being caught, there are enough keepers mixed in to make the frying pan!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Our Access is back OPEN! - 2/25/29

Our access is back open for use. The road plowed past Waconia Bay and Center Reef to Pillsbury is much narrower now. We are not plowing to Cemetery as it's too hard to keep open and so few people are using it.