Sunday, December 27, 2009
Snow Snow Snow! That's the word of the week on Lake Waconia. Jim has made it a point to plow to Waconia Bay, the hole between the marinas and Cemetery Reef, making it easier for fishermen to get on the ice. Ice in these areas ranges from 10 to 14 inches. There will be slush in many locations and heavy snow off the roads. We have NOT been driving to any other areas at this point. There is still sporadic ice north of Pillsbury Reef and near Harm's Point. The action has been moderate, with the most potential for Walleyes. Both small shiners and fatheads have been working, with anglers fishing anywhere from 14 to 20 feet. Sunfish and Crappie are smaller than we're used to seeing, and the perch bite has been pesky. For the panfish, find weeds in 10 to 14 feet of water. Give us a call before coming out. We'd be happy to give you the latest report. Also, we look forward resuming our fish house rentals later this week. 952-442-2096.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Happy Holidays from the In Towne Marina! Here is what we have been finding in the ice department. Much of what we are seeing is 8" to 12", with 9"-10" being quite common. Unfortunately we are finding 5"-7" of ice in some of the deeper snow drifts on the lake. When we have found as little as 5" or 6" of ice we have taken the time to mark it with caution tape. We marked these spots so that vehicles can avoid them if they want to. If You find ice you are uncomfortable with, please mark it and let us know where it is at! With todays snow we have run into some slush where the drifts are big and deep. You will see some smaller vehicle randomly on the lake. As of today we have NOT opened our access to driving vehicles, and are NOT recommending driving cars or trucks on Lake Waconia yet . If You choose to drive, make sure to do the obvious and check the ice ahead of yourself!
Caution should be used if you want to head up to the Reinke's Bay area! An ugly pressure ridge has been found up in the north east part of the lake that runs from North of the Clay Banks all the way to the railroad tracks on the north side of Lake Waconia. Keep your eyes peeled!
Let's talk fish! In the last couple of nights the walleye action has heated up. Today alone we have seen 7 fish between 17" and 23". Depths the Walleye's have been reported in are either 11'-13' on the weed edges or a little deeper of the drops in 16'-20' of water. Panfish have remained a little tougher, but sunnies, crappies and perch have all been coming in from Waconia bay, Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef. Depths of 9'-15' are where most of that action has been. Don't forget we rent Fish Houses! Call any time for more info 952-442-2096.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The winter ice fishing season is upon us. As of Monday, December 14th, ice thicknesses range from 7 to 9 inches in Waconia Bay, and 6 to 7 inches in Cemetery Reef. We have heard from reputable sources that ice thicknesses at Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef are 6 to 7 inches as well. To our knowledge, the random areas that were last to freeze now have about 5 inches on them. Keep in mind that we can't cover every square inch, so pay attention during this early ice period. We've been open for 3 days, so the reports have been limited. We've heard the sunfish bite has been good, but the size has been variable. The sunfishermen have mentioned that perch have been overly active at times, keeping the bite going. The early season walleye action has been decent. When the action is there it's been between 5 pm and 8 pm. Don't forget, we RENT Fish Houses. We hope to get started with our rental season soon. Call for reservations. 952-442-2096.