Thursday, December 22, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Remember For your last minute Christmas Gifts, You are sure to find something here!
From Stocking stuffers, Ice Augers, to Gift Certificates, we can help you pick the perfect gift!
Friday, December 9, 2011
It's time to go Ice Fishing! Lake Waconia has been frozen over for a few days now, and we have seen some encouraging ice thicknesses. Ben checked this morning out from Waconia Bay and "Under the Wires" to the south side of the island, and over to Cemetery Reef and walked back to the marina crossing the commonly fished walleye spot between the 2 marinas. He also took a 2nd walk this afternoon from the small access in Wagener's Bay, around Harm's Point and back to our marina. Throughout his walk, he found ice averaging a strong 4 inches.
We can't speak of other areas yet, and it is important to remember to use caution either way. This early in the ice forming process, we recommend chiseling in front of yourself as a precaution. Having said that, we expect to see a lot of happy anglers!
Our store hours right now are 9 am to 5:30 pm daily. We will extend our hours as the ice thickens.
We hope to see you soon!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
We'll open from Noon to 3 pm, to receive guests wishing to see him. Please come to join him & discuss his Oct 3, 20ll proposed bill HR.3074, regarding Cormorant Control for Natural Resource Preservation.
Thanks also to bi-partisan bill co-sponsor, US Rep Collin Peterson for supporting the bill, and for previous work done on this issue!
This visit, is the culmination of years of work by Congressman Kline and his staff.
See You at the Lake this Wednesday!
In Towne Marina
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
As of this writing, cooler nights have brought recent day-time lake temps to low- mid 70's. Casting along shallow weedy shorelines & tops of reefs with weedless & topwater artificials has worked well. Live bait anglers report early morning and late evening catches near schools of bait fish -locating above weeds in 12'-14' feet of water near drop-offs.
Muskies & Northern Pike are becoming more aggressive. The bite will be ON for them and all species as water temps continue to fall and they feed to fatten for the Winter. Lake vegetation will thin-out, making weed edges easier to fish. Later, Lunkers can be expected to follow baitfish as they migrate to warmer shallow locations to feed. This season is when some of the BIGGEST fish are caught. Don't forget your camera and net!
Our Bait Shop & Launch has shortend hours now, after Labor Day.
In Sept, we open M-F @ 10 am ; Sat & Sun Open:7am & Close @ Sunset.
We hate to face it, but we'll begin removing boats and docks in later Sept. & early Oct. to store them for the winter.
Our final Shop & Launch Day for this Summer/Fall Season is Oct. 8th.
Of course, we RE-OPEN with first walking ice, for the ICE Fishing Season from Dec-March!
Come enjoy the lake at it's best, now! If you want to arrive before our business hours, just give us a call to arrange launch and ask for parking directions. Always feel free to call before coming for weather,wind, lake & fishing reports. Your convenience is important to us!
Our blog will continue until Oct. closing & begin again in Winter. Continue to watch here for updates & stop in for your bait, boat winterization supplies, launch, goodies & fishing or boating news! We'd love to share your fish photo or report here! Fill in an application NOW to arrange to have your boat here in 2012! Slip & Buoy applications @ our website can be printed to submit .
We're proud Bronze Sponsors of Waconia's 50th Anniversay "NICKLE DICKLE DAY", Sat, Sept 17th ! The day is full of "Crazy Sales", food & fun Events! Don't miss it! ALSO stick around for a STREET DANCE that evening!!!! Go to destinationwaconia.org for info. See our PROMOTION PAGE @ our website , to learn about our FREE KIDS Fishing Pond that day:) !
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
It's that time of year again! The In Towne staff was all hands on deck for the Annual Employee Fishing Contest. This Years Species? Sheepshead! After seeing a picture of the monsterous 36" Sheep caught a couple of weeks ago, we were inspired to chase the elusive Freshwater Drum! We decided to include Walleyes in the contest figuring if we did't, all we would catch is Mr. Marble-Eyes! Fishing was 5pm-8pm followed by pizza and cupcakes! What a great night of fishing, Eating and Fun! The old guys were victorious in the fishing department! The Team of "Guru" Chuck Corey and partner Ben Mase hopped in a Marina pontoon and boated 2 nice Sheepshead! What a great time as always!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The sunfish are easy to find as they are in the shallow waters preparing to spawn. Within the last few days the females have been shallow and are full of eggs. You can also find some big males in shallow ready to take over the beds as soon as the females are spawned out. Areas to find them are along the west and northwest shoreline in and around the pencil reeds and also along the south shoreline. The preferred bait is wax worms, crawlers, or leeches. If live bait isn't your thing then some Berkely Gulp or a beetle spin will work wonders as well. Crappies have moved out deeper but are still catch-able. Try to find a solid weedline on a reef and that is where the crappies will be hanging out.
Walleyes have started to head out to their summer areas now that the water has warmed up. Their preferred meal is a jig and a minnow, jig and a leech, or a Lindy rig with a leech. Low light around dawn and dusk have been the key times in catching walleyes. A lot of the walleye fisherman have been fishing the reefs; including Kegs, North, and Andersons along the weedlines in 14-18 feet of water.
The first two weeks of the muskie season has been a challenge for most anglers. The fish haven't been as active as they usually are this time of year. There have been a few reports of guys catching a muskie or two around the moon phases and low light hours. A bucktail or large plastics have been working the best.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The Marina just doesn’t look right until the boats are here to fill it up! Good News! We’re happy to say we have steadily emptied our Marina boat storage area to return marina & customer boats, completing the scene! Bobbing boats at slips buoys & on the lake are the final icing on the cake!
Welcome to our old and new marina members & customers-if you aren’t here yet- “Yes, Your boats’ slip or buoy is ready to bring it to its’ summer home !” Members are now scheduling to launch & tie boats into their space. Daily launch customers are breaking-in all forms of watercraft to fish, swim, ski, drift and tour Lake Waconia this summer.
Walleye anglers have had a great start. Overcast, wet & windy days- scorned by others- has been PERFECT for Walleye! Since opener, reports are consistently good. Some bigger fish from upper 20” to 30” + inches [most reportedly released] are being hooked. Numerous over 16” [Waconia walleye minimum length limit] are reported daily/nightly. Both live & artificial bait has worked yet in productive shallow shoreline areas & tops of reefs.
The water temps are finally staying in the 50’s & rising. When weather allows, daytime fisherman are actively pursuing panfish, and as of late they have been more successful! 4 & sometimes even 3 to a pound Sunfish “keepers” can be found- mixed in with lots of young. Crappies are activating & better-sized too, with most caught this week in 6’-12’ of water. Panfish spawning has just begun- so watch for change as they finish breeding to guard nests.
We invite marina members, launch and retail clients, as well as Pontoon & Boat Rental customers to join us! Call to reserve a 14’ Rental boat & motor, available NOW. Pontoon Rental starts Memorial Weekend. Reserve now- for later use!
Go To: www. intownemarina.com for Rental times/prices & details.
Summer Shop Hours have begun [weather permitting]:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-8: 30 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays: 6:30am-8: 30 pm.
See you at the Lake!
In Towne Marina on –“ Lake Waconia: Site of MN Gov.’s Opener 2012”
Look for more Waconia fun @destinationwaconia.org -Waconia’s Chamber Site!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Mother Nature has challenged Minnesota anglers and boaters this spring! It may be taking a little longer to get gear out and weather to use it, but as the saying goes, “Nothing worth waiting for, comes Easy”!
Even as waves crashed, clouds tumbled & the thermometer dipped instead of raised, the lake scene here remained fascinating, as we worked on spring marina assembly. We hope the beauty of the lake and the first hum of your motor help you forget the long wait, soon! FISH ON!! BOAT ON!!
Our launch is ready and bait tanks are filled, coolers, candy bins, ice & tackle stocked. Need a new combo, or tackle to rig it- we have it all, just in time to go after the big ones! By next week at this time our docks & buoys will be filling with stored boats of valued marina members. We’re anxious for their arrival & a great summer!
THIS Friday 5/ 13 we’ll be serving up opener bait and sharing fishing wisdom & smart talk with anyone who wants to join in, ALL NIGHT LONG!! No matter if you forgot your license, battery for your flashlight, lighter, leader, rod tips or line? We’ve been supplying what you’ve forgotten, broken or just plain wish you had for lot’s of years now [over 30]! Stop in, if we don’t have it, we’ll help find it.
Just a few OPENER LAKE NOTES as of this writing 5/11/11:
-Yesterday was the 2nd day the surface water temp rose above 50 degrees
-Shoreline trees greened up just a few days ago- No lilacs are blooming yet
-Lake water level is 16” higher than Fall 2010, before ice formed
-Creek and surface water is actively running into & out of the lake
-Last seasons cattails are generally flooded
-Water clarity has been low [visibility 4’ down or less] but is improving daily
-Carver County Water Patrol placed Danger Buoys on the west shore Wagener’s Bay marking the “Rock Dock”; at the N/E Public Approach & a few on the north shore.
DNR Reminder: Pull your boat plug & drain live-wells when exiting all waters. Do NOT transport bait or fish in LAKE water. Do not dispose of bait held in “lake” water into the lake, or on its shore. Ensure your boat plug is IN & boat free of exotics BEFORE launching/leaving. Keep live bait out of lake water, to hold it.
To Help You comply-WE Offer:
- FREE “fresh” non-chlorine water to transport & refresh live bait.
- Bring your unwanted bait, dead or alive to our SHOP. We will properly dispose of it, FREE. PLEASE do NOT put bait in our Trash Containers!
- We sell ice to legally transport your catch.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
We went to bed Tuesday, April 12th with ice still floating on the majority of Lake Waconia and awoke Wednesday morning, April 13th to WATER. What a welcome sight!
As of this writing, our shop & boat landing will remain temporarily closed for a short time, as we move docks off our parking lot into the lake, to make room for customer vehicle and/or trailer parking.
Unusual high winds and cold have interrupted work, and comfortable boating. When things calm, Marina dock system installation begins ASAP.
We will update news on our phone message @ (952) 442-2096, and also this blog. When parking space allows we’ll open the shop & launch with shortened hours to accommodate early boaters. We look forward to resuming regular hours as soon possible, as the weather allows us to complete summer business preparations.
Thank you for your patience, see you at the lake ! Let the fun & fishing start soon!
-Water levels are very high -use closed throttle near shore to avoid erosion
-This year we have a NEW reduced rate Mon-Friday Season Pass [excludes Holidays & Weekends]. FULL Summer Season Passes can still be purchased which includes all Weekends & holidays.
-We have added 2 NEW 21’ Rental Pontoons to our Pontoon & 14’ Boat Rental fleet. Go to our web site @ intownemarina.com for rental details, rates & times.
-Regular Summer Hours will Resume by Opening Fishing Weekend, 5/15/11 or before.
-Go to www.destinationwaconia.org for lots of fun and savings in Waconia, every day!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
We look forward to opening soon after the ice turns into open water, and after we begin our dock-building process. See you then!
If you are interested in keeping a boat with us for this summer, please email your information and boat specs to InTowneMarina@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
What a beautiful day Monday turned out to be! Anglers of all ages came out to Lake Waconia to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Adrian Peterson All Day Foundation. While the bite wasn't what we had hoped, we witnessed many smiles across the crowd who enjoyed the nice weather and the chance to meet some celebrities. The Minnesota Vikings very own Jim Kleinsasser, John Sullivan, Ben Leber, and Hall of Famer Paul Krause were present. Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding was there, and looked at home on Lake Waconia's ice. "Minnesota Bound" star Raven along with her good buddy Ron Schara made a point of stopping out as well! Adrian Peterson of the Vikes was the big draw though, and people sure were excited to see him! Many very nice prizes were given out throughout the day. The top 3 fishing prizes for the Adults were all won with perch, while the Kids did a little better with the top fish being a 6.9 oz. crappie caught by Nathan Heinen. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes were awarded to kids who also caught perch.