Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lake Waconia Fishing & Ice Report 1-16-13

The lake is in excellent shape after that warm spell late last week.  Despite the rain, the weekend was welcomed with very cold temps that quickly solidified the top of the ice.  With very little snow now, and cold nights, we're seeing thicknesses in the 15 to 17 inch range.

The best bite recently has been those going for sunfish in the daytime.  The action has been hot, with numerous limits coming out of the lake.  We are continuing to hear anglers having success in the 9 to 14 foot range with good weeds.  They are all different sizes, so expect to do some sorting for the keepers.  Crappies are biting well too, mostly in the evening.  While we expect anglers to target them deeper in the coming weeks, we're still hearing of the best bite shallower, near the weeds in the same territory as the sunfish.  Northern Pike have been getting a little more active lately.  We had one come in yesterday that was 11# 9 oz., which was the week's biggest fish.  We've seen pike ranging in all sizes this year, which has been good to see.  Small to medium suckers are working best, with the bite mostly coming in the same areas as the sunfish and crappies.  Walleyes continue to be either small or big, with the good eaters being harder to come by.  We suggest getting away from the crowded areas by fishing some of the good drops by Keg's, North or Center reefs.  Those spending the night are having the best luck in the wee hours of the morning.

We continue to have plenty of winners in our FREE Ice and Dice prize giveaway!  Don't forget to weigh in your fish during business hours to qualify for a chance to win a prize.

We've had some good success in our Rental Fish Houses so far this season.  We've had plenty of sunfish, some crappies, and a nice northern pike come out of them in the past several days.  Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!  We'll have the heat on and the holes drilled for you!  If you're renting a house and you don't have any gear, you can rent jig sticks, as well as an underwater camera.  We're stocked with live bait for sale, licenses, tackle and snacks for your trip.

Ice fishing season is in full swing, and we've had a lot of happy fishermen join us on the ice!  We hope to see you soon!

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