With this expected increase in sunshine and water temperature, we expect the panfish bite to continue to be strong. This past week has been excellent crappie fishing. Many anglers have been bringing numbers of crappies home with them after doing some sorting. General depths of 8 to 12 feet continue to be where a lot of fishermen have found success. Also, when boating on a calmer day, you'll often notice fish scattering along the surface as you go along. If you see that happening and you're in the mood to have some fun, stop the boat and get your Beetle Spin out, as it's possible to catch many fish quickly! It's worth trying the shallows too along the reeds on the northwest side of the lake. Expect to see sunfish getting into a spawn pattern as well. With the weird weather this spring, the normal spawn periods have been pushed back or disrupted.
Lake Waconia bass fishing has been excellent as well! While many have found success using artificials such as spinner baits, texas-rigged worms or crankbaits, we've had several fishermen haul in nice ones on leeches, crawlers and shiners. Again, this is the time of year you can catch them in varying depths. Some like fishing in the shallow reed areas or by the Rock Dock, while others have targeted them either in the weeds or on the edges of the weeds in 10 to 15 feet.
Muskies, muskies, muskies! The bite has been on! We've seen or heard of many very large muskies being caught on the lake. The biggest one so far was caught by 12-year old Hunter Noeldner. He reeled in the fish of his lifetime back on the 5th of June. His 52 incher, caught on a Bulldawg was massive, and was a reward for a full day of fishing. Also, this past weekend's Metro Muskie Tournament, which involved over 20 metro lakes, was won on Lake Waconia again! Matthew Finn was the big winner of the event, as he caught a 50 incher AND a 49 incher! Wow! In all, 4 of the 6 biggest fish of the 20-lake event came from Lake Waconia.
If you're looking to get on the lake, and don't have a boat, remember we RENT fishing boats and pontoons! Rates for the fishing boats are as little as $24 for 2 hours during the week. Pontoons are as little as $119 for 2 hours during the week. Gas is INCLUDED for all of our rentals! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve or learn about all of our rental options.
With summer seemingly upon us, we hope to see you on the lake!
|Hunter Noeldner (on the right) with his 52 incher!|