We did another ice check yesterday afternoon and continued to see ice thicknesses increasing. Most of the main areas anglers like to target early season are in great shape. Waconia Bay has between 7 to 9.5 inches (with a small marked area of 5.5 inches). The walleye hole between the marinas has ice around 6 to 9 inches. Ice out towards the Deep hole in Wagener’s Bay and Pillsbury is between 7.5 to 9.5 inches.
We continued our check north of “Under the Wires” between the west end of the island and Lakeview Terrace. While the ice has grown there too, we still found some spots in that area with as little as 4 inches and up to 7.5 inches.
We headed to Cemetery as well to get a better feel for the varying ice there, and found anywhere from 5 to 8.5 inches. The newest ice which formed over part of Cemetery and a little east has caught up nicely, however we have not been out to Anderson’s, Reds or Kegs. We haven’t assessed if the springs from past years in the 25 to 30 foot areas in the east-central part of the lake are active yet, so keep that in mind if heading that way.
As far as fishing goes, we’ve had some reports of successful sunfish and crappie action off the weedlines of Pillsbury as well as Waconia Bay in 11 to 14 feet of water. Walleyes have been decent between the marinas in the walleye hole. Most of the successful bites have been on the north side of the hole as depths climb in the 13 to 15 foot range. Jigging with fatheads has been working, as well as set-lines with shiners.
With the warm up coming this weekend, it’s a great time to get some sucker minnows and set a tip up or two! We expect a good northern pike bite for those interested. Our big fish of the season so far was weighed in at 9 pound 12 oz. pike on Tuesday by Bob Leistiko.
We hope to see you at the lake!