It's time to get on Lake Waconia, as the ice is in excellent shape. We have a nice plowed road from the marina that goes past Waconia Bay, "Under the Wires", Center Reef and to Pillsbury Reef. Ice thicknesses in those areas are 12 to 16 inches! That is where the majority of the activity is on the lake, and it's easiest to travel off road to get on your spot. If you want to get away from the larger groups of fish houses and try other areas on the lake, you'll find good ice, but not as thick as the areas on the western part of the lake. You can find ice varying from 9 to 14 inches by Kegs, North, Reds, Cemetery and Anderson's Reefs. If it's easier to visualize on a map, stop in to the marina, and we'll show you what we're talking about. Keep in mind, we don't always plow roads to the areas that have light traffic.
The bite for panfish has been excellent. There has been a lot of good sunfish action on waxies and larva during the day between 10 to 14 feet of water on Center and Pillsbury. Crappies have been biting well on crappie minnows there too during the day, but with the best action late afternoon into the early evening. Some of the best crappie activity has been in the deeper water of Wagener's Bay (south of Pillsbury). Angler's have been pleasantly surprised with lots of bites suspended 6 to 10 feet off the bottom in 18 to 25 feet of water. Walleyes have also been biting in the evening or early morning on Center Reef. Fatheads have been working well in 12 to 15 feet of water. Keep in mind, Lake Waconia walleyes must be at least 16 inches to keep.
We're in the full swing of Fish House rental season! We've got our fish houses out on Center Reef in 11 to 15 feet of water, and on the eastern part of Wagener's Bay (south of Pillsbury) in 18 to 19 feet of water. If you're interested in getting in on some good ice fishing action, give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve!
Don't forget to weigh in your Lake Waconia fish to have your picture taken, and to potentially qualify for our FREE Ice and Dice prize giveaway! We are looking forward to seeing your big catch!