The Fishing Opener is almost upon us, and we'll be open ALL NIGHT this Friday the 13th to celebrate the Opener and take care of your fishing needs!
While it’s seemed like forever since the ice went out, Lake Waconia’s water temps still haven’t gotten over 57 degrees, and likely will be lower 50’s come Saturday. However, due to the early ice out, expect more weed growth than normal for the Opener. Because water temps are still in the 50’s, we expect the overnight bite to be best in less than 10 feet of water like most years. With it being predicted to be a sunny Saturday, those fishing in the afternoon will want to fish in the 12 to 16 foot range.
Areas like Harm’s Point, the Carp Trap, the Rock Dock and weedlines along the Clay Banks/Reinke’s Bay, and wind-blown areas near the beach and around the northwest side of Coney Island will all be good places to target Walleyes during low-light hours. It will be tougher using deeper crankbaits this year due to the heavier weed growth, so we recommend using shallow diving cranks, jigs with leeches or fatheads, or slip bobber fishing with a leech or shiner for those with the patience to do so. Center Reef and North Reef would be worth trying for those of you fishing walleyes during the day.
If crappies are what you’ll be looking for this Opener, the lake continues to produce nice action! We are still seeing the best bites coming from the Waconia Bay weeds in 9 to 14 feet of water. It wouldn’t be shocking to see some walleyes come from there as well. Crappie minnows are still the best option for the crappies. If you’re looking to get away from Waconia Bay for crappies, we suggest trying the weeds on the north side of the lake, the north side of Coney Island, as well as Pillsbury and Center Reefs. If you need protection from a north wind, the south side of Coney Island and by Cemetery Reef has been good at times as well.
Whether you're going out on Lake Waconia or trying out a different lake this Opener, we have plenty of leeches, crawlers, fatheads and shiners on hand! If the winds cooperate, we will be renting boats and pontoons starting on Saturday! Stop in to say hi and warm up, and get the latest reports!