Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 5/18/16

Another Fishing Opener has gone by with the weather stealing the headlines.  Cold temps and high winds made it difficult for the few anglers that braved it on Saturday.  Water temps dipped to just 50 degrees by mid-Saturday.  But, as conditions slowly improved, the bite did as well.  We have had some good walleye reports for the few days since the opening day.  While those out in the late evenings or early mornings have had success fishing in less than 8 feet of water, there have been a surprising number of reports of walleyes being caught late afternoon into the early evening between 14 to 18 feet of water.  Jigs with fatheads or leeches have been working, and not surprisingly, slip bobber fishing with a leech has been productive.  Areas like Kegs Reef, North Reef and Harms Point are a few locations to have success.  Don’t hesitate to fish the points of Coney Island as well, as they are worth hitting up.  So far we’ve had a couple of 3 pounders, a 5 pounder, and a 28 incher reported, along with several in the 17 to 18 inch range.  Not a bad start considering how difficult Saturday was!

As for the crappie bite, just like the walleyes, it was tougher over the weekend.  However, as water temps have climbed into the upper 50’s to low 60’s again, we are seeing more action happening!  Waconia Bay and the Pillsbury Reef area continue to pump out decent keepers on crappie minnows.  The north side of Coney Island has been great the previous few years, and would be a good option as well. Along with the crappies are mixed in sunfish.  While the sunnies aren’t quite spawning yet, if the water temps stabilize in the mid-60’s, we’ll see an influx of beds appearing in the shallows. Wax worms or a chunk of night crawler or angle worm would be a great choice to pair with your jig/hook and bobber rig, or small spinner.

Bass have been very productive since the warm-up, as they usually are in the spring.  If you’re trying for any of the above mentioned species, you will likely have a bass bite or several.  The favorite bait for bass generally is leeches, but they aren’t too picky at the moment.  Keep in mind, as of now, it’s still catch-and-release only for largemouths.  The bass season opens on May 27th.

Our shop hours have extended since the Opener.  We are now open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am to 8 pm. We will further extend our hours starting Memorial Day Weekend!

Our fishing boat and pontoon rental season has started!  We have anxiously waited for some consistently nice spring weather, and we now have it. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve and get on beautiful Lake Waconia for some good fishing or relaxation!
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