The Fishing Opener is almost here! Once again we will be open all ALL NIGHT this Friday the 12th for the Opener with plenty of bait (fatheads, shiners, leeches, crawlers, etc...), tackle and snacks to keep you going! Whether you are heading on Lake Waconia or checking out a different lake, we hope to see you!
After opener, our hours until Memorial Weekend will be Sunday thru Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm. We have 3 of our fishing boats ready for rent starting Saturday morning. Pontoon rental will begin the weekend of the 20th/21st. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! We begin pumping gas starting this Friday, with pump hours ending at 7:30 pm. Our gas is 91 octane, marine grade non-ethanol, perfect for all your watercraft.
It’s been over 2 months since the ice officially left the lake, and water temps are in the upper 50’s (58.6 degrees as of the morning of 5/9/17) to low 60’s. With air temps in the 70’s this weekend, we’ll see lake water stay above that 60 degree barrier, which is rare for opener weekend. With the higher water temps and earlier than usual weed growth, we don’t expect usual Opener fishing conditions. Of course it’s never a bad idea to try areas like the Rock Dock, Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek on the NW side of the lake) and Harm’s Point. But, if those usual good Opener locations aren’t producing walleyes, it might be a good idea to head to the breaks off reefs such as North, Kegs, Red’s or Anderson’s. Slip bobber fishing is a great approach, but if you don’t have the patience for that, jigging with a fathead or leech is smart.
We’ve had a good several weeks of crappie fishing on Waconia so far. As with most spring fishing, the weather dictates the bite. When the weather has been reasonable, anglers have been pulling out keepers in the 10 to 11 inch range with some bigger. Most of the spring, fishing out in Waconia Bay has been best in 12 to 15 feet of water. With water temps rising, we expect the shallow bite to pick up, with crappies likely to be found around the reeds on the NW side of the lake, Pillsbury Reef/Old Camp Manakiki area, shallow weeds on the north end and around the marinas. The sunfish bite has been better than usual so far, and expect it to pick up even more, as they get closer to their spawning pattern.
As for us at the marina, we thank you for your patience this spring as we have had a lot of projects going on! We have completed our dock installation and are in the process of getting boats back into slips and on moorings. You’ll notice some changes to the surface of our parking lot. In conjunction with the City of Waconia and Carver County, there have been surface water runoff design changes to both our lot and the street coming down our hill. These improvements will greatly reduce storm water runoff, with proper filtration into the lake. This project also enhances the use and look of our marina! There is still work being done this week, so again, thanks for your patience. The project will resume in September for completion.
Have a safe and Happy Opener!