Monday, September 3, 2018

In Towne Marina New Hours after Labor Day starting Tuesday 9/4...

Hours from Tuesday, 9/4 until 9/30 are Monday thru Friday 11:30 am to Sunset and on Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to Sunset.  Our Gas Pump Service will end each night at 7 pm.  Shop and Gas Pump hours are weather dependent.  We close for the season after Sunday, September 30th.

Our pontoon and fishing boat rental season is coming to a close soon.  We will be renting through the weekend of September 8th/9th with limited rentals.  After that, our boats will likely be stored for the season.  If you wish to rent, we highly recommend calling ahead of time to reserve at (952) 442-2096 and we'll let you know if we have something available.  Thank you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Hours - 8/22/18

The summer season is winding down and daylight is getting shorter. With school starting for many families and some of our summer staff moving on to their education, we have shortened our store and gas pump hours. Currently through Labor Day we are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to Sunset, and on Saturday & Sunday from 7:30 am to Sunset. Gas Pump Services ends at 7:30 pm. After Labor Day we will update with more shortened hours.

While the season got off to a late and slow start in June, we have had wonderful weather in July and August! Fishing has been very good longer into the season than normal. Sunfish action has been excellent all summer long, with many caught that were bigger than what we normally see out of Lake Waconia. The bite for sunnies has been so good, that walleye anglers have been frustrated with the constant biting of their leeches, crawlers and even minnows. Many different depths have worked for the sunnies, but you’ll generally always have success in or on the edge of the weeds around 12 feet of water. An easy spot to always try is on the southeast side or north side of Coney Island. Don’t be surprised to find action for crappies and bass too in those depths as they have been good as well. Bigger bass has been caught in the weeds off reefs such as North, Cemetery, Center and Pillsbury. Don’t hesitate to hit up the super shallows using topwater lures for some exciting bass action as well. As far as walleyes, the bite lately has been deeper. Locations such as Keg’s, Red’s or the east end of the island are all worth trying. Depths from 17 to 25 feet have produced some success with fathead minnows. Northern pike continue their resurgence on Lake Waconia. We aren’t up to the numbers from 20 years ago, but it’s fairly common to catch some pike if you’re targeting them, and even if you’re trying to get bass or walleye, anglers have had surprise pike bites. Muskies have gotten more active in August. We’ve had reports of catches in the upper 30’s to low 40 inch range, with one even up to 53 inches reported earlier in the week. Areas by the weeds of North and Kegs reef are good locations, as well as the weedline on southeast side of the island. Working the south shoreline weeds to the east toward the beach is also well worth targeting muskies.

We have a couple of quick notes we want to share regarding our slip and buoy members at the marina. We are thankful for all of the families that have chosen the In Towne Marina to trust us with their boat this summer! We celebrated another season with them in late July by having a fun get together with buffet lunch, drawing prizes and an informal fishing contest. Fun was had by all and there were some impressive fish caught. The Royer family won our grand prize drawing. As for the fishing contest, the winning sunfish was caught by young Logan DeMarce with a HALF POUND Pumpkinseed! Robbie Olson had the winning bass at over 2 pounds.

As I previously mentioned, some of our staff have moved back to college recently, and we celebrated them last week with our Employee Fishing Contest! Of course a full year’s worth of bragging rights were at stake, and the winners were Ben Hester and Kort Oelfke, with over 10 pounds of bass to take 1st Place! We’re thankful for the job our wonderful staff does!

Come out to the lake while the summer temps are still here! We will be renting fishing boats and pontoons through the 2nd weekend of September. Give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

We look forward to seeing you at the lake!


Friday, June 8, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Hours - 6/8/18

Our Pontoon and Fishing Boat Rental Season is now in full swing! We have 3 pontoons that hold up to 9 adults each and 1 that holds 12 adults. We rent 2 fishing boats with 15 hp motors that hold up to 4 people each and 1 fishing boat with a 9.9 hp motor that holds 3 people. For more information, click on this link…

If you are interested in reserving a pontoon or fishing boat, please call (952) 442-2096.

We will be extending our shop and access hours starting this Saturday, June 9th. Hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, and on Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.

The bite is still on for many species in Lake Waconia! Water temps have been hovering in the low-to-mid 70’s. The sunfish spawn has continued in the shallows. Expect a strong sunfish bite on waxies and crawlers. Crappies have moved a little deeper. Fish them in the weeds in 8 to 16 feet of water with crappie minnows for good action in places like Keg’s, North and Center Reefs or on the north end of Coney Island. Walleye anglers have been catching some nice crappies occasionally on fatheads as well. As for the walleyes, with the transition into more of a summer pattern, we suggest fishing with fatheads and leeches off the deeper weed lines and drops such as Keg’s, North, Red’s and Anderson’s Reef as well as the east end of Coney Island. Muskie season began last week and we had some reports of catches in the low-to-mid 40 inch range. Big Spinners have been a common choice in 12 to 16 feet of water. Bass action has still been very good. We’ve had a wide range of sizes being caught both shallow and deeper. Different angling styles have worked. Soft plastics have been good in less than 8 feet of water, while spinnerbaits and jigs have produced some nice ones in the weeds on the reefs. We continue to have some decent reports of northern pike being caught. Many times they are caught while fishing bass or walleye.

We look forward to seeing you! Good luck fishing!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Hours

Memorial Weekend is right around the corner and our shop hours will be extended starting this Saturday, 5/26. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 7 am to 8 pm, and Monday through Friday will be 8 am to 8 pm. There are still plenty of moving parts going on at our marina as we catch up from the late spring. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we will be returning customer boats from storage to their slips and moorings over the next 2 weeks and will continue to have limited parking during this time. We will also announce soon when our gas pump service is available.

As for the fishing, this weekend is Bass Opener, and they have been very active! Those fishing for walleye have had to contend with bass biting on a consistent basis. Bass have been caught in varied depths, but trying shallow early in the season is always a good, easy plan. Leeches or crawlers are a great if you’re using live bait. Soft plastic worms or flukes are good artificials to try.

The water temp yesterday morning was 63 degrees and we expect it to climb into the upper 60’s and maybe the low 70’s with this weekend’s warmth, so we expect the walleye bite to move deeper. Areas like Keg’s, North and Red’s Reefs are worth hitting up. You can still fish areas like the Clay Banks and Harm’s point for action. Fatheads and leeches are recommended.

We expect the sunfish and crappie bite to remain strong as well. Crappies in particular have been very good so far this spring. Sunfish may begin their spawning pattern soon with the aforementioned water temperature increase. Expect to have the most success in 12 feet or less, but don’t be surprised to find them a little deeper too. Crappie Minnows, Wax worms and chunks of night crawler should do the trick.

For those looking to rent fishing boats or pontoons from us, we are thankful for your interest and patience. We hope to be renting in early June. The late spring and necessary dock installation process has delayed our ability to rent thus far. Please call (952) 442-2096 for your future reservation needs!

See you at the lake!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Lake and Fishing Report - Opening for the Season Friday, May 11th / Shortened Hours after Opener

Fishing Opener is right around the corner and we will once again be there for your overnight needs! The Bait Shop and Access will open for the season this Friday, May 11th at 2 pm. We stay open all night Friday night until closing Saturday, May 12th at 6:30 pm. Because of our continued marina dock work, we will have shortened hours for the near future. Those interim hours after Opener are Monday through Friday 2 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 6:30 pm.

We thank you for your continued patience while we assemble our marina later than usual because of the record spring late ice-out. Parking will be limited until we have all of our equipment in the water. Our Boat and Motor, Pontoon Rentals and Gas Dock Service are not available at this time. We will update when we get closer renting and gas becomes available.

As for the fishing, we hope for a strong walleye bite this opener. Water temps are in the low 50’s and we expect good shallow water action overnight and into the early morning. Places like Harm’s Point, the Rock Dock, the Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek area), or any shallow emerging weedline should be good starting points. We should have all the bait on hand that you’ll need to get those Lake Waconia walleyes. For those fishing for crappies, we have been seeing plenty of activity in Waconia Bay. Anglers are fishing in 10 to 14 feet of water as of now. The open-water season is just getting going, so we hope to report some great catches after this weekend!

Good luck fishing this weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Report - Shop/Access remain temporarily closed.

The record has been broken. Lake Waconia ice-out has never been later. The official ice-out is today, May 4th. Due to the extremely late start to the open-water season, our bait shop and access will remain closed for an interim period of time while we begin constructing our marina docks. We will update mid-next week with any potential opening hours for both our bait shop and access.

It takes several weeks for us to complete work needed to safely use our docks. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time as there will be periodic disruptions moving heavy dock equipment from our parking lot into the lake that we normally don’t have to worry about this time of year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Report - 4/30/18

It’s April 30th and we STILL have ice on Lake Waconia. Lake resident and naturalist Jim Gilbert of WCCO recently shared his lake ice-out record information with us (that dates back to 1940). The latest Lake Waconia ice has ever gone out on record was May 1st, which has happened 3 times (1941, 1950 and 1965). Unless something drastically changes in the next 36 hours, that record will unfortunately be broken.

We will remain closed for an interim period (even after the ice is out) while we construct our marina docks. We will update any potential store opening hours as we know more and progress with our dock building. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us, as we will be working very hard to get things set up safely for use.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In Towne Marina Closing for the Season after Sunday, March 4th

Our bait shop and main access will be closed for the season after Sunday, March 4th. We will keep an alternate access lane open (where we launch boats in the summer) for a limited time depending on ice and snow conditions (Drive at your own risk).  Also, after Sunday, March 4th we will not be plowing any more lake roads. We appreciate those of you that joined us for a great winter on Lake Waconia. It sure was nice to have good ice all season and good fishing action too!

Don’t forget to get your 2018 fishing license before heading out for spring ice fishing! Also, fish houses must be removed from lakes on Monday, March 5th. With a forecast with temps in the upper 40’s this weekend, with rain/snow coming Sunday into Monday, we recommend getting ahead of the weather by removing your fish house early if possible. Ice on the main lake is currently in great shape. With the warmth melting the snow and potential rain, we expect a lot of water, especially in plowed roads. Our access currently is still in good shape as well, but we expect it to worsen this weekend.

Thanks again!  The Mase’s and Staff

Friday, February 23, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice & Fishing Report - 2/23/18

All of the lake roads we have plowed all season have been opened back up by Ben today after last night’s snowfall. Conditions off-road have gotten more difficult with drifts scattered all over. Those with 4-wheel drive trucks can still get around off-road, but if we continue to get measurable snow this weekend, removing fish houses will get exponentially more difficult. We will continue to plow to the same areas we have all winter while we remain open for the season, but will not be plowing to new areas. We close for the Winter Season after Sunday, March 4th.

As for the fishing, we continue to get good sunfish reports during the daytime. Wax worms and larva have been doing the trick in 11 to 15 feet of water in areas like Waconia Bay, Center Reef and Wagener’s Bay/Pillsbury. Crappies continue to bite shallower than normal for this time of year. Using crappie minnows and fishing in the same areas as the sunfish, but in the evening after 6 pm has worked for many. Gamefish season closes after this weekend, so get after those walleye and northern pike while you can. There continues to be a large-minnow shortage, so for those going after the big fish will have to use fathead minnows unless you possess stock of shiners or suckers from earlier in the season.

This is weekend (the 24th/25th) is our final weekend renting fish houses for the season. We want to thank those who used our rental service this year! Lots of nice sunfish, crappies and northern pike were caught by many groups and families. We will be pulling our houses off the lake early in the week.

We’ll see you on the lake!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Only 3 Weekends left in our Fish House Rental season.

Only 3 more weekends left in our Fish House Rental season! If you’re looking to get ice fishing on Lake Waconia and want to have the ease and comfort of renting from us, call to reserve soon as dates are filling up. We have the houses set up on good sunfish action, with northern pike possibilities during the daytime, and good crappie prospects in the evening. We drill and slush the holes and the heat is on a comfortable temperature. If you don’t have any ice equipment, we rent basic jig sticks ($2.50 each) or rods with reels ($5 each) that are equipped with line, bobber and jig. If you are interested in a daytime underwater camera, we rent those as well for $30. We have bait for sale in our bait and tackle shop. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Monday, January 29, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 1/29/18

There is lots happening on Lake Waconia!  This past weekend the Midwest Vintage Snowmobile “Waconia Ride In” was held at the Lake Waconia Regional Park.  Thousands of snowmobile enthusiast took to the lake and watched racing events as well as showed off their own vintage ride!

This upcoming weekend is of course the Super Bowl being held in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium.  With the multitude of media outlets in the area, there are many that are taking advantage of learning our culture of Ice Fishing.  Besides that, we hope Lake Waconia will be hopping with fishermen Tuesday, 1/30 in the evening after 6 pm.  NBC Sports will be out on the ice to get some video shots that could very well be played during the Super Bowl!  How cool would that be!

As for the fishing itself, we continue to have good action for northern pike!  We’ve had plenty of happy anglers catching many different sizes of fish, which shows the health of the northern pike population in the lake.  Those having success are using sucker minnows and setting up on a weed edge or above the weeds in 10 to 14 feet of water around similar locations people are fishing for panfish.

Speaking of panfish, we continue to have good sunfish activity on Waconia.  Daytime fishing with a wax worm and small jig (pink and orange have been popular colors) has worked well.  Crappies have been more active in the evening, although best fishing times have varied for many.  Crappie minnows have been best with a glow hook.

Walleyes action has improved as the season has gone on.  While we still are reporting many undersized fish, we have had plenty of reports of nice keepers (must be over 16”) and even some in the upper 20’s, for which many have been released!  While it’s not a requirement, we still suggest getting away from the large crowds of houses and spending time in the late evening or overnight for your best chance.

Our Fish House Rental season has been good for many groups!  We have had good success with sunfish, crappies and northern pike.  If you’re interested in renting with us, please call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!  We do all the hard work, and have the heat on and holes drilled ready for you to fish!

See you on the lake!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1/23/18 Lake Waconia Update

Ben and Jim have been out with the plow truck today on Lake Waconia. We got roughly 8 to 10 inches of snow. They have roads plowed from the marina past Waconia Bay, to Center Reef and feathering out at Pillsbury Reef. We also have a road that goes to Cemetery Reef. For those with 4-wheel drive trucks wanting to venture out off-road, it is possible and we haven’t heard anyone having issues. If you’re looking to haul a fish house to a spot off road, we suggest driving a path with the pick-up only to create a beaten road to follow with the house. Expect heavy drifting around fish houses groups. Don't forget, we ask $2 to drive on our access, and as always it is drive at your own risk. Thank you! We’ll see you on the lake.

Friday, January 19, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 1/19/18

If you need a reason to get out ice fishing, this warm weather could be just what you are looking for! The Northern Pike bite has been better than average this winter, and tip-up fishing weather is here! Using sucker minnows near a decent weed edge in 10’-16’ of water is the ticket. Waconia Bay, Wagener’s Bay, Center Reef or any other good weed edge is working well for the Pike.

Walleye action has been decent still. Some “Eater sized fish have been reported, but many anglers are catching fish under the legal size(16”) you are able to keep on Waconia. Finding a quiet weed edge away from most traffic is always a good way to go on Lake Waconia for Marble Eyes. 12’-18’ of water is the targeted depth for most successful Walleye hunters. Fatheads on a good glow jig are working as well as anything. Right around dark and into the overnight is best for time of day as usual.

Sunfish action has remained good as long as you do some scouting to find some quality weeds and you fish the edge. Fishing in 10-15’ of water in Waconia Bay, Wagner’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef continue to be the best bets for Sunnies.

Crappies haven’t been as active as recent years on Lake Waconia. The good deep water bite has not really happened yet, so we recommend still hitting most of the areas the Sunnies are at for the best action. Setting up on good weed edges in 12’-15’ of water and downsizing baits is a smart move right now.

Don’t forget, we rent fish houses! We do all the hard work for you. Houses are placed on good sunfish, crappie and northern pike areas, with an occasional chance at a walleye. We drill and slush the holes, and the heat is on so it’s toasty warm when you arrive. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Ice conditions remain great on Lake Waconia to most of the main areas people are fishing. Our lake access is currently in great shape, with a little snow melt. The access by County Roads 155 and 30 is still not good with a pressure ridge you must pay attention to.

We’ll see you on the lake!