Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Updated Summer Hours - 5/21/19

Our regular summer hours begin this Memorial Day Weekend! Starting this Saturday, 5/25 our bait shop will be open from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm every Saturday during the heart of the summer. Hours Sunday through Friday will begin this weekend too and are 7:30 am to 8:30 pm. Boat & Motor and Pontoon rentals begin Saturday as well! Call for reservations at (952) 442-2096. Our gas pump, with 91 octane, non-ethanol marine gas is fully going too! Gas service ends at 8 pm each night.

We currently have a great price on Regular/Medium Leeches (15 per container). Buy 2 containers for $5.00 (regularly $3.99 each)! Great for walleye, bass or panfish!

This spring has been a rollercoaster of weather with Mother Nature throwing curveballs at fishermen. Water temps had begun to climb into the 60’s and we were seeing panfish start to move into the shallows. With air temps drastically dropping recently, combined with high winds and rain, water temps are now back into the low 50’s with fish moving back out. Because of the extreme fluctuation, fishing has been inconsistent on the more dreary days. Even when it’s nice, you might have to adjust your fishing style or location following a cold/windy day. We hope to get out of this funk of cold wet weather soon and expect the bit to pick up when it gets more consistently nice.

So far, this spring there has been a very good crappie bite despite the odd weather. Many anglers have been finding them on the edge of Waconia Bay suspended off the bottom (as your bait drops) in 8 to 12 feet of water. The Clay Banks have been good as well. Sunfish have been mixed in too when it’s not cold and windy. Many have taken advantage of a strong catch-and-release bite for bass since the walleye opener. This Saturday the 25th is the official Bass Opener, allowing those of you hoping to keep a few to do so. Generally speaking, for a strong bass bite, stick to the shallows for the first week or two once we get some consistent weather and water temps warm back up. As for walleyes, the first week-and-a-half of the season has been good when the weather allows. Many have found good action working in typical spring locations such as the Carp Trap/Peterson’s Creek inlet on the NW side of the lake, the Clay Banks on the NE side, the Rock Dock on the west side and Harm’s Point. Best times have been at low light or dark. Expect weeds, specifically curly leaf pond weed, to continue to grow rapidly and change “fishability”. Many times normal weedlines that would be at 12 to 14 feet get extended out to 16 or 17 feet because of the curly leaf. That weed grows fast, but lays down later in June into early July and reverts the lake back to normal weedline depths for fishing. While fishing for all of the above, don’t be surprised to hook into a nice northern pike. They are expected to continue to be active as they were all winter. A friendly reminder…Muskie season begins Saturday, June 1st.

We look forward to nicer spring weather soon and hope to see you at the lake!

Monday, May 6, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Hours Update - Spring Hours begin Thursday, May 9th at Noon. Open ALL Night Friday May 9th for Opener!

Our Bait Shop and Access opens for the season this Thursday, May 9th at Noon! Our spring hours are Monday through Friday from Noon to 7pm, and on Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 7pm. With the Fishing Opener upon us, we will again be OPEN ALL NIGHT this Friday May 10th until closing time on Saturday the 11th at 7pm. We will be stocked up with all of your bait and tackle needs or if you need a quick break for a warm-up of coffee or hot chocolate, or to share a fish story!

We continue to install or brace our marina docks, so we thank you for your patience while we get this work done. Parking will be somewhat limited until all equipment gets put into 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 to renting and gas becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming days and being here for all of your Fishing Opener needs!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In Towne Marina Spring Update - 4/30/19 - Bait Shop and Access opens for the season on Thursday, May 9th

Heads up! Our Bait Shop and Access will be opening for the season on Thursday, May 9th. Weather has held up our Marina dock assembly progress preventing us from being ready for you sooner. Hours will be announced before the opening date. Gas Service and Boat Rentals will begin at a later time as well. We thank you for your patience while we continue to work on our dock installation. See you soon!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

In Towne Marina is Closed for the Winter Season as of 3/3/19. Thanks!

We are now closed for the Winter Season! Our access will remain temporarily open for use while conditions allow. However, we will not be plowing any lake roads after today, 3/3/19 and may close the access at any time due to excess snow, ice conditions or safety concerns,etc... As always, drive at your own risk.

Thank you for another wonderful winter on Lake Waconia! We will update you with potential spring opening hours once the ice is off the lake and we have begun installation of our dock system.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 3/2/19

We have our road plowed again past Center reef and out to Pillsbury, albeit getting nothing but narrower in spots. It’s predicted to be windy on Sunday, therefore the 4+ inches of light snow we got yesterday will blow around and fill in the road and around houses making it even more difficult to get houses off the lake. We recommend taking time to remove your house from the lake today unless you have a plow or at minimum a 4 wheel drive truck with chains. Reminder, we will not be plowing to Cemetery anymore. Also, since we close for the season after Sunday, we will not be maintaining any lake roads from our marina beyond Sunday 3/3/19. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice, Plowing and Fishing Update: 2/26/19

We want to thank everyone for a great winter on Lake Waconia! We will be closing for the season after this Sunday, 3/3/19. We are done renting Fish Houses after this Wednesday, 2/27/19.

We will do our best to keep our lake road open past Center Reef and to Pillsbury Reef through 3/3 (we will not be servicing the road to Cemetery Reef). However, there is continued measurable snow forecasted on Friday with increasing wind on Saturday. Because our road is already very narrow in many areas, we cannot guarantee that it will be easy to navigate after more snow and wind. Therefore, since fish houses must be removed by Monday, 3/4/19 anyway, those with houses on Lake Waconia that use the road we plow, should consider removing it before more snow comes while we have a good road open. After Sunday 3/3, we will not be maintaining the lake road.

For those coming to the lake to fish, remember that the Gamefish Season (Bass, Northern and Walleyes) is now closed as of last Sunday 2/24/19. Also, we now have new 2019 Fishing Licenses available for purchase through our closing date on the 3rd. We have seen a continued good sunfish and crappie bite fishing in the weeds or on weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sunfish have been good all day, with crappies best between 6 to 9 pm. While there are plenty of smaller fish being caught, there are enough keepers mixed in to make the frying pan!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Our Access is back OPEN! - 2/25/29

Our access is back open for use. The road plowed past Waconia Bay and Center Reef to Pillsbury is much narrower now. We are not plowing to Cemetery as it's too hard to keep open and so few people are using it.

Access Temporarily Closed - 2/25/19

We are temporarily closing our access so that we can plow our lake road open again. Vehicles are currently getting stuck in the road which is making it impossible to plow it open.

We will announce today when our access will be open again. Thanks

Sunday, February 24, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/24/19

Just a reminder, we will not be plowing our lake road today. Hopefully we'll be plowing Monday when the weather settles. The road is blowing shut and visibility is very poor.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/21/19

We’ve been plowing all day today, Thursday 2/21 to open up our normal lake roads we’ve established all winter. The roads are narrower (especially to Cemetery Reef) than before, as the banks are much higher due to all the recent snow. If you are planning on going off road, it is extremely difficult. It’s a must to have a 4-wheel drive truck and probably chains too. To this point, there have been numerous anglers who have gotten stuck off road, so be prepared.

As hard as it is for us to say, if you’re hoping to bring the wheelhouse out this weekend, we are not recommending it unless you have a plow of your own and are prepared for all the snow and blowing snow that’s expected to come.

If you have a house on the lake now, it may be time to start considering pulling it off the lake while we have our good roads open. It’s going to get nothing but worse with the predicted snow this weekend and especially the high winds forecasted (20 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 on Saturday night and Sunday). We expect our current roads to blow shut by Saturday evening and we will not be plowing them open again until conditions settle. We hate to be so negative, but the reality is, it’s going to be tough to get around and especially to move a house on or off the lake.
 
If you’re plan is to move your fish house closer to shore, we hope that you consider just taking it home with you. We can’t have fish houses stacked in front of the marina as we have very little space that is plowed and need to keep those areas open. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/20/19

Due to the heavy snow and very difficult visibility on the lake, we will be closed today after 11 am. We advise anglers to avoid coming to the lake today as getting stuck is a strong possibility. Our goal is to begin plowing on the lake Thursday morning and hopefully have roads going to Center and Pillsbury by the afternoon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/13/19

We've got very nice roads plowed again to all the same spots we've been plowing this winter! There are numerous offshoots plowed through the banks of the road to get into different areas of Waconia Bay, Center and Pillsbury Reef. If traveling well off road, it’s best to have a 4-wheel drive truck, although some have gotten stuck off road with capable vehicles. Big drifts are hidden well with the fresh snow. As always, be prepared with a shovel and tow strap. Good Luck and we’ll see you on the ice!

Edit: Any long single lane paths were not plowed by the marina, and are likely privately plowed roads to a single fish house. We recommend avoiding those paths with vehicles/houses to avoid being stuck as they more than likely will not have an area to turn around.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/12/19

We will not be plowing lake roads today due to the increasing wind conditions. We will be opening the road to Center and Pillsbury tomorrow. It is still possible to get around with 4-wheel drive trucks or AWD (if it sits higher).

Friday, February 8, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/8/19

We plowed our road open again past Waconia Bay and Center Reef ending at Pillsbury Reef. We also have plowed to Cemetery Reef to the east as well. It is still possible to go off road with 4 wheel drive trucks and bigger AWD SUVs. However, please drive slow, as there are plenty of drifts off road with some of them being hard and tough to see. Be prepared with a shovel in case you get stuck. If going off road with a wheel house, it's best to blaze a path with the truck first before having the house hooked up. We'll see ya on the ice! Good luck!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Snow & Visibility Update - Closing Early Today, 2/7/19 at 1 pm

CLOSED EARLY FOR TODAY at 1 pm! We are closing for the rest of today because of the snow and increasingly bad visibility. Traveling on the lake is currently difficult. If going out on Lake Waconia, we suggest 4 wheel drive trucks only and to be prepared if you get stuck. Stay safe!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/6/19

We re-plowed our road today from the marina, past Waconia Bay and Center Reef, ending at Pillsbury Reef. We did not plow the road to Cemetery today. With the upcoming snow and wind conditions predicted, we might not plow again until the weather improves. However, we expect to have our roads good to go again before the weekend! It's still possible to go off-road with 4-wheel drive or AWD, but pay extra attention to drifts. They are difficult to see with the fresh blanket of snow, so take it nice and slow. We will update when we know more. Good luck!

Friday, February 1, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 2/1/19

Hello Everyone! We made it through the extreme cold. Now it's time to get fishing! We have a very nice road coming from our access that goes past Waconia Bay, by Center Reef and out to Pillsbury Reef . Also, we plowed a good road out to Cemetery Reef today as well. 4-wheel drive trucks can go off road in most places too. There are a few bigger drifts in spots so pay attention to those if you're going off the beaten path. Should be a GREAT weekend to be on the ice!

Monday, January 28, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowing Update - 1/28/19

Thankfully conditions were good enough today that we plowed a nice road from our access past Waconia Bay and Center Reef and ending at Pillsbury Reef. We will not be plowing again until likely Friday. We hope to get a road to Cemetery before the weekend and will clean up any drifts that form in the road at that point as well. As for driving conditions off road, 4 wheel drive trucks can get around at this point, but we expect plenty of drifting to occur in random areas with the predicted high winds the next 2 days, so come prepared if you're venturing off the beaten path.

A reminder too that our access fee is $2 daily Monday thru Thursday and $4 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please remember to drive slow when on our roads or on the lake in general.

We'll see you on the ice!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update - Plowing Notice

Measureable snow and bitter cold is on our doorstep. Once the snow is done, if conditions allow, our goal is to plow lake roads to the more populated fish house locations starting with Waconia Bay, heading past Center Reef and out to Pillsbury Reef. We’ll also eventually plow from the marina to the east toward Cemetery Reef. However, if winds are blowing too much (as predicted) we may hold off on plowing any roads until conditions improve (later in the week) as it can be detrimental to future plowing if we create a road that immediately blows shut. We will update you when we know more. Stay warm and we’ll see you on the lake!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing and Ice Report - 1/17/19

Lake Waconia ice is in great shape! With the cold nights we are growing ice fast. We did a quick check today and found ice ranging between 15 to 20 inches, with common ice around 17 to 18 inches. We still advise avoiding areas we have marked with lath board and flagging tape, as most of those are marking potential active springs. The larger marked area on the shallow side of Center Reef (north of most of the houses), will also remain marked as it froze last and is as little as 13 inches.

As for the bite, it has continued to be good. We’ve had sunfish biting well during the day in 11 to 14 feet of water in areas like Waconia Bay, Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef and the weed line of Wagener’s Bay. Crappies can be found in the similar areas during the evening, with some starting to bite a little deeper too. There have been some really nice northern pike caught this year and that has continued this week! Anglers have had great success fishing with sucker minnows around the same areas the sunfish and crappies have been biting. Walleyes have bitten been best away from heavy traffic and noise in the late evening or overnight hours in 14 to 20 feet of water. Check out the pics attached of a couple nice fish brought into us within the past week!

Take-a-kid fishing weekend (beginning Saturday, January 19th through Monday, January 21st) is going on statewide, so it’s a great time to bring a youngster out to Lake Waconia for some ice fishing! Per the Minnesota Fishing Regulations “Residents fish or spear fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under”. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/icefishing/index.html Don’t have a fish house and want to get out of the cold and into a warm, ready-to-fish house, we rent them! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! We still have a few availabilities for the upcoming 3-day weekend.

We’ll see you on the ice!



Thursday, January 10, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing and Ice Report - 1/10/19

We haven’t done much of a fishing report so far this winter, so now sounds like a good time! Since ice conditions are MUCH IMPROVED, we’ll get to that part at the bottom of this update! We’ve been pleasantly surprised with a lot of fish activity this winter so far. Check out some of the fish pics attached to this post. Starting with sunfish, we have been seeing lots of action in Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef and Waconia Bay. Fishing around good weeds in 11 to 15 feet of water is a great bet to get into some nice bluegills and surprisingly nice pumpkinseeds. We’ve had a lot of reports of success on wax worms, with larva being good as well. The sunfish have been best during the day, but there have been evenings they have bit well too. Crappies can be found in the same areas, with some anglers finding them a little deeper off the weeds in 15 to 17 feet. Crappies have bitten best late afternoon into the evening. For those curious about the deep water crappie bite (over 20 feet) in Wagener’s Bay, we have not had reports of it turning on as of yet.

The big surprise so far this winter has been the tremendous northern pike bite. Again, fishing in similar areas to the panfish on the weedlines or above the weeds in 11 to 15 feet of water has been very good. We’ve had several stories of anglers getting some impressive catches of pike on panfish equipment. That’s always fun and interesting to hear! Of course it’s best to use heavier line with a small to medium sucker minnow if you’re going with live bait. We’ve had a variety of sizes of pike brought into the marina which is always good to see. We’ve also had some reports of pike being caught in the 40 to 42 inch range and released.

As for walleye, it has been fun to hear the reports and see some of the nice fish caught this winter. A lot of times in past years, anglers had been frustrated with catching too many undersized walleyes that don’t quite get to the Lake Waconia legal size limit of 16 inches. However, this winter has been different! There have been plenty of catches of legal fish between 16 to 20 inches, with some reported last weekend in the 27 to 28 inch range that were released! Many have used fathead minnows on jigging spoons or small to medium shiners on a rattle reels or tip ups. The best chance to harvest some Lake Waconia walleye is to spend the evening on the ice or overnight. Getting away from the larger crowds to lessen the noise/activity is a good idea too, although we have definitely had good reports amongst some of the most actively fished locations like Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury and Center Reef. Waconia Bay has pumped out a few walleye as well. To get away from the crowd on ice we have checked thoroughly, it can be good between the marinas in what we call the “walleye hole” or “hump” depending on what part of the area you’re on. Also, Cemetery Reef can be a quality reef to hit if the conditions are right! 14 to 22 feet of water would be a common depth range to target them depending on your location.

Lake Waconia ice held up pretty well during that warm period last weekend and early in the week! Thankfully the cooler temps came and helped freeze most of the water up before higher winds came. Now that things are settled, we hope to see many of you out for this upcoming weekend of good weather! We are glad many of you kept a close eye on our reports, and are thankful we don’t have any bad news to report!

We spent a good portion of the day on the ice today, Thursday 1/10/19. The ice is back in GREAT shape. We drilled a bunch of holes in many of the areas people are driving to and found thicknesses between 13 to 17 inches. Many of the holes we drilled were between 15 to 16 inches. The ice that was 13 inches was between the island and Lakeview Terrace in the area we called “under the wires”, which is on the way from Waconia Bay to Center Reef. We also found 13 inches on the south side of Coney Island. We also drilled in the marked off area on the shallow side of Center Reef (that froze last because of birds) and that ice is catching up nicely. We will continue to leave it marked, as we did find as little as 11 inches there. Again, we focused our checks where the majority of anglers go, which is Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef, Waconia Bay and out to Cemetery Reef. We have not done any checking on Keg’s, North, Red’s or Anderson’s Reefs. If you plan to go to the areas we haven’t checked, stop inside to talk to us about the small active springs we have found and marked with lath board and flagging tape that lead out to those reefs.

Don’t forget, we RENT FISH HOUSES! This is still plenty of availability on upcoming weekends (including a few openings yet this weekend). We do our best to make it easy and comfortable for you, as we make sure the heat is on and the holes are open. All the houses have plenty of lighting, with 4 of the 5 having hole lights too! We have them set up in Waconia Bay in 12.5 to 13 feet of water in good sunfish and pike area for daytime, with a good chance at crappies in the evening. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve. Click on the following link for more info… http://intownemarina.com/FishHouseRental.htm

Take advantage of the upcoming nice weekend and get on Lake Waconia. We’ll see you on the lake!







Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 1/8/19

Good news! Things are starting to firm back up on the surface of Lake Waconia. Thankfully, it got cold enough to begin freezing the standing water on the ice. Where there was less than 1 inch of water on the ice yesterday, it is now frozen. There are still plenty of areas that previously had 2 to 3 or more inches of water that is not frozen yet, but is starting to heal up. We have part of our access coned off to allow it to heal with the cold coming. However, you can get on and off our pay access just fine with cars and trucks with wheel houses. As always, drive at your own risk.

While we wait for the rest of the water to freeze lake-wide, if you have a fish house on the ice and have not checked on it, we still recommend doing so. There is still a potential for remaining water to drain into open holes under your house if you were in an area with deeper standing water. The risk is much less since it’s freezing up in a lot of locations, but it’s still a good idea to check it out.

As for the thickness of the ice, we did lose about a ½ inch on the surface, so expect to find between 12 to 16.5 inches in areas we have been driving to since the New Year. Please refer to our previous ice reports to see thicknesses in specific locations.

Keep in mind, it is VERY slippery out there, so drive slowly and get your ice cleats on. With the lack of snow in the forecast, we’ll be dealing with slick conditions for a little while.

Stay safe and we’ll see you on the ice!

Monday, January 7, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 1/7/19

Hey Everyone! It’s Monday, January 7th and we were on the ice early in the afternoon. With the mild weekend temps and overnight rain last night, we now have some standing water on a lot of the lake, especially around groups of fish houses. If you have a fish house on Lake Waconia, we suggest paying very close attention to it in the next 24 hours. It might be a good idea to check on it today and certainly by tomorrow afternoon. The forecast calls for temps to remain above 32 overnight and winds to be gusting into the upper 20 or low 30 mph range. With high winds and water on the ice, the wind will help increase swirling into any open fishing holes under your fish house (If your house is blocked too high allowing wind to swirl underneath). We suggest blocking your house on 2x4’s or less to keep it as close to the ice as possible without allowing for it to freeze in. Also, moving the house off open holes is a good idea as well. Some have even decided to pull their houses off the lake for a day or 2 and wait for the cold later this week. At this point, we are leaving our rental houses on the lake, as we have them blocked correctly. This is not a panic situation at the moment, but one that we advise should be taken seriously. Our access remains open for use, but may be limited if conditions worsen. We will update when we know more.

Friday, January 4, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 1/4/19

We have been having a lot of calls by people wondering about the warm weekend weather. Currently ice conditions are still very good! We don’t expect any major changes with ice thickness at this time. Of course the snow will likely melt and it will get slushy and wet in spots. Our pay access is holding up good as well. We are allowing trucks with wheel houses to come through us. We are finding between 12.5 to 17 inches of ice, with 14 to 15 inches more common in areas like Waconia Bay, the Walleye Hole, Cemetery Reef, Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef and Wagener’s Bay. We have not checked ice in areas such as Keg’s Reef, Red’s Reef, North Reef or Anderson’s Reef, so we still recommend checking your own ice if you’re headed to any of those areas. Also, still avoid areas that we have marked with lath board and flagging tape as they are either marking ice thinner ice or active springs. Thankfully those areas are few and far between.

Don’t forget, if you don’t have a fish house and want to make it easy, we rent fish houses! We make sure the heat is on and the holes are open ready to fish. We have all 5 of our rentals in Waconia Bay in 12.5 to 13 feet of water in good sunfish, crappie and northern pike area. They are close enough to walk to if you’d like, otherwise we are driving vehicles to them too. Here is a link for more information… http://intownemarina.com/FishHouseRental.htm Please call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 1/1/19 - Pay Access open for Cars, Trucks, Snowmobiles, ATVs, Side by Sides and Wheel Houses

Good news! Last night’s cold put us over the hump! Our pay access is open for vehicle traffic today. We are finding a lot of very good ice in the 12 to 15 inch range on areas like Waconia Bay, The” Walleye Hole”, Cemetery Reef, Parts of Center Reef (where there aren’t marked thinner spots), Pillsbury Reef and Wagener’s Bay.
We are NOT driving all over the lake, as we have not checked ice If you are looking for ice thicknesses on areas we have not mentioned, we likely will not be doing any checks to locations like the north shore, Keg’s, Red’s, North and Anderson’s Reefs. We understand many people will be excited to spread out with wheel houses to locations away from the crowds, but please check ahead of yourself. As always, when driving out from our access, it is drive at your own risk.
With last night’s snow and wind we do have some banking snow on the lake. Drifts can be pretty substantial in the groups of fish houses, but you can meander around them pretty easily. Out in open areas, the drifting isn’t as bad as much of the ice is blown clean. Getting around with 2 wheel drive or a car is totally doable as long as you avoid the occasional bigger drift.
We have 3 of our Rental Fish Houses out and ready to fish! Please call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!
See you on the Ice!