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!



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