Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 6/25/19

Summer temperatures are finally here! While Lake Waconia water temps have been hovering around 70 degrees for a while, there will be a drastic change coming with the predicted warm weather with expectations of water temps reaching the upper 70’s by the time the calendar changes to July. With warmer temps on the horizon, there’s not a better time to rent a pontoon with us than now! We rent 4 pontoons (3 that hold 9 adults, with 1 that holds 12 adults) that are comfortable and equipped nicely to cool off during the upcoming heat wave. All our pontoons come with 10 gallons of gas, swim ladder, folding canopy, depth finder, anchors and life jackets. Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! Check out this link for all of our pontoon and fishing boat & motor rentals we offer … https://intownemarina.com/Pontoon&BoatRental.htm

Sunfish have continued to be very active. We’ve had anglers fishing for bigger fish commenting on how ferocious the sunfish have been biting on their bigger baits. Crappies have been somewhat similar too, although not on the same level as the sunfish. We’ve seen plenty of sunfish in the shallows, but they are being found on the deeper weed lines as well. Any variety of live baits such as wax worms, leeches, or crawlers have been working. Crappies generally have been deeper in 10 to 15 feet of water on crappie minnows. Bass activity has picked up in the past 5 to 7 days after a short lull. Areas such as Pillsbury Reef, Cemetery Reef, and North Reef would be good deeper locations to target bass off the weeds. Shallows spots like the Rock Dock and Peterson’s Creek (aka “the Carp Trap”), as well as shoreline reeds are producing nice bass too. With more of a summer fishing pattern coming with rising water temps, walleyes will generally be deeper as well. Best during dusk or after dark, anglers have had success off Keg’s Reef, Center Reef and North Reef off the weeds on the drop-offs. Northern pike have continued to be reported by many who have been fishing for other species in a variety of locations. Muskies activity has been decent. There have been reports of follows and successful catches out from the beach on the SE side of the lake, around the weeds of Coney Island and reefs like Keg’s and North. Keep in mind, with the high temps, muskies are far more sensitive, so if you hook that big one, snap a quick pic and get it back in the water right away to give it the best chance to survive.

Don’t forget, the Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce has a wonderful 4th of July Fireworks show that gets put on at dusk (usually around 10pm) at the Lake Waconia Regional Park on the SE side of the lake. The Waconia Lions are the presenting sponsor this year, with many local businesses (including ours) and individuals that donate to put on this annual show. We will be open until after the show ends.

We look forward to seeing you at the lake!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update - 6/15/19 - Wake restriction lifted!

Looks like Lake Waconia's temporary wake restriction has been lifted! Lake levels are still very high so please continue to "Take it Easy" near shorelines. Happy Boating!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing Report - 6/11/19

Father’s Day weekend is fast approaching and the bite is on for many species in Lake Waconia! With the up-and-down spring weather, water temps have been fluctuating in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. The sunfish spawn has recently started in the shallows! Expect a strong sunfish bite on waxies and chunks of crawlers. Crappies have moved a little deeper as their spawn is now done. Fish them in the weeds in 8 to 16 feet of water with crappie minnows for good action in places like the north to northeast end of Coney Island, Keg’s reef, North reef, and Andersons. 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. Note that because of seasonal Curly Leaf Pondweed, the weed line has temporarily moved out to 16 to 18 feet depending on the location. Fishing jig and minnows has worked in 16 to 20 feet, or pulling lindy rigs with leeches or minnows just above the deep weeds in early morning or evening hours for walleyes. So far this muskie season there have been reports of mid-thirty inch muskies being caught along with some decent northern pike mixed in. Some larger fish have been seen as well. Smaller-sized blades on bucktails and rubber baits have been a common choice in 5-10 feet of water around cabbage weeds also along deeper weed edges such as Cemetery and Keg’s reef. Bass action has still been very good with the spawn finishing later than normal. 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 6 feet of water, while spinnerbaits and jigs have produced some nice ones in the weeds on the reefs. There have been a few people that have been hooking into sheepshead for a fun fight! Sheepshead can be caught in similar areas that one would try for walleyes jigging with minnows or night crawlers.

We are in the full swing of our Pontoon and Fishing Boat Rental Season! We rent 3 pontoons that hold up to 9 adults each, with 1 that holds up to 12 adults. We also rent 3 fishing boats that are equipped with 9.9 or 15 hp motors. Check out or prices and policies by clicking on this link… https://intownemarina.com/Pontoon&BoatRental.htm Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

Don’t forget, Lake Waconia is still under No Wake restrictions within 600 feet from shore for at least 3 more weeks! Please follow this ordinance so we limit potential shoreline erosion while we wait for the water to drop to more normal levels. Thankfully, Lake Waconia is big enough to allow for this restriction help shoreline landowners, but not impede summertime fun on the lake!

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update - 6/4/19 - 600 Foot No Wake restriction in effect now!

Lake Waconia now has a No Wake restriction within 600 feet from shore on the entire lake. Some No Wake buoys have been placed by the Carver County Sheriff Water Patrol to help show this distance. This is a 30 day restriction or until the lake drops 0.1" below the stated triggering elevation for 3 consecutive days. Thankfully Waconia is a large lake and will allow for boaters to utilize the majority of the lake outside of the 600 feet perimeter. Please help us by following these new restrictions to limit shoreline erosion and prevent a possible extension of the No Wake to include the entire body of Lake Waconia.

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!