Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In Towne Marina on Lake Waconia - Closed for the summer season as of 9/30/2020 - See you this winter!

What better way to end our summer season than with a double rainbow! Our bait shop is now closed as of September 30th. The access will be closed to all now too for maintenance and dock removal. Thank you for business and patience with us during this difficult period of Covid-19. We hope many of you found Lake Waconia to be your place to escape the madness of it all. We look forward to the ice fishing season and will update our store opening hours as the ice forms and begins to thicken. Have a wonderful fall season!



Sunday, September 13, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing and Lake Report - 9/13/2020

First and foremost we would like to thank everybody for the great summer! We are done renting our pontoons and fishing boats for the season. Our bait shop will remain open until the end of September. Our hours are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to sunset and Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Gas pump service ends nightly at 6:30 pm.

Cool temperatures across the state in the last week signaled an early start to fall. We have been seeing water temperatures swing from the low to mid-sixties, and some of the fish have been starting their early fall patterns.

Sunfish are still biting consistently on the weedlines in 10-14 feet of water. The north side of the island and Pillsbury Reef are two areas worth checking out. Small pieces of night crawlers or wax worms are both effective baits for sunfish. This time of year, there is a deeper bite for crappies as well in 18-24 feet of water. Deeper water off the edges of reefs such as Anderson’s and Keg’s has been holding fish. Use your electronics to find a school of crappies, and it’s game on! Once located, these fish are usually very willing to eat. Crappie minnows and gulp are both good options for targeting these early fall crappies.

The bass fishing has remained good on Lake Waconia. The most consistent bite for bass is in shallower water on a variety of artificial baits. Senkos, ribbontail worms, and football jigs are all good options. The deeper weedlines off of the reefs are worth noting for bass as well. Some of the bigger bass in the last week have come from the deeper water.

Walleye fishing has stayed inconsistent, but expect it to pick up in the next few weeks. The anglers that are having success are jigging with fatheads off the edges of the reefs such as Keg’s and Anderson’s.

The musky and pike activity in the last two weeks has been the best it has been all year. Medium to large sucker minnows have been turning northern pike on the weedlines down by the swimming beach and in Wagner’s bay. Artificial presentations such as spinnerbaits will work as well. There have been lots of nice pike being caught on the lake, many in the mid-30 inch range. The musky action has really improved with the falling water temperatures. Lures such as bucktails, topwaters, and bulldawgs have raised fish. Depths from 5 to 15 feet have all been holding muskies.

We will be closed for the season after September 30. Now is a great time to get in some of the fantastic early fall fishing the lake has to offer.

See you at the lake!

Friday, June 26, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing & Lake Report - 6/26/2020

We have a limited-time special on Night Crawlers boxed in paper (13 count)! Buy 2 packages or more for $3.99 each ($4.49 for 1). The perfect bait to keep in the cooler during this hot weather.

Sunfish and crappies continue to bite well. Sunnies are still in the shallows biting on crawlers and wax worms. Crappies are a little deeper on the outside weed lines biting on crappie minnows. Bass have been biting well too. Bigger bass have been in the deeper weeds or weed lines on a variety of artificial baits. We continue to hear of good northern pike activity. A nice range of sizes have been caught with some reports in the low 30 inch range. Again, fishing the weed edges has been productive. Walleyes have been less consistent. Those having success have been targeting them a little deeper on reefs like Kegs, North and Anderson's Reefs. Fatheads have been most commonly used, but crawlers and leeches have worked for some as well.

We still have some availability for pontoon rentals during the upcoming week to get in the water and stay cool! Give us a call at (952) 442-2096 for more information or to reserve.

We'll see you on the lake!

Friday, May 22, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing and Lake Report - 5/22/2020

With Memorial Weekend here, we are now extending our bait shop hours for the summer! Hours now are Sunday through Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm. Gas service will run from 9 am to 7:45 pm every day. Keep in mind, due to Covid-19 and the restrictions given to us by the DNR, we have limited our access on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays only to those with an Everyday Season Pass ($199 plus tax). Regular weekdays we allow daily-pay access use for $7.

Water temps have remained in the upper 50’s during most of May, which has held up the crappie spawn up to this point. Also, sunfish have yet to set up shallow beds. Having said that, action has been very good! Because the water temps haven’t varied much lately, you’ll find fish in a bunch of different depths. Vary your depths depending on the day, but expect shallow panfish activity when things warm up. Bass Opener is this Saturday too! Bass have been biting well during this catch-and-release time period. Expect to find them shallow in the reeds, by Peterson’s Creek (carp trap area) and by the Rock Dock in Wagener’s Bay. We’ve had numerous reports of a wide range of sizes of northern pike recently too! As for walleyes, there have been some successful reports continuing to come from Harm’s Point, parts of Center Reef, North Reef and the Clay Banks as well as early shallower areas near Peterson’s Creek and the Rock Dock.

Our Pontoon and Fishing Boat rental season is now in full swing! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! Due to Covid-19, we are only able to rent to members of the same household at this time. To see our rates and policies, click here...

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We’ll see you at the lake!

Friday, May 8, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Pre-Fishing Opener Report - 5/8/2020

The Fishing Opener is almost here! We are open tonight until 1 am for your Opener needs! We open back up Saturday morning at 4 am. We currently have crappie minnows, fatheads, shiners, leeches, night crawlers, angle worms and wax worms for bait. We hope to have sucker minnows later today.

According to the latest forecast on Weather.com for Waconia, winds are supposed to die down to light and variable overnight, so despite the air temps being in the low 30’s, conditions should be decent for fishing, especially with an almost full moon!

Water temps have been fluctuating in the low to mid-50’s lately. Despite the early ice out, since temps haven’t increased too much we expect walleyes to be in their usual Fishing Opener patterns. Areas like the Rock Dock on the west side, Peterson’s Creek (“the Carp Trap”), Harm’s Point, the Clay Banks, along with the shallower areas of Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef among others should all be targeted to get into walleyes. Live bait options like fatheads, shiners or leeches would be good options. There are a variety of shallow-diving crankbaits that would be worth trying for walleye success. Those trying for crappies have continued to get good numbers of fish outside of Waconia Bay in 8 to 14 feet of water.

Reminder: While we'd love to be the normal spot on the lake to sit down, warm up with a coffee or a hot chocolate and talk about your Opener catch, we cannot have seating inside or outside the bait shop at this time due to Governor Walz's executive order on Covid-19. We would still love to hear your fish story as you come off the lake and snap a picture!

Access use Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays is open ONLY to those with Everyday Season Passes ($199 + tax) due to Covid-19 limitations. We appreciate your understanding.

We are sorry, Boat & Motor and Pontoon Rental is not available at this time. We hope to be renting by Memorial Weekend.

We’ll see you at the lake!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update - Bait Shop and Access Open Thursday May 7th at 8 am. Covid-19 Rules too

The Bait Shop and Access will be open for the season tomorrow, Thursday, May 7th at 8 am until 8 pm! Friday, May 8th we open at 8 am and stay open until 1 am for the start of Fishing Opener! Saturday, May 8th we open at 4 am until 8 pm. Sunday May 9th is 7am to 8 pm. Hours after this weekend until Memorial Weekend will be Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 8 pm and Fridays, Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 8 pm. Gas Dock Service will end at 7 pm at this time. We are sorry, Pontoon and Boat & Motor rental is not available at this time. We will announce later this month when rental will begin. If you would like to reserve a boat or pontoon for dates later in the summer, please call (952) 442-2096 for more information or to reserve.

We have specific Covid-19 guidelines that will be posted outside the bait shop. A few of these guidelines include: A maximum of 5 customers will be allowed in the shop at one time to allow social distancing. We ask, if possible, that individuals make purchases for their household groups to limit customers in the shop. Unaccompanied Children 12 and under are not allowed on marina grounds, docks and bait shop. Adult-accompanied children 12 and under are not allowed in the bait shop, unless there is no other safe alternative. Patience will be appreciated more than ever as transactions may be slower than normal to allow employee social distancing. Seating inside the shop and outside on the deck will not be available at this time as well.

Due to Covid-19, Access use will be limited on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays ONLY to those who purchase an “Everyday Season Pass” for $199 plus tax. We will offer a “Regular Weekday Season Pass” that includes access use on Non-Holiday Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for $75 plus tax. Those with the “Regular Weekday Season Pass” will NOT be allowed to use the access on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. At this time, those who wish to pay daily can only do so on Regular, Non-Holiday Weekdays Monday thru Thursday for a fee of $6.52 plus tax per day. Covid-19 Guidelines for Access Use is provided here... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jqC4z_1xlAt-97wx9Ww9Wr1HhtqleKVp/view?usp=sharing

For those of you wishing to purchase an “Everyday Season Pass” can speed up the process by printing the provided PDF Entry Form here...
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Please fill out all of the information asked, read and initial the information provided and sign it. Bring this form with you to the Bait Shop with cash or credit card payment and we will get you the pass at that time. 

Those of you with Boat Slips or Mooring Buoys, we will individually communicate with you the Covid-19 guidelines when we see you.

We will do our best to update any guidelines as we learn more and restrictions are changed. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us as we navigate into the summer season!

We’ll see you at the lake!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update: Bait Shop and Access Opens for the Season on 5/7/2020

The Bait Shop and Access OPENS on Thursday, May 7th. We will provide store hours soon. We are excited for the upcoming season and realize that boating and fishing is one of the best ways to stay isolated with your family! We will also announce Covid-19 guidelines before May 7th. One change because of the virus is that on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, ACCESS use will only be available to those with an Everyday Season Pass.

In the meantime we will continue to prepare for the season and start bringing slip member boats from our storage to the marina slips this weekend and next week. Those members who did not store with us or are new this season can contact us after Thursday, May 7th to schedule when to bring their boat at a later date. We are sorry the access will continue to remain blocked until we are open. We’ll see you soon!