Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lake Waconia Fishing Report 7-29-09

The lake produced another solid week of muskie action. We're continuing to hear reports of multiple catches of fish over 40 inches, with the largest of the week being 51 inches. North Reef, Center Reef and the southeast side of Coney Island are a few of the better areas to fish, throwing large swimbaits and bucktails along the weeds.

Those of you looking for a bass bite should be encouraged with the continuing action. If you like to use artificial baits, texas-rigged worms and spinnerbaits have been useful for enticing nice bucketmouths. If you're into using live bait, you can't beat a jig with a leech right now. Try working the outer weed edges of Pillsbury Reef, Cemetery Reef and Center Reef.

If you're looking for fish for the frying pan, sunnies are still worth your time. Wax worms and angle worms are the bait of choice for many anglers. Spend time working the weeds of Pillsbury Reef, Waconia Bay and Anderson's Reef in about 10 to 14 feet of water.

Just another reminder...with rain totals way down this summer, lake water levels continue to drop. Areas of concern include the northwest quadrant of the lake (several hundred yards from the outer edges of the reeds in that area), by the Rock Dock in the west end Wagener's Bay, as well as near the public access on the east side of the lake. Each of these areas are shallower than normal, and pose a great danger if caution isn't used. Stop in to our bait shop if you would like further detail about these shallow spots.

Have good week fishing!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Take a Kid Fishing

On Saturday July 18th, 2009, In Towne Marina hosted the 18th Annual "Take a Kid Fishing" event for the Waconia Lions. More than 30 kids showed up to spend some time on the water with the Lions that day. The weather was a little on the cool side, but made for a fine fishing morning! The kids had a fun morning of reeling in some respectable Sunfish along withe some nice Bass! Captain Jim got out the fillet knives and several of the Lions made sure that the kids who wanted to bring their catch home, could do so ready for the frying pan! As always we donated the use of our Screenhouse, all the bait, and with the help of Ken's Bait in Chaska, jig sticks for each kid to take home. Some of the other sponsors were our friends at The Waconia Patriot, and Cabin Fever. As always another wonderful event put on by Jeff Schulz and the rest of the Waconia Lions! See You next year kids!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lake Waconia Fishing Report 7-22-09

The past week was another success for muskie anglers. Several 40 inch or larger fish were reported, with the biggest catch of the week being a 53 incher! Try fishing the 12-foot weedline in Waconia Bay, as well as Center Reef and North Reef.

Sunfish continue to bite on the deeper weed edges, between 12 to 14 feet. Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef are two worthy spots to try, although you can find sunnies in numerous areas.

Walleyes are still biting in the evenings. Kegs Reef and Anderson’s Reef are two good areas to find action. If you have the patience, slip bobber fishing with a leech has been a successful approach. For less patient anglers, jigging with a leech or fathead has also worked well. Depths to find the walleyes have ranged from 12 to 20 feet.

Bass fishing has been productive as usual. Continuing the theme of fishing the weeds, you will have the best success finding quality size on the edges of Cemetery Reef and North Reef, as well as the Waconia Bay. There have been other reports of nice fish biting in the shallows in the reeds by the northwest side of the lake. Just remember, shallow water extends several hundred yards from shore in that area of the lake so be sure to trim up in that region.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lake Waconia Fishing Report 7-15-09

Fishing remains good on Lake Waconia this week!

A nice 30" northern was boated from an outside weed edge of Waconia Bay this weekend. Look for similar conditions near Pillsbury and North Reefs, which Northerns like to hunt for baitfish. Both live and artificial baits have worked.

On your way there, check out Center and Kegs Reefs, which have been getting attention from walleye anglers towards evening. Dusk was a good time to drop fathead minnows near the weed edges of those reefs in around 15 to 20 feet of water. We have heard reports of multiple 16" to 26"+ walleye caught there. Also, leeches worked well and early morning risers have had action worth getting up for. Adding to the excitement, muskie were seen following some of the eyes!

Wagener's Bay is still a great spot to pick up a meal of sunfish! Look for cabbage weeds and fish the pockets to get fish. Worms of all types continue to work. Add a little flash if it's a dark day.

This weekend, we're happy to once again host the Waconia Lions annual "Take a Kid Fishing" day at our marina. This important event has helped many a young person learn to enjoy fishing and the outdoors. We'll give you the kids' report next week! Watch for pre-registration next year for your young ones (Registration ended to participate this year on 7-13-09).

As we close, the weatherman is predicting a few days of cooler weather before the coming weekend. Fishing patterns will change a little, so don't be afraid to stop in at our marina shop for a current fishing update, or just to enjoy the view!

Come join the fun on Lake Waconia!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lake Waconia Fishing Report 7-8-09

Lake Waconia has been producing a variety of nice fish as of late. The walleye bite has been improving. Jigging with either leeches or fatheads has been the most popular method, with fish being caught between 15 to 20 feet. Popular areas to fish include Center Reef, North Reef, and Anderson’s Reef. Sunfish have finished spawning and the bigger fish are moving out of the shallows to the outside weedlines around 12 to 14 feet. Anderson’s Reef, Pillsbury Reef and Harm’s Point have been common areas to find the nicer sunfish. Muskie action has picked up lately as well. Lots of reported sightings, as well as some successful catches have kept anglers busy. Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, North Reef and Reinke’s Reef have been a few of the more popular places to find them. Northern fishing has improved in the past few weeks as well. Several successful catches have been reported in many of the same areas muskie anglers are fishing. Bass fishing continues to be good both shallow and deep. Surface lures like topwater frogs or poppers are great in the shallows, while Texas-rigged worms and spinnerbaits have produced fish along the deeper weedlines. For more information, please call (952) 442-2096.