Friday, February 26, 2010

Almost Over

Where did February go? If your hungry for a meal of Walleye then you better catch your dinner no later than 11:59PM Sunday 2/28/10! After the weekend the gamefish Season is closed. Fish Houses have to be removed by the same time if left unattended.

Thanks everyone for a great Winter Season! We appreciate ALL of our loyal customers, and hope you have enjoyed the 2009-2010 Ice Fishing Season as much as we did!

Starting Monday 3/1/10 we will close for the Winter Season. We will reopen in the spring shortly after ice-out as usual. Access onto the ice at the marina will be available until we see reason to close it.

Thanks again everyone!

Sincerely, The Mases and Staff

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lake Waconia Fishing Report and News

The season is nearing it's end. Just 2 more weekends to fish walleyes, northerns and bass. February 28th is the last day for the gamefish season, as well as the last day fish houses can be left on the lake overnight.

This week, we've continued to see a good crappie bite. We've heard varying times for when they have been biting. Some days it's between 5 pm to 6:30, and other days it's been from 7 pm to 9. Crappies have continued to be found in depths ranging from 10 to 14 feet of water. If you're only able to fish daytime, the crappies have been a little slower, but the sunfish bite has been adequate. Be patient if you're looking for keepers as you'll have to do some sorting, although if your looking for something for the frying pan, you can certainly get enough. Look for the sunfish action to be around 8 to 14 feet. Locations to find these fish continue to be in the areas around Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef and to the north, although it's not a bad idea to try in Waconia Bay this time of year. We've also seen the northern pike bite continue to be active. Small to medium sucker minnows have been the usual bait of choice. You'll find these pike in the similar areas you're fishing for sunfish and crappies. For the walleye angler, patience is the key. We've had some nice reported fish, but those with the best success have been putting time on the water overnight into the early morning hours. Nelson's Flats and North Reef would be a couple areas worth trying. See you on the lake!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lake Waconia Snow Report

We ended our last post mentioning we might get more snow soon, and boy were they right! After all of the "stages" of the storm we ended up with almost a foot of powder. The winds were gusting, giving us some impressive drifts. The established roads really filled in with snow, Jim and his V-Plow and Ben in his Bobcat had quite a bit on their plate. Roads have been opened back up to Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, Waconia Bay, and Cemetery Reef. Jim and Ben have made some nice chutes off the main roads so people can get off the beaten path a little. Long distance off-roading has gotten pretty difficult due to hidden old roads, hidden paths and just plain deep snow. If You do feel adventurous, bring a good shovel and tow strap. Having a buddy handy in another four wheel drive doesn't hurt.

Call with any questions.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lake Waconia Fishing report and News

The Northern Pike Continue to Impress! Since our last posting we have been getting consistent reports of respectable Pike from the Tip-up fisherman. Areas these fish have been coming from, are still this years "standby" spots. Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, Waconia Bay, and Wagner's Bay have all been giving up nice pike in, or near the weeds. A Sucker minnow set up in 9'-15' of water is still the route to go.

The Crappie bite would not be described as "HOT", but the action has picked up as of late. The pre-frontal bite has been the key. With all this weather we have seen lately, the action before the weather change has been noticeable.
We have not seen much of a deep water bite yet, just like most of the fish right now aim at the weed edges. Wax worms or Euro larvae are sometimes outperforming minnows, so don't be afraid to leave the worms on after dark.

Today is Saturday, February 6th and we have had a couple blasts of snow since our last post. The snow has smoothed things out on the roads, and given us some good banking material for the fish houses. Off-Roading is still doable with four wheel drive, but tough for two wheel drive vehicles now. More snow is in the forecast so if you need the latest lake news call the Bait Shop anytime!

See you on the ice!

(952) 442-2096

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