Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Heat Wave!

The last week has brought nothing but hot and muggy weather to lake Waconia. The water is getting extremely warm, perfect for the recreational boaters! On Monday the water hit temps into the low 90s, according to Jim & Cindy Mase that is the warmest in the last 3o years!

Last Wednesday marked our annual In Towne Marina Employee Fishing Classic. The target species this year was the bass. Jim & Jimmy, Ben and Travis, and Kyle and Eric hit the water and a few hours later the results were in. Everyone stayed shallow and fished the slop and thick weeds. There were quite a few tiny ones but also a lot of 1 to 3 pounders caught and a few nice ones that were missed. When it was all said and done Ben & Travis took the 2010 honors. We enjoyed dinner together after cash awards were given to all!

The fishing has been slowing down but the fish are definitely out there and people are still catching them. The best two species again are your bass and sunfish.

The bass have been biting both shallow and deep. Look to the slop for some nice bass during the mid day heat. The best approach in this situation is to use scum frogs, a moss mouse or un-weighted bass assassins. You can also look to deep water with
texas rigged worms on the weed edges in 10-15 feet.

The sunfish are still hanging out on the reefs in 6-15 feet. The most productive reefs have been Kegs and North. A slip bobber, small jig and wax worm have been working the best. If you do not catch fish right away keep changing depths until you find the sun

The walleye bite has slowed down quite a bit in the last weeks with the extreme hot weather. Look deep
during the low light periods around 20 feet with a lindy or spinner rigged with a leech or crawler. Some of the better areas to try have been Kegs and Reds reef.

With the water temps in the 90's please still refrain from fishing muskies, it is very important to help maintain this great resource!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Where has summer gone?

Can you believe it is already August? As we start to prepare for the fall season there are some new changes and events we would like you to know about. We will be shortening our shop hours later this month. Check next weeks report;our home page or after hours answering machine for new hours to be announced. Remember, after the Carver County Fair, Waconia's September celebration, Nickle Dickle Day is soon approaching. Lots of great sales, music, events and fun take place all day long! Among the fun activities for the kids will be our 3rd Annual FREE old-fashioned "Fish Pond for Prizes", for kids 10 & under. Watch Ads coming out soon! Check out our rental promotions good through August 19th at intownemarina.com

Fishing has been pretty consistent with the bite, this time of year. Bass and Sunfish remain the staple species. Bass can be found on the outside weed edges in 8-14 feet and also on the inside edges in 3-6 feet of water. The best methods are Texas rigged worms and bass jigs. Some areas to fish are Cemetery and Anderson's Reef. Sunfish can be found on top of the reefs and also off of the breaks. Best approaches are a bobber and a tiny jig or just a jig over the side of the boat. Wax worms and panfish leeches have been working on Kegs reef.

The water temp is still in the low 80's, so don't forget- keep your bait cool in the water the bait shop gives you, & out of the lake. This will not only help you keep it alive to use another day but, also to comply with MN's new law prohibiting transport of lake water from place to place. If releasing fish, try to keep them submerged while you gently coax them back to swimming, after unhooked. Come to enjoy the lake, and share your fishing photos.