The weather hasn't been what we have been hoping for this summer yet, but it's been favorable for good fishing. We have been seeing a variety of species being caught on a regular basis, with sunfish and bass biting best most recently.
The sunfish are still trying to spawn in the shallows within the pencil reeds and bulrushes. Wax-worms and angleworms have been the go to bait on beetle spins, while jigs with small crappie minnows have been producing larger sunfish and some crappies.
Many reports that have been coming off of the lake are that the bass numbers are great. If you're looking for numbers, guys have been working the shallows with plastic worms or top water baits on calm days. If the lunkers are more your style, deeper water is the place to be. Try to find points off of reefs such as red's and cemetery with jigs, deeper crankbaits, or a bobber with a leech, fathead or a small sucker minnow.
Low light periods during the early morning and evenings have been a huge factor in producing fish. We are starting to see some smaller walleyes off most reefs, with the best bites being on Keg's, North, and Stone Reefs. Keepers (16" and over) are also being caught as well. The preferred bait is a jumbo leech and a jig while working a weed edge in 12 to 14 feet of water.
We have not seen the numbers of Muskies we are used to, but guys are still catching a few out there. Some of the successful fishermen have been using cowgirls and bulldawgs off center and Pillsbury reef. The pike reports have been up from past years, where guys are finding them on red's, cemetery and the break-line on the south shoreline. Both species, being the predators they are, have also been spotted in the shallows preying on smaller fish that are spawning.
If your wanting to get out on the lake, but don't own a boat, remember we have boats and pontoons to rent. Just give us a call or stop in to reserve a time that works for you and we will have the boat ready to go when you get here. Hope to see you out here!!!
Don't forget, the Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival presented by the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and Waconia Lions, is coming up on the 4th of July. Join us here for some of the best viewing on the lake!