Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 26th Fishing Report

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!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mid-June Fishing Report

After the excessive heat for a few days last week and a drop in temperature soon after, we have finally found ourselves in a fairly consistent weather pattern. And a consistent weather pattern means consistent fishing.

The sunfish are easy to find as they are in the shallow waters preparing to spawn. Within the last few days the females have been shallow and are full of eggs. You can also find some big males in shallow ready to take over the beds as soon as the females are spawned out. Areas to find them are along the west and northwest shoreline in and around the pencil reeds and also along the south shoreline. The preferred bait is wax worms, crawlers, or leeches. If live bait isn't your thing then some Berkely Gulp or a beetle spin will work wonders as well. Crappies have moved out deeper but are still catch-able. Try to find a solid weedline on a reef and that is where the crappies will be hanging out.

Walleyes have started to head out to their summer areas now that the water has warmed up. Their preferred meal is a jig and a minnow, jig and a leech, or a Lindy rig with a leech. Low light around dawn and dusk have been the key times in catching walleyes. A lot of the walleye fisherman have been fishing the reefs; including Kegs, North, and Andersons along the weedlines in 14-18 feet of water.

The first two weeks of the muskie season has been a challenge for most anglers. The fish haven't been as active as they usually are this time of year. There have been a few reports of guys catching a muskie or two around the moon phases and low light hours. A bucktail or large plastics have been working the best.

Bass fisherman have been having very good luck catching fish. You can find some up shallow in the pencil reeds and along the docks around Harm's Point. If you like fishing deeper water for them try throwing a jig or a worm along the weeds out on Cemetary, Center, or North Reef.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fishing Report 6-12-11

Now with all fishing seasons open for Lake Waconia, it's time to update everyone on the bite. With the funny weather patterns we have be noticing, where temps would reach 100+ degrees one day then fall to a high of 65 the next, the water temps have been fluctuating between low 60's and mid 70's in different parts of the lake.

Early in the season the walleye fishermen were encountering big walleyes on a nightly basis. Lately the bite has slowed, but anglers are finding the walleyes on the corners of the island, as well as the mid-lake reefs such as Keg's and North. We're still waiting to see the variety of walleye sizes being caught. It seems when you get one, it almost always is at least 18 inches, with fewer young fish being caught. Don't forget that walleyes must be at least 16" to keep on Waconia, with one over 20" being allowed.

Sunfish are attempting to get into their spawning routine and are being found in shallow water. Most guys are catching sunfish in the area that they would make their beds. The females (which have huge bellies full of eggs right now) should be moving in, in a few days. The preferred bait is anything that can fit into a sunfishes mouth, such as angleworms or wax-worms on a small jig, beetle spin, or a small fly. The crappies have for the most part moved off their beds and into deeper water but some are still being sighted in the reeds on the northwest shoreline.

With the water temps doing what they have been doing the Bass have been working the shallows around their spawning areas. They are hitting all your typical bass lures like plastic worms, spinnerbaits, but there is nothing wrong with throwing a leech out on a jig with a bobber. Those targeting big bass have had more success fishing reefs like Center, Pillsbury or North.

If you are looking to get on the water, but don't have a boat, don't forget we rent Fishing Boats with Motors, as well as Pontoons. Check out our "Pontoon & Boat Rental" page for rates and descriptions.

We hope to see you on the lake!