Sunday, January 22, 2012

4 Weeks away from Adrian Peterson Blizzard Blitz Fishing Contest!

Don't forget to purchase your ticket online for the Adrian Peterson All Day Blizzard Blitz, which benefits the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The Fishing Contest takes place from Noon to 3 pm on Sunday, February 19th. Adult tickets cost $25 and Kid's tickets cost $15, if purchased online. If you choose to buy your ticket at the entrance the day of, Adult tickets are $30 and Kid's tickets are $20. There are several Children's Activities that will be going on from 10:30 am until 3 pm, located on the ice. We at the In Towne Marina are excited to be the Official Weigh Station for this event again. We look forward to seeing you on the lake!

To find out more, click the link below...

Adrian Peterson All Day Blizzard Blitz

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ice Update 1-21-12

We opened up our access for vehicle traffic yesterday. While we are finding very good ice in many locations, between 11 to 13 inches, we still have the dangerous areas on Center and Pillsbury Reefs to watch out for. We also are continuing to deal with active springs on the lake. We are doing everything we can to mark any spots we come across, but it's impossible to cover every square inch of the lake, and therefore we can never guarantee ice. We highly recommend that you do your exploring during the day and not at night. Please stop in to the marina to see our map of areas to avoid that we have come across. If you find something of concern on the lake, we ask that you help us by marking the area as best as you can so others can avoid it. We're excited to see people come out to Waconia to get the bite on! If we help each other, this should be a safe and happy rest of the winter for all of us that have waited so long to enjoy it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ice and Fishing Update 1-15-12

The majority of the ice on Lake Waconia is in very good shape now that we've had some colder temperatures recently. We've been seeing ice thicknesses in most areas between 10 to 12 inches. However, we still have some areas of concern. You might be aware that we've marked a couple of large thinner ice areas on the shallow parts of Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef. The Pillsbury spot still has an area of open water, with some ice around that between 3 to 7 inches. On Center, there is a long stretch that is between 3.5 to 6 inches. We still are dealing with numerous springs all over the lake. Be sure to stop in to the marina, so we can show you where the worst spots are. Overall, we are VERY HAPPY with how the lake is shaping up.

While we haven't opened up our access for vehicle traffic yet, we've been very comfortable 4-wheeling and walking as long as you avoid the marked thinner ice areas. Don't forget, we try to mark any spots we find that we consider dangerous, but it's a big lake and we can't cover everything. If you see something you feel is dangerous, please help us by marking it to keep everyone safe.

This weekend we have seen larger numbers of fishermen coming out to the lake. The bite has improved. We've been getting plenty of action in Waconia Bay between 9 to 11 feet of water, with a lot of perch and sunfish biting during the day, and some crappies in the evening. If you're tempted to put a bigger minnow on a tip up, it's been decent for some northern action. A good amount of anglers are now spreading out to the Center Reef and Pillsbury areas avoiding the thinner areas and fishing where the ice is better. There have been good reports of nice crappies coming from out there in depths between 10 to 13 feet of water. Some have been producing bites in the deep water (over 20 feet) south of Pillsbury in the evenings, suspended a few feet from the bottom.

It's time to enjoy the lake! We'd love to see you out here, and we'll do what we can to make your time on the water a productive and safe one.

A reminder to those of you who were looking forward to the "Adrian Peterson All Day Blizzard Blitz" Fishing Contest. The contest date has been moved to Sunday, February 19th. We hope you can make it out for the new date, as Adrian will still be here as well as numerous other celebrities!

We are RENTING FISH HOUSES! The heat's on and the holes are pre-drilled for you. Prices range from $55 to $75 for 6 hours during the week, and $75 to $95 for 6 hours on Saturday or Sunday. We hope you'll join us!

Adrian Peterson/Starkey NEW Date for Waconia Ice Fishing Contest Fundraiser set for Sunday, 2-19-12

Good News! The Adrian Peterson/Starkey Foundation Ice Fishing Contest and fundraiser has scheduled a NEW date for the 2nd Annual Event on Lake Waconia! Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 19th!

"With the success of last year's event, and the demand and excitement we received for this year, we regret postponement of the event" said Brady Forseth. "However, we look forward to hosting a successful event next month to raise much-needed awareness and funds for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and All Day Foundation".

Sunday, Feb 19th will replace the original January event date due to warm weather temps, near the original date. Organizers recognized possible ice limitations, and felt it best to reschedule to present a full, safe day of fun in February!

Go to to register and get updates on this exciting event! Here's a sample of the days activities.

Guests will gather for a fun-filled day of family and children's activities. Included are: free rod and reel building,; ice safety and fish identification,ice fishing Olympics; high-tech fishing gadget tutorials as well as a STAR-Studded Ice Fishing Contest. Fishing entrants will be eligible to win not only Fishing Prizes, but drawings will be called throughout the event for prizes donated by Sponsors.

Plan on bringing cash to buy tickets to pick up delicious food and beverages sold & all proceed donated on the ice that day!

All proceeds will be used to help children around the world receive the "gift of hearing". This year, the event benefits several LOCAL Waconia-area children. They are scheduled to receive free fitting for custom-made hearing devices, with Adrian Peterson present to help fit them, at the Eden Prairie Starkey Hearing Center in Eden Prairie!

IN TOWNE MARINA is providing the Contest WEIGH-IN station and will be on the ice to greet you. Stop at our BAIT Shop before going out for last minute needs & information.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ice Update 1-06-12

The unseasonably warm winter hasn't been what we’d all hoped for-to say the least! We're happy to see anglers calling & stopping in to keep informed on ice conditions. We spend many hours to alert fellow anglers of areas we have found, or other anglers reported to watch out for. We're here to help during business hours & hope you stop in to see us!

That being said, we've recently marked some IMPORTANT new spots with brush or lath & flagging or caution tape and also noted them on our shop lake map. We can't mark everything- so stay alert, as always!

Even though today [1/06/12] we're still finding most original ice to be about 10 inches- here are several recent [in the last 2 days] IMPORTANT areas of concern to AVOID. Obviously, there is much usable ice yet- but must be patient-until freezing temps return.

Some known AREAS to USE Extreme Caution for now:
-The shallow parts of both Pillsbury and Center Reefs have large areas with ice ranging between 3 to 7 inches, Pillsbury actually has an expansive open area in its' middle. Both of these thin or open spots have very thick weeds in depths of only 6 to 8 feet of water, which soaked up the sun, causing the ice to diminish.
-We've also spotted numerous active springs, most notably east of Cemetery Reef, around Red’s Reef, and toward Reinke’s. 2 of the springs have created open spots as large as 20 feet by 50 feet. There are others, not nearly as big, to be avoided.

Please bring along some brush during this time- to help mark. We can’t possibly find and mark everything, and appreciate those that have well marked their spear holes or holes left, when moving their houses.

Keep your eye’s peeled and share with us, and your fellow anglers. We're all in this together!

Those going out to portable fish, or sit on a bucket should be rewarded during this "quiet ice" period- while we wait for cold!

By the way- Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you at the Lake!