As of today, Saturday 2/04, Lake Waconia’s ice is still in very good condition. Despite the milder weather, we’ve only lost the snow cover due to the warmth. The foggy days we’ve been having have greatly helped, because it’s the sun, combined with warmth that can affect the ice the most. With the fog blocking the sun, and temps dipping into the mid-20’s at night, there is little to no water/slush on the ice surface. Things have firmed up nicely. Thicknesses continue to be averaging around 13 to 14 inches in most areas. As we’ve said in the past, continue to avoid any areas on the lake that are marked with branches or lath board/caution tape, because we still are dealing with the same dangerous areas as before.
This week we’ve continued to hear of good northern pike action. Anglers have been taking advantage of the nice weather by tip up fishing, using small or medium sucker minnows in 10 to 13 feet of water near Center Reef and in Waconia Bay. Sunfish have been better as of late. While you still have to cull the small ones out, there is a decent chance to get some keepers near Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef. Crappie fishermen have been moving around to pinpoint the best action. While the bite has been decent, but inconsistent at times, we expect the best bite to be in the deeper water south of Pillsbury Reef. Others are finding them on Center Reef in 10 to 13 feet of water.
Don't give up on the season yet! There is still plenty of time to hit the ice and wet a line. Stop in to get the latest reports. We look forward to seeing you!