Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lake Waconia Fishing Report and Marina News 7-23-13

It's been a few weeks since the last report, but the bite continues to be strong on Lake Waconia.  We've seen plenty of happy fishermen catching sunfish and crappies.  While we're still hearing some good action coming from both the north and south sides of Coney Island in 10 to 14 feet of water. Recently, some of the bigger panfish have been biting on the edges of the weeds in 10 to 14 feet of water on the reefs, such as Keg's Reef, North Reef and Pillsbury Reef.

Bass are continuing to bite as well.  While you can expect to get action in the shallows in the reeds on the northwest side of the lake and by the Rock Dock, the bigger largemouths are gonna be found on the reefs in or around the weeds.  Casting artificial baits like plastic worms, jigs or spinnerbaits are good options on reefs like Cemetery, North and Pillsbury.  If you're going after 'em with live bait, you can't beat a leech or a crawler.

Walleye are biting best in the evening, before and just after sunset, as well as early morning before sunrise. We're still reporting most of the action to be undersized walleyes between 10 to 14 inches (must be 16 inches to keep walleyes on Waconia), with the occasional lunker that measures in the mid-to-upper 20 inch range.  Keg's Reef, Red's Reef and North Reef are still the prime areas to target them in 12 to 18 feet of water.

It's been a wonderful stretch of summer on Lake Waconia!  We've enjoyed the heat of the season, and now we're getting into some consistent, less humid warmth.  If you're looking to get on the water, but don't have a boat, we are your place to rent!  We offer pontoons that hold up to 9 adults, as well as boats with motors that hold either 3 or 4 people.  Click on "Pontoon & Boat Rentals" link at www.intownemarina.com for prices and info or call (952) 442-2096 to reserve.

This past weekend, we had a celebration to honor the families who keep boats with us in slips and mooring buoys at the marina.  It was a great turnout of people, with plenty of food and fun had by all ages, with over 50 prizes given out.  There was also an informal fishing contest among the members, and the winners were Alex Mischke with a 4.5 oz. sunfish, local chiropracter Jeff Soltis with a 8 oz. crappie, and Chris Milder with a bass over 12 inches.  Each winning angler received a $40 gift certificate.  Thanks to all the families who have boats with us at our marina.  It's a privelege to serve your needs and make your day at the lake an easy, fun-filled time.  Here are some pics from the event...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lake Waconia News & Fishing Report 7/1/13

Summer is in full swing, with water temps now in the upper 70's.  Whether you're water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, swimming, or just boating or fishing, now is the time to get on or in the lake! 

The 4th of July is fast approaching, so don't forget about the great show put on during the Lake Waconia 4th of July Fireworks Festival!  Go boating and watch the show up close, or watch from the In Towne Marina, Lola's Lakehouse, Cedar Point Park, or Lake Waconia Regional Park for the best viewing.  The fireworks are shot from Coney Island at 10 pm and last about 20 minutes!  Don't miss it!  We will have extended hours that evening until the fireworks show is over.  We will be here to help those who keep boats with us and launch with us, get safely off the lake.

Fishing has continued to be good on Lake Waconia.  The crappie bite has remained impressive!  One of the more popular spots continues to be on the north side of the island in 8 to 14 feet of water.  Worms and crappie minnows are the most common baits of choice.  The sunfish spawn is still going on, so expect to see plenty of those in the shallows, and the bite to be good.

The bass bite has still been strong.  We're hearing action in the shallows in the early mornings.  If you want to fish a touch deeper, go off the weed edges or in the weeds on reefs like Cemetery, North and Pillsbury, and  you will give yourself a chance to get a lunker.  Jigs or Texas-rigged worms are common choices for artificial baits, and leeches are a sure bet if you're a live bait fisherman.

With the rising water temps, expect the walleye action to be best fishing off reefs like Kegs, North and Red's in 14 to 20 feet..  Also, the west and east ends of the island are popular areas as well.  We're not seeing tons of eaters yet, but action has continued to be there.  Lots of catches in the 10 to 14 inch range, with some reports of big ones in the upper 20 inch range.

Muskies are still active, although the bite has naturally slowed down a bit, since it was such an amazing start to the season.  We are hearing action on the weed edges between the marinas, and beyond Lola's toward the beach.  Also, fishing around the island as well the weeds on reefs like Center, North and Kegs are all popular areas.

Take advantage of this beautiful upcoming weather pattern and join us on the lake!  If you don't have a boat, keep in mind, we rent boats with motors and pontoons.  Give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to learn about what we offer and reserve your time to enjoy a day on Lake Waconia!

We look forward to seeing you!  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!