Thursday, July 17, 2014
Due to the high water back in late June, an entire lake No-Wake restriction was put on Lake Waconia June 21st, 2014. Lake levels are dropping and the "Entire Lake" portion of the restriction is being lifted at this time. Waconia will now be No wake within 300 feet from shore. Remember to give at least that much room, many docks are still close to being underwater around the lake.
Monday, July 7, 2014
As of this morning's writing, Lake Waconia is still under a no-wake restriction for the entire lake until further notice. While pleasure boaters are patiently waiting to cruise at higher speeds, the no-wake has presented a great opportunity for some calmer day and night time fishing. Areas that normally have a lot of high traffic are readily fishable.
Walleyes have been a nice surprise this late spring and early summer! We've had numerous reports from anglers catching lots of numbers, with the possibility of catching some keepers as well. One of the areas close us, between the In Towne Marina and Lola's has been productive. The evening or early morning bite has been best here near the weeds in 10 to 13 feet. If you're fishing daytime, move a little deeper up to 20 feet. Working the weedline in Waconia Bay between 9 to 15 feet (depending on the time of day) has been productive as well. The north and northwest side of Coney Island has produced some walleyes too. If you're venturing further out, the shallow weedlines of Pillsbury and Center reefs are worth checking out. Using an 1/8 oz to 1/4 oz jig with a fathead minnow or leech has worked well. Slip bobber fishing with a glow or red hook is always good on Waconia. Slow trolling a harness with a crawler is a good bet too.
The north side of Coney Island between 12 to 15 feet of water has been good for both sunfish and crappies. Waconia Bay and Harm's Point are two other close spots to us that have put out some fish. Chunks of a crawler or angle worm and waxies for the sunnies have been best. Crappie minnows are great for the crappies. Expect to do some sorting, but there have been some nice stringers and baskets full of fish! We've had some nice bass mixed in these same areas as well, along with the reefs further out like Center and North. If you prefer live bait, some are bobber fishing sucker minnows or using leeches. Others might be flipping jigs or plastic worms, or casting spinnerbaits. We've had a few reports of northern pike coming through as well, with anglers using the methods above.
Don't forget, you can rent a fishing boat and motor with gas for as little as $24 for 2 hours. A pontoon boat with 40 hp motor and gas, for up to 9 people, can be rented for only $159 for 3 hours. Call (952) 442-2096 or go to www.intownemarina.com for details.
We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July Holiday! It sure was eventful in Waconia with the Taste of Minnesota in town. A lot of good music and food was had by the event goers. The highlight for many was the nightly fireworks shows by the "Taste" and the double fireworks show on the 4th. Once again, the Lake Waconia Fireworks show was something to be proud of! Great job to all of those who helped put it together! It was really exciting to watch as the normal Waconia show by the Regional Park ended with the finale at 10:20, and then immediately switching views to the west side of town by Bayview Elementary to see the action packed "Taste" show.
Here is a picture of some happy anglers! Mike Olson, with the father son duo of Jami and Gus Schupp (10 years old), had a nice stringer of crappies, with a Gus catching the big fish of the day, a nice bass! Great job fellas!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
In Towne Marina WELCOMES “A Taste Of Minnesota” and VISITORS 7/03-7/06/14!
In Towne Marina is excited this great event will be held at Waconia’s Carver County Fairgrounds from Thurs. July 3rd to Sun., July 6th . Come enjoy Great Food, Music and Fun near the lake! Get a Taste of Country Living…Near the City at Our Marina. We are conveniently located on the South Shore of Lake Waconia within walking distance from the “Taste” event , held in downtown Waconia!
Plan to go fishing or boating for a few hours while you’re here! Check out our website at InTowneMarina.com to see photos of our RENTAL Pontoons or 14’ Fishing Boats- you’ll find prices & information to Call NOW- to RESERVE [Recommended]. Relax aboard the boat as you enjoy beautiful views and Great fishing as you cruise the lake! Own your own boat? Bring it along to launch at our stable, double-wide Access dock. Our access is much easier to use than the Public accesses on the lake. Access fees are $5 weekdays and $10 Weekends and Holidays.
Stop at our convenient Gas Dock to fill up [Non-oxygenated No ethanol 91 Octane] head into our shop to find everything from ski tow ropes to a bag of ice! We carry Marine supplies; Fishing Tackle & Live Bait. Enjoy the view from our deck with a snack; beverage or ice cream treat- or just to find local information & pleasant conversation.
TWO Fireworks shows begin at dusk this July 4th in Waconia. Our shop remains open late that night until both Fireworks displays are over! Waconia’s’ show begins 1st at dusk usually 10pm [shot from the east end Carver County Waconia Regional Park over the lake] - followed by the “Taste of MN” - sponsored Show [shot near the event- over the West end of the city]. Watch the sky at 10:30 PM nightly 7/03 to 7/06 for the “Taste of MN” Fireworks Display for all to enjoy!
Don’t miss Great MUSIC; Great FOOD; Great BOATING & FISHING HERE with Waconia hospitality! COME SEE US anytime this Summer [Regular hours: Mon- Fri 7:30 am- 8:30 pm & Sat/Sun 6:30am-8:30 pm].
PS: As of this writing “No Wake” 5mph maximum boat speed remains on Lake Waconia -until further notice.