While the numbers of fishermen using the lake have been lower this month due to the heat and humidity, those who have gone fishin' continued to find fish! Largemouth Bass have been a lot of fun this summer. We are getting good reports for big ones around reefs like Cemetery, North, Center and Pillsbury. You'll still catch them shallow too up in the reeds or by the Carp Trap or Rock Dock as well. Spinnerbaits, Jigs and Plastic Worms have worked well for those using artificials. Crawlers, Fatheads and Sucker Minnows are producing fish for those using live bait!
Walleyes are still running deeper off the weeds on Keg's, Red's and North Reefs or off the corners of the island. Jigging with a fathead still has been the method of choice. Some are drifting with crawlers and having success as well.
Those wanting to get their kids some action can still rely on Lake Waconia to come through. Sunfish and Crappies have been biting well around the weeds by the island and some of the reefs in 8 to 14 feet of water most of the summer and you can continue to find them there, but we're also getting some nice reports a tad deeper as well. Don't be afraid to go off the weeds from 15 to 20 or more feet of water. The usual spots like Center, Keg's, North and Anderson's have worked well for fishing in the weeds or outside of them in deeper water. Wax worm and crawlers are still the go-to Sunfish bait. Crappie minnows continue to work for the Crappies.
Our rental season is winding down soon. There's about 4 weeks left to rent a pontoon or fishing boat and motor! It's still a great time to get on the lake, as the lake generally isn't as busy this time of year. We suggest making a reservation as our hours will be changing, so call (952) 442-2096 and we'll set you up for a fun day on the water! As of now, our hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to Sunset, and Saturday/Sunday from 6:30 am to Sunset. After Labor Day, our hours will shorten.
This past Saturday, we had a party to honor our slip and buoy members at the marina. We had a free lunch and gave away hundreds of dollars in value of drawing prizes! We also had a free, short, informal fishing contest that was enjoyed by many. The winners were Mike Pittelkow, who caught a 1# 2 oz Crappie that was caught within the first 15 minutes, and Marcy Russell, who caught a 14-inch Bass! Overall, it was a hot, beautiful day to enjoy at the lake! Thanks again to all of the wonderful families who share their summers with us by keeping their boats at our marina!