Friday, February 28, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Access and Ice Update - 2/28/2020

We’ve had a lot of questions about this weekend’s warmer weather and the effect on our access and roads. Average ice thickness is between 20 to 25 inches. At this point the lake and our access are in excellent shape! The roads are a little bumpy, but have firmed up nicely. Low temps tonight are supposed to be around 10 degrees, so that helps too. Saturday and Sunday are supposed have highs around 40 or in the low 40’s. Lately when we’ve had temps like that, the access looks worse than it is. Sunday will likely be the worst of the 2 weekend days. Things will get sloppy, the roads will get bumpier and there will likely be puddles/potholes to avoid, but we don’t expect any major issues through the weekend. Of course things could always change if temps are higher than predicted. We will let you know if there are issues to mention. The daily access fee is $4.

Just a reminder, we close for the season after Sunday, March 1st. Also, fish houses must be removed from the lake by Midnight on March 2nd.

We’ll see you on the ice!

Friday, February 21, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia News & Fishing Report - 2/21/2020

We’ve got 8 days left of our Fish House Rental season! We will be renting through Saturday, February 29th, so get scheduled with a rental by calling (952) 442-2096. Click on this link for prices and polices…

We will be closing for the season after Sunday, March 1st. Our access will remain temporarily open after March 1st as long as it’s in reasonable condition and we don’t get lots of snow. We will not be plowing it after March 1st.

This weekend through February 23rd is the final weekend of Gamefish season, so you won’t be able to fish for walleyes, northern pike and bass until the Fishing Opener on May 9th (with bass being catch-and-release only until May 23rd).

New 2020 Fishing Licenses are now available for sale too! Keep in mind, you STILL NEED a 2019 fishing license through February 29th. The new season starts March 1st, but it’s nice to be prepared early.

Fish Houses, Dark Houses and Portables must be removed from the ice no later than midnight March 2nd.

As for the fishing, we continue to hear very good crappie reports in the deeper water of Wagener’s Bay. 20 to 25 feet of water, fishing 4 to 8 feet off the bottom has been the ticket most evenings. Sunfish are still biting, although less aggressively in 12 to 14 feet of water near Center and Pillsbury Reefs as well as into the south side of Wagener’s Bay and parts of Waconia Bay. Crappies can be found in these areas too! Unfortunately we do not have any big minnows available for the Northern Pike, but if you do have some of your own, the bite has picked up some the past 2 weeks. We are fully stocked with crappie minnows, fathead minnows, wax worms and larva!

We’ll see you on the ice!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Plowed Road Update - 2/9/2020

Good news! Our main plowed road coming from the In Towne Marina goes past Waconia Bay to Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef and out to the deep water of Wagener’s Bay. There is also a road that goes from Waconia Bay ending at the SW side of Kegs Reef, which we hope to expand some this week. Also, we plowed to the center of Cemetery Reef, which goes past the walleye hole between the marinas. Those with 4-wheel drive trucks can still get around off road, although it’s always good idea to be prepared with a shovel.

We’ll see you on the lake!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing & Ice Report - 2/5/2020

Conditions on Lake Waconia remain excellent. Thankfully temps cooled down nicely after last weekend’s mild weather. Sunday’s warmth and sunshine melted some of the snow and minimal surface ice on lake roads causing bumpy conditions after things re-froze. We closed part of our access Monday morning to let it heal up and have now fully re-opened it. The main lake road from the marina is also in much better driving shape after we smoothed it out this week with the V-plows.

Fishing has remained good in early February. Sunfish have continued to bite well during the day, usually in 11 to 14 feet in Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef and Waconia Bay. Sorting needs to be done to get keepers, but it’s still very possible to bring a nice meal home. Crappies have been found in the same areas in the evening, but have been more active deep in 20 to 24 feet in the hole of Wagener’s Bay. We’ve had some nice crappies shown to us in the 11 to 14 inch range the past couple of weeks by those qualifying to play our FREE Ice and Dice game. The game ends Sunday, 2/16, so bring your catch in for your chance to win! Northern pike activity has picked up too. Action started slow for pike, but we’ve had good reports of varieties of sizes being caught on sucker minnows near the shallower panfish areas described above. Bass have also continued to surprise in those same areas. Walleyes haven’t been as active this winter as other years. Those having success are out in the early morning hours or spending the night away from the large crowds. Don’t give up on chasing them as we still have 2-1/2 weeks left in the Gamefish season, which ends after Sunday, 2/23.

We still have some openings for Fish House rentals in February! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve. Our houses are comfortable, warm and ready to fish with the holes drilled. All of our rentals are in good sunfish, crappie and northern pike territory in 12 to 13-1/2 feet of water. For more information, check out our Fish House Rental page here…

We’ll see you on the ice!