Friday, May 22, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Fishing and Lake Report - 5/22/2020

With Memorial Weekend here, we are now extending our bait shop hours for the summer! Hours now are Sunday through Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm. Gas service will run from 9 am to 7:45 pm every day. Keep in mind, due to Covid-19 and the restrictions given to us by the DNR, we have limited our access on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays only to those with an Everyday Season Pass ($199 plus tax). Regular weekdays we allow daily-pay access use for $7.

Water temps have remained in the upper 50’s during most of May, which has held up the crappie spawn up to this point. Also, sunfish have yet to set up shallow beds. Having said that, action has been very good! Because the water temps haven’t varied much lately, you’ll find fish in a bunch of different depths. Vary your depths depending on the day, but expect shallow panfish activity when things warm up. Bass Opener is this Saturday too! Bass have been biting well during this catch-and-release time period. Expect to find them shallow in the reeds, by Peterson’s Creek (carp trap area) and by the Rock Dock in Wagener’s Bay. We’ve had numerous reports of a wide range of sizes of northern pike recently too! As for walleyes, there have been some successful reports continuing to come from Harm’s Point, parts of Center Reef, North Reef and the Clay Banks as well as early shallower areas near Peterson’s Creek and the Rock Dock.

Our Pontoon and Fishing Boat rental season is now in full swing! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve! Due to Covid-19, we are only able to rent to members of the same household at this time. To see our rates and policies, click here...

We’ll see you at the lake!

Friday, May 8, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Pre-Fishing Opener Report - 5/8/2020

The Fishing Opener is almost here! We are open tonight until 1 am for your Opener needs! We open back up Saturday morning at 4 am. We currently have crappie minnows, fatheads, shiners, leeches, night crawlers, angle worms and wax worms for bait. We hope to have sucker minnows later today.

According to the latest forecast on for Waconia, winds are supposed to die down to light and variable overnight, so despite the air temps being in the low 30’s, conditions should be decent for fishing, especially with an almost full moon!

Water temps have been fluctuating in the low to mid-50’s lately. Despite the early ice out, since temps haven’t increased too much we expect walleyes to be in their usual Fishing Opener patterns. Areas like the Rock Dock on the west side, Peterson’s Creek (“the Carp Trap”), Harm’s Point, the Clay Banks, along with the shallower areas of Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef among others should all be targeted to get into walleyes. Live bait options like fatheads, shiners or leeches would be good options. There are a variety of shallow-diving crankbaits that would be worth trying for walleye success. Those trying for crappies have continued to get good numbers of fish outside of Waconia Bay in 8 to 14 feet of water.

Reminder: While we'd love to be the normal spot on the lake to sit down, warm up with a coffee or a hot chocolate and talk about your Opener catch, we cannot have seating inside or outside the bait shop at this time due to Governor Walz's executive order on Covid-19. We would still love to hear your fish story as you come off the lake and snap a picture!

Access use Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays is open ONLY to those with Everyday Season Passes ($199 + tax) due to Covid-19 limitations. We appreciate your understanding.

We are sorry, Boat & Motor and Pontoon Rental is not available at this time. We hope to be renting by Memorial Weekend.

We’ll see you at the lake!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Update - Bait Shop and Access Open Thursday May 7th at 8 am. Covid-19 Rules too

The Bait Shop and Access will be open for the season tomorrow, Thursday, May 7th at 8 am until 8 pm! Friday, May 8th we open at 8 am and stay open until 1 am for the start of Fishing Opener! Saturday, May 8th we open at 4 am until 8 pm. Sunday May 9th is 7am to 8 pm. Hours after this weekend until Memorial Weekend will be Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 8 pm and Fridays, Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 8 pm. Gas Dock Service will end at 7 pm at this time. We are sorry, Pontoon and Boat & Motor rental is not available at this time. We will announce later this month when rental will begin. If you would like to reserve a boat or pontoon for dates later in the summer, please call (952) 442-2096 for more information or to reserve.

We have specific Covid-19 guidelines that will be posted outside the bait shop. A few of these guidelines include: A maximum of 5 customers will be allowed in the shop at one time to allow social distancing. We ask, if possible, that individuals make purchases for their household groups to limit customers in the shop. Unaccompanied Children 12 and under are not allowed on marina grounds, docks and bait shop. Adult-accompanied children 12 and under are not allowed in the bait shop, unless there is no other safe alternative. Patience will be appreciated more than ever as transactions may be slower than normal to allow employee social distancing. Seating inside the shop and outside on the deck will not be available at this time as well.

Due to Covid-19, Access use will be limited on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays ONLY to those who purchase an “Everyday Season Pass” for $199 plus tax. We will offer a “Regular Weekday Season Pass” that includes access use on Non-Holiday Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for $75 plus tax. Those with the “Regular Weekday Season Pass” will NOT be allowed to use the access on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. At this time, those who wish to pay daily can only do so on Regular, Non-Holiday Weekdays Monday thru Thursday for a fee of $6.52 plus tax per day. Covid-19 Guidelines for Access Use is provided here...

For those of you wishing to purchase an “Everyday Season Pass” can speed up the process by printing the provided PDF Entry Form here... 
Please fill out all of the information asked, read and initial the information provided and sign it. Bring this form with you to the Bait Shop with cash or credit card payment and we will get you the pass at that time. 

Those of you with Boat Slips or Mooring Buoys, we will individually communicate with you the Covid-19 guidelines when we see you.

We will do our best to update any guidelines as we learn more and restrictions are changed. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us as we navigate into the summer season!

We’ll see you at the lake!