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West Metro - Minnetonka, Waconia, Prior Lake Fishing Reports by Great Day on the Water Guide Service

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6/13/16     Got my kids out on a West Metro lake for a couple hours this morning. Sunfish are on the beds and biting like crazy. A few small bass in the area as well. Get some kids out on your area lake right now to get in on some fast fun fishing any time of the day, the nicer the weather the better. Perfect for kids, and for the kid in all of us that likes watching a bobber go down. All you need is a 1/32 ounce jig in pink or orange tipped with a small 1" Berkley tube or Fish Fry (same colors) suspended under a small slip float balanced with the jig size you are using. Sunnies, and bass, will hammer this--no need for live bait. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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6/17/16     Got two of my kids out fishing on Waconia on Friday. Sunfish are still up on the beds and biting like crazy, so everyone had a blast. A small Power Tube or Gulp! Fish Fry on a 1/32 ounce VMC jig under a slip float was all we needed to catch over a hundred sunfish in a couple hours. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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6/24/16   Still catching bass and sunfish in numbers on west Metro lakes, with a few pike and walleyes mixed in. Sunfish are still shallow--small jig and soft plastic under a slip float. Catching bass mid-depth and deep with multiple presentations including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, topwater prop baits, and swimming soft plastic lizards. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/5/16   Fished Minnetonka this morning. Caught several bass and pike slow rolling spinnerbaits over cabbage and grass in six to nine feet of water early. Then switched to deep diving crankbaits along edges of deep weedy points and reefs. Caught about thirty fish altogether, and most were fair to good sized. White Terminator 1/2 ounce tandem was the best spinnerbait, and a shad or bludgill colored Rapala DT 10 and 16 were the best crankbaits for the spots we fished. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/5/16   Fished Minnetonka this morning. Caught several bass and pike slow rolling spinnerbaits over cabbage and grass in six to nine feet of water early. Then switched to deep diving crankbaits along edges of deep weedy points and reefs. Caught about thirty fish altogether, and most were fair to good sized. White Terminator 1/2 ounce tandem was the best spinnerbait, and a shad or bludgill colored Rapala DT 10 and 16 were the best crankbaits for the spots we fished. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

 

 

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8/1/16     Got out on Waconia this morning hoping for a bite ahead of the rain and storms coming. Caught eight largemouth from 12 to 16 inches, and had two 19-20 inchers come off jumping by the boat. Caught three pike from 35 to 40 inches, and two muskies that were 43 and 44 inches. Also had a muskie in the low 50's hit right at the boat. Swallowed the bait and a six inch titanium wire leader, bit off the line, splashed me, and swam away. Exciting couple of seconds anyway. Caught all of the fish in four to seven feet of water with some clouds and good wind/waves. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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Great report!  What were you getting the bass on?  

I've only been able to find them deeper lately on drop shots and the like.  Do you think the wind and cloud cover had them up shallower, or that they're starting to move back up for fall? 

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DrewFlu,

     Got the bass on spinnerbaits, jig spinners with 3" grubs, and Rippin' Raps. I think the prefrontal conditions with wind was why there were big fish of multiple species up shallow. We experience that all summer on Waconia--the fish are willing to move up shallow quickly with the right weather conditions.

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8/12/16     Got out on Waconia this morning. Perfect conditions. Cloudy, some wind, drizzle on and off, and storms to the west. Hit top of one weedy reef and inside weed edges on two other spots. Had one 1/2 ounce bass spinnerbait and one 1 ounce small musky spinner bait going through the weed tops and along the edge. Got ten largemouth from 16 to 19 inches, four pike up to 36 inches, and a 46 inch musky. Also had another musky roll on a bait but missed it. Once the wind dropped to nothing and the sun cracked out briefly in the late morning, this shallow water (5 to 9 feet) bite was over. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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12/24/16     West Metro

     Got out on a couple west metro area lakes Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning. Caught some crappies and nice bluegills Friday evening in 20 feet of water. Saturday morning caught some nice sunfish in shallower water, with two-foot high weeds. Both days the sunnies wanted small gill pills tipped with a waxie or a couple red Eurolarvae. The crappies hit this offering some, but really liked a small crappie minnow under a slip float. Found 5 to 8 inches of ice everywhere we looked. Not much snow left. Will get out next week to see what all the rain does to the ice. Headed to Mille Lacs in the middle of the week for walleyes and perch--check out the Mille Lacs forums for a report later in the week. Good luck, be safe on the ice, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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Any ice reports coming in from Waconia? I haven't hit the ice yet this season. Might venture out towards Waconia tomorrow. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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Haven't been on Waconia yet. In Towne Marina keeps pretty good tabs on ice conditions--give em a call. Last report I heard was six inches in Waconia Bay but that is about ten days old.

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1/1/17     Happy New Year everyone:) Got out on Prior this morning. Still about 8-9 inches of ice--no snow at all. Good sunfish bite with a couple crappies mixed in. Fish coming up out of the weeds all morning, with peak bites from 8:30 to 9:30 and 10:30 to 11:00. Fast action with lots of doubles during those peak times, but still seeing and catching a fish here and there the rest of the time. Almost all the sunfish were over seven inches, caught sunnies up to 9.5 inches. Just two crappies, one 7" and one 9 inches. Caught probably sixty sunfish, kept two meals--one tomorrow and one in the freezer. Small VMC Tugnsten Tubby in orange, chartreuse, and white tipped with two red Eurolarvae was our best offering, but Gill Pills and waxies caught fish as well. Fishing over two to three foot high weeds in mid-depth water not far from a deep hole. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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1/16/17     Got out on a west Metro area lake this weekend. Sunfish bite was a little slow, but had a couple of good spurts of activity, and the fish were mostly big ones. Panfish have move out over the deep basin area. Seventeen inches of ice where we were and snow is not a problem. We caught sunnies (and one bass and one crappie) on small VMC Tungsten Tubbies in white and orange/chartreuse/white tipped with two red Eurolarvae. An underwater camera was helpful as the fish were a bit finicky and often grabbed the end of the Eurolarvae and just held on for a couple seconds before finishing inhaling the bait enough for a hook set. Probably would have missed more fish fishing by feel than by sight. Panfish should be over these deep basin areas feeding on larvae coming out of the soft bottom for the nest six weeks to two months depending on the timing of the arrival of spring weather. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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1/23/17    Night crappie bite is on. Hit Waconia Saturday evening. Got a good sunfish bite half hour before sunset until dark. Crappies bit well from six to eight pm. Larger Tungsten Tubby in glow tipped with a wax worm and a small VMC spoon in glow pink fire UV tipped with a waxie were the best baits. Sunfish were near the bottom over a deep basin area adjacent to a shallower weedy area, and crappies moved through spread out over the bottom eight feet or so of the water column. Sunfish still biting during the day on Prior, but they are moving around a lot so you need to hole hop for a consistent bite. Numbers and size. Tiny Tungsten Tubby or Gill Pill with one or two red Eurolarvae were working well. An inline reel is a big help as it reduces line twist and keeps you jig from spinning and spooking finicky sunfish. Still sixteen to eighteen inches of ice on Waconia, and fifteen to sixteen on Prior. Water and slush on top, but more seasonal temps this week should firm things up. Good luck, be safe, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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3/28/17     Fishing for spring river run walleyes on the Mississippi in St. Paul the past two days. No big females yet, but lots of 12 to 18 inch males for myself and clients. 3/8 ounce  to 1/2 ounce chartreuse/pink or white jigs with a rattle chamber tipped with a fathead minnow were the ticket. Kept the jig slightly off the bottom, and slowed the boats drift with the MinnKota so the jig was drifting faster than the boat and was down stream of the boat at about a 45 degree angle. Just slightly lifted and dropped the jig to create a subtle swimming motion. Hungry male walleyes were slamming it. Heading up to the Rainy for a few days--will report on that when back. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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4/5/17     Crappies are starting on west Metro lakes. Out on one on Tuesday afternoon. Water temp in the mid 40s. Mainly smaller crappies from 7-10 inches so far, that will improve when the water warms a bit more. Still fast and furious action. Catching a fish or two a minute. Fish were in nine to fourteen feet of water over developing weeds close to shallower, weedier areas where they will wind up soon. Fished a jig and soft plastic minnow under a slip-float set a five feet deep. The crappies fed up nicely. Down and out for a week or so here after a surgery, but will be back with reports soon. In the meantime, check out my YouTube channel linked from my website. In addition to short how-to video segments, I now am running feature length shows about a seasonal topic, one per month. Second episode is about spring crappies from a west metro lake. Hopefully educational and entertaining. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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4/15/17     Crappies are still biting well in the West Metro area. Still catching all the crappies we can reel in on soft plastics under a slip bobber. Fish are still staging over weeds in 12 to 15 feet of water--we are fishing five to six feet down and the suspended crappies are feeding up. Females with eggs are starting to show up, so be careful about overharvesting. Males are starting to look darker than the females and aren't as pudgy in the belly. Can't be perfect, but try to take mostly males and resist the urge to "freezer fill." Even seemingly "endless" panfish populations can be seriously damaged this time of year by overharvesting. Also, taking limit after limit day after day is illegal unless you are eating them and not freezing them--just ask the three young guys I saw getting ticketed and giving up there huge over-limit of crappies to a game warden on Friday. Get the kids out to enjoy this fun fishing whenever the weather is nice enough. With water temps still stuck in the mid to upper 40's, this bite will be going on for a while now, and should even get better. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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4/23/17     Crappies still biting in west Metro area lakes. Water temp in the mid 50's now, and the fish are moving a little shallower. We caught tons of 8 to 11 inch crappies in about ten feet of water, with some weeds on the bottom. Fished a jig tipped with a Powerbait minnow about four feet below a slip-float for great success. Some sunfish starting to show up in the same areas. Water temp probably won't rise much this week with the forecast of cooler temps and quite a bit of rain, but as the water does warm fish should continue to move shallower and get more aggressive. Check out my You Tube channel for some short video clips and a full length show about springtime crappie fishing. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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