August’s weather was so ideal for boating it might be tough to beat. Only September will tell. Entering the final stretch of the boating season, September is bound for beautiful boating. The fall colors are breathtaking, the weather is sweet and the lakes are serene. And let’s not forget the fall fishing! Many Minnesotans will tell you that fall fishing is the best! Regardless of your reason, make sure to find some time to reserve a boat and head out on the water while you still can.
There’s no doubt about it, the fishing in Minnesota after Labor Day is superlative. As temperatures drop daily, our lakes’ water cools rapidly, down roughly 20 degrees. Fish take this as a cue to start eating, so as to fatten up for the winter. They are LOOKING for your bait! Like almost every other body of water in Minnesota, YBC lakes provide excellent opportunities for catching that trophy fish. (St. Croix River actually holds the state record for the largest Flathead Catfish and the American Eel. Eel, in Minnesota?)
To help you get excited for the fall fishing season we compiled a list of fishing tournaments happening on our lakes, with all of the details to get you started. But first, here are a few basic tips to keep in your back pocket.
FALL FISHING TOURNAMENTS ON YBC LAKES
What: Pheonix Celebrity Bass Tournament
When: Sep 12, 8am-3pm
Where: Minnetonka, Excelsior Bay
Details: (Bass) Benefits burn survivors.
What: Sushi Tango & Smak’em Bait & Tackle Bass Tournament
When: Sep 20-21, 7:30am-3:30pm
Details: (Bass) https://www.facebook.com/events/1515062385372128/
What: Beanie’s 21st Annual River Rat Tournament
When: Sep 20, 7am-3pm
Where: St. Croix
Details: (Walleye, Sauger, Catfish, Rough Fish) Cash prizes will be awarded for fish in three categories: Largest Walleye, Heaviest Stringer and Biggest, Ugliest Fish. Two-person teams can combine their catch to compete in the Heaviest Stringer category. Tasty burgers, brats and chili will be served along with chips and soda. Drawings were held after 3 p.m. for sponsor-donated prizes. No one who remains for the drawings will walk away empty handed! http://www.boatingatbeanies.com/river_rat_tourney.html
What: 6th Annual George Wahl Memorial Muskie Tournament
When: Sep 27, 7am-6pm
Where: Forest, Minnetonka, Waconia, White Bear, St. Croix
Details: (Muskie) Anglers can fish their choice of lakes. The grand prize is given by draw of all anglers who register a fish in the tournament. The Grand Prize is a week-long stay at Whitefish Bay Camp on Lake of the Woods and $1000. 100% of the proceeds from this tournament will go back to the metro muskie fishery. http://www.twincitiesmuskiesinc.org/node/129
What: 2014 Camp Confidence Pro Bass Tournament
When: Sep 28, 8am-4pm
Details: (Bass) http://campconfidence.com/the-bass-classic/
What: Walleye Dan’s Fishing To End Hunger
When: Oct 4, 8am-5pm
Details: (Walleye) This fishing tournament is about two things: Walleyes of course, and raising donations to support Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area. http://www.fishingtoendhunger.com/
What: Viking Invitational
When: Oct 5, 6:30am-5pm
Details: (Bass, Northern Pike) http://vikingbassmasters.com/VikingInvitational/tabid/79/Default.aspx
You’ve all heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most of you have seen a plethora of silly videos of people pouring buckets of ice water on themselves and others. Well, in Mid-August YBC staff decided to play along and help out. While a few employees partook in the activities we are now calling on our members to brave the cold and take the plunge. In addition to the entertainment those who participate will give everybody, you will also be contributing to a great cause. FIND OUT HOW BELOW!
For those of you who are unaware of this trend taking the world by storm, following are the basics. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The effects of ALS eventually lead to the inability to control muscle movement, often resulting in parallelization. Commonly, ALS is known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” as one of the greatest baseball heroes in history’s career was ended due to the disease. Learn more about the disease HERE.
What does the Ice Bucket Challenge have to do with ALS? Over the past month and a half the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $50 million for ALS research. This short video provided by Time online explains and shows how.
How can you help? We are asking you to accept the challenge by recording a video of you or your kids taking the challenge and sharing it on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Boat-Club/271896419834. Not only is it a lot of fun, for each member who accepts the challenge, Your Boat Club will donate ten dollars to the ALS Association. White Bear Lake manager Brian Wegner was initially called upon to get things started. Here is his video.
Thanks in advance to all who accept the challenge!
It’s that time of the season for YBC to start renewing memberships for next year. Our renewal packets should be going out in the mail next week. If this is your first season with us, our existing Members would tell you that we always give our best prices to our existing customers, and we always offers those prices in the fall. By taking care of our renewals now we are able to better plan for next year and also purchase most of our new boats now while the dealer and manufactures are heading into their slow season. This saves a tremendous amount of money and we pass those savings right along to you – our existing Members. So please watch your mailbox, keep an eye on your emails and don’t miss out on these fantastic savings that will expire on Oct 15th.
Fall – the season of change and new beginnings. The kids are back in school, the lakes are less crowded, the fishing is great, and for some, most importantly, nature’s colorful beauty is at its peak. September through mid-October is a wonderful time for boating. The greens turn to oranges and reds and yellows, painting a beautiful landscape to accompany the cool, crisp air you breathe in while cozying into your jeans and warm, comfy hooded sweatshirts. While each of our Minnesota YBC locations offer spectacular fall colors, perhaps the St. Croix River bluffs host the most. We cannot recommend enough that you set aside a morning or afternoon to head east for the experience. And while you’re there, take a stroll down Main Street in Stillwater for fun shopping and amazing restaurant choices for every taste.
FALL COLORS PHOTO GALLERY
Prior Lake features many recreational amenities including more than 54 parks on 1,000 acres and over 100 miles of trails and sidewalks. Taken together, the parks and lakes offer a wide variety of outdoor opportunities for residents with a wide variety of interests.
There are many fun things to do before, during and after your day of boating on Lake Minnetonka. For early birds, every Saturday morning from 8:30 to 12:30 members can travel by boat to the Mound Farmers’ Market. Enjoy Minnesota grown vegetables, hot sandwiches, jellies/jams, salsas, maple syrup, baked goods, local arts & crafts, live music, and more. It’s just a short walk from the dock. If beauty is what you’re after, check out Noerenberg Gardens in Wayzata. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Coincidentally, it stays open through our final day of boating – October 15th. Something that might be fun for the kids is a ride on the Excelsior Streetcar Line. See some of the 110 miles of Lake Minnetonka shoreline and more by way of train.
White Bear Lake’s wide open three-leaf-clover-like shape offers great views of many shorelines. Depart from the dock and head east to the beautiful bay connecting Dellwood to Mahtomedi. On your way north and west enjoy all sides of the Manitou Island shoreline, that hosts mansions previously owned by – rumor has it – Al Capone and Bruce Willis. While there, eat at one of the dockside restaurants or head a half-mile up Highway 61 to the new Big Wood Brewery. Open every afternoon until 11pm Wed-Sat Big Wood is a great experience for any lover of beer. Take a brewery tour, sample many of their award-winning beers or on Wednesday for “Vinyl Night” bring in your favorite record, pick a side and they will play it while you sip.
If venturing up to Gull Lake, Grandview Lodge in Brainerd offers fun for the whole family. Play a round of gulf, enjoy delicious food, relax at the spa, or take the kids to the indoor water park. While exploring Gull Lake, check out Gull Point, commonly known as Squaw Point, a popular boating attraction for its nearby sand bar. If your reservation is on Cross Lake, use your day to explore the 16 different lakes in the giant chain. Wherever you go on Gull or Cross this fall, you will have the pleasure of experiencing some of the most beautiful colors in the world.
The area surrounding Lake Waconia offers a variety of fun things to do. There are various farmers’ markets and restaurants. For the outdoor adventurer hiking trails are aplenty nearby. Take a walk through one of the parks, including Brook Peterson Community Park & The Lions Club Skate Park (watch skateboarders and BMX bike riders tear it up!), Cedar Point Park and City Square Park.
Between your afternoon boat ride on the lake and dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in town (Vanelli’s, Acqua, Stella’s, Za Italian, Old Log Cabin) take a walk back to the lake for a breathtaking sunset. Early birds? Come early with a cup of hot joe for an unforgettable, picturesque sunrise to the east.