612-208-1800 • 318 E Lake St, Waconia, MN 55387 view map
Lola’s Lakehouse has a large parking lot as well as plenty of street parking. You may pull up and drop off your gear to the Right side or east of the building before parking.
At 3,000 acres, Waconia is the Twin Cities’ second biggest lake. Waconia is home to 2012’s Governors Fishing Opener and leagues of extraordinary fish.
Features: large island, regional park with swimming beach, large public access, golf course, restaurants, shopping, lodging.
Waconia has all the right ingredients to produce trophy-sized fish: plenty of food,
good water quality and an unlimited supply of rock, gravel and sand reefs that attract
all species throughout most of the season. The special regulations on this lake (see
map) add to the big-fish potential.
Walleye and muskie fingerlings are alternately stocked every second year. In 2006,
a 52-inch muskie was hauled out. A 2006 DNR survey reported the average size of
the northern pike is 51/2 pounds. Located in northern Carver County, Waconia is a
very good winter lake, but use caution in the spring-fed areas.
SPECIES POPULATION AVERAGE SIZE
Bass Good, Medium to Large
Northern Pike, Fair Medium to Large
Walleye, Good Medium
Muskie, Fair Medium to Large
Crappie, Good Small
Sunfish Good, Small to Medium
Start the season in Wagener’s Bay, in Waconia Bay, on Reinke’s Reef, under the trees along the shoreline on the south side of Coney Island; and in the area between the rock jetty and the camp on the west side of the lake. In summer, the rock jetty is still productive. Also work Cemetery Reef and the cabbage weeds around the carp trap area and down the western shoreline. In late summer and fall, concentrate on the deep weedlines on Nelson’s Flat and North, Pillsbury, Center, Keg’s and Red’s Reefs.
NORTHERN PIKE & MUSKIE
The best locations throughout the year are Center Reef, Wagener’s Bay, from Pillsbury Reef up to Nelson’s Flat and the area between Harm’s Point and Waconia Bay. The Whistle Post area on the north side is known for big fish. In the summer, you’ll find northerns in 8- to 12-feet of water anywhere on the north side from Reinke’s Bay to Nelson’s Flat. Stay on the weedline all season and use red and white spoons, sunfish-colored crankbaits or sucker minnows. In the winter stay in the 14- to 18-foot depths. Early and late season muskies can be found in Reinke’s Bay, on Nelson’s Flats and in Wagener’s Bay. In the summer, troll the outside edge of the weedline on the north side of the lake. Also work the drop-offs at Pillsbury, Center and Reinke’s Reefs.
In early season, try drifting over all the reefs in 2- to 8-feet of water with a live-bait rig. Nighttime will be best. In the summer, work the deep weedlines in the same locations. Try night crawlers, minnows or leeches. In the fall, fish the sharp drop-offs on Red’s, Keg’s and Cemetery Reefs during the day and the shallows at night. In early winter, fish the 8- to 15-foot depths on all the reefs. Drop down to 16- to 24-feet as the winter progresses.
CRAPPIE & SUNFISH
In early spring, crappies and sunfish can be found in Waconia Bay, the rock jetty and Peterson’s Creek. As the water warms, move to Center, Keg’s, Anderson’s and Pillsbury Reefs. Start at the top of the reef and work down using black, white or yellow jigs with wax worms. In the summer, also try Red’s Reef. You’ll find winter crappies on Pillsbury, Cemetery and Keg’s Reefs and sunfish on Pillsbury and Center Reefs.
This information was provided by Tom Hedtke, Cindy and Jim Mase and Gary Swiers.
318 East Lake Street, Waconia, MN 55387