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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.​

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Happy Fathers Day!!!

Travis Frank

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When the walleyes are biting there is no better way to spend an evening than going fishing with the family.  My dad, bro, sis and myself all spent the evening chasing the marble eyes around on lake waconia.  For us it is a great way to spend fathers day together, and we came home with a meal of fish as well.  The weather was unbelievable with the wind laying down towards dusk and the temperatures at the perfect level to fish comfortably.  My sis was the first to strike and by the way she started, it seemed as though she wasn't going to let us catch anything.  After watching her catch the first four fish, I decided to get in on the action and soon my dad followed.  With all the fish flying in the boat, it was amazing to me that my brother Adam managed to go his second night in a row without a single walleye (ha ha) which definitely didn't go unnoticed by the rest of us.  By the time we wrapped things up for the night, we put 7 walleyes in the box and let rebecca 1008.jpga few others swim away for somebody else to catch.  It was a great evening on the water and a memorable fathers day as well.  Thanks Dad, Becky and Adam for the fun night and Happy Fathers Day!!

We landed all of our fish tonight on a simple jig and minnow combo.  This tactic has worked all year for me, and will more than likely continue through the summer months.  I prefer using a minnow on my jig vs. the leech or crawler because it keeps the pesky panfish from constantly stealing my bait.  The beauty of using the minnow and the jig is that you never really know what you are going to catch.  So far this year it has boated many walleyes as well as bass, northern, crappies, sunfish, sheephead, and oh yes we have even landed a few muskies on it too.  The secret to my success with this bait has been staying as close to the millfoil as possible.  I will literally pitch my jig within a foot or two of the weedline and slowly jig it back to the boat.  It makes for a lot of casts and many weeds, however the results have definitely been worth it.  It is hard to say how long this great bite will last, but there doesn't seem to be any slowing down in sight.  I believe this summer will possibly go down as one of the best summer's of walleye fishing on Lake Waconia ever.