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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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And it Starts!

Travis Frank

Spring Crappies 003.jpgSince I posted last, there have been many changes taking place.  In a matter of just over a week we have gone from frozen lakes with people ice fishing, to 80 sunny degrees, to rain and wind, to open water, to just one decent day to hit the water, and as I look out my window right now, I can see some fluffy white crap sitting on the ground.  UHHHH!! Only in Minnesota!  Well the official ice out on Waconia this year was on March 31, which is a little ahead of schedule, but you'll find no complaining.  Monday afternoon we cut loose from work early enough to get some slabs in the boat and slow the itch that seems to be overwhelming me. 

Since the ice literally just left the lake, the water was cold, and it took a lot of searching to find the fish.  They weren't in their typical shallow spots just yet, but they were very close.  We tried all depths, starting shallow and working our way deeper until we ran into a school.  Once we found our fish, it was easier than taking a walker from a 100 yr old lady.  We landed Crappies and Sunnies until we couldn't handle it any more.  (Actually, we had to leave cuz Mike forgot a jacket, and when the breeze started coming through, we couldn't handle his whining) This frigid weather we have now is suppose to stick around for a few more days, but as soon as it leaves, look for the action to start heating up even more.  IT'S OPEN WATER TIME!