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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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More From Shore! Still Waiting On Opener!

Travis Frank

GiantBassRiverfish%20004.jpgWell I would have to say that this has been the longest spring EVER! I say that because the weather has been pretty fantastic for the last month, and all I want to do is to chase around those darn Walleyes, but we can't yet. Ughhhh! Oh well it is almost here.  To pass the time, last Saturday we managed to sneak away for a couple of hours and throw our Crawlers in the river.  I hadn't done this for many years until a few days prior, and it kinda got me interested again.  I love that I can just hang out on the shore and leave my pole jammed in a stick waiting for the massive tug of whatever may grab it.  The funny thing about watching it, is that as soon as you look away for a split second, the darn rod is being pulled so hard that it is airborn, and it's such a ruckuss to catch it before it goes in the drink.  We caught many fish, including the obvious Carp, along with Catfish and some Bullheads.  Not too much variety that day, but still fun and hard fighting fish. 

GiantBassRiverfish%20008.jpgMonday evening was Whorl's birthday (Happy Birthday Mike), and we spent the evening out on Waconia catching anything that would eat our crappie minnows.  We battled a couple of extremely intense rain showers, and extremely intense fish.  Instead of only catching crappies and sunnies, this time the Bucketmouths were mixed right in, and we caught several of them as well, including a few over the 4lb mark and 1 absolute giant.  It wasn't that we were fishing for them, but they were up shallow with the panfish preparing to spawn, and they were taking our teeny tiny jigs as well.  Nothing but fun!

GiantBassRiverfish%20011.jpgI am getting absolutely pumped for this years fishing opener which is only days away.  I haven't quite decided where I'm gonna spend the weekend yet, but I do know that it should be a great one.  The weather is suppose to stay decent which is unheard of for the fishing opener, and with the warmer than average spring, the walleyes should be more than willing to snatch up something swimming past them.  I want to wish good luck to all of you on your quest this weekend, and hope to see you all on the water very soon.  You all have my digits, call me and let me know how it went for ya, or create your own post in the chat room, and tell all of us how you did on your opener.  Good luck, and be safe!

I also want to give a shout out to the great guys over at the All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood.  I was invited to speak for them last night, and enjoyed all the questions and fun from last night, not to mention the awesome fish and food at their fish fry.  Thanks again guys!  Fish On Fellas!