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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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Brrrrrrr....And a Waconia 50!

Travis Frank

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Tonight I tried something different.  Judging by the release picture, it worked.  I was out on Waconia for a brief time before dark trying to catch a few panfish to take up north with me this weekend.  Well, as it turns out, I can't catch panfish very well right now.  Who would have thought that I would have a better chance to land a muskie than a sunfish????  So just before dark I slipped over to a spot that I was hoping would hold a fish.  About 5 casts into it, this beastly 50 incher came full steam ahead and smashed my chewed up lure.  Pretty exciting even though I was the only one in the boat.  I will be looking into this pattern in the very near future, because I like what I just saw!

The last two days I have been on the water laughing and joking with Jack and his buddy from Colorado named Walt.  It has been a great couple of mornings with these gentlemen, but it has been downright cold.   Brrrrrrrr....This morning it was 38 degrees when we put the boat in the water.  We did manage to land a smaller muskie this morning and saw a few others, but the fish were as expected, very lethargic.  Yesterday morning was similar, but I had one nice one hooked up by the boat, and Walt battled a mid 40 incher for a brief period before it slipped away.  We have seen a few the last couple of days, but we have definitely been working hard for our action.  The escapade continues with Jack and Walt tomorrow, and I am going to continue to try my darndest to send him home with the fish of a lifetime.  This story is to be continued.

Waconialockedkeys%20004.jpgYou guessed it....The keys are in the vehicle....The truck is running....and legal shooting hours start in less than a half hour.  I had to put this picture on here to rip on Alabama (aka; John Denver or D-Train or Daniel) just a little bit.  It was quite the episode at 5 in the morning, but as you can see, I captured it all with a picture so he never forgets this one.  All in good fun boys!