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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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Cashin In On The Weather...

Travis Frank

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The 50 degree weather yesterday just couldn't keep us locked inside.  Dusty, Mike and I grabbed the boat and manhandled our way to the spot that we wanted to fish.  There was still a little bit of ice between us and where we wanted to go, so with the front of the boat, we chipped away at it until we could sneak through to get to our destination.  It seemed to work out pretty well, and the action was pretty much fast and furious.  In total we managed 57, 1, 1 and 1.  What do those numbers mean???  Well, Mike kept a tally on our success throughout the day, and after it was all said and done, I asked him where we stood.  He said those numbers and I kinda chuckled in amazement that he really kept track that entire time.  The numbers stand for this: 57 walleyes, 1 crappie, 1 smallmouth bass, and 1 mudpuppy.  Yep, that's right, Dusty scored another mudpuppy.  breakinicepuppy%20009.jpgLast year I posted a picture of one that Bails caught, and believe it or not, after a full year, they are still the most disgusting creature you could ever imagine.  Needless to say, the pliers were used to unhook the gross thing, and nobody wanted to be near it while it slithered around.  Yuck!  It gives me the Heebby Jeeby's just thinkin about it again.  While we threw 57 walleyes in da boat, it wasn't quite as awesome as it sounds.  The size of the fish were rather dissapointing, and we couldn't locate any of the big fellas.  Everything we caught was 15 inches or less, but the action was about as consistent as you could ask for.  I do believe that the big ones will be making a run in the very near future.  Our weapons of choice were the good ol' jig and minnow, and after a while, we simply took the minnows off and put on a twister tail for simplicity.  The fish were agrressive enough that we didn't need to use the live bait after finding the school.  If you are reading this and wondering if you should get the boat out, you are just in time.  Depending on the weather, which is suppose to remain in the upper 30's for the next week or so, I would figure that the fatties will be slammin jigs within the next 5 - 10 days.  Are you ready?  Get your gear together and enjoy the preseason action that can be had, or you can give me a call and I'll take ya.  It's worth the trip for sure.  Until next time y'all, Keep on Livin the Dream!