Lake Minnewaska Fishing Report 1/10/2017
Fishing has been very good on lake Minnewaska. Hearing lots of reports of people catching walley's out by the high school bar,
and also finding some bass mixed in. Don't be afraid to try that 10-16 feet range for walleye's, we are seeing them in a
little shallower than normal for this time of year. If you are looking for sunfish, find the weeds. Finding the edge of the weed
line is huge, in 13-16 feet of water, or even a little shallower. Some nice size northern pike's have also been caught along
with being speared. We still have some Eskimo Shelters in stock, along with ION's and Strikemaster augers. We have the EVO1i and
the Sierra from Eskimo set up for you to look at, and they are $50 off. We did all the work putting them together, so your ready to go fishing.
We still have a great selection of bait, including 3 sizes of shiners. Wax worms can be bought by the 2 doz or the tub.
Good Luck and have fun fishing!!!
Fishing Report for Lake Minnewaska 12/21/17
Merry Christmas from all of us at Koep's. Fishing has been pretty steady for the walleye's, crappies and sunfish on Lake Minnewaska. Walleye's are in the 13-16 feet of water range,
and you will also find the crappies hanging out there. If you are fishing for walleye's, use a glow jig tipped with a shiner minnow for the best bite.
Sunfish are very plentiful right now in most spots on the lake. Small jig tipped with a wax worm will be your
best bait of choice. Out from the DNR access by the 'Wall' you will be able to pick up many sunfish and also crappies. Please remember, there is still open
water on the lake that stretches for about 1/2 mile. Use extreme caution when traveling on the lake, especially if you are somewhere where there are no tracks. Ice depth
ranges from 5-10 inches. Some places have very good ice, some is marginal at best. The open water it towards the South East side of the lake. It basically goes from Morning Glory Gardens,
to Halverson Point, over to Cannel Cove. It's shaped in a triangle so the open water goes for a ways. Hopefully with the colder temps coming it will freeze. However, remember the ice
underneath will not have 10' of ice right away. There are lots of other good places to fish on the lake, please travel to those areas. We will be open Sunday December 24 from 6:00 - 5:00 and
will be CLOSED for Christmas, so get your minnows early. Wishing all of you a happy and safe Holiday season.
Ice Conditions Lake Minnewaska/Reno 12/15/2017
People are starting to venture out more and also heading a little further out on the lake. We have heard repoorts of anywhere from 4 - 8 inches
of ice on Lake Minnewaska. There are smaller permanet houses out there with 4 wheeler traffic on the lake. People are going out of the DNR landing
on the Glenwood side, as well as Sheriff's Landing and by the beach. The bite has been pretty consisitant for sunfish and crappies at night. Have not
heard much on the walleye activity yet. PLEASE be very careful as there was open water over by Bay Crest, Peters Resort and streches over to the High
School Bar. As of yesterday some of it was still open. Reno has been producing some crappies early in the morning and evening . Reno also has a open spot out in front
of the condo's by Hwy 29. There are permeant houses out there as well and 4wheeler traffic in the bay. We have heard reports of 6 - 9 inches out in the bay on Reno.
Make sure you stop in for the best bait in the county, and don't forget to grab at lure that will out fish everyone else.
Lake Minnewaska Ice Update 12/7/2017
Minnewaska is still not fully locked up, with the high winds we have had a few spots opened back up. Also the case on Reno and Maple Lake.
Please use extreme caution when venturing out. The bays that were frozen on Minnewaska and stayed frozen have 4-5 inches of ice on them. There have
been a few people venturing out on Reno in the bay on HWY 29, and also some out in front of the beach on the Glenwood side.
We have everything you need to make your ice fishing trip great. Eskimo shelters, ION Augers, 13 fishing ice rods, Fly line, and so much
more. Come in and checck out our great selction of tackle, as well as snacks and goodies before you hit the ice. Our minnows are fresh and ready to
catch the big one for you. We are open at 5:30 Monday thru Saturday and close at 9:00 - Sunday our hours are 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
The ice on Minnewaska is not great. we had rain and temps in the 40's - to 50's today. Saturday out in front on the beech I heard
there was about 2-3 inches. However, that was Saturday. There have been a few people on Reno, in the bay on 29 catching sunfish
and crappies. With today's forcast for highs in the 50's, and sunshine it will problably be the last day to fish that as well. My recommendation
stay off the ice until it gets colder.
10/18/2017 - Fishing Report for Lake Minnewaska -
Fishing has been very good on Minnewaska, the fall bite is defianlty in full swing around here. Before sunrise, and about 2 hours after sunset are
your best times to catch the walleyes, anywhere from 15-22 feet of water. What's been working best for me is a gold jig tipped with a golden shiner.
If you plan on doing some night fishing in the shallows, they have been pulling cranks and doing well with that too. Sunfish are still very active
and hungry as well. Reno has been a little slower then normal. With the water temps cooling the crappies and walleye's should start soon.
Pheasant Opener wasn't the best in the area, you can tell the population is down. However, there is still a lot of corn standing and
that could be a big part of it. We are geared up for all the fall activities, deer hunting, archery hunting, duck and goose, plus pheasant. We have
plenty of shells in stock, included steel shot, pheasant and target load. We also have some bigger size sucker minnows in stock for the guys
fishing for muskies, they sell fast, so you may want to call before you come to make sure we have them.
Fishing Report for Lake Minnewaska 9/29/2017 -
The smell of fall is in the air. The fish are starting to change over to their fall patterns already. If you are looking for walleye's, two great spots to check out
is the bar by priest point and also the high school bar. Find the weed line, use a gold or silver jig tipped with a golden shiner and you will find them. 15 to 20 feet of
water is going to be your best choice. If you are targeting the ducks, geese or deer please stop in and see our selection of shells, calls, cover spray, plus everything else
we have in stock for hunting. Looks like weather will be good thru Saturday, then the rain comes in again for a few days on Sunday. Make the most of the next 2 days,
and stop in before you hit the water or fields. Remember all our summer tackle is 20% off, and I got my first of many shipments in of ice fishing items. Today I got Eskimo Houses, and ION
augers. They will be getting put out for display soon.
If you are looking for a good sunfish bite, go to Lake Minnewaska. Head towards 10-13 feet of water, if your in the weeds, fish in 8 feet, just right above the
weeds. Bobber fishing, or sight fishing will work great. Leeches are your best bait, but if you can't find any of them, night crawlers would be your next choice.
Walleye's are out in about 20-25 feet, and are already starting to transition into their fall patterns. May people are already pulling lead core, trying to get down
to the bottom to pull those big ones out. Others are pulling plugs right over the top of the weeds and have been successful doing it that way.
We still have leeches available, they are not big, but we have them, and are just selling them by the one dozen.
All our summer tackle is all 20% off, this does not include the rods that are already on sale. Stop in we are open at 5:30
in the morning, and will have the coffee on for you.
Fishing Report Lake Minnewaska 5-19-2017
This years 2017 opener wasn't bad, considering the weather. It was almost too hot and calm for the walleye's
to be active. However, the morning bite was very good. Fisherman got plenty of walleye's in that 6-14 feet of
water range using a jig and a shiner minnow. Pitching into the weeds and also trolling along the weed lines.
A lot of fisherman were out in the 'Hole' as we call it, right off the High School Bar, in 20-25 feet of water. I know it
doesn't seem right, but it's true. So if you are struggling with the walleye's, go deep - you might be surprised
what you get. We still have a full supply of minnows including Lake Shiners, and we got in Jumbo Leeches
now as well. Stop in and check out all our great tackle sale we have going on now through Memorial Day Week-end.
Fishing Report 5/5/2017
With the warmer temperatures we have been having, it will not only warm up the water, but it will get the
crappie bite going again. Right now the water temp is between 51-52, with the nice weather it will go up
these next few days. If you ae looking for crappies, out by the DNR Landing is a good choice. You will find the
crappies suspended in about 14 feet of water. White and Pink tube jigs tipped with a crappie minnow will be
a good choice. If you looking for somewhere to fish from shore heading to Hobo park is a good option, or the bridge
by Captain's Bar & Grill. We are gearing up for opener, our leeches, worms and minnows are in. The tackle is up
and now we just need the Walleye's to cooperate. Remember we are your first stop before the lake, we have everything
you need before you hit the water.