12/21/2020 Ice Report Lake Minnewaska/Lake Reno
Both lakes have a good 8' of ice on the lake. Minnewaska still has some open water on it past the high school bar. So please be aware of that.
There is also a huge ice heave that has formed on Minnewaska that runs from Halverson Point all the way over to the DNR Landing on the Glenwood
side. We would not recommend trying to drive over this heave. There is smaller vehicle traffic and also ATV's out on the both of the lakes. Fishing has been
a little harder this year, especially during day light hours, as there is no snow on the ice. The night time bite is still going good on both lakes. We have your favorite
shiners in stock, carrying 3 sizes again, Small, Large and XXL. We also sell propane, plus have a full line of tackle and all your snacks for the lake.
5/1/2020 Koep's Business Update
Koep's has been open during all this craziness as we are considered essential. You can still purchase fishing liceses from us as well,
those have not been shut down.
We have crappie and fathead minnows in, along with nightcralwers and wax worms. Hoping that our leeches will be in at the
beging of next weeek. Not sure of the size they will be, but we will have some.
Lake Shiners are another story. We will have to see what happens. Our minnow trappers will be working hard to trap them,
and get them to the area bait shops. Please keep in mind if the lake is infected with AIS, they need to get the minnow tested by
the DNR prior to trapping any minnows out of the lake. Once the DNR clears the lake, the trappper can start taking minnows out of it.
So it is a process, not as easy as just putting in a trap.
We have some great deli specials as well
2 foot long subs for only $11.99
3 large 12 inch pizza's for only $25.99
Our normal hours have changed a little - they are now
Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Satruday - 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday - 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Spring has sprung!!! YEAH.. I hope this all finds you happy and most importantly healthy. This is a whole new 'normal' then most of us are used too,
but we will get thru it together. At the shop, we are doing all we can to stop the spread. Bleach, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes are our new friends. One thing is for sure, we
can all practice social distancing while fishing. The ice has been off since April 9th, and fishing is going strong. Crappies are on the chow right now, few good spots to try, is by
Captains bar, where the creek comes in, Hunt's bay, and in front of the creek that comes out past the DNR landing. A variety of presentations are working well right now. Tube jigs tipped with a
crappie minnow and a bobber is super easy way to catch fish right now. Plastics have been working well too, seems like anything with a tail is the key to entice the bite. Water temps around
42-45 degrees look for fish in 6-8 feet - the lake is clear till about 4 feet down. This is a great time to go shore fishing too.. don't forget about that. Bridge by Captains is always good, off the
docks at Lakeside are a good choice, and don't forger the docks at the DNR landing. HOBO park in Starbuck hasn't been producing the fish like it should right now, but one more
day with warmer temps, that will be a great choice as well. Also the creek between Maple Lake and Reno is a good choice as well, especially during the early mornings and evening.
We have crappie and fathead minnows in right now, as well as wax worms and night crawlers. So we are set for all your fishing needs. Our shelves are stocked and we have a great
selection of tackle for you. We have new pizza as well. Check it out when you stop - you are going to love it. Order one to take home after fishing.
Ice Report/Fishing Report - Lake Minnewaska/Reno 2-9-2020
Ice and Fishing Report 1/9/2020
Ice conditions still vary but have improved greatly over the last week. On Minnewaska there has been vehicle travel out to the “wall” but not very much past it. Everywhere is is still mostly ATVs and UTVs. Hearing reports of anywhere from 10-16 inches. Reno has more ice than waska in most spots, anywhere from 12-16 inches where people have been fishing. Travel is good, little snow and almost all slush is firmed up again. Other smaller lakes vary greatly with ice conditions, be sure to be checking as you go.
Minnewaska still has a decent crappies/sunfish bite on the wall. Start to look for some of those fish to move a bit deeper and into the main lake later in the year. Getting away from the crowd can really help your odds on the panfish. Walleye reports vary but most fish are being caught deeper by the high school bar or just west of priest point. On lake Reno walleye reports are about the same, depends on the night. Getting away from the crowds and finding transitions or structure is your best bet.
We have still have crappie minnows, fatheads, suckers, spearing decoys, and three sizes of shiners at the shop! Also wax worms and spikes for those chasing panfish. Good luck and be safe!
12/4/2019 Ice Update on Lake Minnewaska and surrounding lakes
Lake Minnewaska was froze over on November 12th, and has re-opened by bottle bay and the open water extends out to the high school bar. As of yesterday
there was still alot of open water out there. The DNR landing on the Glenwood side, has seen a few people on the ice. From what we have heard anywhere from 3-5 inches
out there. We have not seen any 4-wheeler traffic out there or permanent fish houses. Yesterday a cracked form by the landing, however you can still access the ice
as it has not opened up. Lake Reno bay by HWY 29 has been seeing a lot of action. Fishing has slowed down some, but the night bite still continues to be good. There is anywhere
from 3-7 inches out there, so please use caution when heading out. Smaller permanent houses have been going out, but no big ones. Most people are still
walking out and pulling portables. Maple's main bay just froze over on Monday night, so please use caution while out there. We are loaded for ice fishing, all our minnows
are in stock and ready to go, with our 3 sizes of shiners. We have everything in stock that you need to go fishing! Plus we have propane and do fill 100# tanks. Please be
safe out there, and remember no ice is safe ice.
Fishing Opener Lake Minnewaska 05/11/2019
The MN fishing opener is finally upon us. We have a full line of bait for you, including leeches, and golden shiners, in two different sizes.
It's our 20 year anniversary so stop in and celebrate with us. We have drawings, games, etc to play. Plus Free coffee and cookies
on Saturday. The crappies have been biting well in the bay by hunt's as well as in front the creek on Minnewaska.
Golden Shiners and fatheads have been the bait of choice this week-end.
We are open till 10:00 tonight, Sunday our hours are 5:00 - 9:00.
The Minnewaska Lakers Fishing Team will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and chips from 10:00-2:00 on Saturday!
Lake Minnewaska ice report 04/22/2019
The lake is officially ice free!!! A few people have been in the bay by Hunts Resort, but we have not heard any
reports of the crappies being in there yet.
We are gearing up for fishing opener now, all our summer rods, tackle, terminal tackle is out. We have a few
things to order yet, but for the most part, we are ready.
May 10, 2019 - Marks our 20th year of Business! Crazy, how fast that went. We are going to have lots of fun
things going on during the week-end. Great Sales and Free Food! More info to follow.
1/3/2019 - Lake Minnewaska ice and fishing report
The ice on minnewaska is pretty much between 13-15 inches. Lots of truck travel on the lake, however over the Priest Point where
the open water was, there will not be that much ice, so please be aware of that. Most of the landings froze up with the cold spell we
have been having, and are passable. Travel on the lake isn't too bad, there are many plowed roads on the Glenwood Side. Fishing has slowed
some with the cold snap we had, but the warmer temps should start making the fish active again. 10-15 feet of water for the crappies, the bar out in front
of the DNR landing is a great choice, for lots of action with sunfish, perch, bass and northerns. At dark some crappies will move in along with
an occasional walleye. People are also out deep fishing in 18-24 feet of water looking for the walleye's. We have our XXL shinners in again,
so stop in if you need them for your tip up's. Check out our great section of tackle while you are here, and don't forget the snacks.
We open at 5:30 - and Close at 8:30 - Monday - Sunday
Fishing/Ice Report Lake Minnewaska 11/29/2018
Ice Conditions on Minnewaska fluctuate alot. Some spots have 5" other spots have a solid 8. We still have open water by Priest Point. It is about the size
of a football field. It freezes at night, but them opens back up in the morning. Not really sure what is causing it, but use caution when traveling around
that area. There are people putting out their permanent houses 8x12 is about the biggest we have seen out there. There is 4 wheeler traffic on the lake, but have not seen any vehicles of
Reno has a little bit more ice with that ranging from 7-9 inches. The south access has a small pressure ridge that starts about Pelican Point and
goes across to the east. Last Saturday the ice chisel went right thru - so use caution there as well. The west side off of HWY 29 is good, everyone on 4 wheeler with
trailers, plus some permanent house out there.
The pan fish bite has been crazy on Minnewaska, sunfish and crappies are doing well. Look for the weed line in 13-14 feet of water. Walleye have been
being caught towards evening, best bait of choice would be a shiner. Staying around that 15 foot range will be your best option to catch the walleye's.
Starting Friday we will be carrying spikes - we will have red and white one available in 30 count containers.
Remember we are your one stop before the Lake!
Lake Minnewaska Fishing-Ice Report 11/22/2018
Ice fishing has started! On Minnewaska there is anywhere from 5-7 inches of ice. On the Starbuck side there is still some open water, due to the geese hanging
around. Lots of people going out my the DNR landing, and so far the Landing is good. During the day, they are catching nice size sunfish, head to 10-13 feet
of water, and try to find some weeds. Just before sunset is when the crappies will start to hit, small tungsten jig tipped with a crappie minnow. The walleye bit has
started out slow, but hopefully the bite will start to pick up soon. If you are in search of walleyes start in 12-17 feet of water.
We have everything you need to hit the lake, propane, full line of ice tackle with new items coming daily, 3 different sizes of our famous golden shinners - small-large-XXL,
fishing and shelter licenses, plus all your snacks for the lake. We have augers and Eskimo fish houses on display as well. We are open Monday - Saturday 5:30 - 9:00 and
Sunday 5:30 - 8:00. Remember, we are your one stop before you hit the lake. Remember no ice is safe ice - please be careful on any area lake as some may not have
consist ice thickness throughout the whole lake. Happy Fishing