The Boathouse, Clearwater Marina,
Lake Waconia, Minnesota
That begins to give you the flavor of the place already. But you also get $1.50 bottles of Busch beer and lots of muskie advice from the bartenders. Plus, although Peters absolutely refuses to partake, you also get pickled Turkey Gizzards for a buck each. I've been known to make dinner out of that: five Turkey Gizzards, $5; five bottles of Busch, $7.50, and you have a feast that would make an Englishman cry with envy, or something.
The reason I throw in the Englishman bit is that Jerry and I took out Peter, from England, for an afternoon's Muskie fishing outing on Waconia one day last summer.
Peter had never been Muskie fishing before.
Peter had a follow....
"JAWS!" he shouted....
We took him back to the Boathouse, knees still trembling, and fed him a Busch and a Turkey Gizzard. He cried. I don't know why....
The lake not only has Muskies – and we've seen some huge one's there – but it also has trophy bass, big walleyes, and countless bluegills and crappies.
It also has sheepshead, a fish of another ilk, but we won't get into that, except to say that if you've never heard a caught sheepshead "croak," you really have not fished.
And then sometimes, after dark, when the waitresses at the restaurant there, Nancy's Landing, close up and stop by the bar for a beer, why they need to cool off too, don't they? And of course, if the female patrons of the bar behave in certain delightful ways, why then the female employees....
Okay. That's enough on that too. You'll have to go see for yourself.
The Boathouse Bar and Bait on Lake Waconia. Another one of our favorite "Fishing Bars."
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