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I made it out last night with my buddy Bill. Lost a nice lil chunk bass on a jig in a channel. Headed out to Browns to fish the weedline. First cast I got hung up on some milfoil and I rip it out and as it began to fall I felt a light tap. I set the hook into my first 2007 Tonka Musky. It was just a lil fella maybe pushing the 2lb mark, but cool bars on the side.

Then we went over to the big island and went shallow. We notice some minnows jumping and some splashing around. We move in for a closer look and a few casts. We caught 3 small bass that were chasing those minnows.

Fished around that area some more with nothing.

Headed back to grays and worked the slop for the dusk bite. I got a 15.5" and Bill got one about the same. We both missed a couple more and that was that.

I don't know the water temp as he doesn't have one. Guessing the low 70's area.

Minnows were busting shallow every where feeding on these lil gnat bugs there were also every where. Some weeds are floating so a crankbait was a pain to work.

Tube, frog, buzzbait - we were only out for a couple of hours.

So what's your take on the lake this time of year?

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CALVINIST

Whenever I have targeted bass on Tonka, nothing really happens...only when I fish for other species do I hook into the lunkers! Last year I caught a 19" smallie on a Rad Dog fishing for ski's, and have caught many other bigguns fishing walleyes...

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We were out sunday morning and did pretty good. Found a calm spot and spanked them on my frog. biggest one was pushing 4lbs. then my buddy got one on a spinnerbiat that was pushing 5lbs. other than that... smaller ones on senkos and tubes flippin docks. the bigger one came on the inside weed edge in about 10 feet of water.

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Griggs

I was out there the other day for skis and I saw those same minnows, they would just out of the water like dolphins as my bait landed and was retrieved back.

I'll probably head out there soon for bass though. I will probably go for some shallow water near weeds and go from there. I usually have moderate success for bass out there.

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EBass

I'm going to keep hitting Tonka and will post my results or lack there of. I have temp in my boat grin.gif

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HAppnhook

The temp on tonka ranged from71.3 to 72.2 in browns bay Monday. Almost went for a swim as it was much warmer than the air temp!!!

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Griggs

EBass, you may see me out there today if you are going. Tan Polar Kraft Aluminum fishing boat, 50hp Yamaha, if you see me say hi.

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EBass

OK Griggs I will! My buddy called me and wants to go again. Launching from Grays around 5 or so.

We'll be in a gray stratos with 115 Johnson. Looks like the wind is picking up now. Hmm, sounds like a spinnerbait to me.

And thanks for the temps - the water does feel really nice compared to the air temp.

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EBass

Last night sucked - 1 pike that went around 4.5lbs. Then while taking the hook off it shook and stabbed my finger. I have 11 lil pokes and gashes on 1 finger tip. Dang pike. mad.gif

Spoke to some other guy at the launch when leaving. He had a B.A.S.S shirt on. He was out for 10 hours and caught 2 bass. I don't feel so bad now as we were out for a lil over an hour

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Griggs

I ended up taking the girlfriend, so it wasn't the most serious fishing adventure. We did manage 3 small bass (2 for her) and I got 2 pike, no cuts to speak of grin.gif I ended up launching in Mound and never made over to the east side...

I'm hoping the fishing picks up today as I'm headed out again.

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Maximum12

Yeah, slow night, I had about the same, couple of hours one pike (which tried to hit & swallow at the same time & so will end up in the frying pan tonight) & one fat 19" bass. I thought he was going to crack the 20" mark, but no dice...so close!

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We were out last Sat. from 3pm to 8:30pm. Caught 2 LM bass, one was 19.5" and looked like a square block. The other was about 2.5 lbs. Also caught 2 pike - no wounds grin.gif. We also targeted muskies - but no luck. In fact, no luck on 'tonka all year for ski's. Almost ready to throw in the towel. Question - Last Sat. around 8pm a siren sounded in Wayzata, and it sounded like a weather siren, but no bad weather was around us. Does anyone know what this siren is in regards too? confused.gif

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EBass

At least you guys caught more than one and left unharmed tongue.gif

Also I noticed the minnows were absent where we were. Fished by Carson's bay.

So was everyone on the main lake, i mean larger bays. No one went ultra shallow bay right? We tried but barley any sunnies in there. Prolly coz it's colder than the main lake/bay.

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