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lucy1205

Tonka Walts

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Is the walleye bite on Tonka always a 10 minuete bite. Seems you can always pick up 3 walts a night on Tonka. Some big and some not so big but is there ever all night action or at least a winow bigger then 6 minuetes here. In the 60s and even in the late 90s the walleyes were huge and often. 4 hour bites every night of the week.

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I fish the lake often and i have found that sun down is good for about 20 minutes and it dosent really pick up again until about 10-midnight.

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Do you usually move from the first spot or just hang with it. I know theres some nice walleyes there but like most metro lakes the fishing can be tough.

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where do you guys fish on tonka? i have been out there plenty of times in the summer for muskie, but i have never made it out for the ice so i just need a starting area.

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lucy1205 - you're doing pretty well at 3 walts in 10 minutes. This year, my average is 2 per night!

I agree with Trophy...the bite is short. They are so well fed on tonka. IMO a walter caught on tonka over 25" is about 1 pound heavier than the same length fish from other lakes (like Mille Lacs or the St. Louis River for sure).

I'm still trying to find "THE SPOT" that has multi-species to keep me entertained with crappie, etc. while waiting for the elusive bite window. I have a few with 4" not-so-entertaining perch!

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I caught 5 walters last Sat and 3 on Sunday. The dusk flury is always fun for that 15 mins window, after that it's one here one there. However, a lil tip from uncle EBass once that dusk bite slows, fish the weedline 19-20 feet for the rest of the night.

I was out in 26 feet and caught the 3 in the flury and 2 more straglers later on like between 6-7 at night. Then nada while my buddy was on the weedline still getting them into the night and we left a bit after 8. (got there at noon - long day)

Thus next time I'm going to be deep then move up on that weedline. Set lines and spoons were working - each fish wanted something different though.

Good luck - be safe - ice ranged from 6-11" this was before the snow we just got.

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uncle EBass - good tip.

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Ebass,

Did your buddy have any luck on the weedline during the "flurry" or was it just out deeper where you were? I've had some luck this year in 18ft, but nothing deeper than that.

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Not so much during the flurry, but after that - it's like they were on their way to the weedline.

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yeah that makes sense. I'm heading out tonight, hope to find a few.

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I'm new to tonka, did a few hours of driving around the lake as a get away from my inlaws over x-mas, where do folks access the lake?

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There are numerous access points:

1. MNDNR accesses

2. There are a few accesses on Cty 15 that are only used in the winter. One is right on Brown's Bay when you first see the lake, there's another just west of the marina called Sailor's World - watch the ice near their docks!

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I never really get out walleye fishing and i was wondering what kind of structure you guys look for when fishing for walleyes on minnetonka?

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I look for a deep basin that's close to a mid-lake hump, underwater bar, or points. Then I want a hard bottom like sand and rock mix, next to milfoil. Even then there has to be some type of bait like small perch, crappies, and sunnies around. I found ONE consistent eye spot similar to above. I need to find more, I know. Otherwise, just find a weedline at dusk. I do think the weedline is a highway for eyes at night. Prolly for pike during the day, but I haven't caught a pike yet this ice season.

I forgot to note that I went on top of weeds in 18 feet past dusk and didn't mark one while my buddy on weedline was and he was 20 feet away.

Side note: Not many people were out this past weekend. (Holiday?) This snow isn't helping the foot travel or making ice. And the ice thickness varies a lot. It's crazy this year. Sorry I just can't stress that enough. No driving trucks, yet.

Now remember - this is coming from a bass guy tongue.gif

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I have had some luck with waldos everytime out this year! 1 to 4 a night. 17-20 inches. I found a 20 foot hole surrounded by structure. Catching 6-10 crappies every night also out of the same hole! Unfortuneatly the Shanty Village is coming out and the permanents will take over my area soon....that's ok, I need to explore more anyway...that spot has spoiled me a little wink.gif

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thanks guys, im not very familiar with tonka but i'm gonna give it a try tonight. I'll report back how i do.

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I can usually get at least three a night. The real question is the size, more often then not there just 7 inchers. Sometimes the bite is so quick you fumble more fish then you catch. With a little luck you might ice some 16-18 inchers and an occasional 20 somthing. I have found that you can catch walleye almost anywhere on Tonka but consistentcy is a big problem for me. Last week I was fishing in 14 feet of water on the inside of a mid lake hump that is about 30 feet of water on the other side. 14 feet with weeds is pretty shallow to be walleye fishing for me but I acctually caught a 25 incher, 18 incher, and a 16 incher. I also missed two more decent fish. I discovered these fish while fishin for crappie last week. Im goin out there possibly tomorrow night and saterday night. Like I said consistency is a big issue on Tonka so I wouldent be surprised to get skunked but its worth a try. The crappies were there but I dident move around enough to find the Main Line. The ones I did catch were small but they were lingerin in the area.

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Does anybody catch ice walleyes during the day on Tonka? I suppose go deep? I'm working only half a day today and want to do some exploring. With low light all day along with a weather system to the south might be good! Any suggestions on catching daytime waldos appreciated!

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Not me. Latest is 9AM, earliest is 3:30PM! But yes, deep would be the place to go. As I have found out with my new camera, its REALLY dark down there. So dark, the camera will likely stay at home next trip!

GOOD LUCK TODAY!!

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have caught them during the day at quite a few places. Seems to be the deeper u go the earlier they hit, sometimes 24 hrs a day. also i have found the deeper u go the smaller the average size no matter which part of the lake.

lots of 13" in 40 fow

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No Luck! After a long walk out we set up on a point that broke off into deeper water. We were set up in 17 fow and marked fish in the hole right away. After we set up it was already getting dark and i lost one fish on a waxworm just checking to see if anything was down there. After that, we didn't graph a fish the rest of the night. It was still a fun night and definetly a learning experience.

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Bassboy....here is my email address: sclyma@yahoo.com

If you email me...i will give you a spot to put you on walleyes and crappies. I went to a different spot last night and caught crappies non-stop for 3 hours.....no kidding!

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That bites bassboy - going out this weekend. Will report on Monday.

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I never had much luck during the day. Always right at sunset. Yesterday was nailing perch til the sun went down and then slammed the walleye shut down about 7. Great day to be out yesterday in 19fow.

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Thats the norm but I bet if you really checked your watch a little closer them walts were done by 6 or 6:30 for sure. Then again who am I to say.

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