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Tonka Ice thickness

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walleyewild

I would like to get out ice fishing today or tomorrow, How thick is the ice in wayzata bay and out by diamond reef?

Anyone driving out there yet?

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tonkapat

8" to 11" through most of the main lake. Diamond is usually one of the last places to see a vehicle on tonka, and since i haven't seen to many people driving i would say it will be awhile.

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fishrguy

I saw a truck on cooks bay yesterday, it like 20 ywas only out like 20 yrds

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TR0PHYPHISHIN

we had about 12in in excelsior bay lastnight. couple of suv's out there

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blackdog1101

I was fishing on Cooks too yesterday. The ice seems to be getting weird in spots. It's thick near the landing, but I went out a bit and it was slushy on top. Beneath the slush was about 8" of ice where I was at. I wouldn't drive out yet.

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Minnetonka

I was on Phelps today. 8-10 inches of clear ice with 2-3 inches of milky ice on top. There is a little slush/water in a few places.

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EBass

Bout 7-11" - no way I'm driving out there. The ice still varies a lot, then we get this snow. Snowmobiles rule out there now. 4 wheelers will get you there to.

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Snag

I've been finding 10-12 in Grays, Wayzata and Browns. Crappie fishing has been good and some small walleyes with a few eaters mixed in. Putting the perm out this week.

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TBone1

I have found anywhere from 8-13" on the west end, some slush. There are a few "brave" souls driving out with full sized trucks.

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lucy1205

I was on 13 to 14 inches as of last week and things were lookin good, but as of yesterday I discovered some areas pretty close to were im fishin and the ice was only 7 or 8 inches thick. Its goona be cold though. I should be able to drive out by next weekend and its gonna be nice and warm then.

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SWMuskeye

I'm in a smaller bay off of a major one over 19' of water fishing walters. Under my perm I found almost 15" yesterday.

I've only driven the truck out once to put the permanent out on ice. If I go near the 30' range (not too far away) the ice was only 11", but near shore things have looked good.

I'm still a little skeptical about moving out to deepwater humps in the middle of the lake, but there are a lot of trucks out there currently including some 3/4 ton and larger!

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