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Minnetonka Crappie Report

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Fished Minnetonka tonight from about 4:30 - 7:00. Caught about 25 crappies in 32 feet of water, fish seemed to be holding pretty close to the bottom. Drilled a few holes, deeper seemed to be better, a hole in 25 feet was idle. Used a 1/100 oz jig with a chartreuse Gulp maggot under a spring bobber. Kept a limit of fish. Bites were light, and up takes seemed to be about as common as down takes. Lots of fun except for the wind.

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Nice. Good report.

I have only fished Tonka twice this year, both times in the past week. I was fishing in about 15 fow and had fish coming up as far as 7 feet above the bottom. I also had good action, lots fo bites and lots of fish caught, even though it was a very different pattern than what you found. Interesting.

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Thanks for the report. I haven't been out on tonka for a week now. I was having luck for crappies in 25 ft. Sounds like they are moving deeper and biting lighter.

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deeper and deeper, and smaller and smaller bait.

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never fished tonka, any tips on where to find a few spots?

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Black, Seton, and Phelps are good places to start. I was catching them 6 1/2, 10, 12 and 15 feet down in 20 fow and some of them did have size to them.

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Grays Bay and Crystal bay are good for panfish.

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Was on grays yesterday and caught a couple of crappies and sunnies no real size though. Were are the slabs on Tonka?

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Nice report. thanks for the details. I have some of those gulp maggots too, I may have to bring them along on saturday and try them out. I love those things, they are tough to get off the hook and they are cheap. One bottle goes a very long way.

GoggleEye

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What size are decent/nice/slab crappies?

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i saw there is a ton of house out in the middle of the lake on the north end by cr 51

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 Originally Posted By: Slabby
What size are decent/nice/slab crappies?

I would say anything over 12" and you should be smiling, over 13" and you did real good, over 14" you need to post a picture for us all to see. Anything over that and you caught yourself a true pig.

I like to keep/eat them around 11", at that size they clean up easy enough without an electric filet knife.

LB

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 Originally Posted By: Slabby
What size are decent/nice/slab crappies?

For me, a "slab" crappie is 12". I caught one the other night. A "keeper" it longer than the span of my hand, which is 8 1/2". For sunnies I'm less selective, about 6" would be a keeper.

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Time for me to hang it up for Tonka walleyes and start searching for crappies! Any reports of late? Probably search a spot tonight and see if I can locate some. Would like to hook into a 14"+ class fish as a goal (for the season, that is).

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Good luck - they are in there as the crappie contest always has a 2 lber to win.

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