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been kind of quiet! anyone out there chasing walleyes as of late?

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I've been out in the Mound area. Nothing to report.

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Going to try Spring Park Bay tonight - is there a lot of houses in this bay?

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Nope not many houses, there is a group over by Goose Island that has been catching crappies and the occational eye most of the year. I have not been to Spring Park in a bit but control yourself if you can, I generaly get checked when I am there by the water patrol.

I have been out on the west end a bit the last few weeks pretty much getting 1-2 eyes a night but the window to catch them is definately getting smaller 4:45-6:00 with about 5:30-5:45 being when most of them are biting. Getting them in 17-20 on the weededge.

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Yeah - I always expect to be checked on that lake...summer or winter.

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Maybe I need to start fishing 'tonka more. In all my years of fishing and hunting I've never once been checked by the DNR.

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Holy cow. I got checked back to back trips by the same guy....I was wondering who the heck would drive their snowmobile up right next to the house like that...But he's a nice guy, checked me by Big Island and Maxwell Bay respectively.

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this past week has been one of our best yet this year,comming home each night w/2-3eyes 15-19" .we are fishing way away from all crowds in 17-20'Fow .

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I agree this year has been the best I have done on Tonka, of course when you try 400 difft spots that do not have Walleyes eventually you have to run into them. I also think getting away from the crowds is critical. I have not caught a decent Walleye within 500yds of anyone.

Anyone get any big ones this year? My biggest was 27 and a buddy got a 25.

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The water nazi's are usually out in full force on that lake winter and summer.

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There is a guy that caught a 12, 11 and a 9 pounder and they were caught Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week. They are all still swimming too. Drop me a line and I will send you the website so you can check out the pics. They are true monsters. Also, I heard of another 31 incher taken out two weekends ago. Tonka eyes are so fat for their size at least the ones I have caught or seen.

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Any reports/tips/GPS coordinates for good spots on Hallstead Bay? I'm taking my nephew out for his birthday Sunday, Hallstead is located less than 5 minutes from my sister's place, was hoping someone on FM might be able to offer some suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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11 minuetes from halsteds is Phelps bay if you are feeling like driving a little further. Go out of the public access there and head for the group of houses. Plenty of Sunnies during the day and crappies in the evening.

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hey toomuchfun,

what type of water was he fishing in? Weedline/rocks?? I haven't caught one of those fish, let alone 3 in 3 days.

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 Originally Posted By: Go2fish
11 minuetes from halsteds is Phelps bay if you are feeling like driving a little further. Go out of the public access there and head for the group of houses. Plenty of Sunnies during the day and crappies in the evening.

Great, will do, thanks for the tip!! grin.gif

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The dnrs on tonka are actually nice guys compared to most hennepin couny folks.

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The DNR warden I ran into out there was actually very nice. I have had other experiences with wardens in the past, so this was a nice change. Even when I wasn't doing anything wrong at all, I have had wardens give me the third degree and come off as very pushy and disrespectful. Oh well, I guess it's just their nature after dealing with people for so many years. I wouldn't want their job.

About those pigs caught on Tonka, I read the guys journal entries on his guide website and he mentioned they were fishing around 30 feet over top of rocks. Sounds like they move a lot too, which is very smart on Tonka. I wish I had more time to fish Tonka like they do. Those were some pigs they caught.

GE

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yeah the dnr guy I ran into this year on tonka was very nice also.

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I haven't chased walleyes thru the ice for a year or two but when I did it was typically one good fish in the 6 to 8lb range a night. Not a numbers game if you want to the big ones. If you are catching smaller eyes and want that big one you need to move to another spot. I keyed on very steep breaks from big weedy flats. Find a small point or inside turn along the break. This time of year I would also move to midlake structures. Fish would come from 20ft to 30ft typically but I also caught them as shallow as 15ft - which is usually the top of the break. Helps to stay away from other houses and no lights in the shelter. The less noise and light the better.

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Ive been wanting so bad to make it out to greys bay. Any reports out there? ive heard a lot about panfish in there

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