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dmcca212

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Hey all. Going out to Tonka later today for the first time with some friends. None of us know anything about the lake so if someone could point a newbie in a good direction that would be much appreciated. We're fishing for whatever...pannies, crappies, walleyes. Just going out to have fun.

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Any of the smaller bays are holding tons of panfish. try Grays for starters.

Good luck

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Thanks man. Where's the access at?

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off of 101. look for anywhere between 14 to 18 feet of water.

If the vexilar doesnt show anything, move until it does. they are there.

Good luck.

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Is the ice thick enough for a truck? I would think so but just wanna make sure. Thanks again.

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There is pretty solid ice all around the lake i the big bays etc.. just be careful around channels if your gonna be around them.

18-24 inches everywhere ive been ..

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Im going to try tonka in a little bit. I heard walleyes are deeper... bout 30 feet to be exact. any ideas?

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I know I'm late but just a good distance away from any channels.

Gray is a good start, Then black lake (A bay on tonka), Maxwell, were do we stop.

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Really wanting to hit greys bay on sunday. Looking for panfish. Anyone know where to look out there? Should i go to a different bay?

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In the middle of the bay is a deep hole

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CrappieFshr651 - We had good action on Gray's last Sunday morning. Lots of bluegills, one crappie. All pretty small for the most part.

We drove out. Ice looked to be 20"+. Initially we set up in 17' and got nothing. Moved after 15 minutes and set up in 21'. Bluegills were suspended from just below the ice to 8' down. Hooked many while sightfishing them.

Small ratso tipped w/ half a waxie worked best. We then went looking for some bigger fish and moved to 13'. We found fish, but they were the same size as those out in deeper water.

This was a morning bite so I can't comment if the crappies start biting at dusk or not.

PS - we were away from everyone else.

DB

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I fished last weekend on Grays in 10-14 ft, actually trying for some pike, but I also found the small bluegills to be suspended about 3-6 ft below the ice. Didn't catch pike..

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    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Have to agree..food is great..best place in the winter on snowmobile..

      but..the dock situation could use a big upgrade.

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    • LakeofthewoodsMN

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      The Rainy River continues to get better each day as more shiners and walleyes push into the river. Fall walleye fishing on the Rainy River can be some of the best! Sturgeon are being boated up and down the river daily. 

      Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye and sauger action is hot. Drifting with a bottom bouncer, spinner, and a minnow doing great. Anchoring and jigging with a minnows doing good as well. Look for deep holes and mud areas in 18-30 feet between Oak and Flag Island. Also look for points with depths of 8-18 feet as shiners have started moving into bays. On the Ontario side, walleye fishing is red hot as the feed bags are on to bulk up for the winter. Use electronics to locate schools of fish in 18 to 28 feet and use a jig and minnow. Bottom bouncers with spinners can be used to cover water to locate fish. Crappies over 15 inches are stacked up in sharp drop offs and around flooded timber in 30 feet. Muskie action has turned to trolling large minnow baits in 10-18 feet. Plenty of waterfowl in area with local birds still around.

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      People are getting smarter.

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    • Cliff Wagenbach

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      I have never had a bad meal at the Vermilion Club!

      Great pizzas, wings, steaks, etc.!

      Cliff

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    • Capt. Quicksteel

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      This thread makes me glad I'm on the east end!!  :)  Nobody has mentioned the Vermilion Club. Not fancy but we always enjoy the pizza etc

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    • FrazerBay
      Have to agree..food is great..best place in the winter on snowmobile.. but..the dock situation could use a big upgrade.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      Walleyes and Saugers continue to move closer to the south shore. Good fishing in 23 feet of water outside the Lighthouse gap and all along the south shore. Shiner minnows in the area keeping large schools of walleyes active! The bite will continue to improve in the coming weeks. Anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow successful with gold or pink/gold the colors of choice. Some crankbait action in the afternoons to cover water to find active schools. Lots of ducks and geese in the area as local waterfowl still around. Should expect a good northern push in a few weeks as it gets colder. The Rainy River continues to get better each day as more shiners and walleyes push into the river. Fall walleye fishing on the Rainy River can be some of the best! Sturgeon are being boated up and down the river daily.  Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye and sauger action is hot. Drifting with a bottom bouncer, spinner, and a minnow doing great. Anchoring and jigging with a minnows doing good as well. Look for deep holes and mud areas in 18-30 feet between Oak and Flag Island. Also look for points with depths of 8-18 feet as shiners have started moving into bays. On the Ontario side, walleye fishing is red hot as the feed bags are on to bulk up for the winter. Use electronics to locate schools of fish in 18 to 28 feet and use a jig and minnow. Bottom bouncers with spinners can be used to cover water to locate fish. Crappies over 15 inches are stacked up in sharp drop offs and around flooded timber in 30 feet. Muskie action has turned to trolling large minnow baits in 10-18 feet. Plenty of waterfowl in area with local birds still around.
    • Big Kype
      People are getting smarter.
    • Big Kype
      Northern Minnesotans are strong supports of the SS rule. Shoot and shut up.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have never had a bad meal at the Vermilion Club! Great pizzas, wings, steaks, etc.! Cliff