Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
schr0563

Opener Results

Recommended Posts

schr0563    0
schr0563

How did everyone do on the first day of the 2004 fishing season? Three of us caught several walleyes just after midnight out on Tonka. Most of the action came during a short time span when the wind was blowing. Also ended up doing battle with a muskie. Unfortunately we had to leave by 4:30 because some of us had to catch a plane, but the day seemed to be shaping up too be a pretty good opener. Let's hear some more reports...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
webangler    0
webangler

I was out on White Bear for opener. Caught a couple Walley, one really nice one weighing a little over 4 lbs. Lost a couple more due to not have a steel leader on, but the leaders tend to take away from the agility of my bait.

[This message has been edited by webangler (edited 05-16-2004).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mpester    1
mpester

I got a 6 lbs. 5 oz. baby girl home on the opener and she is a keeper. No fish but I considered stopping at Lake Jane to catch a fish on my way to the hospital to pick up the wife and baby. I would not have told the wife I fished on the way to pick the two of them up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
AnyTime    0
AnyTime

Well I thought today would be a good time for my first post. I went out on Sat. evening with poor results. One 3lb. hammerhead with four lost. Went back out this morning and did much beter. Four more hammerheads (largest being 4.7lb) and two lost, not to mention the first one of the day cost me my pliers thanks to his thrashing. Thanks to Joe Harty for all his help. Hope to read more results.

------------------
Anytime, Anywhere !!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
muskieboy46    0
muskieboy46

My group caught 9 2-3 pound northern, 1 muskie, and 4 bass while trolling. Everything released right away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MattsGal    0
MattsGal

Congratulations on your fine catch mpester!!

Should add her to the bragging photos! wink.gif

<MattsGal><<

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lost    0
Lost

mpester, that's the best catch out of everybody! Congrats are definitely due!

Hope to see you post a pic of her with life jacket on and fishing pole in hand some time this summer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Maximum12    1
Maximum12

For us, a few hours of fishing each day. Plenty of northern, one crazed crappie, one perch no bigger than the minnow it hit, one bass, & one snail. Plenty of short-striking northern. Nary a walleye in sight.

Congrats mpester! My aim is to turn at least one of my two little girls into a fisher-person so she can join daddy on the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kab Dreamin    0
Kab Dreamin

Couldn't find a walleye on MTKA this weekend but the crappies are still going strong. Kept the kids busy for a few hours and made for a pretty good dinner.

Anybody have any suggestions where a guy could find a walleye on that particular piece of water? I can catch them on Independence and Eagle but Minnetonka has me baffled.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
anchor man    2
anchor man

Kab,

We got 4 eyes on Tonka Sat. morning. We never caught more than one in each spot we tried. All 4 came from the 16-17 ft range. two were 13 and two were 15 inches. We were on fairly flat areas that slowly sloped away from shore and near the weedline. We used jigs and minnows. Going to give in another try on Thursday.

Any body else have any luck on Tonka??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1Yogi    10
1Yogi

Congrats Mpster

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
docwalleye88    0
docwalleye88

Kab, are you talking about the Eagle lake in or by Maple Grove? That is the lake that has me stumped. I would be greatful for any tips you have on that lake.
orton82@msn.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mpester    1
mpester

Two days at home and I am sooo tired. Ran to Target for a few baby and Mom things. Stopped at Lake Demotreville and got two quick bluegills today - don't tell Mom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
superfish2    0
superfish2

Well the two superfishes (my brother and myself) were out on tonka opening morning. Managed one crappie and one walleye. The the walleye was about 18" or so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FishandFowl    0
FishandFowl

Had a pretty good opener

4 Largemouth bass released while fishing panfish largest just under 5 pounds

several Northerns largest 9 pounds

1 Walleye 2 pounds (dinner)

FnF

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ice9    0
Ice9

Congrats on the little one. I believe that being born on opening day is an excellent omen.

Kab, e-mail me and I'll give you some mtka tips. I had good success in four hours or so, with six eyes, two keeps, as well as numerous northerns and bass.

Ice
david.motes@richfield.k12.mn.us

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Patriot_Eagle    0
Patriot_Eagle

Son and I hit Big Marine about 7 AM, worked the west and south ends first, nothing at all. Most others on the lake having the same luck. About 11:30, started up the north and west sides, landed 2 Largemouth, both released. Everyone else on the lake was having the same luck. Thinking of hitting the Phalen Hole this weekend with my grandson, his first outing, he is 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SportFishin'    1
SportFishin'

Hey Anchor Man,

Opener on Tonka was good we boated alot of Pike but the larger ones bit us off due to runing lindy rigs along the 16-17ft weed edges for eyes. Picked up one nice 24" Eye for the day at 8:30am on Sat in 15ft off a weed edge near a inside turn off of a rocky point.

Early AM watched a guy boat a couple small eyes off some rocks jigging with a minnow, but there were too many boats in that spot to try & join him in the jigging presentation.

Great to hear others are getting eyes out there.

Later
Chris

------------------
"I fish there for I am!"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TMan    0
TMan

Mtka was Ok to a w buddies & I on Sat AM, 4 keeper walleyes and one monstrous 22" bass on a 1/4 oz blue glow jig (Phelps, of course..). I measured it and released it, the chart says 6.5lbs, but that thing was very fat, I'm guessing it was pushing 7 lbs. We had our best luck in the 12.5 foot range on blue and red glow jigs, believe it or not. Minnows outfished leaches. 2 off of rocky areas with sandy bottom bays that had light weeds, not milfoil like infestation, just scattered. The other two off of mid lake weed humps, which is where the big bass was. The Chartreuse and other color jigs did not produce anything but pike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Juan Grande    25
Juan Grande

TMan,

When you fish jig/minnow combinations, how big of a jig do you use, what type of minnows and where do you hook them?

I'd like to find a good all purpose jig/minnow combo that will catch bass, northerns and walleye.

Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.

A buddy of mine fished Minnetonka on Sat. and caught a 6.5 pound LM and a 10 pound northern, both on big sucker minnows.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
anchor man    2
anchor man

Hey Tonka Boy,

What types of patterns would you clasify as June patterns for eyes out on Tonka? I'm heading out Thursday and wasn't sure if I should start to find some offshore structure or not yet.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TYMAN    0
TYMAN

tonka boy

tell me that was a really good day for bass and pike... or ive been missing something

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DoctorB    0
DoctorB

At the risk of having this taken the wrong way, you guys are telling me that the three of you caught not one, not two, but three six to seven pound bass on Saturday?

And a 14 and 18 pound northern?

For perspective, approximately eight six pound fish were weighed in during tournaments the whole last year on Minnetonka, four of those happening during the Wednesday nighters including a 6-15 monster.

Can I see a picture, please?

I know it’s been beaten to death on the site, but how can you catch 28 bass when you aren’t targeting them?

For information sake, the concentrations of walleyes in the lake are nowhere near locations where you can catch such numbers of bass any time of the year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • JBMasterAngler
      Trip didn't go as planned. I had been asking some questions on here to get some info/ideas for the trip. Greatly appreciated all the stuff you guys shared with me. Unfortunately most of it wasn't in the plans  Camped at fall lake, as this was the first time my wife tagged along in a few years, and I thought his would be the most family friendly. After getting setup on Sunday, I launched the boat and goofed around for a bit, but didn't catch anything. My daughter was using worms, and she didn't even get a nibble. Is there not much for bass in fall?   Monday we had to spend some unexpected time in town, making certain purchases. Made it to snowbank late. Trolled for lakers, but only marked ciscoes. Once we started fishing for bass, we caught a few, but then the rain fell. Had it just been me and the 2 older kids, we could have fished through it. But with my wife and the youngest, it wasn't going to happen!   Pretty much the same thing happened on Tuesday. Went to burntside, but the lake was too windy. Went back to town, let the kids play at the park, then had lunch at the boathouse (I highly recommend the motorboat burger). Then we decided to keep it close and simple, and went to miner's pit. Weather got the best of us again. At least this time, my wife caught a few fish. No trout though.   Sometimes there's more to camping trips than good fishing though. We still had lots of fun, and I'm already making some notes for my next Ely trip, which I don't even know when will happen.
    • CigarGuy
      Tommy, can tell by your posts and photos that your dogs are very special to you and Bonnie.  I shed a tear or two while reading this.  I got a kick out of you telling me here after I saw you driving through Cloquet a couple years ago.  You saw my dog riding co-pilot and you mentioned that you also had a dog in the passenger seat (can't remember which one) and Bonnie in the back seat riding with the other dogs.  Good Stuff! Take care, Bill
    • TomWehler
      I pop in here a few times lately for some humor for myself, it is hard to do. No, very hard to do...but this sight makes me smile sometimes so here ya go...FYI.   Moe Rock passed August 14th  ~  4 days before what would have been his 11th birthday.
      He was our rock in many ways and was one of the smartest retrievers we have ever had in our family in 30 some years.
      If you knew Moe Rock you can understand, remember. He was so strong an fought the cancer just over FOUR MONTHS....
      Pills n tests an more pills an more tests...until well CANCER SUCKS.
      In the end the cancer wins no matter how hard he fought or how hard his TEAM fought with him and for him. Bonnie an I, the special vets an techs at Osceola Animal hospital and the top doc's, students and assistants and at the U of M vet center tried very hard and long to help him in his battle. He never changed, stood tall an strong, bright eyes an devilish smile.
      Truth is we only stayed a couple steps ahead of the cancer that took him that day at 5 PM.
      He was strong right up until he passed with Bonnie an myself holding his paws an making his passing go easy. Bother Polar Bear Boy looking on also.
      Don't make any of this easy saying this, but he was not doing good at 5 am Sunday morning as that cancer stuff just jumped him good this weekend an well,  he lost.
      We never gave in, nor did he. This weekend at the cabin he tried to enjoy himself, DID enjoy it all.  He swam, couple dock jumps, we fished morning runs an sunset, did boat rides, worked on some shore n boat small projects an ate pretty dang well. He was fine until bedtime when we knew an HE knew something was happening.
      Not good. CANCER SUCKS!
      We had a great time, Moe only showing to Bonnie an myself an his Brother Polar Bear Boy he was not feeling to good in the evenings the last week. Very sad. Never forget Moe Rock or his up north name of NoMoeToe given to him by long time guest in my boat from Capser Wyoming the late Mary Cob and his Chisago City area name the Fire Chief gave him of ThreeToeMoe. He was not only special to me but to a host of people in this area an on or around Lake Vermilion for his whole life.
      Good boy, darn good boy. One regret is not everyone that knows of Moe or knows him only online did not get to meet him in person.
      You would have enjoyed him in many ways as we all did.
      Loveable, big nut, sweet, smart, goofy, odd and a total tick that like to start fights with this brothers an then leave them to settle it while he went an ate their food or got best seat on casting deck my big black boat.
      Yup, Moe Rock was a Tick.   Any way....very sad are we, but he fought like tuff darts, a good long fight.
      Never whined a bit, did as was asked an stayed pretty much himself the whole time until that Sunday morning really.
      Not once showing anyone not in family he was sick, real sick. Still loved his truck rides, belly rubs, swimming his pool, wratling with me n Bear, watching TV, Playing on Kendel or computer with Bonnie an just plain being Moe to his brother Bear Boy...big smiles. Fishing, how he love3d fishen...mostly topwater of any kind, but he would go with me anytime, anytime....true fish hound was he, our sweet Moezy.
      I did not tell anyone about Moe rock but Mom Joanne as figured he might kick cancer to the curb an well..........
      Never gave up hope but most times cancer wins in retriever hounds, even our sweet Moe Rock.
      PEACE!
      Very Sad. Now running with his fellow Mallard Island Marauders that crossed over before him, Barney Toonder, Homer J., Bailey, Beckey, Buddy.....plus Jack n Ev the Kats.
      Some good party.....good food, big smiles and all that go with them....all very special. Lov ya Moe......I miss you my boy....rest easy until we meet again.   Keep on rocken!   Tommy
    • redlabguy
      W-W, and what kind of bottom, rocks? Dick
    • curt quesnell
      Here is the latest....it is changing quite a bit and the water is cooling off.  Check it out while you make your plan for Labor Day    
    • curt quesnell
      I have a few spots that I check but if you just go slow and keep your eye on the depth finder the schools of fish are scattered everywhere.  If you see fish, you will catch em  
    • Rick G
      One from Sunday
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Fish Lake Baits in Harris had some nice large leeches a couple of weeks ago. Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      W-W, What time of the day was best? Cliff
    • city slicker
      After 4 days on a Rainy lake houseboat we managed a walleye fry 3 nights. They where on the deeper mid lake reefs which is no secret, but they wanted minnows. That was the hard part, finding bigger minnows. To my surprise I was able to land a few each afternoon on 5" plastic rigged. 2 boats, 6 people, 47 eyes where clicked biggest 24", smallest 6" and every stop in between. We did fish some bays and the pike were willing to play!city