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Troy Smutka

West Metro - Minnetonka, Waconia, Prior Lake Fishing Reports by Great Day on the Water Guide Service

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7/5/17     Got out on Tonka the day after the fourth. Garbage everywhere at the landing and quite a bit in the lake. Sad. Picked up a bunch and disposed of properly. Caught eight nice largemouth, all about16 to 18 inches, and at least fifteen pike from one to three pounds. Also had an upper 40's muskie hooked up for about a minute, but got rolled up in the too-light line on his second jump and sliced it off shortly after. Clouds and showers over us had fish up in the mid-depth weeds on a couple reefs we tried before it got HOT and HUMID and we called it a morning. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/14/17   Fished Tonka with my Dad and son this morning. Buzzed 1/2 ounce bass spinnerbaits and 1 ounce muskie spinnerbaits over weedy shelves on reefs in eight to fourteen feet of water with quick access to deeper water. Caught a bunch of bass and pike--no muskies this morning. My son got his biggest pike and one of his biggest bass. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/24/17     Got my son and one of my daughters out with Grandpa Smutka on Waconia this afternoon (I have football practice every morning this week). We targeted panfish alongside a weedy reef. Small jig spinners (1/8 ounce VMC Mooneye Jig with a #2jig spinner and a 2" Powerbait Minnow) slow rolled over the weed tops caught tons of crappies and a bonus bass. A 1/16 ounce jig with a 1" Power Grub suspended 4 feet below a slip float caught crappies and sunfish, Caught numbers and some nice ones--beautiful weather and great time for the kids spent with Dad and Grandpa. Good luck, take a kid fishing, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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