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Tonka Walleye Bite

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Any status on the Tonka Walleye bite yet. I haven't been out all year and fall is my time to escape. Been very quite but expect some of you guys have been testing the bite as patterns change.

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Need water temps mid to low 50s to get the bite going. I am fishing elsewhere this week but devoting next week to Tonka so I'll be posting something then.

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They are biting! Myself, friend and his boys got 19 the other day. Kept a few for the pan that night. finess is need though. vertical presentation with fathead and jig.

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I'm 2 for 2 on consecutive Sunday nights.

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They are biting! Myself, friend and his boys got 19 the other day. Kept a few for the pan that night. finess is need though. vertical presentation with fathead and jig.


I 2nd that

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TommyJ33:

I could certainly use some advice on Tonka. Not looking for any specific locations, but any info regarding where you're finding fish - structure (weedlines, rocks, etc), depth and presentation type would be very helpful and appreciated.

Thanks!!

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Sure Sawgrass!

as a disclaimer I can't guarentee the same results. cool.gif

I was fishing the deep water humps, 29-32 FOW seemed to be best this week. I believe sand/gravel bottom, as I got no snags. Vertical presentation, staight up and down with using a 3/8 to 1/4 oz jig (Chartruese, fire tiger, pink/white colors)tipped with fathead or a smaller redtail chub. Work slow just like jiggin when ice fishing. They aren't really hammering it as they kind of F around with it a little bit. Move around till you find em, as they seemed to be schooled up. you could also do well anchoring and slip bobbering the way they are acting. They are biting all afternoon long. but 4-5 o'clock was best.

I also am finding eyes on the edge of the milfoil in 15-17 FOW off of main lake structures (points and inside turns). Control drift staying within 5 feet of the foil "curtain". Again with Jig and minnow (3/8 oz). These weed oriented fish are biting later in the evening up to dark. I haven't been out in the morning as Duck hunting is getting in the way shocked.gif

Good luck.

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I have been catching a few small walleyes during the late afternoon and up until dusk, but absolute nothing after dark. Has anyone experienced the same?

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TommyJ33:

Much appreciated!! We'll give 'er a try and let you know how we do. Who is selling redtails around here?

Thanks!

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Wayzata bait...

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I have been catching a few small walleyes during the late afternoon and up until dusk, but absolute nothing after dark. Has anyone experienced the same?


Yes, not on Tonka, but the same thing is happening where I've been fishing in the West Metro. I was wondering on Wed if they are going to the inside weedline in 2-5 ft of water. I'm going to give that a shot next time I'm out.

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Last night managed 4 but all ander 13", not at all what I expected from my spots. Same presentation, vertical with Fhead. Up and down. Caught all in 20-30' but the fish I marked out there were small. I was marked the better fish in 17 to 20 and then as usual, they worked there way up to the weedline at sunset and then gone. I marked the good fish I'm used to catching this time of year but they weren't going yet. This is what I've had a hard time with Tonka. For me the bite is that typical hour long turn on at sunset. If you mark fish you have to have confidence that they will turn on..... Any other lake I would hit them and if they didn't hit back I would move on. Tonka for me has been find the good structure and the fish and hope that they'll turn on in that magical hour. Sometimes they do and you feel like Al Lindner and other times they don't and you feel like a putz because you stayed on one or two spots all night. BTW for the guys that were fishing next to me last night in Wayz Bay, what's the follow up story about the Rookie??

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That's the right idea. The walleyes get right into whatever weeds are left. Try trolling or casting that shallow water with floating raps or husky jerks. Cranks provide a quick and easy way to cover a lot of water and the eyes can find them and just crush them. It is not unusual for walleyes to completely engulf a HJ12.

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Had similar results as CCow. One night they are there and the next poof. Caught everything but a walleye last night on a spot that had produced the night before. Only change I noted was water temp had gone up about 3degrees from day before.

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Did anyone get out there this weekend?? I gave it a go for about 3 hours on Saturday early afternoon with no luck...stayed on the west end of the lake and only saw a couple other boats fishing.

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Is there any place that someone can fish from shore and catch a few walleye's on tonka?

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you can shore fish grays bay's channel. When i was driving by on saturday a couple people where trolling the channel at night. Dont know if they were having any luck or not but there were 3 boats doing it and looks like a good spot. i had a good day on sunday on tonka for eyes in about 25-30 feet. First time i have done well on that lake in the middle of the afternoon.

good luck

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wmn luv me guy, was that you out there on the shore with your 'whuppin stick' and the bucket of 3" craps the other night. will have to say hi next time i see you.

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3 inch crappies? I never get into slabs like that. most of my crappies and sunnies are under 2 and in the bucket they go

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I missed a couple of larger eye's on Monday, the first bent the jighook, and the second just spit it. Now to the real question, what is your trolling speed for Husky jerks, #12, Shad raps and the like this time of year. I have marked a ton of fish lately and cant seem to target them effectively. I am pretty sure they are the right kind but my boat trolls at about 2.3-2.8 mph. Seems like the huskys should move faster to get that vibration right. Any help would be appreciated! Fishless nights beat up the ego!

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There was a pro walleye guy out of Sturgeon Bay, Dale Stroschein, that was a really good troller. I remember him writing an article at home about trolling with the waves and trying to keep the boat in the 1.5 MPH range. He said the surge of the waves made the baits dart, then pause, then dart. I have never tried this, but it might be a good place to start. Our old boat used to troll too fast for salmon with the J-Plugs so we would tie two five gallon buckets to line and drag them behind the boat to slow us down. Not sure if you could do this or use a drift sock to slow you down to a slower speed. Good luck out there.

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Mine trolls at about 2.3 and I have to constantly get it down by taking it in and out of gear. Went out last night to the same spot I did well on sunday. My friend caught an 18 incher in the first 2 minutes then the wind seemed to pick up and I couldnt keep us on the spot and couldnt get my anchor to hold so tried for another hr but got nothing else. Before dusk they were about 25-30 then marked them at 15 when it was dark but couldnt get another one.

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I rigged two 26" drift socks from the mid cleats and tethered them to the rear cleats by running a rope through the middle of them. It dropped my speed from 2.8 to 2.0+/- and it steers almost perfectly. My problem is I should have gone to the 30" so I could get it down just a bit more. If you need two 26" sox to try it, I have them........

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Speed ranges from 1.5 to 2.2 mph. Vary it until you stick a fish and then try to stay on that speed. Other tricks besides drift socks are to drop your bow trolling motor and turn it sideways (generally worth .1 to .2 mph) and to tilt your big engine up. That can make for tricky steering but you'd be surprised how much it can slow you. I have also faced my trolling motor in the opposite direction on high speed. Right now 2 to 2.2 should work. As temps drop you will need to slow down more.

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anyone still having any luck? Was out on sunday, marked a ton but could not get them to bite. Might be winterizing the boat soon

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