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The Dude

Any Walleye?

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The Dude

afternoon fellow fishers. I am new member here and this website is sweet. I have just moved into the plymouth area and looking for some good walleye fishing. I have 2 friends from Pennsylvania coming to visit on Feb 8-9. They have never gone ice fishing before so I want to show them a good time. Any suggestions for getting into the walleye around the metro?

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Wookiee

Welcome to FM Dude! You need to spend a lot of time on the water in the Metro Area to track down those eyes. Stay away from crowds, drill in tight break line areas, and you might have a shot. Have a white russian for me! What part of the metro are you looking at? For me Tonka has been the best bet so far.

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Thanks. Been out on Prior Lake twice, tried both the lower and upper portion and absolutely nothing. We could see the fish down there with the Vexlar but very inactive. Never been on Tonka before. What are some good areas to try? Is the ice safe enough to drive on tonka? Prior had about 20" of ice where I was at. Will def bring out the cocktails that w/e

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Wookiee

They do well on walleye around the islands and points. If you have a gps with a lakemaster chip to show breaks and depths would be good also. Yeah they have been driving on Tonka also. I thought you were the dude from the Big Lebowski hence the white russian comment.

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EBass

Been sucking it up on the walters since the cold snap. Heard they went deep, but I don't like fishing for deep walters. The whole air bladder deal coming out of its throat irks me and the fish. Early ice weedlines were the ticket, but those have died off so I dunno. Crappies anyone - cripes did I just say that?

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