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CrappieMagnet

Tonka Water Temps

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CrappieMagnet

Yesterday,2 of my friends and i went to tonka in search of crappies and the water temps ranged from 41 degrees in the main lake,to other slight degrees in other bays such as Deephaven 44 degrees,Peavey 45 degrees,Tanager 46 degrees,Crystal Bay 46 degrees,Maxwell Bay 47 degrees,Stubbs Bay 45 degrees,North Arm 48 degrees.

Well after searching we found the crappies to be shallow..1 to 6 feet

Most crappies found were on the small side.. 1/3 to 1/2 pounders in the East part of Tonka and the majority of the fish that ran bigger were in the North west bays over near County road 51 and County road 135.
They hit on both minnows and yellow tube jigs.We also noted that the crappies hit on the side the wind was blowing up on.Even though the wind was cold we still caught lots of fish.

Lets try to keep the reports of water temps on Tonka going.

Thanks and have a Happy Easter all!

CM

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Slugo

I found some temps as high as 49 in some of the back channels but only cought dinks...It semed that my usual spots might be bit shallow the lake sure seems to be down. Will try again on mon or teu.

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Lunker

Thanks for the report, think Ill try to head over there on monday for some action!

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SportFishin'

Results from 4/10/04 AM fishing:
Located fish in the smaller Back water bays.

I searched the main lake before some of these dirty water bays & found nothing on the locator. Found 1-2 Crappies off of horseshoe reef (42 Deg water temp) then went into some Smaller water bays & found the males have moved into 5'& Under to start there beds for the females(45 Deg water Temp). I boated a total of 6 really nice Females in the 14-16" range but had to sort through alot of males. These females were prefering a larger crappie minnow on a red or purple hook. I tried other colored jigs & found the males to only respond to those presentations.

That is my report for my first outing of the Tonka open water season. Hope this tid bit of one mans adventure will help others searching for the great Spring Crappie Bite on Tonka.

Later
Chris


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CrappieMagnet

Went out again ( 4-15 ) 3 people

Main Lake Temps, 44
Wayzata Bay, 46-47 2 crappies @ 1/2 pd. C&R'd
Deephaven Bay, 47-49 10 crappies all small, C&r'd
Peavey, 51 No crappies
Tanager, 50-51 zilch
Maxwell Bay,48-52 75 crappies @ 1/2 pd. to 1 pound. Kept 20
Caught all our fish on tri-colored tube jigs.
With the warmer temps and the sun warming up the smaller bays the crappies are really putting on the feedbags.At times we could'nt keep the small males off our lines.Towards evening and some slight rain,the fish kinda turned off.Fished from noon to 9 pm.
Well that's my report.Going out later today again.

CM

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