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FigR8'EM

Tonka Muskies...

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FigR8'EM

Ive been a bass fisherman my whole life until last year when i started to fish muskies in hayward and Mille Lacs. After seeing numerous 50 plus inch fish i became addicted. I am still chasing my first "trophy" muskie and will hopefully have it landed by the end of the year. Anyways, i have fished Lake Independence hard last this and much of the season this year. I see alot of fish everytime i go out there including some over 45 inches. But that lake is starting to frustrate me becuase of all the follows while only cathing a few high 30 inch fish. I hear Minnetonka is the place to go for some big ski's. I know the lake very well for bass but very little for muskies. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Remember....fish hard or go home!! good luck

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CALVINIST

FIGR8EM...

Welcome to forums. Lots of good info shared here!

On the second page of the metro section there is another small thread on Tonka muskies, might be useful. I am still looking for my first big muskie myself, and there are some big ones out there on Tonka. Maybe you'll see me out there some day with my pole bent in half!

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locolocal

I witnessed some putz boat a nice fish - 40-45" perhaps - a few years ago just off of Diamond Reef. I had a follow last year off of the deep weed edge of Gibsons Point (east side).

I qualify the guy as a "putz", because he hugged the fish as his buddy took pictures...it went bad and slipped out of his arms and crashed to the bottom of the boat. It truely was the most pathetic job of handling a fish I've ever witnessed.


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Corey Bechtold

Fish Tonka for sunnies and chances are you'll get a Muskie by accident. smile.gif Seriously, if you are fishing pressured waters (Like Tonka) just down size to Bass gear and the Muskie will come. Good Luck.

Corey Bechtold

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long caster

This is only my second year hunting ski's on tonka. I too have seen alot of fish, the only time i have caught them is late in the fall and through the ice(go figure). As a matter of fact, my biggest ski to date was out there (48"+) I have seen numerous fish (find the classic haunts (there is an endless supply of them on tonka) and you will find fish)but the biters didn't come until later in the season for me. I did not, however, fish during the dog days of summer last year, i am not suicidal. I have had luck on spinnerbaits near steep breaks and trolling big lumber in these same areas....have heard plenty of stories of bass fisherman having there bass stolen by muskies out there.

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