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Ice Fishing on Lake Minnetonka


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Best bays and depths to find walleye in Lake Minnetonka and best times to go out? Plan to go out tomorrow.

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Wanderer

I’ve always experienced a pretty narrow bite windows out there - typical of heavily weeded lakes.  2 hours max around first light and last light.  Never did over nights on that lake though.  I’ve also caught walleye in just about every part of the lake with my biggest coming from Stubbs.

 

My best water was more main lake structure on either the upper or lower main lakes; upper probably having the best average.  Spring Park to the Narrows has tons of fishable water.

 

I preferred points that extended beyond the weed line and would drill the whole area out from 10 - 30 fow within 200 feet so I could run a tip up over the weeds and jig the deeper holes until the eyes started moving.  DO THIS WELL BEFORE THE BITE WINDOW.  You could see or catch them deeper and keep moving up the point to the shallower holes as they moved up.  Once they hit the weeds it was usually over and I’d head home since it was also usually a week night I’d go out after work.

 

I suspect this pattern works quite a few places but it played out pretty reliably when I was there.  I have caught walleye in that lake in 4-8 fow also.  Find some scattered boulders on sand or gravel flats for that.

 

Be quiet and keep the lights low.

 

Give us a report back please.

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Pigmeat

As long as we're on the subject, any current info on ice conditions on Carson's Bay?

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Hookmaster

A buddy was on Carson's last Sunday. He sent me pics of trucks and wheelhouses. He didn't say how much ice though. Use this info at your own risk.

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gimruis

I would not pull a house with a truck on Lake Minnetonka, anywhere.  Just because some other fools did it without checking doesn't mean you should too.

 

Last week the east arm had about 15 trucks out there on less than 10 inches of ice.  Some places only had 5 inches.

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Hookmaster

Just texted my buddy. He said there were 15 inches of ice and about 100 trucks. After the mild week we've had and the melting the past 3 days I would not drive out on the lake with a car/truck.

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Wanderer

That’s a lot!

 

@wobert, any report from Wednesday?

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ozzie

odd that Minnetonka has more ice than smaller lakes north of it...not saying it doesn't have 15" of ice but that surely surprises me when areas of the state with colder temps have less ice than that.  I would certainly check for myself before I just drove aimlessly onto a lake let alone one around the cities

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Wanderer

Carson’s is a pretty sheltered area as far as Minnetonka goes.  Always been one of the early ice spots on the lake, especially with the access convenience and shelter from the big winds.  I agree, 15 is surprising but possible.

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I talked to a friend from the Cross Lake area today and they’ve been hard pressed to find more than 9.5 on lakes they fish.  We’re running 9.5 - 12 in Central MN and I had up to 14 in Ely on New Year’s Day.

 

Never assume and always check, especially when going away from the crowds.

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gimruis
13 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

access convenience

 

I used that access one time in the spring but there's nowhere to park.  There's no lot and the parking on the shoulder of the road requires some kind of designated parking pass.  Needless to say after I launched my boat and realized this, I had to load back up and go to another access.

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Wanderer
1 hour ago, gimruis said:

 

I used that access one time in the spring but there's nowhere to park.  There's no lot and the parking on the shoulder of the road requires some kind of designated parking pass.  Needless to say after I launched my boat and realized this, I had to load back up and go to another access.

Winter access.  I’ve never launched from a south side access.  I always used Wayzata, Spring Park, North Arm or Maxwell Bay when boating.  There were a few winter access spots scattered around but they were never marked.  And who knows, they could’ve been shut down since the last time I was on Minnetonka ice.

 

By the looks of the feedback, I’m either posting too much about this for some people or experiences with the lake have really gone down hill over the years.

 

I’ve sometimes considered going back to the Cities just to fish my old spots out there.  At one time I could’ve drawn a map of the lake from memory.  Of course looking at Navionics I see I was still missing a lot!

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gimruis
15 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Winter access

OK so where do they park if the ice isn't thick enough to drive on then?

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Hookmaster

What part of the lake do you want to fish?

I grew up within a 1/2 mile of Maxwell Bay. There are a lot of nooks and crannies and old fire roads. I don't know if all are still open in the winter but knowing the part of the lake you want to fish will help find access locations and maybe parking.

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gimruis

That's not the issue.  I'm wondering where people park if they're using the Carson Bay access.

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Wanderer
1 hour ago, gimruis said:

OK so where do they park if the ice isn't thick enough to drive on then?

I don’t know dude and I’m not going to debate it.  I’ve never used it and always came in from the lake side to Carson’s and there were always people there.  
 

Besides a certain spot I know in that bay you now know most of what I know about it. 😉

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gimruis

I haven't fished that bay in years.  The times I did go in there I did pretty well though.  The entire bay is minimum wake so there tends to be less man-made waves than on other portions of the lake.

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Hookmaster

During the summer I've seen rigs parked down by the pickle ball courts to the west of the access. I don't think there is a permit required there but not sure. There were spots open right across Mtka. Blvd. from the access when I've seen rigs by the pickle ball courts. Don't know if it's plowed in the winter. In the attached pic it shows this lot as parking for the Deephaven City offices which are in the nearby. See "P" in the lower left of the pic.

Maybe I'll swing by there this weekend and see. I need excuses to exercise the truck.

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mulefarm

You can park along Minnetonka Blvd.  The enforcement is from May1 to October 1. Just watch for the signs. Also the lot by the pickle ball courts is plowed and open.

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On 1/15/2021 at 6:38 PM, mulefarm said:

The enforcement is from May1 to October 1.

 

OK, so where do you park from May to October?  It basically prohibits anyone without a special pass from launching their boat there.

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Wanderer
4 hours ago, gimruis said:

 

OK, so where do you park from May to October?  It basically prohibits anyone without a special pass from launching their boat there.


Seems intentional, I would say.  They’d probably have too many and maybe too congested there?  Or just more of closed residential perk?

 

Nice to have some discussion on it even though the OP didn’t seem to care after all.

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mulefarm

I believe the city of Deephaven owns the ramp and the parking on the south side of Minnetonka Blvd. Residents have a pass to park there and along blvd between the signs from  May 1 to October 1. The lot by the pickle ball courts and the lot by Deephaven Elementary are open to people without city pass. You don’t need a pass to launch your boat at the landing.

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gimruis
14 hours ago, mulefarm said:

I believe the city of Deephaven owns the ramp and the parking on the south side of Minnetonka Blvd. Residents have a pass to park there and along blvd between the signs from  May 1 to October 1. The lot by the pickle ball courts and the lot by Deephaven Elementary are open to people without city pass. You don’t need a pass to launch your boat at the landing.

 

Ok so I'm not a Deephaven resident so I can't even get a pass to park there.  In other words, there is no public parking someone with a trailer at that access then.

 

Guess I won't consider that a an option or real public access if there's no parking.

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Hookmaster

26 foot and it has 3 fishing holes.   😂🤣

Attached are a couple of pics of the bay where the access is. The larger part of the bay to north has way more houses than this.

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Wanderer

Looks like the shanty town that sprung up around my house in central MN.  Just moved it off to a new, less populated spot and now have someone drilling by me.

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gimruis
On 1/23/2021 at 10:20 AM, Hookmaster said:

The larger part of the bay to north has way more houses than this.

 

 

Any idea what the target fish is?  I know there's a nice weedline along a deep edge in there but I can't imagine that many people chasing pike...

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

 

Any idea what the target fish is?  I know there's a nice weedline along a deep edge in there but I can't imagine that many people chasing pike...

Hey gimruis I was there Saturday morning (my car is the silver equinox in the pic) and my vex was lit up with gills all morning. I took three decent sized ones from there before heading to Black Lake. Guy next to me left around 10 with his limit if crappies. Another guy pulled a decent (looked like 14-16" bass on his tip up. Black Lake had bigger gills but same thing there-numbers were insane! 

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Panfish. A lot of sorting on the sunnies. My buddy usually puts up a tip up also and will catch an occasional nort. This one looks like it has some small sunnies in it. 

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3 hours ago, Hookmaster said:

Panfish. A lot of sorting on the sunnies

 

Ya there's no shortage of dinky sunfish in that lake

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    • Jim Almquist
      I don't think anyone will even mess with you no matter how early you head down there. Right now its like a ghost town in the morning. In the summer I have been down there before sunrise to shoot photography and no one has ever said boo to me. I do believe its 6:00 AM on the street and in the parking lots.
    • smurfy
      well gentlemen, i got my fires under control and moved, but i woke up this morning feeling pretty tough.🤒🥴 i waited till this afternoon to decide but unfortunately i need to bow out tomorrow. 😪 with the current status of things 😷😷 i do NOT want to risk giving this to anyone else. i'm certain its just a head cold but not taking chances...... i feel pretty rough.   sorry guys i was really, really looking forward to fishing with you guys, and didnt want to wait any longer letting you guys know..........good luck, have fun. i'm sure there will be other opportunities before ice goes away!!!!!!🤧
    • smurfy
      yea maybe!!!!!!!🤣🤭
    • Wanderer
      Maybe it’s her that can’t be trusted, eh? 🤣
    • whateverisbiting
      I fully agree that lakes go through cycles but that negates nothing I said.  MNs best walleye fisheries are that way because they have a slot.  Rainy, Winnie, Leach, Mille Lacs, and Red were destroyed and the slots brought them back.  Lake of the woods a slot was put in before it got depleted and that fishery is awesome so easy to catch a limit there and a great mix of small fish and jumbos...just a matter of time for other lakes.  Can you be more specific what lakes you are referring to that have just large fish and no slot?  If it is not one of the well known lakes be careful if you name it here its fished out in 3 years if it does not have a slot guaranteed.
    • leech~~
      Fun looked like you guys a blast!  👍
    • whateverisbiting
      I don't think it will impact anything... but I also agree it is dumb.  It's not logical that I can buy it on line sight unseen but need to be present at a store. 
    • Mike89
      they are a team!!!     
    • walleye101
      Minnesota's best walleye fisheries are anything but stable populations. These populations are constantly cycling with new robust year classes recruiting to the fishery every few years. Harvest of excess spawning stock actually stimulates frequent strong recruitment. The closest thing we have to stable walleye populations are lakes dominated by old fish with low to moderate recruitment replacing natural mortality from the aging population. 
    • smurfy
      In other words, she don't trust you in any store alone???🤔😅🤭
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