Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Metro Walleye Get Together - Ice Fishing


Matt Johnson

Recommended Posts

***Update 12/7*** The date and location has been set...

Saturday, January 28 - Lake Minnetonka

7am - Maxwell Bay access

***end of update***

(previously posted info...)

There's been some interest for a Metro Ice Fishing Get Together where the target specie is walleye. A day dedicated to catching Metro walleye, where we are determined to focus solely on the marble eye! Although you can fish for whatever you want really, but walleye will be the intended target for choosing a lake and time.

metrojoe thought it would be cool to start a poll determining which lake we hit, I think that's a good idea, so here it is...

I've put 10 lakes/areas on the poll. Pick which one you would like to see be the host for the Metro Walleye Get Together. We'll probably shoot for something in the first week of January. Also feel free to post any comments afterwards too. Once we get a lake or area narrowed down then we can begin planning an event...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 61
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Matt Johnson

    13

  • markkstanley

    7

  • John Mickish

    6

  • metrojoe

    3

Why did you have to add Centerville/peltier? That made the choice very hard. mad.gif Maybe we can have a part II someday on Centerville?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I guess there's no reason why we couldn't plan more than one event. I have no problem with that. If someone wants to plan another one then feel free. Anyone can host one, just pick a lake and a date and post it.

Right now it looks like the Chisago Area is in the lead...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Matt, I would love to get the chance to fish Tonka with some guys that knew the lake a little bit. I have always wanted to fish this lake a bit more, but the shear size and unlimited structure is intimidating. Calhoun and Harriet are ALOT easier to figure out in a couple of trips.

Two years ago, my buddy had his transducer set for ixce depth up north and when he went to the Houn it hung down 8" below the ice. He drilled his holes and set it up. He started to get his gear around and noticed the depth finder moving towards the hole. Grabbing the flasher, he felt it pulling. He looked downt the hole and a large marchetty had the transducer in its mouth and was trying to eat it. How can a guy throw bucktails and jerk baits all day and get nothing and have one of these crazy fish decide in a couple of minutes that the transducer looks alot better to eat than a Reef Hawg? Crazy stuff.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Matt,

I am all in for this one. I voted the Chisago area lakes as that is where I am located at and really enjoy all this area has to offer. Looking forward to this get together wherever it occurs. Nothing like getting together with all these great FM people for a day out on the ice. I hope the ice gets safe soon, as I need a fix of fishing very badly. Keep up all the great work all of you guys do on this great fishing site and I look forward to seeing you out on the ice this winter. I intend to go to both Ice series events at Winni and LOW this winter. Should be a great time and I encourage everyone to go, as they are super events and everyone has lots of fun and learns new techniques. See ya on the ice.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To be honest, Lake Minnetonka would probably be my last choice on that list, just because winter walleye out there can be extremely tough. There are many other choices I'd pick before that if I'm targeting walleye in the Metro. Things change very quick out there, fishing patterns alike. I'm no expert on Tonka for 'eyes, I know the lay-out of the lake pretty well, but my walleye experience out there is in need of some work as well. It's a tough egg to crack...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am new to the ice fishing scene here in the Metro, so I think a metro walleye get together is excellent. I have spent most of my time on Mille Lacs. I voted for Calhoun or Harriet only because I live near these lakes and these would be the lakes I would most likely fish during the week. However, I am all for learning a new spot to catch some eyes.

Has anyone fished Eagle Lake by 694 and 169? What is the fish of choice during the winter on that lake? Where would one set up?

Thanks for any info.

Askov.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As long as the date selected doesn't conflict with the home front I should be there no matter what the location. I have to agree with Matt that Minnetonka is an intimidating body of water. I spent a few hours out there last year wink.gif and did fairly well on the pike, but that was about it. I do have one little honey hole for crappies on one of the bays, but my knowledge of Minnetonka is limited.

Welcome to FM Askov. You'll find that FM has a good group of members and I'd encourage you to make it to some of the get togethers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey Matt, thanks for putting this together! Looking forward to hitting the ice with some of the fine human beings that I met out on the ice last year.

If we end up on Minnetonka, can we pull in some of the experts from the open water season? I've been reading their Tonka posts with interest for months, & would love to have some folks out there who've caught some walleyes, whether open water or ice, to give us an edge. I know that I will be absolutely no help as I've never set foot on the frozen wasteland of Minnetonka.

If it is Minnetonka, I'll be happy to jump the Tonka thread & beg for some participation!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Exactly the reason given are why I chose Tonka. It can be tough and it is intimidating. What better place to put our heads together and learn part of this lake. I know squat about Tonka eyes but I am sure someone will point us in the right direction.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looks like Tonka is walking away with it right now. Better bring the auger gas grin.gif

We'll find them 'eyes out there if Tonka is chosen!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Did you see we have 57 voters so far? Thats very impressive but I'll be quite disapointed when we only have ten people show up and only one or two voted for 'tonka.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I voted for Tonka for same reason BDR did. We get enough of us out there we have a chance of figuring the lake out. Trying to get a pattern going with just one or two guys doesn't cut it. Believe me I know. Make that 75 or so with a few cell phones and we'll get it done. Besides where else in the Metro do have a reasonable chance at some 6 to 8lb walleyes? And I'm sure some guys will tangle with some hefty pike and maybe a musky or two in the process. Matt maybe we should call it the Tonka Pike-a-thon and cover the whole gamut.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Don't get me wrong, I love that lake and I fish it every chance I get (about twice a year). Like Matt said, it's very big and hard to figure out. I voted for the Linstom area because I have a killer pannie spot up there, and would like a little help figuring out the Walleyes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looks like it would be tough to access the eastern half of the lake.

What's the best way to get out to Big Island?

Is it possible to gain access at Minnetonka Beach?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Quote:


Matt maybe we should call it the Tonka Pike-a-thon and cover the whole gamut.


grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

I think we can find some 'eyes on Tonka, and like Mark said, with enough people we'll be able to cover a lot of area and when something is found it's just a matter of getting on the cell phone smile.gif

This could actually be kind of cool. Send 5-6 people to different sections of the lake to scoop things out during the day, then around 1pm or so we all get together and report our findings. Then we decide which area(s) we want to hit for the sundown bite. If we find an area that looks promising then we can stake claim there and hit it hard with however many people end up going.

Either way it'll be a good chance for everyone to meet up and talk fishing, and we could even add a BBQ into the mix...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

When you say the first week in January, I'm assuming a weekend....like Jan. 7/8?!

I would love to come but depending on what day you guys do this I might be headed to Duluth for a wedding mad.gif Who gets married in January anyway ooo.gif

I'm in the same boat as BDR on this one. Get a bunch of people together to tackle a big lake such as Lake Minnetonka. Better to have more than 2 lines down in an area searchin' for those mysterious eyes'!! Though I won't vote because of my situation.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

a marchetty???? please what is a marchetty oh and by the way i would like to put a vote in for waconia but wqould definatly be at a tonka event so tonka as my second choice

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well I voted for Calhoun because its only a couple blocks away. But Minnetonka would work too. Count 3 in for which ever lake is chosen. Lets find those walleyes. grin.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

yup...tonka it is so far

count me in for whatever lake is chosen

i personally chose harriet/calhoun because i have hammered crappies out there before, but would like to find the walters

this will be fun grin.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I voted for tonka.....but only if I can shadow mark stanley grin.gif Hey mark if we cant find eyes we can always go to the spot we hit last year that I was catching fish that "shouldn't have been there" ooo.gif.

ASKOV- I live a mile from eagle. I fished it quite a few times this summer with fair results but never have done well in the winter. There are norts, eyes, skies, pannies, lmb's...etc You will hammer the perch in any hole you drill on the lake (and I have literally drilled hundreds....in one day) I've caught one eye there.....3 years ago the day after the ice season closed and it wasnt a big one. I hear there are crappies but I have only caught them in open water and again....no size but I hear of a couple nice ones coming out every winter. I think I just dont know how to fish it during ice. It gets HAMMERED NONSTOP for skies in the open water. 99% of the boats I see out there every time are throwing bucktails for skies. Enough of my ramblings now since this is not a eagle lake thread smile.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think Matt has the idea. Form up some 4 to 5 man teams to do some searching during the day and then reassemble at the best spot (maybe spots) at prime time and try to nail 'em. I've been trying out likely spots for three years now and haven't got a go to one yet. And Moby I can only hope those fish still aren't there smirk.gif. Can't wait to try that again.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A Marchetty? We had an old friend that had a few beers or a couple of dozen, that couldnt remember that the fish was called a muskie and kept using the term "Marchetty" over and over. I guess the name just kind of stuck with us. It goes into the category of 'it was alot more funny if you were there'. My buddy still calls me and asks if I want to get out and chase the marchetty around. Dumb story but I still refer to them as marchetties.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey Matt,

Count me in for Tonka on the Jan.7th&8th weekend. The weekend after I will be in the FL Keys fishing Tarpon so I won't be able to make it if the dates are the 14th & 15th.

I do have some spots that I can share for targeting Tonka winter eyes when the event gets closer. I'm hoping to get out this coming weekend to target some early ice eyes.

Later,

Chris

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If we go with the weekend of January 7-8 I might not be able to make it. I'm going to be helping out one of my sponsors at a sport show that weekend. I could possibly swing part of Sunday, January 8, but that's it...

I also think it might be better to shoot for Saturday, January 28. This way we can be more confident that the roads will be plowed out there and for those who won't be running an ATV or snowmobile (like myself for this winter wink.gif), they can get around. We'll be able to cover more ground. The ice will also be thicker then as well. January 8 could still see some questionable spots...

I'm not saying things might not be ready for driving by Janaury 8, but I'd like to be more certain on plowed roads to where we can more adequately cover the spots we would like to cover. I also think a Saturday would be a better choice because then we can stay out all night and not have to be somewhere early Monday smile.gif

How does Saturday, Janaury 28 out on Tonka sound for everyone? Meet up in the morning and spend all day chasing down 'eyes...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Matt,

You do need to be somewhere on Sunday the 29th. The Medicine Lake Panfish get together.

Are you going to make both of them?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • SkunkedAgain
      I might have missed a guess, but here are the ones that I noted:   JerkinLips – March 27th, then April 7th Brianf. – March 28th Bobberwatcher – April…. MikeG3Boat – April 10th SkunkedAgain – early April, then April 21st   Definitely a tough year for guesses, as it seemed to be a no-brainer early ice out. Then it got cold and snowed again.
    • mbeyer
      MN DNR posted April 13 as Ice out date for Vermilion
    • Brianf.
      ^^^45 in the morning and 47 in the evening
    • CigarGuy
      👍. What was the water temp in Black Bay? Thanks....
    • Brianf.
      No, that wasn't me.  I drive a 621 Ranger. 
    • CigarGuy
      So, that was you in the camo lund? I'm bummed, I have to head back to the cities tomorrow for a few days, then back up for at least a few weeks. Got the dock in and fired up to get out chasing some crappies till opener!
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   Lots of ice on the main basin, but it is definitely deteriorating.  Some anglers have been fishing the open water at the mouth of the Rainy River in front of the Lighthouse Gap.  The rest of the basin is still iced over. Pike enthusiasts caught some big pike earlier last week tip up fishing in pre-spawn areas adjacent to traditional spawning areas.  8 - 14' of water using tip ups with live suckers or dead bait such as smelt and herring has been the ticket.  Ice fishing for all practical purposes is done for the year. The focus for the basin moving forward will be pike transitioning into back bays to spawn,  This is open water fishing and an opportunity available as the pike season is open year round on Lake of the Woods. The limit is 3 pike per day with one being able to be more than 40 inches. All fish 30 - 40 inches must be released. With both the ice fishing and spring fishing on the Rainy River being so good, many are looking forward to the MN Fishing Opener on Saturday, May 11th.  It should be epic. On the Rainy River...  An absolutely incredible week of walleye and sturgeon fishing on the Rain Rainy River.     Walleye anglers, as a rule, caught good numbers of fish and lots of big fish.  This spring was one for the books.   To follow that up, the sturgeon season is currently underway and although every day can be different, many boats have caught 30 - 40 sturgeon in a day!  We have heard of fish measuring into the low 70 inch range.  Lots in the 60 - 70 inch range as well.   The sturgeon season continues through May 15th and resumes again July 1st.   Oct 1 - April 23, Catch and Release April 24 - May 7, Harvest Season May 8 - May 15, Catch and Release May 16 - June 30, Sturgeon Fishing Closed July 1 - Sep 30, Harvest Season If you fish during the sturgeon harvest season and you want to keep a sturgeon, you must purchase a sturgeon tag for $5 prior to fishing.    One sturgeon per calendar year (45 - 50" inclusive, or over 75"). Most sturgeon anglers are either a glob of crawlers or a combo of crawlers and frozen emerald shiners on a sturgeon rig, which is an 18" leader with a 4/0 circle hook combined with a no roll sinker.  Local bait shops have all of the gear and bait. Up at the NW Angle...  Open water is continuing to expand in areas with current.  The sight of open water simply is wetting the pallet of those eager for the MN Fishing Opener on May 11th.   A few locals were on the ice this week, targeting pike.  Some big slimers were iced along with some muskies as well.  If you like fishing for predators, LOW is healthy!  
    • Brianf.
      Early bird gets the worm some say...   I have it on good authority that this very special angler caught no walleyes or muskies and that any panfish caught were released unharmed.        
    • smurfy
      got mine done........for the cabin.....ready for summer festivities!!!!!!   there was still frost in the ground...........but good gawd are the lakes low!!!!!
    • CigarGuy
      Just 1, 50" muskie🫣
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.