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markkstanley

I'm back and wondering if anyone is fishing Tonka?

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markkstanley

Need an ice update and a fishing report if anyone has anything. I'm going to leave Sarah alone until ice out.

Buzz and Cal what's the gameplan for Sat and Pool 4??

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CALVINIST

Are you sure you want to leave Sarah alone? Some nice fish caught there saturday! Thanks to a friend who gave me an auger, I have been making swiss cheese out of the ice. I found an 8" bit, and now it rips! As far as saturday goes, I can't make it to p4 frown.gif. I have to help move my brother in the morning....I will be at Sarah sat. afternoon/evening if you want to swing by....

Did you catch any fish in Utah, grandpa? wink.gif

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Carp-fisher

Mark, if you are looking for a partner for pool 4 on Saturday, put me on the list...

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markkstanley

Get this. I went ice fishing for trout one day and then open water for walleyes the next. My son and some of his friends decided to go trout fishing and I tagged along. We got to the reservior and they just walked out about 200 yards and popped some holes. No flashers involved no concerns over structure. I thought they were crazy but within 10 minutes we started catching trout. Just needed to jig something flashy and the trout would move through. The walleyes were just beginning to start their spawning run in Utah lake so we pitched jigs from shore at the river mouth. Caught some eater sized eyes and some white bass. Saw a big channel cat get caught. Talked some old timers who told me they regularly caught double digit eyes in the spring from shore. We were just a tad early for the big ones. Good to hear that auger is working out. You going out Tues or Weds this week??

Carp, my boat is still in the shop. Hope to have tomorrow. I was planning to jump in Buzzsaw's boat on the 25th but if he can't go AND I get my boat in time I'll let you know.

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CALVINIST

Going out wednesday, for sure, but don't know where. Carp wants to show me a spot, otherwise, I'll go to Sarah and get into some more pannies after work. Carp, what do you want to do?

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fishduckdog

The bite has been good on Seton, for pan fish.. If you have good luck in another area on Minnetonka please let me know.

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Carp-fisher

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Going out wednesday, for sure, but don't know where. Carp wants to show me a spot, otherwise, I'll go to Sarah and get into some more pannies after work. Carp, what do you want to do?


I'm sort of on the ropes yet about what to do on Wednesday...it looks like Cyberfish and I may be heading to Mille Lacs on Saturday to catch some of those jumbo perch. I'll give you a call.

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Tim L

Casey you can count me in for Wendesday been wanting to hit Sarah again give me a holler when and where you wanna meet up.

612-802-2129 Tim

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CALVINIST

Tim,

I'll call you tonight...

Mark,

Want to join us?

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markkstanley

Should be able to swing it. Just give me a time. Got word my boat will not be ready this week so I'm a little bummed out. What time? And is Tim going to three wheel it?? Not sure if ice is good enough to drive out.

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CALVINIST

I'll be out there around 5:45-6. Saturday we drove out without any problems, and I doubt the ice has deterioriated that much since then. I wouldn't tempt the channel though, shouldn't have to anyway, because we caught decent fish not too far from the launch area. So Mark, you want to meet in the parking lot about that time, and from there we'll decide whether to drive out or not. If not, it's only a 10 minute walk from there. The fish should be chompin' by that time. I'll get us some minnows for after dark.

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markkstanley

That works for me. see you at the boat launch.

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Carp-fisher

I may join you at the boat launch tonight. I'm onto some slabs in my kneck of the woods, but they're just too easy... cool.gif

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CALVINIST

Carp,

If you get there and you don't see us, look for us out from the landing and to the right. If you want to leave your #, I'll call you and give you some mor specific directions.

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Carp-fisher

Sounds good. My cell # 952-913-7325.

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CCow

To confirm Ice Conditions you guys are talking about weather to drive your wheeler out on the ice, correct. Wasn't looking for approval to drive a vehicle but to confirm the ice is cruddy enough to not drive a wheeler out. Have only hit Sarah in the AM and know when prime time is in the morning. Will have to do the evening bite this weekend and would like to know when you see things pick up.

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markkstanley

We were talking about vehicles. Last report I had was still 12 to 14" of ice. Plenty thick for wheelers and snowmobiles still. No one is risking driving to the east end of Sarah.

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Tim L

Well I drove all over the Westside today with my Bronco II only got to drill 3 holes then my pull rope broke was just gonna wait for you guys but 2 /1/2 to 3 hours before you guys were suppost to show up I just went home to fix my auger well she's ready to go again I hope you guys hammered the fish i'll be back out Saturday morning unless anyones going back out tomorrow then I'll be in again other wise not until Saturday, funny thing I didn't even get mad when it broke I just figure 15 years with no problems can't do no complaining and it was a easy fix so anyone going back out tomorrow?

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CALVINIST

I caught a fair number of crappies and gills. The crappies were scattered within the water column anywhere from 4" down to dead bottom. Surprisingly, the gills kept biting after dark. I caught all my fish on a #10 glow Ratso, one of my "go-to" presentations this year. Had to hole hop quite a bit to find active fish. I think a few of us will be out there saturday afternoon/evening.

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CCow

Anyone hear of a mid-afternoon crappie bit on North Arm for + sized fish. I heard from one source and don't have many free passes to waist an outing.

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markkstanley

North Arm has been good in the past.About a couple of hours before sundown on. I haven't been there this year so can;t give you any first hand report. Crappie size on Tonka has been towards the small size thus far but the big ones have got to start binge feeding for the spawn very soon.

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mwisegar

tongue.gif Hello all ! How are all of you doing? I was wondering how the fishing was on Black Lake and Wayzata bay for Crappies? I come home for a month before I have to go to Georgia and wanted to get all the good fishing news on tonka. Any info besides the info already posted would be great! cool.gif

Thanks!

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