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mklein3

Grays Bay on Minnetonka

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mklein3

I'm looking to try this out this week after work. Has anybody fished it recently with any luck? Ice report? I'm hoping to take out my portable and gear on a sled. I'd hate leave behind any of the amenities from home:)

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Grant

a couple weeks ago it had ~7 inches over the weedbeds, and more like 10-11 in the middle... really slow bite, although that could have been operator error.

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mklein3

Sounds good. I didn't get a chance to fish it last year but I've been out the last couple years before that and it seems to be good for a few crappies and the occasional northern. It's close proximity to work makes it an easy target. Have you been on Wayzata Bay? I've never fished over there and would like to give it a try when I've got the whole day to fish.

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fishingforester

I was out last Sunday, in middle of the bay there was around 10 inches (using the span of my hand as a tape). About half dozen vehicles of various sizes drove to their spot, with more parking on the ice at the landing. One person even took a medium sized SUV thru the channel to Wayzata Bay. I had the 9-1- punched into my phone, but they stayed above water confused.gif This was 1 week after the snowmobiler lost his life in Seton channel.

Fishing was...slowww. Few small sunnies, 3" perch, no craps.

Good luck

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CALVINIST

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One person even took a medium sized SUV thru the channel to Wayzata Bay


That's just plain dumb and dangerous!!! shocked.gif that ding-a-ling is fortunate to be alive!

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juggs

FF--If you have a ten inch hand span you seriously need to look into a career in the NBA!! I just measured mine--seven inches from the tip of my index to the beginning of my wrist.

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Worst Kid

Caught a few nice crappies and pulleda couple northerns on the tip ups thursday night. I found 10" of ice where on the weekend it was 9

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Grant

haven't been on Wayz in the winter since I was in high school (go trojans!) about 15 years ago, back then I didn't fish so much as take incredibly stupid risks seeing how fast I could drive between Wayzata beach and the Excelsior docks (have you ever launched a full size station wagon about 5-6 feet in the air off a pressure ridge? the sphincter pucker factor goes off the charts!) crazy.gifcrazy.gif ... I remember seeing houses out there, but I can't remember where they were on the bay. I would suppose the usual rules about looking for structure would apply... also, don't be afraid to break away from the crowds on the ice- that can sometimes make for good luck.

I'm planning on trying Wayz out this year if I can block any time out, let us know how you did, and maybe I'll see you out there!

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Coach

Jugg's, now you have everyone grabbing a ruler and looking to see how big there hand is. Mine is 10 inches but I am 6'6" also. Remember, I am talking about my hand.

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mklein3

Ok, i gave it a few hours last night and it was slow. I caught a nice slab crappie in my first couple minutes and thought this was going to be a good night...Not another bite for the rest of the evening. The shiners on my tip ups looked bored when I pulled them up.

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homer1

Fished Grays last Sunday. Had a gentleman stop and ask me how the fishing was and then questioned my manhood for not driving on the ice. Not sure what that was all about. Fishing was ok until 2 snowmobiles decided to keep racing back and forth about 20 yards from my portable.

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Worst Kid

mklein were you out in the white van or the ranger?

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homer1

nope wasn't me. I walked out.

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mklein3

I had a Green Bay Packers portable and a beagle.

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Worst Kid

Didnt see you then. I was out in a Black Frabill portable. If you saw 2 guys playing football that was me and my brother. grin.gif

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fishingforester

I didn't specify, but by span I meant from pinkie to thumb, hand spread as far as she goes smile.gif I used the scooper to hook under the ice, then hand measured the wet spot. Hand stays warmer/drier that way. grin.gif

Homer-I know what you mean with the snowmos. Had one that would scream by me last weekend, loop back around, then go screaming by again. I am all for snowmobiling, and use mine to pull the house out now, but some people don't have the courtesy to use the far side of the bay where noone is fishing.

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Slade247

I fished on Grays Bay a couple of times last year and did pretty good. I was only going for panfish and ended up hitting the crappies pretty good. Usually they started in right when it got dark for maybe an hour then nothing. Haven't been out there this year though. Just my two cents. Good luck

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