Need some thoughts guys. I am taking a day off from work and heading to Minnetonka next week. I was hoping I could get some tips. I plan to go out and do some pike fishing. I plan to use big bait and lures in hopes of large pike, and an outside chance at a musky....without workng to hard at it. I will be heading down from the Rogers/Maple Grove Area. Any thoughts on these questions below?
Does Minnetonka have a nice outside weed edge?, or is it dependent on the part of the lake. I would like to dump in at an access point near a good spot for pike fishing. Maybe a point with a nice deep water weedline. Any thoughts on an access point, and starting location?
I have heard parking can be a real bear. If I go on a Monday Morning do you think I need to worry? I imagine most accesses will have you park your vehicle in a lot a short jaunt down the road simular to Eagle in Maple Grove.
on a weekday in the morning i doubt you'll have problems with parking. maxwell bay is probably a good bet. i'm more familiar with the east end of the lake (gray's bay, wayzata, big island, etc). the weed lines are everywhere. some people troll for pike in 10ft of water (4-5 mph with cranks over the weed tops). right now the millfoil comes up to about 4-5 ft off the bottom. the first weed edge is usually around 10 ft. the weeds stop at about 20 now.
not sure what other tips to give .. i usually fish muskies and i catch pike all the time (especially on silver blade spinners (bucktails or safety pin) or small cranks). you can do pretty good on minnetonka just by looking for the point markers (black/white striped buoys) and fishing the weed edge outside of them. sometimes i sit in 25' and cast into the weeds; sometimes i sit on the weed edges and pull the lure back to the boat. also, don't neglect the inside weed edges. there are lots of points and reefs where there is rock/sand inside the weed line. if you keep the boat on the weed line you can cast out to the break and in over the inside weedline.
So if I understand what you are saying, there are markers for where the under water points come out into the lake? That is pretty neat for fishing, but I imagine it is to protect the big fancy boats out there correct?
the markers are called point markers, but mostly they mark shallow water or rocks. the buoys with red diamonds on them mark the shallowest rocks. you are not supposed to drive between them and the shore because of the shallow water. if you have a smaller boat, most of them don't mean much ... 3ft of water or so is plenty for small boats. almost all of the point markers have a weedline behind them. if you drive on the outside of them you'll find many nice drop-offs and weed lines.
have fun! don
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