A buddy of mine and myself have been fishing Minnetonka for the best part of July and we have been having terrible luck. During the spring we were really having great times fishing Maxwell and North Arm casting Mepps over the edges of the weedbeds. But unfortunately, that has not been the case now that we have the boat on the lake again for July. We have been going out nearly everyday 8am to dark trying nearly everything. We have been trolling Crystal Bay at 15ft across from Bohn's Point, trolling the same across the north weedline of Smith's Bay around Bracket's point and in front of Tanager but can't pull a Northern out for the life of us. We drifted Lindy's today in 22ft just out from Brackets and ran into some Smallies but no Eye's either despite our best efforts at Diamond Reef and Both Horseshoe and Little Horseshoe Reefs. We can pull some small bass out from the shorelines with beetle spins and small mepps but the weeds are getting pretty nasty.
Can someone please help me get into some big Northern and Walleye?? I would be beyond appreciative for any advice on locations, lures, colors, depths, temperatures etc... I grew up on Gray's Bay and never remember having such a hard time in the mid summer. Help!
I'm lazy so I usually use medium-size sucker minnows with Little Joe spinners under slip bobbers and drift along a deep weedline. Or I fish a rich guy's dock in Wayzata Bay where a long point hits the shore. I anchor along the dropoff in about 12 feet of water and throw my sucker minnow/bobber about 20 feet right next to his dock where it's about 4 feet with some weeds. I usually go through a dozen minnows there in a couple of hours. Biggest bass and pike I've caught there were both about 5 lbs.
And I've hooked and landed his dock lots of times.
A couple of weeks ago, we fished Priests and Halstead bays with fairly good luck on the walleyes and some nice bucketmouths. Fished mostly edges and found a nice drop into 25 feet. Leeches were the preferred bait while we did catch a few on fatheads. I used primarily lime-green hooks with an orange bead while woodtic tended to the more exotic stuff like twistees with leadheads.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954