Well, I haven't been on Tonka in a week or so. Last night the weather was so good I had to get out there. Good move on my part. The crappies were on. Got maybe 40 or so in the 2.5 hours I was out there (all released). A 1/2 dozen or so were nice 1 lb fish. The rest were smaller.
Water temps were 46ish where I was fishing (a shore of a larger bay). I started up in the shallows and found no fish. I worked my way up and down the shore getting deeper until I found fish. By 6pm I was onto the fish. I was in 12 ft casting in to where the weeds were coming up (maybe 7-8ft). I started with a little feathered jig w/ a small blade on it (rooter tails? i forget the name). First had a minnow tipped on the jig. After a few fish like this and some lost minnows i tried without a minnow. The fish kept biting so I didn't bother with more minnows. Anyway as the evening wore on I moved a little closer. By 8pm i was getting fish in about 3-4' of water. Had to get off the water around 8pm.
The key seemed be working the jig low ... right at the weed tops (perhaps 1' off the bottom).
scattered bite on 5/6. still some crappies around. i think perhaps the rain scattered the fish a little. started picking up some small bass too. they are probably moving in pre-spawn. water temps around 49-51. some parts of the lake were closer to 54.
went out last night (sun 5/8) too. about the same. picked up a total of about 10 fish. a couple small bass and a perch in the mix with our 1/2 dozen crappies. fish were scattered until about 6:30 or so. at that time we got ran into a small school and got a few. water temps still around 50 where we were fishing.
5/9 (mon) went out again. this time for only 1.5 hours. got a dozen or so. same spots as before. 1 fish over 1lb, the rest a mix of too small to clean and clean-able, but not huge. a few small bass still bugging me mostly on the deeper (9') areas of where i fished. most crappies came out of 3-5'. water temps between 50 and 52. no live bait this time. all fish were caught on a 1/32 white/pink roadrunner jig.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988