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.
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