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Dandy Gander
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:16 PM 05/14/12 (CST)
I am hoping someone can help me figure out the Walleyes in Lake Minnetonka. I live a few blocks away and fish the lake for other species a great deal. Never have any luck with the eyes. Looking for some early season advice. If you would like to compare notes on fishing on the lake off-line, send me an email and I have a lot of other species experience on the lake to compare notes on.

Also, if you have some general advice on how to approach a millfoil infested lake for early season walleyes, I'd love to hear about it.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:15 AM 05/16/12 (CST)
Hey Dandy Gander,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

I have been modestly successful with 'eyes on Tonka. The probelm is that the lake has many spots you can check out. This time of year, I would tend to use leeches with a bit of red on your lure. The biggest problem with using leeches is keeping the bass of your line. Fishing drop-offs would probably work the best. As for the milfoil, I actually have had success fishing the edges into drops. Late in the season, you will find a lot of fish hugging these areas.

Hope this helps!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:08 AM 05/16/12 (CST)
"The biggest problem...is keeping the bass of your line." shocked smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:44 PM 05/16/12 (CST)
Yeah... those nasty bass. You can't keep 'em off your line when using leeches. smile smiley wink smiley smile smiley



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Dandy Gander
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:12 PM 05/16/12 (CST)
Web dude,
You mentioned red on your lure. What kind of lure are you referring to? My assumption is this time of year a slow live bait presentation would be best - partially because I tried crank baits in the AM in 3-9' of water on the rocky/sandy areas the other day with no luck except bass. Are you using a Lindy rig, or a jig, or something of this type?

I have been trying a leach with just a red glow bead as this approach has worked well on Mille Lacs, but not sure if this would apply to Minnetonka as well. On Mille Lacs my understanding is not to put a spinner on it until late June/early July when the fish are more active. Is there a parallel you have found to this on Tonka?
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:38 PM 05/17/12 (CST)
I would focus on the weed edge. I've had better success on stocked walleye lakes fishing weed edges than on traditional structure. When I'm fishing a lake with natural reproduction I look to more traditional structure like points, inside turns, islands ect. For whatever reason stocked fish prefer the weeds. There can definately be a learning curve if your used to fishing classic northern walleye water.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:57 PM 05/17/12 (CST)
I rarely use spinners or raps accept for at night maybe. Typically for Tonka, I am partial to a plain lime green hook with a red bead or will reverse that and go with a metallic red hook and a lime green bead. Not sure why I use these two colors and there might be better combinations out there, but I will use these in a lot of lakes I fish. The wind will determine how big of a sinker I use... it seems the lighter I can keep the sinker, the better. If using a fixed sinker, I'll put it at the very minimum of 2 feet from the hook... sometimes more. I will ocassionally use a barrel sinker with a microscopic sinker to keep it at least 2 feet from the bait (typically a leech). I rarely sit in one spot anymore. I rely on the trolling motor a lot, especially if it is on the calm side. Early in the year, but this isn't a typical year, I will troll extremely slow paying a lot of attention to the milfoil edges and other drops. As soon as we get a fish, I'll drop a marker, either on the gps or in the water and I'll work a 25 yard area to see if I can get a couple more. I use the 25 minute rule... no fish in 25 minutes and I move on. I reset the timer everytime I catch a fish. If you aren't catching fish, you are covering a lot of area. I read once that a school of walleyes can cover up to 50 square yards, so don't be stuck trying just around your marker. That's half a football field!

Now, I am not an expert by any means... this is just what Woodtic and I have developed over the years. If we are hitting a new lake, I still use this technique while Woodtic has a tendency to step out of the box quite a bit, so to speak. If he is catching fish and I'm not, I'll give what he is doing a try and vice versa. We will usually ask the baitshops what's happening, what's working, what areas, etc. Woodtic will take the advice and give it a try while I seem to be stuck trying my usual methods. If nothing is biting, Woodtic will even throw out a kitchen sink and see how that does... smile smiley. I, on the other hand, will keep using a plain hook until I see that something else is working better.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:03 AM 05/18/12 (CST)
Hi dandy gander, where are you on the lake?
one of the things to remember, natural reproducing walleyes
will tend to be in normal places,
stocked walleyes tend to be found
In the weeds, there are great spots all over the
Lake, contact me and ill get ya set up, im going to be
down on the lake the end on the month, if you would like
to get together.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:23 AM 06/04/12 (CST)
great tips guys


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Dandy Gander
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:43 PM 06/04/12 (CST)
Thanks for the info guys. I have put some of this to work and found some minor success thus far. It appears the trouble you have on a lake with millfoil is getting the rig to the bottom without getting it mucked up in weeds. I put power pro line on and that appears to help, but still searching for a few good spots with minimal weed growth and gravel or rock bottom. Not to many of these on the lake from what I have found. Any good suggestions on sinker rigs that pull through the weeds without getting tangled up. Sounds like the barrel type sinker might work better than others, but a bit of a hassle if you want to go up or down a size.
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