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bassfshin24

Need help on Tonka

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Ok guys im gonna need some help. I think i am going to try Tonka Wednesday for the first time since moving here and i have no idea where to put in at or where to go. Can you guys give me some ideas of some of the areas i should hit.

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Well not sure where you are coming from but two ramps I prefer are the one on Hwy 101 Grays Bay or the other is the Maxwell Bay ramp.. Take 394 to 101 go south and in about 6 miles you will see the ramp on your left. Otherwise take 394 to 15 to 51 and that will take you to Maxwell Bay. Havent fished the lake since I bombed in the Classic, so can't tell you anything worthwhile there. Good luck

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Would that be the Tonka just west of Apolis in Sota? grin Or is it the one 55 miles south of Apolis near Ville?

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I was out there last week and stunk it up. inside weedline is where we had the best action. Lil bass , but one that got off that was in the 18" range. Tried docks and outside weedline, but more minnows and sunnies where shallow so we stuck with that for the couple hours I had.

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Inside weedlines is best action right now.

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I was out there last week and stunk it up. inside weedline is where we had the best action. Lil bass , but one that got off that was in the 18" range. Tried docks and outside weedline, but more minnows and sunnies where shallow so we stuck with that for the couple hours I had.

Glad to hear I wasn't the only one. I stunk it up as well. Tried docks and outside weedline, no takers. I wonder if that cold front from the prior week really pushed them into the weeds or deeper. All we found in the shallows were dinks and sunnies. Misery loves company.

Bassfshin24, if I were you I would put in at Spring Park (near Water Patrol). The ramps are a little more drive from Wayzata but I think the West Side of the lake is much quieter later in the morning and day for fishing. I am still learning the lake myself (just moved here as well) but I enjoy the west side much more than the east side. PM me if you are interested in some areas.

Tight lines.

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I've stunk it up pretty much all year. Seems like I'm getting dumber crazy

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LOL. I have been hot and cold. I was telling a buddy that 2 weeks ago, I felt good about Tonka. A week later, thinking that I could improve on my last outing, I went back to feeling mentally challenged again.

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Spring Park has limit onsite parking, so if you are not there early you are parking your trailer a block away at the city lot. One thing to remember about Tonka is that is is SEVERAL lakes and not just one lake. Ergo you have the East side and the west end but also you have the dirty water and the clean water lakes. Rarely are both going, so you have to be flexible and willing to run a little bit. The dark water lakes tend to be better after strong fronts etc, but not always. One other thing I have noticed in over 25 yrs of fishing Tonka is that it is a lake that has what I call a strong year class bite. By that I mean it seems if 2 lbers are going you will catch a bunch of 2 lbers, but if the 4 lbrs are biting you can load a boat with big fish and feel like KVD. I prefer Maxwell Bay ramp because you can fish clear or dirty water easily, and it has a huge amount of parking. I did talk to a friend who says he has been sticking big fish on the inside edge this week.

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I would dropshot a noodle worm in 20+ FOW off the deep coontail clumps

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