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Heading to Minnetonka with my sons 6th grade class, need some advice please!

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According to the teacher we are heading to Phelps Bay on the west side of Goose Island. I'd like to show the kids a good time and actually catch some fish. I've only fished Tonka a few times ever, and it's been a few years since I've been on the ice at all so I could use a little advice on exactly where to go on the west side of Goose Island... what depth should I target? GPS coordinates would be AWESOME. Thanks!

 

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They have to have fun!

Ultimately, they are going to get bored. You should think about food/drink, soccer ball or a bonfire out there.  Hopefully going through a private access. The access on Spring is a jaunt.

Sounds like the teacher must have done this before, if not, then it could be a tough time. I would prepare with pre-drilling the holes and fishing the day prior. Punch a lot of them so they can move. Bring plenty of tip ups and set them first. One for each kid out there. Live or dead bait half way down the water column. If one should go off, they can all run to it. Bring extra simple stick poles rigged with super tiny jigs (1/32) and small bobbers. Wax worms. You don't want to be messing around with their own equipment. Use your flasher. Target all depths. Guessing shallow along the weed lines. Any fish is a success.

If you look on Google maps satellite view you will get a good look at structure around the island.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lake+Minnetonka,+Minnesota/@44.9208504,-93.634807,919m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x87f6024fdaf22bef:0xbc4e48e96cde498!6m1!1e1

Good luck and be careful.

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There should be plenty of little sunfish and crappies for them to attempt to catch.  May get a pike or bass to.  That area gets hit hard and there's gotta be perm's out there now.  Sunnies will be closer to the bottom.  Crappies will suspend a little higher and are more active at night/low light.  Keep the kids warm and bring plenty of snacks.  The north west side of Goose has a deeper hole. I'd start there. Good luck

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