Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
steffanf

Minnetonka... couple questions...

Recommended Posts

The first one pertains to fishing. I'm going to do some exploring on 'Tonka over the next few days... going to parts of the lake I haven't been to yet. I will be fishing for skis and will likely go for some pike for awhile as well. I wouldn't expect you guys to give away any specific hot-spots, but I was looking for some generalities. Do you have certain bays or areas that should produce well this time of year? I'm pretty familiar with Wayzata Bay down through Robinsons Bay, as well as most of Crystal and Maxwell Bays. But, I'm looking to broaden my horizons since the areas I know haven't been producing very well lately. I will fly by the seat of my pants, if necessary, but would appreciate any points in the right direction.

As for the second question, I will be taking the wife with me this Saturday and Sunday where she can finally use her new Musky rod/reel set-up. She really wants to fish all weekend! Well, I know it's going to be hot all this weekend with highs in the 90's (breezy to boot on Sunday) and I know we (mostly she) are going to want some rest time to take a break. I'm looking for a restaurant on the lake... someplace I can moor up to to eat, have a couple beers and just rest for awhile during the day. I think there is someplace in Excelsior called the Bayside Grille. Have any of you been there before? Are there public or restaurant-patron docks available? What are the docking facilities like... are they close to the restaurant itself? Can I leave my equipment in the boat and still expect it to be there when I get back? Perhaps there is another restaurant on the lake that is better than this one. Any and all help is appreciated...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Gregg, I live on Tonka and do about 99% of my fishing there so hopefully I can help you out a little.

Unfortunately, like you, I stick to the east end of the lake, so I probably won't have spots for you in new bays, but I can definitely put you on some recent spots with great bites. A couple of these spots I'd like to keep pretty on the downlow, so if you want to shoot me an email at holland.joe@gmail.com and I can reply to you on my phone, since I'll be out of town from today (Thursday) until Sunday.

I honestly don't know about the Bayside Grille, but I wouldn't doubt it. The two restaurants that I've been to on the lake are Maynards (Excelsior) and Lord Fletcher's (West Arm?). Maynards is my personal favorite. I think it's a little more casual, and if you wanted to sit back and drink a few beers I think this would be the place over Fletchers. I'd also trust my gear in the boat at both Fletchers and Maynards, no one would easily get away with taking it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, thanks for the muskie tips guys, but nothing going this past weekend. Oh, well... I can still be persistent. As far as the restaurant goes, thanks for the great tip on Maynards. I like the atmosphere and the food is pretty good. I like the dockhands that will tie your boat up for you. In addition, there is alot of nice scenery (even better than the Calhoun Lake joggers) to look at there while putting down some cold ones... if you know what I am saying...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How much do you guys tip the dock hands at the resturants and gas pumps? I've always wondered how much is enough.

I've done as much as $10 on a big gas fill, and as little as $2 for a quick tie up at lunch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    •  If you want a sweet and fruity wine --Stay away from those that are made of flowers (dandelion, clover ect.) You can make wine out of just about anything, It all depends on the flavor you want.  Sugar water and yeast fermented makes the alcohol, the rest is for flavor.   Flowers make a dry wine, some of the best dry wine I ever made was from dandelions (blossoms only) and it takes lots of blossoms to make a gallon of that. If you have access to wild plums- go for it and I think you will enjoy. Yeast is important- get the wine yeast, ordinary yeast is killed way before the fermentation should be done. Do some research and you'll screw up on some ,but learn in the process. It's all trial and a lot of error.                             Good Luck --Just like cooking on a grill --experiment.
    •   Dave, head over to "Our Lady of the Prairie" this Sunday. You can get free Wine! 
    • The JV squad has a steady supply fermenting over in Silly Town Some guys on our floor in college made rhubarb and Dandelion wine in the dorm. It was not good. 
    • Anyone here make their own wine?    I have been doing a little research on the process and plan to give it a shot this year. One of our favorite wines is Redass Rhubarb from Hill City SD and we like other fruit wines. My wife likes anything fruity and sweet. It may take me a while to dial in a few internet recipes to something we like but that's part of the fun.   I think I would try making some now but I think I would have to turn up our thermostat to get through the fermentation. It appears that a temp of 70-75 is necessary and our house is usually 62-68 this time of the year.
    •   I think that's exactly what I should have done. It would have probably reached me sooner. 
    • I'm thinking of selling my IceGator and going with the Strikemaster. Looking at the Strikemaster, it is not as bulky and heavy. The IceGator does cut ice like butter, especially with a Strikemaster 224 bit!
    •   The default temp is 360 for the NuWave 36001 Brio I mentioned above, but it can be programmed as high as 390. I absolutely agree that it does make a difference for certain things to get those extra 30-40 degrees.
    • yes i did i messaged him directly outside of the post
    • Looks like the Hawks might be without Crawford the rest of the season.   http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/01/16/report-blackhawks-concerned-crawford-could-miss-remainder-of-season/
    • We use a line voltage thermostat, with it set in the "cool" position.  Once it hits the set temp the thermostat kicks the fan on, until it gets below the set point.  Works pretty well.  
  • MWO