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Re: Minnetonka ice out
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Just saw on the news that the ice is officially out on Tonka.

Posted on: 3/27 18:04:48
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Re: Open Water Panfish
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I think there were a lot more fish in the area than I was able to catch. Pretty sure I just got the most aggressive ones. Being paitent was the key. Also, I was using a 1/32nd oz jig, not a 1/16th like I posted in the report.

As far as the fillets go, a sharp knife and really taking my time seems to work well for me. I can usually do a good job on gills 7.5" or bigger. I will say I've had a lot of practice over the last few years.

Posted on: 3/27 18:01:19
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Re: Open Water Panfish
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I was fishing a shore spot. I know of some guys getting crappies slightly deeper than what I was fishing on Friday. They were fishing the weed edge in a boat.

Posted on: 3/26 18:09:41
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Re: Open Water Panfish
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Good lunch today for me and my Pops.

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Posted on: 3/26 15:21:36
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Open Water Panfish
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Not wanting to drive 3+ hours north to find some decent ice, I decided to get the long rods out yesterday and hit an early season spot for panfish. I had anticipated finding a crappie bite but was pleasantly surprised to get into some good eater gills. I caught a few crappies up to 10 but nothing in any numbers.

The area I was fishing was in the 6-8 foot depths and the fish were holding tight to vertical structure. The bite wasnt fast and furious, but with some effort I put together a 10 pack of gills in the 7 9 range for Sundays lunch. The gills were biting on a 1/16th oz. jig tipped with a 1 Gulp Fish Fry anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 feet below a float. I had waxies along but had no need for them.

Based on what I found yesterday Id guess that 4-5 days of stable weather, with some sun to warm the water a bit, will really get the early season panfish bite going strong. Good luck to anyone who gets out this week.

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Posted on: 3/26 15:21:04
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Re: Minnetonka ice out
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Ice isn't out according to the DNR Ice Out Map.


http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ice_out/index.html

Posted on: 3/15 20:55:53
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Re: Minnetonka ice out
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I heard that there was still a lot of main lake ice. I guess that wasn't accurate?

Posted on: 3/8 9:25:11
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Re: Minnetonka ice out
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I haven't been by the lake in a few weeks but I'm going to guess March 30th.

Posted on: 3/7 23:45:50
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Re: Open Water in MN?
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Spring Lake in Prior Lake was open as of this afternoon.

Also Thole/Schneider in Shakopee. At least the southside off of 150th is, I haven't seen the northside where the access is, but I'd guess it's wide open.

Posted on: 3/7 22:12:53
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I hit a 400ish acre West Metro lake Sunday that had around 18" of ice at it's peak. Everywhere I drilled yesterday had 6"-8", plus there was a big crack running from the west shore 3/4 of the way across the main basin. The crack was anywhere from 2" to 3' wide with open water. There were lots of spots along the shorelines that were either open or had capped back over with 1/2"-1" of weak ice as well. There were numerous areas where the ice had honeycombed also, although the cool weekend seemed to firm those areas back up.

Moral of the story, if you haven't been keeping tabs on ice conditions on your favorite lakes, use extreme caution or just don't go. Condtions were even worse than I anticipated. I certainly won't be stepping foot on that particular body of water for the rest of the winter. Depending on what happens with the long term forecast, I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of metro lakes are ice free by mid March.

Posted on: 2/27 19:03:14
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