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Thanks Navionics!
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Yesterday my son went out on Tonka at 6 a.m. to what he thought would be a hump in~22 feet of water, dropping off pretty sharply on all sides. He set up, drilled his holes and at 7:30 the perch scattered & this tank hit. He proceeded to catch another around 24 inches, both were released. Guess where I set up last night? I caught a fat 20" walleye & a couple of rock bass.

Turns out all three fish were caught in 15 FOW two on sucker minnows, the big one on a jig/minnow head. The camera showed us being on a transition between dead/dormant milfoil laying on the bottom and rocks the size of softballs. This lake has some giant walleye!

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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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From Maple Grove
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Nice fish! Always great to catch those big boys without having to drive a few hours north.

15' hump in 22' water? I've been targeting them deeper, in 35' humps lately on Tonka. Wonder if others have had luck in shallower water this time of year.

Posted on: 1/29 10:33:22
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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No doubt, my other son has a skid house out of Red Door on Mille Lacs & they have been struggling big time. We've caught more walleyes on Tonka this year. I have been doing pretty well in 26' plus FOW so that's why I thought this was going to be a bust. Navionics said 22 FOW when actually it was 15!

Posted on: 1/29 10:43:21
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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I've heard more and more reports from around the state about walleye being caught shallower than would normally be expected. Not sure if its just a coincidence or if there is something causing it.

Also don't get too hung up on the depth shown by navionics or any mapping chip. There are a lot of reasons why the depth isn't all that accurate but it does work great for getting you close to the structure so you can be more efficient with your hole drilling.

Posted on: 1/29 11:08:35
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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I was out on Saturday in 24 I got a few looks, but no bites. And they were very camera shy. Never got a look at what they were.

Posted on: 1/29 11:23:57
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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nofishfisherman wrote:
I've heard more and more reports from around the state about walleye being caught shallower than would normally be expected. Not sure if its just a coincidence or if there is something causing it.

Also don't get too hung up on the depth shown by navionics or any mapping chip. There are a lot of reasons why the depth isn't all that accurate but it does work great for getting you close to the structure so you can be more efficient with your hole drilling.


I think a big part of this is lack of snow depth allowing weeds to stay greener longer, keeping the baitfish shallow

Posted on: 1/29 11:48:40
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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Haven't fished eyes on Tonka deeper than 20ft in three years. Don't like the thought of hooking mortality, and their are plenty of eyes up shallow year round. I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for deep walleyes anymore!

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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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So you are only fishing the bays? or tips of reefs?

The main parts of tonka are deep. Tons of structure but most of it only comes up to 25' feet at the shallowest in those areas.

Posted on: 1/29 15:46:04
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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Ive found similar as Muskietooth, been finding them much deeper on main lake structure, 28'-35'. Nice report, glad to hear there is a shallower bite!

Posted on: 1/29 16:49:12
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Re: Thanks Navionics!
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Had a good night out there Friday with a few buddies. We didn't hammer em but did ok considering we were only fishing setlines. Fished 19-24 feet of water and got 5 ranging from 14"-19".

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Posted on: 1/29 17:55:19
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