Posted 1/10/2019 8:29 AM (#927943 - in reply to #927928) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
Location: Contrarian Island
a warm summer temps very well could be 80 or more.. seems like odd timing to have a tournament on Tonka to me. the last few summers that time frame guys aren't fishing muskies in that time frame because of the temps so they have a tournament? ok then....
Posted 1/10/2019 10:09 AM (#927963 - in reply to #927576) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
There's money on the line, so people likely won't be horsing fish in and will play them longer. They'll take the time to get accurate measurements and documentation. What may initially look like a successful release could result in a fish sitting on the surface for some time, with 38' cruisers all over the place. IMO, it's contradictory to promote a catch and release tournament in those potential, but likely conditions. That said, a storm around then could make everything work out fine...better temps, better fishing, no traffic. Hopefully, that's what happens.
Posted 1/12/2019 8:11 AM (#928179 - in reply to #928034) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
Location: deephaven mn
happy hooker - 1/10/2019 4:04 PM
I know some guys here are going to wait until they see what temps are and then be late entries if it's decent conditions.
That should be the whole fields policy! If the PMTT doesn't realize that this could be a huge no no with water temps near or above 80, we need to make them aware of this. Keep in mind that it may be a two day event but with prefishing that can add a week or more of added fishing pressure at a questionable time.
Muskie fisherman are the leaders of catch and release and most don't fish when water temps are to high. Please protect the resource it's fragile.
Posted 1/14/2019 8:28 AM (#928324 - in reply to #928309) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
Location: Contrarian Island
seems a little irresponsible of the PMTT to schedule a big tournament on 1 of the most pressured systems at the peak period for water temps... doesn't seem like the smartest move when putting the fishery first.
Posted 1/14/2019 10:43 AM (#928328 - in reply to #928324) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
Never fished Tonka so maybe it's more predictable. Here in NYS Conesus - Chautauqua can range from 72 (which is ideal) to 84 which is basically shutdown conditions. No way of predicting this vector on our lakes.
Posted 1/15/2019 9:45 AM (#928402 - in reply to #927576) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
^ It's about the same on Tonka. If it has been warm for an extended period of time, 82-83 isn't out of the question. If a cold front came through recently, low 70s is possible. This past summer a cold front came through on July 26 and it was 73 as of 8/5. In 2017 the first cold front was 8/3 and temps were 73 as of 8/6. Prior to those cold fronts the surface temp was 80-83. I don't have the data in front of me, but IIRC in 2016 it was >80 a couple weeks into August.
Sure seems like a bad time to schedule a tournament. I really hope they reconsider or have some sort of contingency plan for temps 80+, or even better, 78+.
Posted 3/26/2019 7:57 PM (#933849 - in reply to #929984) Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??
Location: Elko - Lake Vermilion
Ok,.... I'm thinking Again ! This may be my biggest problem ….
I really am struggling with fishing the PMTT because Tonka is a HURABLE Lake to fish in Aug.
We all know that the Boat traffic is completely out of control this month... and.... the water temps are going to be HOT ! Like 78-82* or higher.... Lets do what is right for the fish , I say....