Tonka water temps in early August??
Cfollow
Posted 1/7/2019 10:49 AM (#927576)
Subject: Tonka water temps in early August??




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Can anyone give me an idea of water average water temps I can expect on Tonka during the first week of August?
VMS
Posted 1/7/2019 11:24 AM (#927579 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
Hiya,

That all depends on local weather conditions at the time. Early August it can be in the 80's, or if things have been cool like a couple of years ago, it can be in the middle 70's.

I'd say on average, they'd be upper 70's...

Steve
tolle141
Posted 1/7/2019 9:52 PM (#927649 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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all comes down to the season. many of us are usually up north
happy hooker
Posted 1/10/2019 3:08 AM (#927926 - in reply to #927649)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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is this pertaining to a tournament???
VMS
Posted 1/10/2019 6:32 AM (#927928 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
I believe it might be what CFollow is referring to... Posted about how bad the intense pressure would do on a body of water that has temps in the mid upper 70's as an average.

Steve
BNelson
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....

Edited by BNelson 1/10/2019 8:30 AM
Cfollow
Posted 1/10/2019 9:10 AM (#927953 - in reply to #927943)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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The PMTT is exactly what I am tiptoeing around.
MuskyMatt71
Posted 1/10/2019 10:09 AM (#927963 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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Location: Minnetonka
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.
VMS
Posted 1/10/2019 10:50 AM (#927969 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
I think I'd be less concerned about water temps and more concerned about being able to fish the waters that would hold fish in waves coming every which way, and dodging the big boat brigade...

Temps could get high for sure, and I would be hopeful the PMTT would take this into account when time gets closer.

Steve
happy hooker
Posted 1/10/2019 4:04 PM (#928034 - in reply to #927969)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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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.
kap
Posted 1/12/2019 8:11 AM (#928179 - in reply to #928034)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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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.
thanks
greg kappes


Top H2O
Posted 1/14/2019 3:54 AM (#928308 - in reply to #928179)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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Location: Elko - Lake Vermilion
Kap nailed it.
I love the PMTT ,... but.... This Tonka event is definitely BAD timing.
Perhaps 200 Hundred miles north .
At least a doz. or so Lakes to chose from. Not to late to change.

Plus, the PMTT usually does the Right thing.

Edited by Top H2O 1/14/2019 4:47 AM
Baby Mallard
Posted 1/14/2019 4:22 AM (#928309 - in reply to #928308)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





Probably easier said than done, but ideally switching the Tonka and Leech Lake tournament dates would work a little better.
BNelson
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.
NPike
Posted 1/14/2019 10:43 AM (#928328 - in reply to #928324)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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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.
nar160
Posted 1/15/2019 9:45 AM (#928402 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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Location: MN
^ 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+.
BrokenWing
Posted 2/3/2019 6:21 PM (#929984 - in reply to #927576)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??





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Location: On Lake St Clair Michigan
I clearly thought that the temps had to be close to 80 on an average year.
Top H2O
Posted 3/26/2019 7:57 PM (#933849 - in reply to #929984)
Subject: Re: Tonka water temps in early August??




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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....