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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Flakehead

Gull Lake fishing

5 posts in this topic

Never been to Gull but will be there in mid/late July for family vacation. It has been many years since I've made the trip to your great fishing state but have a couple questions for you natives.

Do the pike hit top water in the summer very well? I have read a couple comments leading me to believe the majority of the Northerns will be off the deep edge of the weed beds. I'm sure we can get some action from the LMB but honestly I haven't used topwater baits for N's since Iowa is limited on them. Also, where might I purchase a good lake map of Gull on line?

Thanks for your comments!

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Lakemaster map is the best map I have found of the lake. But check out the DNR lake finder, they have a older free map and some great survey data on the lake.

Also, you may find a pike or two shallow in the evenings and catch them on a buzz bait or other top water, but you are right I would be fishing deeper weed edges.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the response, Chode, I have the DNR map printed off to take along and plan a couple stratigies to begin with. I'll be joining a local friend so I'm sure he will have good insght to some hotter areas. That particular map differed slightly from one of another friend who has a paid membership to an online map service, and showed a little more detail. Gull appears to have some vantastic opportuinties if structure will dictate success.

I recently ordered some large jigs and trailers to use in the deep weedline areas for the pike and have some bigger spinnerbaits to try as well. I am having trouble finding the bigger Husky Jerk plugs here as they have been picked over pretty good but have one gold colored to try if I don't get any more.

What is the water clarity of Gull? Also if pulling a live bait rig for walleyes how long of a snell would anyone recommend?

Thanks for any information anyone wants to give, I know how valuable it is!

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use right around 3-4 ft of flouro leader. The weed line will be at about 16 feet. They say clarity is "excellent", but I've friends up who fish Hayward WI area who lift their eyebrows at that. Gull (we're talking about Brainerd area Gull right?) is loaded with structure. Sometimes enough to make your mind numb.

I'd suggest going to one of the big weed flats like the north side of squaw point or grassy point, depending where you are. First try trolling bucktails or musky sized spinner baits in around ten feet jerking through the weeds. You might be suprised at some of the bass you can pick up with those baits too. Yellow is a good color out there. Red too. I know conventional wisdom says the big girls will be out deeper, but I've found them there later in the season. If that doesn't work then try deep.

You should be able to get bigger Husky J3rks up there. I like silver and black or perch.

I'd take Chode's advice on the map.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We'll be fishing in 7 days, can't wait! I picked up the Lakemaster Map locally last weekend, WOW what a lake! I see what you mean by mind numbing. I can see why this lake was so popular at the birth of electronics, once the bottom was understood there were many places fish would stack up.

Thanks for the map suggestion and the tips!

James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Not a bad idea or product. I just think I'd be worried about the well freezing into the ice. 
    • Had a fun week of fishing...thought I would share some spots!
    • Did 20 qts of pickles last Monday, another 1/2 bushel tomorrow!!
    • Hey everyone has anyone started to pickle yet? Just did 65 quarts of pickles over the weekend. Also did some jars with the carolina repear pepper. Can't wait to try them.
    • I like the Wal-Mart corn to!
    • When is the date unsold bear tags go onsale?
    • I may try smoked rough fish on my bait this year. Anyone tried smoke fish on the bait pile?
    • Does anyone eat or use mooneyes? I caught one in the St. Croix today. Nothing else, it was interesting fish!
    • I hope to take a trip to ND this season, maybe they will get first ice before we do.
    • Hey everybody. An FYI. There is something new coming. Should be out around October, 2017 and available for on-line purchase.   If you google : ICE WELL Live Well ICAST 2017 The video of the product roll-out at ICAST 2017 in July, 2017 will pop up.   Also you can go to the product page. See : ICEWELLLiveWell.com. The page has a separate video to view also.                        The product is being manufactured from a custom blend non-buoyant polypropylene with impact modifiers to withstand extreme cold without cracking. The product will sit within 99% of all manufactured 5-gallon buckets for transport to and from the fishing spot. It is designed to fit within a drilled 8 or 10 inch ice hole. When in the drilled hole it will fill allowing you to throw your catch in the ICE WELL Live Well. No more throwing them on the ice or in the bucket to die, freeze or turn to slime. At the end of the day, pull it, place back in the bucket for transport home. No more frozen fish and easy handling. It's going to sell for around $19.99 plus shipping. The listed page will undergo changes before roll out that will allow purchase direct on-line. This is a creation by a Nebraska ice fisherman for ice fishermen. Made in the USA. Made with recycled materials. "Respect the Resource".     
  • Our Sponsors