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The Gull Lake Chain is actually a reservoir with a river flowing in on the end. The river's current will attract spawning walleyes but the majority of the Gull Lake walleyes will have long since finished spawning before the mid May walleye opener in Brainerd, Minnesota. Large shallow water weed flats near known spawning areas are good early season walleye locations. The shallow water flats warm quickly and have the potential to support large numbers of insect life and bait fish. The perfect place for post spawn walleyes to feed, Walleye will quickly search these areas out once they have recovered from the rigors of spawning. Key water depths are 4 to 6 feet. The larger the flat size the better. Key early season flats for early season Gull lake walleyes include; Grassy, Cobins, and the Hayfield. The key to catching early season walleyes on Gull Lake is getting the bait away from the boat. Shallow water fish will have a tendency to move away from the boat. A jig tipped with a shiner minnow is an effective bait in these situations. The key is to use as light of a jig as possible. 1/16 ounce jigs with an oversize 3x long shank hook are prefect in these situations.Let the boat drift along the break as you pitch the jig 30-40 feet away from the boat. Let the movement of the boat take up the slack in the line. Give the jig about a 2-3 foot twitch and then let it settle back to the bottom. Carefully feel for any added weight before the jig is twitched again. Most walleyes will pick up the jig on the fall. Pull back slowly when you feel added weight. A hungry walleye will usually give itself away with a gentle tug, tug on the end of the line. Lower the rod and reel up the slack and then set the hook with a long consistent hook set. This is early season Gull Lake walleye fishing at its finest.
Gull Lake Walleye Guides:
All of the fishing guides of Blong's Brainerd Guide Service have years of experience, great personalities, and the skills necessary to put you on Gull Lake walleye. We will supply everything necessary for a great day of walleye fishing on the Gull Lake Chain. Everything is provided on our Gull fishing charters. We can pick you up from the dock, hotel, or resort. Give us a call. We have been the number one ranked Gull Lake fishing charter for the last twenty+ years.