The Minnesota walleye season closes for two months after the end of February so the walleye have a chance to spawn. The walleye season reopens in May on the second Saturday of the month. The walleye opener is a celebration for most Minnesota anglers and Nisswa fishing guides. Gull Lake is historically has a good walleye bite this weekend. Brainerd fishing guides will target shallow underwater structures close to known current areas during this period. Some of the most popular walleye fishing techniques used today were original on Gull Lake by members of the Nisswa Guide League. The best walleye locations on Gull Lake are found on the northern end of the lake.
The walleyes on Gull Lake will start to migrate to current areas in late March and will start dropping their eggs when water temperatures reach the low 40 degrees. It usually takes female walleye several days to recover from this process before they feel like feeding again. Brainerd fishing guides like to call this the post-spawn period. Once recovered, the walleye will move to the edges of shallow water flats which are close to their spawning areas. Most walleyes, depending on ice out, will have recovered by the time the Minnesota walleye season opens. The northern end of Gull Lake is usually more productive on opening weekend. The Gull River flows into the lake on this end and its current attracts many walleyes. One of the better Brainerd fishing guide spots for early spring is located near the county road 77 bridge on the far north end of the lake.
The Gull River has deep two holes in this location. The first hole is located just north of the bridge and the other one is south. Both holes are 20+ feet deep. These spots are favorites for both locals and fishing guides in Brainerd, Minnesota. It was one of Nisswa Guide League's favorite fishing spots to open the walleye season until the DNR built a public fishing pier on the southern side of the bridge in the early 2000s. The fishing pier has been a hit with Brainerd Lakes Area visitors ever since. The fishing pier offers Brainerd tourists an excellent chance to fish for walleye on Gull Lake without the use of a boat.
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