Winter comes early in Brainerd, Minnesota. Nisswa fishing guides know the best ice fishing for walleye in Brainerd, Minnesota always occurs at first ice. This usually happens in late December or early January. First ice conditions can be marginal on Gull Lake. Newcomers would benefit from hiring a Brainerd fishing guide on their first ice expedition. Gull has a good current flow and is always one of the last lakes to freeze in the Brainerd Lakes.
Gull Lake has claimed its share of trucks from tourists and fishing guides over the years. One of the members of the Nisswa Guide League dropped his pickup into the lake in the early 2000s. The west side of the lake is the most dangerous. Current areas on Gull Lake's northern, western, and southern shores have accounted for most of these mishaps. Most fishing guides in Brainerd, Minnesota will tell you there is no fish worth dying for. The east side of Gull Lake presents one of the safest routes for catching the first ice walleyes on Gull Lake in Nisswa Minnesota. Brainerd fishing guides know being portable is one of the keys to success. Packing light is essential when fishing in early ice conditions. A portable house, hand auger, and a depth finder are all that is needed. This is not the time to bring the kitchen sink. The walkout to the first break on Polk's Flat is about a 1/4 mile. The best bite occurs right at sundown.
Polk's Flat is an excellent choice for targeting Gull Lake walleyes during first ice conditions. The flat is located on the northeastern side of Gull Lake. There is public access nearby and Highway 371 provides easy access. Many anglers will park along a frontage road near Hole-in-the-Day Bay and walk out from there.