Gull LakeIs one of the most popular fishing lakes around and continues to produce great fishing
every year. Gull is loaded with largemouth bass, walleye, pan fish, pike, and plenty of other species. In the spring, crappies are the most sought after species until fishing “opener”, when the elusive walleye becomes a species in demand. Look for the crappies in the upper lakes on the chain such as Margaret, Upper Gull, and Roy Lake. You will also find crappies in Wilson Bay and other shallow bays, ditches and harbors. Locate the crappies with a casting bobber and some plastic bait. On those nice, warm spring days they will be up shallow (1-3 feet) chasing bait, and is it, cools down they will slide out into a little deeper water.
The walleyes will filter through the Gull Lake Chain with the majority of the fish moving from north to south. Look for walleye to be up shallow for the first month of the season, and eventually they will work their way out onto the mid-lake rock piles and other pieces of structure scattered throughout this fish factory. Look for bass and pike to be near the edges of large weed flats and rocky structure as the season moves into the summer months.
Cullen Lake Chain
Is one closest bodies of fishable water, which is tucked into the landscape and is good to fish if the wind is up. A lot of time is spent fishing crappies through the ice in the deep basin of the lake. Another extremely fun thing to do on the lake, is to fish bass with a top water bait. Look for the reeds during the warm water months and you will have action. Pike and blue gills are quite prevalent, as well.
Is another lake near Nisswa, which holds nice populations of all species. Walleye is a mainstay, and with the wide variety of structure in this lake, the fish have many spots they call home. With Pelican being a clear lake, most people like fish it on either windy or overcast days where the fish might not be as spooky.
Look for the walleye in 28-33 feet of water during the mid-summer months. They will hang shallow early in the season and will slide into the depths as fall and winter settle in. A silver jig tipped with a minnow can be good, but it is hard for the walleyes to pass up the juicy red tail chub. Watch the wind, the bait will pile up where the wind had been washing up to a particular edge, point or reef and the walleyes will be nearby. With a south wind, look for fish on the south side of the piece of structure or the north shoreline. Pelican is also popular night lake – trolling artificial baits over the shallow flats.
Is a bass factory and supports a nice population of pike, some nice walleye and good pan fish, as well. There has been a special regulation on Lake Hubert bass for the past few years. Read the signs at the access and make you know the current regulations. This has really helped increase the bass size, and it sure can be fun to cast the weed edges for these “garbage disposals.” Work the 10-16 foot depth range and you will find a mixed bag of fish.
Is just down the road and has a healthy population of fish. Nineteen feet seems to be the depth during early summer. This lake has a lot of pike and largemouth bass. The crappie population is slowly coming after it was once decimated by overfishing. Please keep what you can eat and put back the rest. This goes for all of our area lakes. Edward has a lot of reeds, and it is a perfect lake for casting when you want to do some” weed whippin.”
North Long Lake
Is a lake with three distinct body parts – Merrifield Bay to the east, the big lake in the middle
and the 371 bay to the west that runs up to the highway. The best landing is on the Merrifield Bay, and as long as the wind is not ripping out of the west you will be good to go. The depth of 19 feet is a good average on the lake for elusive walleye fishing. Walleye anglers should not be afraid to fish leeched during the summer months, although you might have a hard time working through the schools of bluegills.
The lakes are a large reason for the popularity of Nisswa and the surrounding communities. With the introduction of aquatic invasive species, we need to be extremely careful that we do all that we can to prevent the spread of this species. Please do your part and we will continue to have great fishing and fun on our area lakes.