Sunday, April 8, 2012

Gull Lake Crappie Report

Gull Lake Crappie Fishing Report

Happy Easter to everyone in the Leisure Outdoors Family!  Just got back in from a gusty day on Gull Lake and after driving past Hole in the Day Bay it quickly became evident that getting to many areas on the lake was not going to be feasible.  The wind was blowing 20-30MPH and gusting much harder than that.   Instead, I focused in on small bays, channels, and windblown shorelines to find those slab crappies.  After a few quick stops and with a mixed bag of small crappies it was time to move and find a bigger school.  After a short boat ride towards the northern part of the lake, I was greeted with some calmer waters.  I threw down the Minn Kota Terrova with I Pilot and began using the windblown areas to my advantage and within 5 minutes we had four really nice crappies in the boat at our new location.  As the day went on it was evident that being able to keep the boat positioned correctly with the wind blowing was the key in the whole process .  Our key was using the MinnKota I pilot which allows you to use the anchor feature and hold over an area.  With that confidence in mind we fan casted slip bobber set ups with jigs and tubes.  The fish were not hitting the bait hard, but you could get them to react and bite with a twitch or slight pull of the bobber and jig.  We found the majority of the fish in 9-12ft of water and roughly 3-5 feet down the water column.   Water temps ranged from 44-49 degrees, which means the best is yet to come because it is only going to get warmer.  The key to the day was using the wind to our advantage, since it was stacking up the crappies with the bait fish.  The favorite set up for me today was a Jason Mitchell 6’ meat stick, Pflueger Trion Reel spooled with 4LB mono combined with a small lite bite bobber and 1/32oz jig.   Many fishermen could have looked outside today and told themselves it wasn’t going to be worth it.  Instead, we took the conditions and made the best of it and we put some nice slabs in the boat.  The glass is always half full in my mind and fish are always biting somewhere.    If you want to book a trip, contact us at  1-855-LOA-HOOK or visit our website
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