Ice Fishing in Gull Lake, Minnesota

Ice Fishing in Gull Lake, Minnesota
Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota offers year-round recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake is one of the state's finest ice fishing spots. Gull Lake is known for its more than 20-year-old charity ice fishing competition that attracts anglers from all over the world. Other winter activities include downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice skating.

Gull Lake

Gull Lake is a reservoir that spans 9,918 acres. Excellent fishing opportunities abound for walleye pike, northern pike, bass, bluegill, sunfish and crappie. The lake has a maximum depth of 80 feet. Walleye is the most popular game fish; about 3 billion walleye fry are stocked into the lake annually.

Gull Lake
Brainerd, MN


Ice Fishing

Ice fishing involves cutting a circular or rectangular hole in the ice with a spade, auger or saw and then dropping lines or using spears to catch fish. Many anglers erect heated cabins on the ice, called ice houses. The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, a contest that attracts thousands of anglers, is held annually on Gull Lake. The event is typically held toward the end of January, About 20,000 ice fishing holes are pre-drilled for the event contestants.

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing
Brainerd, MN 56401


Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake offers ice fishing house rentals with lights, chairs and rattle reels. Services include opening fishing holes, a spa, an indoor sports center and a swimming pool. Another lodging option is the Gull Four Seasons Resort. This resort offers lodgings, guided fishing trips, fishing reports, an indoor pool, sauna, docks, boat lifts and marina.

Cragun's Resort and Hotel
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Gull Four Seasons Resort
4132 St. Columbo Road
Brainerd, MN 56401


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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