Water temp 77*-80*
The day started out hot clear and calm which can be a good thing at Gull, when the wind blows it can get hard to stay on your spot but with the clear water a calm day can make the bite tough. We started on the main lake humps and this is really the best way to catch the good size bass on Gull this time of year. The third cast landed us a nice 3 pound largemouth on a drop shot rig baited with a Finesse Miki in smoke color in 17ft. Most fish were marked in 17- 20 feet of water.
Since we know the humps were holding fish we went to look for something different and found fish willing to hit top-water over steep drops. It seemed as though the steeper the drop the more likely a fish would be there. The bigger fish definitely came of the steeper drops. Some fish were raised from over forty foot of water. We continued to hit these areas with top-water baits almost all day when we came upon them.
As the clouds came in we went to the shallow flats to see what they had to offer. We did catch more fish on the flats but they were running smaller [all less than 2 pounds]. Jackall crank baits and rattle baits worked well to get a lot of strikes from pike though most of our bass came on plastics, spinner baits and top-water.
Almost half of our catches today were smallmouth making this one of the best places to target bronzebacks in the area. The mid lake humps are probably the way to go for the heavy bags with drop-shot or shaky heads being the most consistent way to get them. To stay up to date on lake reports for this lake and other lakes in your area check out fishhound.com, don’t forget to use the promo code “Bad Poncho”.