[11 August 2022] Matt Diana, MDNR Fisheries Biologist, provided an update on the fisheries of Gull Lake at the GLQO 2022 annual meeting held on August 9, 2022. The presentation specifically highlighted northern pike, smelt, bass and lake trout populations and trends, with some additional discussion of bass tournament trends. Also available is a Gull Lake MDNR Fisheries report published in April of 2020.
[02 May 2022] The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released the 2022 regional Eat Safe Fish Guides. The guides provide guidelines for eating locally caught fish to reduce exposure to chemicals. The Guide for Southwest Michigan (including our local lakes) can be viewed/downloaded here.
Fishing is a year-round activity on Gull Lake that is dependent on keeping the waters .. and the watershed… clean. The depth, size, variety of habitats and cleanliness of Gull Lake supports a diverse and healthy sport fishery. Over 50 species of fish occur in Gull Lake. This includes native species that are common in Michigan inland lakes, such as bass, pike, perch, crappie, and several species of sunfish. Additionally, rainbow smelt and several trout species have been stocked by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Healthy populations of native species require habitats for breeding and feeding which can be affected by invasive species.
The GLQO Fisheries Committee works in collaboration with the MDNR, sport fishing clubs and local anglers to maintain a stable and healthy sport fishery in Gull Lake. The Committee provides regular reports on the status of the fishery in Gull Lake through our newsletter and website. We also share information about MDNR plans for management of Gull Lake that may affect the fishery. Observations of local anglers on Gull Lake are important ways to share ‘real time’ experiences of fishing on Gull Lake and other lakes in the watershed that we can share with the MDNR. Pictures are always welcome!
Send your questions, comments and concerns about fishing in Gull and Little Long Lakes to email@example.com, and put Fishing (or something similar) in the subject line.
More information on fishing in Michigan lakes (including rules, regulations and licenses) can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing.
Dates and locations of fishing tournaments in Michigan lakes are available here: