Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing.

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My first time on the water Gunlock Reservoir bass fishing was epic. We found ourselves in the perfect situation for a topwater bite, and the largemouth where “Kraken” em! Here is the full write up of where we went, what we used, and how we “Kraked” some bass at Gunlock Reservoir.

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing Conditions:

Here were the conditions on the water May 24th from 7:00am – 2:00pm on a Saturday Gunlock Reservoir bass fishing.


Overcast, Air temperature around 69 – 72 degrees.

Water Temperature

63 degrees


0 – 5 mph until late afternoon when it picked up to about 12 mph.

Water Clarity

Slightly stained. Visibility was only about 4- 6 feet deep.

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing Spots

Here are the different areas we fished on the water. Gunlock is really small, so we almost fished every shoreline on the lake. These area’s all seemed to hold bass.
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 Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing Lures

We tried a few different things on Gunlock Reservoir bass fishing, but the following two baits produced the best results.

Jackall Iobee Frog

The Jackall Iobee Frog produced tons of epic strikes for us on this trip. The key was to cast it up super shallow almost on the bank, and then slowly walk it back to the boat. The slower the retrieve the better. Every fish I caught was on this bait. It “Kraked” em! Color didn’t really seem to matter. We used this bait in white, brown frog, and the bluegill color and they all seemed to get bites equally well.

Yamamoto Senko

The 5 inch Yamamoto Senko in Natural Shad caught a few bass. We rigged it upweightless texas style, and cast it up to the shoreline. Then slowly drag it back to the boat. We didn’t catch very many on the senko, but it did catch a few for us on the trip.

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing Report

It was an amazing day where we figured out a big bass pattern. We caught them in my favorite style, on topwaters! The bass count was around 25 largemouth bass at the end of the day. All of them were over 2 lbs, and about half a dozen where in the 4 – 6 lbs class category. I missed a lot of fish, but the ones we landed made up for the ones missed. The strikes were awesome! Here is the biggest fish of the day I caught on the top. It was so cool, to watch him come up and choke the frog down.

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Here’s one of the pigs we caught on Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing that choked the frog on the top.

The Jackall Iobee frog was the first bait I tied on. A fish blew up on it on my 6th cast! I missed him though. Then a couple casts later another one crushed on it. I landed him, and he was about 3 lbs. Another few casts more a fish slurped the iobee down, and I missed him. Again, after another 3 casts, and boom one ripped it! I was landing about 50% of my strikes the first few hours of the day. It was really frustrating, but I learned a ton about patience with setting the hook. Yet, sometimes fish flat out missed the bait. Here is another one of the beauties I caught.

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Here is the first fish that blew up on the frog on Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing

My dad caught one nice fish on a senko, but we were really bummed because we burned through our aresnal of 3 iobee frogs. We lost 2 of them to big bass busting us off. I had only one left on my rod at the end of the day. It didn’t really seem to matter what color. White, or frog, or bluegill patterns all worked. The conditions just aligned perfectly. The overcast cloud cover and lightly stained water was perfect for a massive top-water bite. There were a couple times where I would throw to a spot, and fish would miss it. Then I would throw right back, and I’d “Krak” him! It was really exciting. Here are a couple more pictures of the biggest ones of the day.

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing
The stoke meter was full tilt on Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing when this beast slurped down a frog.


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Gunlock Reservoir bass fishing produced several good bass for us on this trip in May.

One of the craziest things was a giant crawdad one of the big bass burped up in the boat. This crawdad I laid next to a 5 inch Havoc Pitboss. Kind of cool to see what the bass were eating. I think this crawdad was close to 6 or 7 inches!

gunlock crawfish


What a great time on the water. I’ve never had a big bass day on topwaters like this. The conditions were just perfect. The bass were poised in the shallow water during the spawn, and post spawn to “Krak” those baits. Please feel free to contribute your thoughts to this post by leaving your comments below, and sharing this with your friends. Your support is much appreciated.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!!!

Gunlock Reservoir Bass Fishing Gear Used

One important note about this post, is the links in here are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I used to “Krak” some bass on this trip. receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. The links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount made on the sale of the products. I hope these things can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me.

Baitcasting Set-up:
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Gree 30lbs.
Shimano Sellus Medium Heavy Worm and Jig Cast Rod 7’2″
Quantum Fishing Smoke 9 Bearing Baitcast Reel 7:3:1 ratio

Jackall Iobee Frog
Gary Yamamoto Senko – 5

Terminal Tackle:
Gamakatsu 25 Pack EWG Offset Worm Hook (Black, 3/0)
XCalibur Tungsten Bullet Weights 1/4 Oz Fishing Lure, Black





2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the write up, hopefully I’m going to try Gunlock again for the second time this weekend. There is a little cove by the dam, on the east side. that looks like a great place, did you fish there at all? Dang reminds me how much I need a boat!

    1. We didn’t fish there. Sections of the Northeast Shoreline where good. If you are on the bank I would start from the top by the river inlet, and start fishing your way down to the first cove. Hope you can “Krak” some!

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