Late ice-fishing walleye jigging actions
Our sole job when fishing any species is to attract an
individual and get it to bite. As the hard-water walleye season
winds down, I’m using a lot of vertical jigging spoons and
short-shanked jigs. Both enable me to bring fish off the bottom
during a tough, late-season bite.
We specifically want to find and target aggressive fish. That means
if we’re marking a fish that loiters around our bait but won’t take
it, we need to stop wasting time pursuing that fish. He’s what I
call a “looker,” and we need to pursue biters. Move on.
Drop your lure back down and try to attract a fish that will take
it. If you’re encountering a whole school of fish behaving the same
way, switch things up to a different size, color, or fresh live
Normally, when tipping jigs or spoons, guys stick with a minnow
head or half a minnow. As this winter winds down, I’ve been using
whole fatheads. Run the whole minnow with the hook parallel to the
dorsal fin, with the point forward just nicking thee skin. This
great walleye setup offers a natural profile for the minnow
underwater, plus it releases a steady dose of natural scent.
Most walleyes will strike a jigging spoon or jig on the fall, but
you can vary that drop many ways. Vary it with slack line,
semi-slack and a controlled fall. All will produce different
jigging actions and results depending on the mood of the fish.