By EZ Angler Staff -
Jigging is one of the most effective ways of catching the aggressive and sporty walleye.
Jigs coupled with either live minnow or a 3” to 4” grub allows for a stealth approach and provides the right presentation for fishing Walleye.
Use either a ¼ ounce or 1/8 ounce jig that allows for casting along the base of shore line and just heavy enough to be in contact with the bottom. Use bright colors like yellow, red or white. These distinct colors will provide a greater chance of getting hits from a feeding walleye or an agitated walleye that may be defending its spawning ground.
Give your line enough slack to hit the bottom and then tighten it allowing the jig to drag the bottom, where walleye tend to stay. With slight jerking motions bring the jig to life, bouncing six to eight inches off the bottom. Pause briefly between the action allowing the jig to wiggle and drop. The goal is to bounce through weed beds. This is why small to medium size grubs are preferred.
Once you hit the weed line, let your jig fall down the edge and rest on the bottom. In some cases, a strike from a walleye may not feel like much depending on the depth you are fishing. You must pay attention to the slightest twitch because it may be a walleye sucking in the jig. Walleyes eat by inhaling the water around their target. This is where a more sensitive rod is better suited for walleye fishing.
Work your retrieve from medium to fast as walleye are typically aggressive. Any jig that tapers to a point of the head is relatively weeded free.
For less active walleye, you will have to go into the weeds. Use a slightly heavier jig like a 1/4 ounce jig and let it fall into the weeds. Let it sit. Jiggle it. Rip it a few feet and let it sit again.
Fishing walleyes from the rocks is a bit easier. Crawl or bounce your jig across the rocks, and give it a few quick pops. Test tings out and determine what gets you in the strike zone.
Rock walleyes are easier to get at. If possible, stick to the 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jigs. The use of curlytail grubs in rocky areas and shallows work very well because they create plenty of vibration and give the appearance of a distressed baitfish. Swim, slide, or crawl your jig across the rocks or give it a few quick hops. Try letting it sit if the snags aren’t too bad.
It always pays to experiment with retrieves.
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