Walleye Jig Fishing in the Spring
By Steve Snyder
Jigging for walleye is my favorite way to catch ’em, especially in the spring.
I like to find a location where a river or decent sized stream is flowing into a good walleye lake.
|A graph helps put the local on the structure and the fish. You want to get fairly close to the mouth but not so close you can’t anchor up.
You want to get right on top of the drop off. Some weeds should be growing in the shallows before the drop off. This gives the walleye a place to hide so the can easily ambush their prey and hopefully your jig or bait.
Usually walleye feed right off the bottom but sometimes they suspend above this area. This is another good reason to use a graph. You don’t waste time trying to figure out what depth they are suspending at.
Once anchored up I like to cast toward the weeds and slowly reel in until my line falls directly down beside the boat.
Then I let my line drop to the bottom and reel up to the depth the walleye are suspending.
To do this it’s a good idea to see how much line one 360 degree crank on the reel draws up. if it brings in 1 foot of line and the fish are 3 feet off the bottom you slowly reel 3 times around and there ya go.
Now is when presentation comes into play. You have to slowly jig or lift your rod tip up and down.
If the fish are 3 feet off the bottom I set my rig about 1.5 feet off the bottom. I lift my rod tip up about 2 feet then lower it back down. I keep doing this until I get a strike.
You will find you usually feel the strike when you are bringing your rod tip back up. the walleye are actually hitting the jig on its way down. When you lift the rod tip up is when you usually notice the fish is on the bite.
As soon as you feel the slightest bit of resistance you must set the hook, and I mean quickly. If you don’t set the hook immediately you are likely going to miss the fish.
There are all kinds of jigs on the market. Most work well but color does matter from day to day and even hour to hour.
The jig head color isn’t extremely important but the tail color is. I like to use twister tails on a normal jig head and a little walleye scent don’t hurt.
I find a 3/8 oz jig head works well in a fair current but if the current is somewhat swift I go with a 1/2 oz jig head.
I often attach a spinner to the jig head. It seems to induce more strikes than a plain jig. But you never know if it’s the daily special or not so you have to find out by trying it.
Another jig that works real well is Northlands’ Mimic Minnow. They come in different sizes.
There is more information about mimic minnows at the main website on this page: http://www.canadaflyinfishingreview.com
Good luck all,
Hope this information helps.
This walleye fishing article was written by Steve Snyder.
Visit his website at: [http://www.canadaflyinfishingreview.com] for more great information about walleye fishing, pike fishing and fly in fishing trip reviews.
Steve has been fishing walleye and going on canada fly in fishing trips since 1979.