There are many jigging techniques that can be used, and the weather conditions, the specific water you are fishing, the time of year, and other factors will all play a part in which jigs an techniques will be the most effective.
During and right after the spawn period, the best jigging techniques that can be used include longline shallow jigging and vertical jigging using minnows as bait. Early and mid summer are great times for jig fishing, but this does not mean that this type is only used in summer.
Jig fishing can be effective at any time of year, if you are willing to try different weights, colors, sizes, and techniques.
Tied Dressing Jigs: Depending on their size dressed jigs can be used for northern pike and walleyes. The dressing material is tied to the jig collar to form a body they include: bucktail hair, marabou, mylar and tinsel which provides a mimicking life like action in the water of minnows and other aquatic life. Dressed jigs also holds fish scent well and can be tipped with live bait as an added attractant.
Live Bait Jigs: Fishing with live bait jigged slowly at times of the year can be a deadly presentation especially when the water temperature is colder and the fishes metabolic rate reduces making them reluctant to chase faster moving lures. Rigging techniques for live bait are simple, always hook the bait, minnows, worms and leeches through the head or snout.Fishing Jigs Jigs designed for live bait have no collar hook required to hold soft plastic’s, they include: Round head, swimming, wobble, propeller, stand up floating and weedless. For using live minnows the preferred choice is a short shank round and floating head with the option of a stinger hook attachment for short striking fish. Other live bait jig options are spinner blades mounted underneath the head to produce added vibration and flash.
In early summer jigging should be done as close to vertical as possible, so near vertical jigging and vertical jigging are preferred.
During the mid and late summer months the weed beds are the place where the Walleye will usually hang out, along with underwater structure. During this time rip jigging and vertical jigging are the preferred and most popular methods, and they are normally used along the edges of the weed bed and near underwater structure.
During the fall months, bump jigging can be effective, as well as vertical and near vertical jigging.
Effective jigging means efficient boat control, and using the right jig weight and size for the conditions and the boat speed are crucial to a successful Walleye fishing trip.
Of course making sure that your jig stays close to the bottom is very important. This means using just the right size and amount of weight needed to touch the bottom if you lower your rod tip.
The depth, current, and wind will all be factors in determining the right jig for the job.
If you are going to be fishing in the weeds, swimming jigs may be the best option, and pancake jigs, also known as current cutters, are a terrific choice for rivers and fast moving waters. Experiment with different colors and shapes, to determine which jigs are working that day.
Vary the speed of the lift and drop, speeding it up and then slowing it down, to find the right pace that is the most effective at attracting the Walleye in that area.
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