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Walleye Ice Fishing Tips – 5 Proven Tips That Work!

Are you looking for some walleye ice fishing tips to help you catch these monsters of the deep? If you are, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will explain to you five proven tips that work wonders for catching walleye through the ice.

We all know walleye can be a tricky fish to catch especially when you are ice fishing. So I won’t bore you with fluff lets get right into those five proven tips and get you out ice fishing for walleye while the fishing is good.

Tip #1 – Dead Stick Fish When The Walleyes Aren’t Biting

If you have never heard of dead stick fishing, it’s easy to do and will help you catch those walleyes when you are ice fishing. First, you need to drill a hole next to the hole that you are fishing in. Next, you want to rig up the rod that you’re going to dead stick the walleyes with. You want to rig them up with a stick float. Here’s how you rig a dead stick.

On your braided mainline, you slide a small rubber bobber stop. Next, you want to slip a dead stick float onto your braided line and tie a micro swivel #12 onto the line. After that, you want to take an 18” fluorocarbon leader and tie it to the micro swivel on one of the ends and whatever lure you are using to the other end.

Then you want to slider your bobber stopper to the depth you want to fish at and let your lure go down the hole. The dead stick float will slide until it hits the bobber stopper and your off and fishing. If you need to adjust the depth, you are fishing at slide the stopper to whatever the desired depth is.

Not much to it. You let that dead stick rod sit there and jig aggressively with your other rod like you usually would do. The rod that you are actively fishing with will lure the walleyes in and if they don’t bit on that rod they will go for the dead stick rig set-up and hopefully bite on that one.

We do this dead stick fishing method because most fish in iced over cold water will be lethargic because their metabolism slows way down and will naturally go for the bait that’s easiest for them to capture.

Tip #2 – Fish Over Rock Structures

In the mid-winter when the walleyes are being picky on the bait and lures, you use you want to find a spot on the lake that you are fishing over rock structures that are around 16 feet deep. I don’t know why it is, but walleyes will bite more often in this terrain in the dead of winter.

To know the depth and the terrain that is below you will want to get yourself a fish finder. These come in real handy for ice fishing not just to know the depths and topography below the ice but to know if there are fish where your fishing as well.

It helps to have two people when you are looking for rocky bottom areas. One person will drill the holes along a dropoff, and the other person will go behind with the fish finder and measure the depth of the water and see if there is any rock structure underneath the ice. If you do this and pick the right holes to fish, you should come up with some nice walleye.

Tip #3 – Leave Room To Set Your Hook

This tip is for when you are fishing in an ice shelter, and it’s a tip for whatever kind of fish you are fishing for. Your ice fishing shelter might be 5 to 6 feet in height on the inside and if you are holding your rod a foot or more above the hole that doesn’t give you enough room to set your hook effectively.

To remedy this, you will want only to hold your rod about 3 inches above the fishing hole. Doing this will ensure that you have enough room to hook that walleye and bring him home to the frying pan.

Tip #4 – Best Time To Catch Walleye Is During Sunrise and Sunset

Walleye Fishing TipsLike most fish, the best time to catch walleye is when the sun is rising in the morning and when the sun is setting in the evening. These times of day is a fish’s natural feeding cycle. During these hours of the day the walleyes are swimming out from under the weed bed covers, and you have a more significant area that you can fish and catch walleye. And because you can fish a wider area of water, you won’t have to drill so many holes because the walleye will be just about anywhere you can think.

You will want to drill your holes ahead of time. Don’t be drilling holes during the peak walleye fishing hours of sunrise and sunset because this will disrupt the natural flow of the fish. Have the holes already drilled and then do some sampling of the holes until you find a few spots that are ample with walleye and then focus on those areas during the peak time.

Tip #5 – Vibration Gets The Walleyes Attention

The last tip in this walleye ice fishing tips article is to use vibration to get the walleye’s attention. To do this, you want to hit the bottom of the lake with your lure and raise the lure slowly. Doing this will stir up the mud and sediment on the bottom. It also causes the vibration necessary to get the walleyes attention. And when stirring up the bottom sediment, your lure will be mimicking a live creature that the walleyes would be used to feeding on.

You also might want to use a vibrating blade lure when you fish walleye with this method. When using a vibrating blade lure, you want to move the bait up and down about 3 feet. Make sure to keep aggressively jigging the lure. This will attract the fish in. If the walleye are active and ready to strike it will either grab your vibrating blade lure or the walleye if it is not prepared for a fight will go after your dead stick if you have one set up close by.

Put These Walleye Ice Fishing Tips To The Test

Walleye Winter Fishing TipsNow that I have shown you these effective walleye ice fishing tips it’s time for you to put them to the test. We all know that walleyes can be finicky when it comes to their eating habits especially in the winter. But if you put all five of these tips to good use, you should start catching some nice healthy sized walleye.

To recap when the walleyes aren’t biting start by dead stick fishing. This is where drill a hole close to the hole you are actively fishing. Put your dead stick fishing lure down the other hole and let it sit there.

With the second tip, you will need a fish finder. Use your fish finder to look for depths of the water and what structures are beneath the ice. I recommend you get yourself a Vexilar fish finder. Vexilar fish finders work best because they give you a clear reading of what’s underneath the ice.

Drill a bunch of holes along a drop off and find the best spots to fish. For walleye, you want about 16 feet of depth with rock structure.

The third tip is when you are fishing in an ice shelter leave plenty of room to set your hook. To do this hold your rod about two to three inches above the fishing hole. Holding your rod close will allow you enough room. Otherwise, you will be hitting the roof of your shelter when you are hooking the walleye.

The Best Time To Catch Walleye

Peak time to catch walleye is either in the early morning hours and or late in the evening when the sun is setting.

The fifth and final tip for walleye ice fishing is to use vibration to get the walleyes attention. Aggressively hit the bottom of the lake with your lure and bring it up slowly. Doing this will get the walleyes attention by stirring up the bottom sediment and causing vibration through the water. The stirring up of the sediment and the vibrations mimics the living creatures that the walleye are used to feeding on.

I hope these walleye ice fishing tips help you catch more walleye. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Good luck ice anglers and Happy Fishing!

Live Ice Fishing Bait – Show Me The Fish

Live Ice Fishing Bait

Ice fishing can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to what types of live bait to use for what species of fish you want to catch.

It takes a lot of patience and practice to Be able to determine what works and what doesn’t work. And every lake you fish is going to be different. So there is no perfect solution to this dilemma.

Try this, try that, fish deeper, bring your line up fish more shallow. Fish can be tricky creatures when they are swimming under that ice sheet on top of them. You see the fish metabolism slows down in the winter months’ kind of hibernation type of effect that keeps them alive and their body temperature regulated for the cold water.

Fish will tend to go after smaller live bait

in the winter because of this metabolism change. They can’t digest the bigger live baits that they usually can in summer.

Thus, they go after the smaller live baits. In this article, I will introduce you to a few different live ice fishing baits that can be used for a variety of fish you might be fishing for. These live baits need to stay wiggling and alive not frozen and dead otherwise the fish will not respond to bait. The keyword here is LIVE bait.

The exception is when fishing with minnows sometimes you want them to be dead. I will explain later.

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Tying Ice Fishing Jigs – Knot As Hard As You Think

Tying Ice Fishing JigsFishing is a sport that is loved by many people. I happen to be an avid fish lover and fishing is something that I tend to do for relaxation. However, recently I have tried my hand at ice fishing. But it has taken me several attempts to learn how tying ice fishing jigs are supposed to go.

So since this was a little difficult for me to grasp at first, now that I know the proper way I decided that I should share my knowledge with others who may have had the same experience I’ve had.

Equipment Needed

Before you begin tying ice fishing jigs, you first have to make sure that you have the proper equipment. The first thing needed is to make sure that you have an ice fishing pole.

Make sure you have line clippers in addition to having the right pole, jigs or lures. For those that don’t know fishing lines are tough lines although they are very thin.

Because of the various sizes of fish, the line has to be made tough, thin and flexible.

How to Prepare The Line On The Pole

The first thing that I make sure to do is to thread my fishing line properly through my fishing pole. There are eye loops on all fishing poles which the line runs through.

Make sure your fishing line is lined at the top of the pole and inline with your reel. This will ensure your fishing line is on your pole correctly. Otherwise, tying ice fishing jigs will be complicated.

Tying Ice Fishing Jigs

So when it comes to ice fishing as I have stated before there are all types of ice fishing poles that you could use. However, when tying the jig to the fishing pole line, you also need to make sure that the knot is tight so that it does not slip while you are fishing.

Now the loop on the jig should have the fishing line running through it. I always like to look at the line twice on the jig to ensure security.

The next thing that I would do after tying the line through the jig loop twice is to pull enough line to make sure that I have enough of fishing line to work with. This way I have enough fishing line remaining to wrap around the hook several times while making sure that the wraps do not overlap. When wrapping the lines around the hook, I always have to make sure not to pull the lines too tight.

Don’t Pull The Line Too Tight

Pulling the line to tight can cause it to snap when you have a fish on the hook. I usually like to wrap the line around the hook at least six or seven times. This gives security that the knot will remain in place.

Once I have finished doing my wraparound, and before I tie my knot, I always bring it back up to the top of my pole and run it through the two loops on my jig that I initially made when tying my jig on the pole.

At this point, I am now ready to tie my knot. So I lubricate the end part of my remaining fishing line with a little saliva or water and then tie it in a knot.

Once I have secured my knot any remaining fishing line that remains is cut with my fishing clippers. When cutting the remaining line from the knot, I have to make sure not to cut the line too short or else the knot can come apart. So I always recommend at least leaving one-eighth of the fishing line out of the knot.

3 Of The Most Common Jig Knots

It just depends on which knot you may like best. But here are three common jig knots.

Here are a few examples of some of the other knots that work just as well.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is a fishing tie knot that can be a little more complicated to tie. It requires that you double your fishing line about six inches before you run it through the eye of your lure or jig.

After you have completed running the fishing line through the jig eye, then you must double the fishing line back to create a loop so that you have enough space to pull the entire jig through the loop. Now I can pull the loop down over the jig to tighten the knot.

Nanofil Knot

The nanofil knot closely resembles the Palomar Knot in the actual process of tying. The difference comes in after the eye of the jig has been threaded.

The remaining fishing line that is hanging from the jig should be brought back up to the main fishing line. Wrap the jig twice through the loops.

Eugene Bend Knot

Another well-known knot to use is the Eugene bend knot. The previously mentioned knots are the reversal of this knot. The tag end of the line needs to be threaded through the eye of the jig. This creates a huge loop.

Once the loop is formed, then it must be wrapped around the main standing line at least four times. Then re-ran back through the tag end of the loop. At this point, you would now able to moisten the line and tie it off.

Additional Accessories

Now that I have talked about how to tie a jig onto an ice fishing pole there are a few more accessories that I think are important to have when ice fishing. Because this is ice fishing, I want to make sure that my readers are aware — one that you should have a sled that is light enough to travel across the ice. And two that it is large enough to hold your equipment.

When I am ice fishing, I always try to make sure that I carry a bucket. To put my fish in and additional needle-nose pliers to remove hooks from the fish. Also, live bait, other lures, ice fishing pole holder so that I can position my fishing pole after I have dropped my line.

And don’t forget a terminal tackle box with additional weights to use on my line. The weights will help me to be able to drop my jig lower into the water to attract the fish easier.

Don’t forget the rods! Check out these St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods. They are top of the line rods that I highly recommend.

So when it comes to ice fishing and tying your lures or jigs, it is not that difficult to do. It just takes a little bit of practice to make sure that the line and jigs are tight and secure. Ice fishing is fun and can be exciting. You must make sure to have all the necessary equipment needed and on hand.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.