Walleye Fishing Techniques
The hook is one of the most important parts of the jig, and no matter what size the hook is it should always be very sharp and slightly sticky, and should be strong enough to get the job done for the size of Walleye you want and the conditions you are fishing.
It can be an excellent good idea to sharpen hooks regularly - it seems like a small thing, but it can decrease your missed-hook sets by a huge amount.
Jigging involves providing the motion so that the bait will attract the Walleye, and the weight you will need will depend on the depth that you want to fish at and the speed your boat is going.
The whole point of jigging is so that you can touch the bottom when you lower your rod tip, and to keep the bait at the right level to attract the Walleye in the area.
Once you determine these factors you may want to experiment with a few different jigs of varying weights, to determine which weight works best in the current situation.
The jig color that you choose will depend on the water conditions, the natural bait in the area, and the colors that are currently triggering the fish actively feeding.
If the water is dark or murky, colorful baits and jigs will work best.
These colors will stand out in low light or darker colored waters, and can capture the attention of nearby Walleye better.
If the water is clear or there is a lot of light, darker colored jigs and baits may work better because they are more noticeable.
Look for jigs that have a high quality finish, one that will stand up to rocks and underwater structure without chipping or peeling easily.
When it comes to jig heads, the most popular and successful shape is a round head jig. It works well in many conditions, and can be quite versatile.
One of the best pieces of advice concerning jigging is to be well prepared with more than one type of jig so you can experiment with different jigs to find out what the walleye are interested in on the day you're fishing.
One helpful tip concerning the right jig size is to use the lightest jig size that is effective.
Here's The Formula To Doing This:
You can start with a formula using one eighth of an ounce for each ten feet of depth that you are fishing at.
Unless you are in more than ten feet of water, start with an eighth ounce jig, and you can always move up to one that weighs one fourth of an ounce if you move into deeper waters or need more weight to be successful.
Walleye fishing using jigs can be a great way to improve both the size and number of fish that you catch, and don't be hesitant to experiment.