How to Rig For Walleye

Mathew Odenthal

September 3, 2022


There are a few methods that you can use when jigging for walleye. These include using a no-twist drop-shot hook and a spinner to attract walleye. Another approach is to use a jig head with a Lindy rig.

Using a drop-shot hook with a no-twist design to rig for walleye

One of the best ways to catch walleye is by using a drop-shot rig. Drop-shot rigs use a hook tied to a certain distance up the line and a sinker attached at the end. The spacing between the two components varies depending on the bait you’re using and the size and location of the fish.

Most anglers use light monofilament lines of four to six pounds. But when drop-shotting, you’ll need heavy monofilament lines. Using a 6 to 8-pound fluorocarbon line will work for most situations. Drop-shotting is easy to learn and use, and it often works better than more traditional tactics.

Using a spinner

Using a spinner to rig walleye can be a great way to catch more fish. It’s a medium-speed approach perfect for targeting fish near the bottom, spread out along long breaks, or clustered in pods. There are many different ways to rig a spinner.

Spinners are easy to use and versatile, so you can use them in shallow and deep water. And because they will catch anything that swims, they are a relatively easy way to hook a walleye. Even those with little fishing experience can use spinners.

Spinner rigs work best when the water temperature is around 50 degrees or higher. The flashing of the blade is one of the primary factors that attract walleye. Another factor that makes spinners so effective is that they can be worked much faster than straight rigs. The quicker the bait moves, the faster the fish will be drawn to it. Additionally, spinners can attract walleyes from a farther distance than a straight rig can.

Using a jig head

There are many ways to rig for walleye, but one of the most common is using a jig head. This rig type is very versatile and can be tied to any kind of lure, including soft plastic bait. For this rig, you need a heavy jig head.

A jig head with a skirt tail or flip tail is a good choice for a jig head for walleye. You can also use other types of live bait like crawfish, night crawlers, or even a minnow. However, it’s best to use a jig head designed explicitly for walleye.

A jig head with a small minnow is another popular bait for winter walleye. Some ice fishermen also add a minnow head to the hook of a jigging spoon. This method will produce a subtle motion and can be used to attract more active fish. Walleye can be found throughout the United States and Canada, but their native habitat includes the Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi River basin.

Using a lindy rig

Using a lindy rig to fish for walleye is one of the best ways to deliver live bait to the fish. However, it is essential to fish slowly and with heavy weight to attract the right size walleye. A one-ounce bullet sinker will usually do the trick. The best bait for walleye is minnows, but leeches, crawlers, and other small fish are also good options.

The Lindy Rig is especially effective when walleyes are in a bad mood after a cold front. This is the time to cast a Lindy Rig to areas where the fish have assembled, such as a flat spot, straight braking, or patch of grass. The Lindy Rig allows the angler to pull the lure over these sweet spots precisely.

Using a slip sinker

You should use a quality slip sinker if you want to rig for walleye on the fly. Slip sinkers come in a variety of sizes and can be used on a variety of walleye rigs. The most effective slip sinker will present a leech or live minnow to the walleye. Other rigging necessities include beads and soft silicone float stops. A good barrel swivel is also essential.

The most important thing about this type of rig is that it will eliminate the resistance that the fish feels while chasing your live bait. If the fish encounters resistance while chasing your appeal, it will drop it. With a slip sinker rig, you can remove this resistance from your bait and re-feed your line as the fish bites. There are three parts to a slip sinker rig: the slip sinker, the bobber, and the stopper.