How to Make Homemade Ice Fishing Jigs That Actually Work

How to Make Homemade Ice Fishing Jigs That Actually Work
Ice fishing can be a sport that is not for the faint of heart, due to the often frigid temperatures anglers must brave. Anglers attempt to lure a variety of game fish from underneath the ice using a variety of baits and lures.

Jigging is a popular method employed by many ice anglers and is often very productive. Making an ice fishing jig is a relatively simple process that allows for custom features to be added based on personal preference.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Long shank hook
  • Wire cutters
  • Colorado spinner blade
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Enamel paint
  • Small hobby brush
Step 1
Hold a long shank hook in the size of your choice by the bend in the hook. Cut the eye from the end of the hook with a pair of wire cutters. Plug a soldering iron into an electrical outlet and allow it to heat.
Step 2
Place a Colorado spinner blade on a work surface with the concave, or hollow side, up. Turn the spinner blade so the hole drilled in the spinner is on top and the larger round end is on the bottom.
Step 3
Lay the shank of the hook on the spinner blade. Position the hook so the shank is centered on the spinner blade from side to side with the end of the shank just below the hole of the blade.
Step 4
Melt a line of solder with the soldering iron along the length of the hook shank. Apply the solder so both sides of the hook shank are securely attached to the spinner blade. Allow the solder to completely cool before continuing.
Step 5
Paint the concave or shallow side of the Colorado spinner blade with bright enamel paint such as white, green, orange or yellow. Allow the paint to dry before using the ice fishing jig.

Tips & Warnings

Attach a small split ring to the hole in the spinner blade if desired.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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