The Best Lures to Use for Jigging for Walleyes

The Best Lures to Use for Jigging for Walleyes
Walleye are one of America's most sought-after game fish. There are as nearly as many ways of catching them as there are fishermen. One tried and true method remains the walleye jig. Use live bait with a classic lead jig, or try a tempting minnow jig that mimics live bait while adding dozens of color combinations. There are thousands of jigs on the market, but some stand out from the rest.

Colored Lead Jigs

The Whistler Jig stands out for its propeller-style design. Intended to add eye-catching flash and attractive vibrations in the water, this colored lead jig and its metallic, spinning blade are a good gamble. Its helicopter action also helps it move slowly through the water, a must for catching walleye.

Designed with a weight-forward concept, the Erie Jig is one of the most popular walleye jigs on the market. Used widely in Lake Erie, the Erie Jig has proved effective across the country for walleye fishing.

If you like fishing early in the morning or after dark, the Fire-Ball jig is for you. Its racy glow-in-the-dark coating and wild colors make this jig pop. Set with a wide-gap hook and trailing hook connector, the Fire-Ball is a favorite of pros and amateurs alike.


Noisy Jigs

In deep lakes and dirty water, the Mr. Walleye Rattlin' Rogue lets walleye know where it's at. Equipped with metal rattle and 12 bright colors, this jerk bait makes quick work of walleye.

One of the most popular noisy jigs, the Buck-Shot Rattle Jig pulls out all the stops. Its blood-red barbed hook and buck-shot rattle tube are a killer combination, especially in dark or dirty water conditions.

Swimming Jigs

The Swim Jig is a simple, effective jig that keeps you out of the weeds and into the fish. Its long, banana shaped design keeps it rolling through debris and catches the eyes of hungry walleye. Jigging or slow trolling, you'll get plenty of bites with this sleek number.

If you want to skip the classic jigs and use something with a little more pizazz, tie on an Ultra Minnow. With its centered hook eye and long, slender design, the Ultra Minnow has spot-on swimming action. Try solid or multicolor options.


Article Written By Jake Kulju

Jake Kulju is a Minneapolis-based freelance outdoors writer with 10 years' experience. He is an outdoors guidebook author for Avalon Travel and his work is regularly published in "Outdoor Traditions Magazine" and "Naturescape News." His nature-based poetry is published in "Poetry Canada" and "Farmhouse Magazine." Kulju holds an English degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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