Examples Of Walleye Fishing Rigs And How To Set Them Up

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Walleye are among the top list of those elusive fish that anglers love to chase after. The challenge in pulling one into the boat adds to the thrill of the hunt. Walleye do not give up with a fight. This can make the catch near impossible at times but it is not an impossible task by any means. All it takes is having the right techniques to have and when to execute them to pull a mighty walleye into the boat.

One of the best physical features of walleye is their ability to reflect light. This strength gives the fish an amazing ability to see clearly in dark or muddy waters. For this reason dim light times of day are their favorite feeding times.

Walleye come to the surface at dawn before the sun has a chance to shine bright in the sky. Once that sun makes its move to a higher position in the sky, the walleye instinctually head for deeper, darker waters.

At night walleye prefer menu selections of night crawlers, small plugs, bullheads, leeches and minnows. Feeding times for walleye are from dusk to dawn. These are the hours when the waters are at their darkest points and walleye can do their best hunting. These are also the hours anglers need to strike with the best rig combinations known in the fishing community.

Effective Walleye Fishing Rigs
At any time during the hunt for walleye, there are several options an angler can select from to reel one off the line. The simplest yet most effective way has four elements that work tremendously when placed together on a single line. The four elements are a lead weight; spinner blade; beads and a hook. Sure there are fancier elements to place on a line in a variety of combinations. The end results will not be nearly as effective as with this combination.

The key here is lead weight head jig. Walleye love lead weight head jigs. This could be due to any number of things. Among them being at times of pickiness, walleye view the lead head jig as a strange yet familiar object in the water.

They strike almost without warning in order to not let this object slip away. Anglers welcome the walleye favoritism for jigs. It is among the most affordable options for anglers. A variety of colors and sizes are available on the market allowing anglers to mix it up every now and then.

Two variations of lead head jigs are available. One is a flip tail jig and the other is a skirt tail jig. Pair either one with a minnow or other live bait selection on the hook for great results. Walleye prefer crawfish, small crustaceans and night crawlers for food selections. Keep a healthy stock of each in the tackle box to keep walleye on the end of the line.

The second type of effective walleye rig is the Blakemore Roadrunner. This type has been around almost as long as walleye have been manning the waters. Even so it is still a highly popular and effective rigging technique to reel in the elusive walleye. One of the favorite aspects to this rig is the fact that it can not be used incorrectly.

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