Wait, don’t toss out those dead minnows! Here’s how to give floaters a second life to still catch fish
#2 POUNDING BOTTOM
Banging the lake bottom with a dead minnow on a heavy jig or specialty lure is one of the most reliable ways to catch burbot through the ice. With some downsizing and a little more finesse, however, the tactic can be just as effective with other species throughout the year. The next time you’re jigging for walleye or bass, try subtly hitting the bottom with an 1/8-ounce jig tipped with a single floater. You may be surprised at how much interest you drum up by mimicking a baitfish foraging in the muck. As with standard jigging, don’t overdo it, and add long pauses between thumping sequences.