Your winter whitefish success will skyrocket when you add a slider to your line. My favourite is a #6 Gamakatsu octopus hook baited with an orange-brown Mister Twister Nymph. After threading it on, I tie a barrel swivel to the end of the line to act as a stopper. Then I add an 18-inch leader to the swivel and tie on a Meegs jig, Jigging Rap or Williams spoon.
That way, when I drop the jig or spoon into the bottom sediment and stir it up to simulate a feeding fish, the slider looks like a dislodged insect. Some days, you’ll hook most of the fish on the slider; other days, it will be on the lure. You’ll even see the fish change their preferences over the course of a day. Regardless, the end result is the same—more whitefish on the ice.
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