Ice-fishing jigs: How to pick the best size

Fish in a funk?

Then it might be time for a lighter jig. Here’s why

When the #icefishing bite gets tough, Hall of Fame angler @GordPyzer says it’s time to pull out your lightest jigs. Here’s why... Click to Tweet

Ice anglers often wonder whether they should use the heaviest or lightest jig possible when the winter bite gets tough. I always opt for the wispiest weight. Why? First, consider that tough, turned-off winter walleye, whitefish, crappies, yellow perch and brook trout typically swim close to the bottom.

Try a light jig on bottom when fishing is tough

You can often attract them to investigate your jig and live bait or soft-plastic dressing, but then they snub their noses and swim away. The next time you see that happen on your sonar, tie on a featherweight jig and dressing, and lay it on the bottom. You’ll be amazed how often the fish will suck it up, but only if you use a 1/32- to 1/16-ounce jig. A heavier offering will typically go untouched, buried out of sight in the soft bottom.

Every Friday this winter we’ll be sharing Outdoor Canada’s coolest ice-fishing tips for 2019. Check back often for the latest tackle, tips and techniques for icing more walleye, trout, perch, northern pike, lake trout, crappies and whitefish.

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