Angler Education

Swimming Lures Under the Ice

Swimming lures designed to represent real baitfish are great wintertime baits. They tend to work best in clear water and specific spots, particularly during the changing light periods of dawn and dusk, when walleyes commonly feed during the winter period. Using swimming lures requires a feel for what needs to be done to make them come to life. Using a sensitive rod and smooth operating reel spooled with quality line allows you to manipulate your bait moves to fool walleyes into thinking your lure is a real baitfish. The basic jigging motion is the same as with flash lures?lift-fall-hold, lift-fall-hold. Addition of jiggles within the cadence, along with changes in the cadence and in depth relative to the depth at which the walleye is approaching, are a few of the other moves you can make to trigger strikes.