I'm pretty fresh to the ice fishing game and need some advice. I've been searching for walleyes on Lake Osakis (near Alexandria) with marginal success. I've been fishing in well-known locales, hitting rock piles, holes, flats, etc.
I've mostly been using minnows and worms on Lindy Rattlin' Flyers, Buckshots, plain red hooks and others jigs.
What's your most tried and true method to inducing a walleye strike?
I've been using fat heads or crappie minnows. In 20-25 ft of water. Seems like they are biting right at dusk from what I have heard from other guys on the lake. They just keep saying the fish are finicky. I have fished at all hours, but haven't found a pattern.
Lately I have been having my best luck with a one two punch of a 1/16 to 1/8th oz slender spoon and minnow head, and a deadstick with a shiner or the biggest fathead I can find sitting a few feet away. Jig the he** out of the spoon to get their attention, and then most of the time they end up taking the deadstick down.
im pretty much with bioguy. use a jiggin spoon of some kind(too many good ones to name) and put the deadstick just a few feet away. if they arent seeming to hit the crappie or fathead try a shiner. i like shiners cuz the scales fall off and make it look more injured. you can use the head the tail the whole thing just keep pluggin away im sure the magic presentation for that lake will present itself to you. thats my opinion.
Posted on: 2013/1/24 16:09
<----38" 12+ LBS on 1st sat in jan '13
With the weather as its been. I REALLY like to use smaller spoons. Whether its a 1/16 oz buckshot or lighting spoon. The bite has been a little tougher lately so options such as using a #10 original hook w/ a dead stick can be a deadly force to recon with. When the bite picks up try the bigger spoons. slender spoon, swedish pimple, mimic minnow... All pretty good options