Winter Mississippi River Walleye

I am still fishing, the rivers haven’t froze up yet. I am using jigs and crankbaits with my slip-sinker bottom bouncer. I have been using floaters too. The water has been higher than normal so sometimes its hard to keep a jig down so I use rapalas and thunder stick Jrs. I like these because they don’t dive too deep and so I can keep my sinker close to the bottom without picking up leaves and getting snags. The large crankbaits work but I have to keep the sinker off the bottom for as far as the crankbait dives and that makes it a guessing game and harder to keep the lure in the zone.

Also in the winter sonars and jigging spoons work, especially when fishing where I can’t troll, or space is limited.

The fish don’t bite well in the cold months, but they can be caught and it’s better than sitting at home.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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