Published December 14, 2012, 06:27 AM

Spoons will yield walleyes on ice

There are lots of ways to catch walleyes through the ice, but probably the most popular way, and perhaps the best way, is with a spoon of some sort. Spoons are made in different configurations and from different materials, and the different configurations and materials will affect how the spoon behaves under the water and how it will appeal to walleyes. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when using spoons for walleyes.

By: By Bob Jensen, The Jamestown Sun

There are lots of ways to catch walleyes through the ice, but probably the most popular way, and perhaps the best way, is with a spoon of some sort.

Spoons are made in different configurations and from different materials, and the different configurations and materials will affect how the spoon behaves under the water and how it will appeal to walleyes. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when using spoons for walleyes.

In open water, sometimes the walleyes like a slow presentation: We would use a leech under a slip-bobber instead of a crankbait.

If, on the other hand, they want a faster presentation, we might go with the crankbait or a jig/plastic combo ripped quickly.

The same is true under ice: At times the fish want a faster, more aggressive action, at other times they want something slower. Some spoons are designed to be fished faster or slower than others.

Take a spoon called the Moxie Minnow. It’s stamped from lightweight brass. When it falls, it really flutters, kind of like a leaf floating to the ground.

Now consider a Puppet Minnow. It’s not really a spoon, but it’s close enough to be included in this conversation. A Puppet Minnow swims in a half-circle as it falls: Whereas most spoons fall straight up and down, the Puppet Minnow incorporates a horizontal motion into its fall.

Then there’s the Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon. It falls straight down almost and doesn’t have nearly as much action as the Moxie Minnow or Puppet Minnow. But that minimal action, along with the rattles, has made this spoon a favorite among many ice-anglers for one reason: It catches fish.

The reason so many folks like to use spoons for walleyes under the ice is that they enable you to cover a lot of area quickly, and there are so many presentation options presented by spoons. When you’re on the ice looking for walleyes, you want to keep moving until you find them.

Most anglers pop a good number of holes and move back and forth between them looking for fish. Spoons get to the bottom quickly and will get the fish’s attention. If nothing comes in, you move to the next hole. If a fish comes in and looks at your bait but doesn’t eat it, that’s an indication that fish are present, they just don’t want what you’re showing them. Change your presentation and you might get bit. Spoons enable you to find the fish quickly.

In stained water, a bait with more action might be better, while a bait with less action might be better in clear water. Again, let the fish tell you what they want. If they’re eating what you’re feeding, keep using that spoon. If they look at it but don’t eat it, do something else.

Spoons come in lots of colors and sizes and actions. Get a few and find what works best for you on the waters that you usually fish, then stock up on the ones that you find most productive.

If you want to catch walleyes consistently through the ice, spoons will help you do so.

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