Things To Know About Fishing With Jigs
Suggested Jig Weights
Panfish and Crappies 1/32 – 1/16 – 1/8 oz.
River Trout and Salmon 1/16- 1/8 – 1/4 oz
Walleyes and Bass 1/16 – 1/8 – 3/8 – 1/2 oz.
Northern Pike and Muskies 3/4 – 1 – 1 1/2 oz.
Lake Trout and Stripers 3/4 – 1 – 1 1/2 – 2 oz.
Fishing with Jigs
Jigs can be a highly effective fishing presentation when the proper set-up (rod, reel, line and jig) is used. Unlike a spoon or inline spinner, when a fish strikes the lure and hooks itself, a jig bite most often is very light as the fish inhales the bait usually on the fall when the jig is settling towards the bottom.
To detect strikes more easily jigs should be fished with stiff (fast action) sensitive rod with enough flex to cast your jig along with using the lightest possible line for the species and fishing conditions. This will help you feel the bite on the retrieve or when the jig is sinking by keeping the line taut.
Many expert anglers use the fishing line as a strike indicator, when the jig sinks they watch the line for any subtle twitches signalling a strike or if the line stops indicating a fish is moving upward with the jig. To optimize the visual of fishing line jig fisherman prefer to use fluorescent coloured line over clear monofilament and wear polarized sunglasses improving the line visibility even more.
Suggested Rod & Reel Set-ups
Panfish (Bluegills Crappies and Perch)
Ultra light action spinning rod and reel spooled with 2-4lb test line
Light to medium light action spinning rod and reel spooled with 4-6lb test line
Medium light to medium spinning action rod and reel spooled with 8-10lb test line
Medium to medium heavy action bait casting rod and reel spooled with 12-17lb test line
Medium to medium heavy action bait casting rod and reel spooled with 12-20lb test line