The String-Thing For A Light-Bite….

Can you tell me any tips for ice fishing for walleye?

One of the best tips I know of for ice fishing is to use a strike indicator on your rod. Most fish, especially crappie, will hit very light in cold water, and many hits go undetected, even on a sensitive rod. There are some that are commercially available, but it is very easy to make your own, especially if you know someone who plays guitar.

Get and old discarded low ‘E’ guitar string. Using a pair of wire-cutters, clip the end that does NOT have the ‘ball’ end. You want it to be 8 to 12 inches long. Now, simply wrap the NON ball end on your rod tip, with the ball end even with your rod tip. Bend the guitar string up at about a 30 degree angle. Now, thread the end of your fishing line through the hole in the ball-end, then through your rod tip.

When a fish hits, no matter how light, the string will bend to the rod tip, and you know a crappie is snacking.

Happy fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow walleye fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on walleye fishing since 2004.

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