Ice fishing can be exciting, especially when you’re on fish and they are biting. But, what happens if the bit slows down? Do you move, change-up your presentation? I have found over the years that if you are jigging you can still entice fish to strike even if they are not necessarily feeding. This is where slowing down your presentation, fishing close to the bottom and fishing a lure that has a “horizontal” swimming action can really produce explosive hits.
Here’s an image that Drake Damchuk sent us of a walleye he recently hooked fishing the “firetiger” jigging Rapala tipped with a minnow. The bright color is not natural, but very effective for stirring-up a fishes curiosity when it’s not feeding. Combine that with gently shaking the lure just off the bottom with pauses every once and a while can be deadly!