Each Spring walleye and sauger move upriver to spawn and are readily catch-able within the first five miles of the dam. While they can be very susceptible to live bait at this time of year, more than ever however, when the water is cold if you are after walleye and sauger you need to add jig and plastic and a few more lures to your arsenal.
Ringworms work great for catching walleye
If you are thinking of trying plastic for the first time, a Ringworm is a top choice. Ringworms catch numbers and size easily. Walleye and sauger that nip or mouth your jig and minnow will attack a Ringworm. This is no baloney! It's exactly what happened to me when I made the switch.
Ringworms have been around for a long time. A Ringworm is basically an elongated twister tail with a ribbed body made of soft plastic. The ribs and curly tail give the Ringworm added motion and sound which attracts the fish. Once walleye arrive, it's the size and color that gets them to eat.
Fishing open water is great but you don't have to have a boat to use a Ringworm, shore bound anglers have great success with them off the bank, too. If you like pitching jigs and live bait, it's pretty simple to put a Ringworm to your jig and fish it as you do live bait. However, a Ringworm causes your jig to act differently. You will need to use a slightly heavier jig to get the same "feeling" on bottom.
Best walleye jigs to pair with the Ringworm
When using a jig and Ringworm, you'll want a jig that is light enough to tumble downstream, ticking bottom every once in a while. Too heavy a jig will snag up, too light will be above the strike zone. B Fish N Tackle H20 jigs have features designed for plastics fishing.
First there are nine different weights. The difference between a 1/8th ounce and a 3/16th ounce could make a huge difference. The weights are stamped on the underside of the jig for easy size identification.
This jig head is streamlined and cuts thru the current easily. It has a keeper barb that holds plastic tight to the head which allows you to catch several fish off the same piece of plastic.
If the area you are fishing is too snaggy, then you need a snagless jig. B Fish N Tackles Draggin' Jig has an arrowhead that cuts current. It has a fiber weed guard to ward off snags and that same keeper barb to hold the plastic tight. It's a shore fisherman's dream jig!
A weight, a hook, a minnow and a prayer
If your fishing technique is a weight, a hook, a minnow and a prayer, you can use a Ringworm in place of the minnow, but I would suggest a 1/0 or larger hook. I'm not opposed to casting out and setting a rod in a holder and waiting for the fish to come to you, but by doing that you really eliminate 99% of the fish-able water in front of you.
I'd suggest casting out and leaving your offering out for ten minutes and then recasting to a different spot. The ten minute rule is a great method for the shore-bound angler fishing with plastic.
Color plays a huge part in walleye fishing and B Fish N Ringworms are available in 37 colors for a reason. The "HOT COLOR" is different in different bodies of water and often that "HOT COLOR" will change in hours and even minutes.
If you are fishing with a buddy or two, each needs to use differently colored Ringworms until the hot one is found. If you are fishing alone, you can use a double jig rig, a Dubuque rig or a drop shot rig with a heavier jig on bottom. By using these double rigs you can try different colors at the same time.
Where to start
If you are wondering where to start, get yourself four packs of Ringworms in strikingly contrasting colors; get two bright colors and two dark colors. As your time on the water using these colors increases, you can add more colors in the mix. Then if you are like me you will have too many colors to choose from thus causing confusion each time you go fishing.
The plastic revolution is in full swing and B Fish N Tackle is right in the middle of it with six Ringworm options from our AuthentX Plastic line-up. The Original Ringworm, Moxi, Pulse-R, Ribb-Finn, Paddletail and K-Grub. While the Original Ringworm is a top choice to begin your foray into the plastic revolution, these other styles have their time and place also!