Winter


Most ice fishermen fish for crappie, perch and bluegill because they are more prevalent and easier to catch than walleye, but that doesn’t mean that anglers would rather catch panfish than walleye.  Walleye are definitely desired more than panfish, but many anglers have problems catching walleye consistently.  Good crappie fishermen will catch a lot of walleye as well because walleye and crappie are usually located in the same areas.  Early in the winter season, you can find walleye in 8 to 20 feet of water.  As winter progresses, go slightly deeper and you will find fish.

If you are fishing for crappie and walleye, a small minnow on a jig will work for both species.  If you are just focusing on walleye, you can go a little bigger with your bait.  Jigs can be slightly bigger and minnows in the 3 to 4 inch range will work.