Best Rigs


The 3-way swivel rig is a great presentation for walleye fishing, especially if you are trolling.  Anglers will usually use this rig to troll spinner rigs, crankbaits, swimbaits and a variety of other lures. You can also drift with live bait such as nightcrawlers, leeches and minnows.

The Carolina Rig works great for walleye.  Most walleye anglers will use their Carolina Rig with live bait such as nightcrawlers, minnows and leeches.  Soft plastics such as grubs, finesse worms, curly tail worms and swimbaits will also work on a Carolina Rig. Some other lures that work on a Carolina Rig are spinners, shallow running crankbaits and spoons, although, using these lures are not as popular on a Carolina Rig.

The drop shot rig is one of the most effective ways to target walleye, although, most walleye anglers don’t even consider using this rig. This rig works great for fishing just above the bottom.  You can cast your line out and hop it along the bottom or fish vertically.  Both methods can be very productive.  The drop shot rig works well with nightcrawlers, leeches and minnows.  There are many soft plastics that will also catch plenty of walleye with a drop shot rig.  Finesse worms, grubs and soft plastic minnows will all catch walleye when the bite is going strong.

A simple jighead and live bait is really all you need to catch walleye and that’s how most anglers like to fish for walleye.  Since walleye are usually located on the bottom, a jighead is a good choice to get your bait down to the bottom whether you are using minnows, leeches or nightcrawlers.

Scrounger Jigheads can be effective for walleye fishing.  Since scrounger jigheads work well in shallow water, you need walleye to be actively feeding in the shallows for this technique to be effective.  The spring and early summer are the best times to target walleye in the shallows.  Use finesse worms, curly tail worms, grubs and soft plastic minnows and you should have some action in the early morning, late evening and at night with the Scrounger Jigheads.

Some anglers love the action on these jigs so much that they fish them on a Carolina Rig or 3-Way Swivel Rig to get these baits down deeper.  This can also be very effective for catching walleye.

Most walleye anglers don’t use the split shot rig because walleye relate to the bottom and a jighead is usually more productive. There are times that a split shot rig can work really well though. The split shot rig is a great live bait rig for targeting walleye when you don’t need to fish super deep and there isn’t much current. This is one of the better ways to present a live bait naturally to walleye.  When the walleye are finicky and you’re on a school of them, this is one of the best ways to get them to bite.  Leeches, nightcrawlers and minnows work great on a split shot rig.

‘The slip bobber rig is one of the most versatile rigs for catching walleye.  Live baits such as nightcrawlers, leeches and minnows work great under a slip bobber.  You can easily change depths, so you can target walleye in the shallows or down deep.  If you fish with live bait and you don’t use slip bobber rigs, you really are missing out on some excellent walleye fishing opportunities.

The wacky rig is definitely more popular for bass fishing, but you can rig some soft plastic worms wacky style to catch walleye.  Some anglers catch walleye on accident while fishing with senkos (or senko-styled worms) on a weightless rig.  If you fish these worms on a drop shot rig wacky style, you will catch more walleye than if you use a weightless rig in most situations because walleye spend a lot of time on the bottom.

With live nightcrawlers and leeches, you can rig them wacky style to catch walleye. Whether you fish them on a slip bobber, jighead or drop shot rig, they will work well for walleye.