Jigging Worms

While most anglers prefer jigging a minnow or lively nightcrawler for walleye, soft plastic worms can also get the job done.  There are a lot of soft plastic worms on the market, but some of them are definitely better than others when jigging for walleye.

Finesse Worms

4 to 5 inch worms tend to work best for catching good numbers of walleye.  The finesse worms look great with a jigging motion.  Some of the smaller, finesse worms also have a tail which gives some additional action to the bait.


Ringworms are a great style of worm you can use to jig for walleye.  Depending on the color of the worm you choose, you can actually mimic a worm or minnow.

Chunk Worms (Ned Rig Worms)

A 2.5 to 4 inch wacky worm on a jighead is super effective for walleye.  The Ned rig will definitely catch a lot of walleye.  Go smaller in that 2.5 to 3 inch range for more action and upsize to the 3.5 and 4 inch sizes to catch good numbers of fish with some occasional big fish too.

Worms That Swim

Swimming Worms

A swimming worm is a great swimbait for targeting bigger walleye.  Most of the manufacturers will make these style of worms in that 5 to 6 inch range which are perfect for targeting quality walleye.

Curly Tail Worms

You can also swim any curly tail worm.  The smaller 4 to 5 inch curly tail worms are very effective baits for walleye.  They are a big time numbers bait and they will catch some better quality walleye too.  You can upsize to some of those bigger worms that you would use to target largemouth bass as well.


Ringworms are one of the best baits to swim for walleye, so if you want to find a bait that works great for catching good numbers of walleye with some potential for a big fish, swimming a ringworm may be what you are looking for.