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Parson's Tip: Baits That Attract More Fish to Your Ice Fishing Hole

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January 31, 2017
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Selecting a lure with good action when you are ice fishing for walleyes can help you attract more fish to the hole and ultimately get more bites. Glide baits, like the Moonshine Lures Shiver Minnow, will jump to the side of the hole a foot or more as you lift it. This is different than most baits used for ice fishing, which tend to move vertically. As this bait turns around to come back, the change in direction will often trigger a bite. The #2 is a good size to start with.

moonshine minnow
Mooneshine Shiver Minnow is a great choice when ice fishing for walleyes.

Other baits that jump to the side of the hole as you lift up with your rod are the ACME Sidewinder, VMC Tingler Spoon and KenKatch Slim Slam. These are all thin metal spoons that have a horizontal swing.

While aggressive jigging can help fish sense that there is food in the area, they also need to be able to see your bait.

The color of the bait I choose depends on the conditions. Metallics are always a favorite, as they give off a "flash" that can easily catch the attention of the walleye.

In low-light conditions, bright colors work well. Firetiger is one of my go-to patterns. Baits that glow in the dark also work really well, including those that have a color on one side and glow on the other, as they will appear to be flickering as they fall through the water.

You will want to use a short length, medium action rod to get good hook sets when using these lures.

For line, I use 8lb Berkley Nanofil fishing line because it is a no-stretch line that is very sensitive. This is tied to an 8lb Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon leader. This combination will increase your chance of a good hook-up and a successful day on the ice!



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Gary Parsons

Home: Glidden, Wisconsin
(wife) Mary, (son) Chase
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Favorite Technique: Jigging
Fishing Strength:
All facets of Walleye fishing techniques are strong, but I enjoy pitching jigs the best!
Favorite Lake:
Bull Shoals, Arkansas and Fort Peck, Montana
Favorite Species Fished:
Walleyes, they are the most challenging freshwater fish on the planet because they do so many things and adapt to their food source betterthan any fish I know
Likes to Fish:
Western reservoirs of the Missouri River system. Number one choice, Ft. Peck, MT and then Lake Oahe, SD


Career Highlights

Fishing 29+ years professionally, but fishing since age 4
Angler of the Year in 3 open Professional Walleye Circuits (only person to have won)
Member of the Bass Pro Shops National Fishing Team
2011 Named in Outdoor Life's 20 Best Anglers on the Planet
2011 FLW Championship Qualifier
2011 Named National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler
2007 Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
2007 1st place PWT at Winnecoone, WI
2004 1st place Berkley Walleye Cup at Chamberlain, SD
2004 ESPN Great Outdoor Games Qualifier
2003 1st place PWT at Mobridge, SD
2003 Storm Lures Angler of the Year
2000 PWT "Heavy Weight" at Sault Ste Marie, MI
17 Time PWT Championship Qualifier
3 Time (PWT) AOY title record
3 Time AIM Championship Qualifier
1995 North American Walleye Angler (NAWA)
1993,1994 Angler of the Year Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
1988 Manufacturer's Walleye Council (MWC)

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