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How to Catch Late Summer Walleyes With Shiver Minnows (video)

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August 22, 2016
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This time of year can be challenging for walleye fishermen. However, jigging Moonshine Shiver Minnows over deep structure in late summer has proved to be a great tactic for provoking bites the past few years.

The Technique to Use

moonshine minnow
Mooneshine Shiver Minnow is a great choice in any season for walleyes, bass, trout, pike, crappies, etc.

I’ve found that the best way to use these minnow-shaped baits is by working them in a “walk-the-dog” type motion, followed with a glide. When you cast your Shiver Minnow out you will want to let it hit the bottom. Then sweep your rod up about three feet. The sweep should be aggressive, almost to the point of snapping it up. This motion will cause the lure to dart out to the side. I like to use a rod with a good backbone and a flexible tip like the 6’8” Medium Johnny Morris Carbonlite Series Spinning Rod (JCL68MSXF).

Following the lift, you will want to drop the tip of your rod to give it slack. This allows the bait to turn around and glide to the center as you reel up the slack line. Right before your lure hits the bottom, repeat this cadence 2 to 5 times. By keeping your bait off of the bottom, it will help keep weeds and moss off the lure. It will also keep it in the strike zone of the fish.

The Rod to Use

On the last rip, hold the rod tip up, letting the bait glide to the bottom. Almost all the bites will come on the glide. You will notice the weight on the line when you go to start the next cadence. This is when you set the hook!

mustad kvd treble hook
Mustad UltraPoint KVD Elite Triple Grip 1X Treble Hook


The Hook to Use

These lures were originally designed for ice fishing. I like to swap out the “ice fishing” treble hook with the customer top rated Mustad UltraPoint KVD Elite Triple Grip Treble Hook (TG76NP-BN), which can be found at Bass Pro Shops.

For a #2 Shiver Minnow you should use an “O” ring with a #6 hook. Use a #6 hook for a #3 Shiver Minnow.

1 arrow point  Take a look at the video below showing the larger hook on the Shiver Minnow and how it helps keep the fish hooked.

Editor’s Note: If you have questions or comments on this or other articles of mine you may have read, contact me through the website The NextBite.


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Gary Parsons

Home: Glidden, Wisconsin
(wife) Mary, (son) Chase
Whitetail, Grouse, Pheasant Hunting with my 5 Vizsla pointer hunting dogs
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Angling Stuff


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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