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Jigging for Notherns

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What do you guys suggest is the best way to jig for Norterns? I typically do a lot of panfishing and the leave the northern and walleyes for the tip-ups. I haven't really tried jigging for northern or walleye too much. I have heard jigging spoons are good, but any other tips would be helpful. I usually fish 12-15 ft. of water where I go. Thanks.

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I typically use a jigging spoon and wire leader. I like swedish pimples and jig-a-whoppers. Sometimes I just use a quick strike rig like you'd use on a tip up. I tip with a shiner or sucker depending on how the bite is working. Time of year really dictates where you catch them, but most of the time shallower is better.

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Jigging spoons are great. I like large airplane jigs with a chunk of meat on them. I have a 36" heavy rod that I use and head out that way. I like the depth you're searching. I typically stay in the 8-15FOW depending on the weedline. I will usually have a tipup within 50ft as a "less active" meal and then do the aggressive jigging.

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Ditto on the jigging spoons. My favorites are a hammered gold spoon & an Angle Eye in green. Another option is Rapalas, I have a perch-colored one that works well, but that gets expensive fast if you lose a few! I've had better luck without a leader, just using 8-10 lb. Fireline & re-tying after each fish. Which reminds me, I didn't do that...the last two outings. grin.gif

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