Read Between the Lines – The key to reading contours is understanding the space between lines. The wider the space between lines, the flatter and more gradual the slope of the bottom of the waterway from one line to the next. The narrower the space, it’s just the opposite – steeper and more of a quick drop-off.
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How do you locate walleye ice fishing spots?
A contour map can help you locate walleye ice fishing spots in two important ways: You can identify prominent underwater structures, such as points, saddles, and reefs. You can find the right depth ranges on these structures to fish.
Where to fish for walleye in the winter?
During late winter you’ll find walleye in more shallow areas of about 10-20 feet that are close to their spawning grounds. Look for these close to where streams and rivers flow into the lake. Within these areas, you’ll find them feeding wherever there are large concentrations of baitfish.
What is the hardest part of ice fishing for walleye?
Probably the hardest part of catching walleye with ice fishing is finding the right locations that hold plenty of fish. This is especially true on large lakes that you haven’t fished before. Unless you have a local guide, you’re essentially relying on luck to find good fishing spots, and the likelihood of going home with an empty bucket is high.
How far off the bottom do you fish for walleyes?
Jig your bait 1-3 ft off the bottom until you mark fish on your flasher or get bites. Use our Curved Flutter Spoon or the Rattle Rip Minnow from our Ice Fishing Kit to reflect light and call in the walleyes.