Pitching Jigs For Fall Walleye with Eric Olson

Eric Olson is a veteran walleye angler and Shimano pro staffer from Red Wing, Minnesota. He shared several key strategies to use while pitching jigs for fall walleye, that might help you land more voracious fish than ever!

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When pitching jigs for walleye in the fall, keep in mind that these fish are in transition and moving to find the active fish is job number one.

To find active fish, look for dying cabbage near deeper break lines. Work the jigs, pitching to shallow cabbage edges, pulling them down the break until you find the active depth. Once you find the active depth, pitch laterally in that depth break for more time in the strike zone. Always vary the retrieve to find out what is best triggering the bites. 

Against many rules of thumb, use a slightly heavier jig in the ¼ oz+ area to allow reaching deeper depths more quickly and help in adverse windy conditions.

 

A lighter action rod of 6’8”- 7’ is also a must to allow longer casts with less effort. The G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Spinning rod 7’1” and a 2500 Stradic CI4+ is ideal for this presentation.

 

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Vary line color to match water clarity.

In clear water, use fluorocarbon. In rivers or low clarity lakes, use a green or brighter color braided line. These colored lines help detect bites and are key to catching more neutral biting fish. Olson uses braid due to its thin profile and reduced hydro drag so jigs drop faster and drift off more slowly than larger diameter monofilament lines. Shimano recommends 25% thinner PowerPro Maxcuatro, that comes in Moss Green or Hi-Vis Yellow.

The key is to keep moving! Keep moving and using side imaging to locate fish and you should have an incredibly fun fall bite on your favorite lake or river!