Jeffs Ice-O-Miniums sleepers rentals for walleye ice fishing on Lake of the Woods!  
Ice fishing set ups, tackle, lures, jigs, bait and more for Jeff's Ice-O-Miniums Sleepers on Lake of the Woods - ice fishing shacks, shelter, and shanty rentals. Catch walleye, sauger, northern, and jumbo perch! Sleepers on Lake of the Woods provides the biggest ice fishing shacks,  ice fishing shelter, and  ice fishing shanty rentals among the best Minnesota outfitters for ice fishing. Catch walleye, sauger, northern pike, jumbo perch, and eelpout!
 


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Ice fishing gear and set up examples for Lake of the Woods.

While fishing LOW, you will have the chance to catch many of the varieties through the ice. While the most popular (and many will say the tastiest), and commonly caught will be the walleye.

At the beginning of the season, most fish houses will be positioned closer to shore in shallower waters. As the season progresses, the fish will begin to cycle out in the deeper waters. Jeff moves the houses, keeping them, and you in the center of the ice fishing action.

The example below of a ice fishing rig for Lake of the Woods walleye fishing, which is the most popular fish species targeted at Jeff's Ice-o-miniums. Of course there are no hard fast rules and this is just an example.

Lake of the Woods walleye ice fishing rod, tackle, jigs and bait examples

Lake of the Woods ice fishing example rig set up for walleyes
Lake of the Woods ice fishing slider bead to stop slip bobber on line and allows you to et the desired depth for catching walleyes, jumbo perch, northern pike and others when renting a ice fishing shelter. Because a person can ice fish with two lines, oftentimes one fishing pole will be set up like the one on the left, and the other line set up to fish "straight-line", style with a jig tipped with a minnow. This allows you to let the bait work with a smaller presentation on one line and actively jig with the other line. With a sensitive rod, you'll be able to actually feel and see your rod tip as the fish takes the jig and you can set the hook. If you have one, a rod holder can be convenient way to hold your ice fishing rods while attending to your other tasks while keeping it secure. Usually 4-6 lb test line is enough for walleye and sauger.

There is a new type of fishing rod which have a spring tip which makes monitoring those light bites even easier. This is full contact ice fishing at its finest.

Shown on the left is a common slip bobber set up for ice fishing walleyes. The bobber type in this example is an all season type slip bobber. When in an ice fishing house, it will work with no problem. When fishing outside in the cold during winter, an IceBuster bobber would be a better bobber choice as the line is under water so won't ice up.

After adding the bobber-stop, bead and the slip bobber, attach a barrel swivel, for two reasons. One, the barrel swivel will minimize your bait or lure from rotating which tends to turn off fish, second, it allows you to easily add a fluorocarbon leader to (2-3 feet long) the end of your fishing line. Fluorocarbon is stronger than monofiliment or braided fishing line of the same diameter, and nearly invisible, it sinks and is fray resistant. To this attach a small lead weight to help get your bait down quickly between fish and prevent your bait from potentially swimming over and tangling other fishing lines.

Finally, attach either your jig or hook.

NOTE:
lures or jigs are not required for walleye fishing success. Plain hook set ups produce just as many fish as lures. Here are some ice fishing jig examples commonly used jigs on Lake of the Woods.

Eye Dropper jigs can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye Perch Minnow Jig can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye Red Eye jigs can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye Red glow tear drop jigs can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye Forage Minnow jigs can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye Stop Sign jigs can be deadly when ice fishing Lake of the Woods for walleye

On the left are other types of minnow shaped lures such as Jiggin' Raps, the Salmo minnow and others which have produced very impressive catches as well. It appears that often it will be larger, more aggressive fish that will hit these and will rise 10 or more feet from below to come up and strike on this type of lure. To add scent they are often tipped with a whole minnow or sometimes just the head.

Live baits for Lake of the Woods ice fishing

Most visitors at Jeff's ice fishing for walleye use live bait, (live bait is provided by Jeff with rentals). The most common ice fishing walleye bait used are probably fathead or shiner minnows. Try variations with bait size and type until you find what works best. Sometimes if fish are biting light or short, or stealing your bait, you may just use a minnow head which will entice the fish to take your lure. Some fishermen use what are called Emerald Shiners. These may or may not be dead and preserved.
When ice fishing at Lake of the Woods I prefer a Thill slip bobber when in a heated icefishing shack
When ice fishing at Lake of the Woods I use a barrel swivel to reduce spinning bait
When ice fishing at Lake of the Woods I use P-Line flourocarbon for a leader, tough, invisible and sinks
When ice fishing at Lake of the Woods use a small lead weight to keep your minnow below your rig and not tangle your fishing partners line
When ice fishing at Lake of the Woods I prefer a Gamagatsu brand hook - super sharp, super strong!


Jiggin Rap ice fishing lure walleye
Jiggin Rap ice fishing lure walleye
Jiggin Rap ice fishing lure walleye
Jiggin Rap ice fishing lure walleye

Fishing FlashersMarcum Flashers are a great help ice fishing at Lake of the Woods!

When it comes time to actually know what is happening below the ice, there is no doubt that a "flasher" or "graph" can show you exactly where they are and how they are reacting to your presentation. Flashers are a sonar device where you lower a transducer into the water and the circular graph relays everything between you the bottom of the lake and any fish in between. The bottom is marketed red while fish are marked with by yellow, green, or red line (red being the larger fish). You can also "see" your presentation including your weight and bait.

The ability to "see" fish in the water column allows you to be able to adjust your presentation. Walleye tend to stick toward the bottom, though they will often rise higher or even feed through higher water and the flasher is a way to adjust your presentation to match. There are three primary brands for flashers, Marcum, Humminbird, and Vexilar.

One of the great things about fishing with Jeff that cannot be overstated is his genuine interest in your success. He checks in on his guests. If you like, he can even offer suggestions or advice on what seems to be working at other shacks, or even move the sleeper if need be.

Don't wait, there are only so many slots in a season! Reserve your ice fishing trip with Jeff for an experience you won't forget!


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