Many walleye anglers reserve jigs for basic lift-fall vertical presentations, but the truth is they’re among the most versatile lures around.

For example, cast-and-swim approaches are great for working shorelines, reefs and other fish-holding structure. Slowly swimming the jig just off bottom is often hard to beat, but when the bite slows and you think there are still fish around, a little creativity is in order.

One solution is to slow the tempo even further. It also works well for fish sulking on humps or just off the edges of deep weed or mud flats in deeper water.

Your first step is jig selection, which is a straightforward affair. Leadheads sporting a soft plastic body and marabou tail blend the best of both worlds, offering realistic feel and plenty of action with even the most subtle of manipulations.

The iconic Lindy Fuzz-E-Grub is a top choice. Depth dictates jig size. An eighth-ounce head is usually fine in 10 to 15 feet, while deeper water often calls for quarter-ounce options.

You can further sweeten the presentation by adding half a large nightcrawler or a small leech. Give the crawler a shot of air with a Lindy Worm Blower. If you go with a leech, hook it in the sucker end so it swims upward and is more visible and attractive to nearby walleyes.

Using 7-foot, medium-light spinning gear and 4- to 6-pound line, cast the jig to the area you want to fish and let it fall straight down on a slack line all the way to the bottom. When the jig lands, aim your rodtip at it and gently tighten the line.

Next, shake the rodtip while slowly raising it to 10 o’clock or higher. This will crawl the Fuzz-E-Grub along the bottom, animating the marabou tail and live-bait trailer with just enough quivering action to coax finicky walleyes into biting.

When the rodtip reaches its zenith, wait a few seconds before dropping the tip back to your starting point — all the while taking in slack — and repeat the maneuver.

Don’t expect crushing strikes from neutral fish. Sometimes pickups register as little more than a bit of extra weight on the line. If you suspect a walleye has fallen for your sleight of hand, set the hook.

This is just one example of how versatile leadheads like the Fuzz-E-Grub can be manipulated to catch walleyes when other tactics won’t. Keep them in mind on your walleye adventures this season.