Last weekend Lindy Land anglers were reminded that rivers provide ample opportunities for walleye fishing throughout the fall — and jigs remain deadly weapons for catching them.

The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit held its final regular-season qualifier of the year on the Mississippi River at Dubuque, where Iowans Chris Burns and Roger Abel charged up the leaderboard largely on the wings of a simple yet productive jigging strategy.

Burns and Abel topped the field of 98 anglers from eight states with a nine-fish, 22-pound two-day total. While such a weight might not raise eyebrows in the springtime, considering there was a tough bite and restrictive slot limit that dictated the release of fish from 20 to 27 inches in length, it was a very respectable catch.

As the dust settled after the weigh-in, Burns explained their ace in the hole was pitching ¼-ounce jigs to relatively small holes in cutbanks along the edges of the main and side channels. Most of the holes spanned 25 yards or less, while water depths of three to seven feet yielded the most action — especially along the edges of the hole.

Hair jigs accounted for some of the bites, while standard leadheads tipped with plastics took their fair share, too. Both setups worked best when tricked out with a small piece of nightcrawler, Burns added.

The presentation was decidedly “old-school.” It included making a short cast tight to the bank, and then letting the current sweep the jig through the hole, while slowly mending the line.

It’s not unlike deadly spring jig-casting tactics, where you let the current wash the jig through an eddy while raising and lowering the rod tip, keeping a semi-tight line on the fall.

Top picks for such autumn theatrics include proven jig-and-plastic combinations like the Lindy Fuzz-E-Grub and Watsit Jig.

It pays to stock up on a variety of weights and colors, to match ever-changing water conditions and the frequently fickle mood of the fish.