Lindy Rigging is undeniably one of the world’s deadliest ways to put walleyes in the livewell or on a stringer. In fact, the easy-to-fish live bait approach has hooked millions of fish since Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle introduced it in the late 1960s.

Lindy Rigs excel when the chips are down and fishing is slow, such as in cold-water conditions early and late in the season, or after a summertime cold front. The beauty is, they let you fish slower than crankbaits and spinner rigs, yet still cover water better than a leadhead jig.

While the Original Lindy Rig is an all-around knockout, the Floating Lindy Rig shines whenever you need to lift your bait above a snaggy or weed-covered bottom.

Speaking of bait, Lindy Rigs are equally effective with minnows, leeches and nightcrawlers. But choosing the right option for the conditions at hand and mood of the fish can be critical.

Minnows are a favorite early and late in the year, while water temperatures are cool. Leeches tend to come on strong in early summer, while crawlers kick in soon afterward.

That being said, walleyes in different lakes and even different areas of the same body of water can exhibit strong preferences one way or another, so it’s smart to be prepared for any contingency.

When a fish does take the bait, avoid the temptation to set the hook right away. Give the fish time to reposition the bait in its mouth to insure a solid hookset.

Wait times of 15 seconds are good starting points, but counts of up to a minute are not uncommon when walleyes are sluggish. Time your hookset to the mood of the fish, altering it as needed if you’re missing fish or walleyes come to the boat deeply hooked.