Jigs are a mainstay in many of longtime Wisconsin guide Jason Muche’s strategies, especially when walleyes gather in tight quarters on main-lake reefs, or when spawn-minded fish from Lake Winnebago flood the Fox and Wolf rivers.

In the rivers he looks for holes, breaks, eddies, wing dams and other spots where walleyes pause during their upstream migration. If the area is clean of snags, he drags. He goes more vertical if rocks or wood is present, but the walleyes and saugers love a good drag.

Where snags such as rocks, logs or other debris are a factor, he vertically dances a ¼- to 3/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a 2½- to 3-inch minnow tight to bottom in gentle, 2- to 4-inch strokes, so it appears that the bait is “pecking” at the bottom like a real baitfish.

“But on a clean bottom, dragging the jig is a great option,” he says. “Saugers love a nice drag, and walleyes like it, too.”

When Muche finds a likely looking sand flat or other stretch of snag-free substrate, he fishes a ¼- to 3/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a 3 inch minnow trail behind the boat at a 45-degree angle to the surface, just dragging along the bottom.

“Drift with the current, letting the jig drag,” he says. “When a fish takes the bait, you’ll feel a tug or the rod will simply load up.”

Fish Ed TV host Jon Thelen also drags jigs, but he always chooses the lightest head weight possible, especially in cool water.

“Sixteenth-ounce Lindy Fuzz-E-Grubs are good draggers because they catch fish yet seldom snag,” he says. “Jigs are often fished plain, but a half-crawler or frozen shiner can sweeten the pot when the fish are slightly aggressive.”