Depending upon conditions, ice fisherman have long figured out where to drill their holes to target walleyes. These fish will bunch up and hold to structure at predictable depths depending on temperature and other conditions. Experienced ice anglers will pull their best walleye lures through holes in the ice and jig the baits for bites. Your most effective ice fishing lures are great baits for targeting bunched up suspended fish vertically when open water walleye fishing.
Troll and target structure till you find where the walleye are holding. Hold your boat over the fish and bring out your winter ice fishing walleye lures and focus your baits on this target. Jigging sinking cranks will produce fish almost every time! Once you have learned to target where these bunched up walleyes are holding and then determine which baits they are hitting, you simply move to the next place and go vertical again.
Our top picks of the best walleye lures for vertical open water and ice fishing presentations in open water:
Rapala Jigging Rap
Jigging Shad Rap
Salmo Chubby Darter