Open Water Jig Fishing Tips

Unlike jig fishing through the ice, where the variables are more restricted, open water fishing with jigs introduces a lot of variables into your fishing experience. In order to find the most jig fishing success, pay attention to these variables and learn how to fish with jigs more effectively. You will be glad you did!

While many people work hard to offer up their collections of jig fishing tips, we have assembled a list of things to pay close attention to when fishing with jigs in open water.

  1. Jig Size and Weight: Looking at the selection Rembrant Jigs in our online store, you can see that there are large differences in size and weight between a #1 Rembrant jig and a #10 Rembrant jig. The clearer the water, the lighter the jig required. Clear water allows panfish to see your bait quicker and from further away. The faster the current or wind, the heavier the jig required, as you need to be able to get the jig into the feeding zone of that big bass, crappie, or sunfish.
  2. Jig Fishing Techniques: You need to get your bait in front of the fish. Although some fish feed up from the bottom, bass and panfish are almost always found feeding on and in the structure. Traditional jig casting techniques tend to work very well – casting the bait, allowing it to contact bottom, and then repeatedly drawing the line in slightly only to then allow the jig to fall back to bottom. Swimming your jig through the profile of open water and bring the jig bait over structure or through weeds can also be effective.
  3. Jig Color Selection: As you have likely seen, there are many jig colors to choose from, so which one is best? It depends. Trying lighter colored jigs in clearer water bodies seems to produce better results, as does using darker colored jigs in lower light water conditions. Glow in the dark jigs can be very successful for evening and night fishing.
  4. Jigging Speed: Jigs are not fast moving bait. You will want to work your jig baits with slow action, and even slower action as the water gets colder. Remember, fish are cold-blooded creatures, their metabolism runs slow in cold water and fast in warm water. Match the jig speed to the fish speed.
  5. Fishing Basics: Be sure to do the blocking-and-tackling of fishing well. Re-tie your knots often, only use jigs with sharp hooks, be patient, relax, and have fun!