Select Jig’s Weight


The main consideration when selecting which jig to use is its weight. Your selection should be based on type of fish and water depth. When on the water the same steps should be taken with considering water current speed and wind velocity while fishing. Your jig must be heavy enough to reach the desired depth, but not so heavy that it sinks too rapidly.


Fish prefer a slow drifting down bait than one that just plummets toward the bottom. As a general rule use 1/8 oz for every 10 feet of water. If you’re fishing in fast current such as rivers additional weight is required to reach the bottom. Wind also has the same affect as fast currents, by increasing the water resistance on the line and lure, which make it more difficult to reach the desired depth.


A suggested jig weight guide line per species:
Panfish and Crappies 1/32 – 1/16 – 1/8 oz.
River Trout and Salmon 1/16- 1/8 – 1/4 oz.
Walleyes and Bass 1/16 – 1/8 – 3/8 – 1/2 oz.
Northern Pike and Muskies 3/4 – 1 – 1 1/2 oz.
Lake Trout and Stripers 3/4 – 1 – 1 1/2 – 2 oz.