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Ice Fishing Guide - Finding Fish

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Walleye

A good-size walleye is considered the ultimate prize by most Nebraska anglers. They are among the most elusive of Nebraska fish any time of the year, and outwitting one in the winter is a real accomplishment. The walleye is almost universally acclaimed as the most palatable fish in these parts, particularly when caught through the ice.

Walleye fishing techniques vary but are similar to northern pike fishing. A walleye might be found a bit deeper, perhaps down to 25 feet, and it prefers bait on or near the bottom. In many ways, the habits and habitats of walleye and northern pike are similar, and many walleyes are taken by pleasantly surprised pike fishermen.

Since they also feed at night, walleyes also cause some excitement among crappie anglers. However, crappie fishermen often lose some of the walleyes they hook because they normally choose light line and hooks, and few crappie fishermen carry the gaff needed to land a big walleye.

Walleyes usually insist on the liveliest of baits, with chubs and large minnows being their favorites. Occasionally, walleyes will also hit a jigged spoon with a minnow or belly strip attached. Among Nebraska waters yielding walleye through the ice are the Salt Valley lakes, Whitney Lake and Merritt Reservoir.

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