The ice fishing scene is changing fast, and the evolution of jigging spoons is no different. Let me explain. Traditionally, you have a flat lead spoon that is molded into various shapes and sizes. Add a ring and a hook, and you’ve got yourself a fishing lure. But nowadays, they’ve taken the jigging spoon into new realms and they’re really catching on under the ice.
I don’t buy as much fishing tackle as I used to. I mean, I still do but my variety is getting more narrow as the market has gotten flooded with ice fishing spoons. Ironically, the shelf after shelf of spoons hasn’t gotten me to try too many out so far this year…I guess you could say I’m spooned out.
There are just certain jigging spoons that just work, and when you’re confident in a lure, it’s hard to change. Here are my top 5 must-have jigging spoons in your ice fishing tackle box.
PK Jigging Rattling Spoon
These are new. I was fortunate enough to have some early as the owner, Curt Reeff is a friend of mine. And to give it a fair shake, I started my 2019 ice fishing season off with a bang using these new jigging spoons. I used the Glow Pink color, and it has a metallic shine on the opposite side (along with rattles).
On top of that, they added a willow blade at the top to create more flash when jigged. It currently comes in 3 colors and 2 sizes. They’re selling out at every sport show for ice fishing, so get some while they still have some!
Check out the PK Lures website for more info and to purchase their rattle spoons direct.
Custom Jigs & Spins Slender Spoon
I have A LOT of Slender Spoons in my tackle tray for spoons, in various colors and sizes. I love these things, and I’ve caught countless fish on them. They were one of the first to use a curved blade design. This causes the jigging spoon to “roll” on the way down. This creates a unique flash and action, unlike traditionally shaped spoons. I ranked them in my top 5 walleye ice fishing lures last year, and it hasn’t changed.
And they have either a brass or a silver back, with numerous color schemes to match. I even have a few custom painted jigging spoons in my box as well. They’re fish catchers for sure, and they’re getting wildly popular.
Northland Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon
Who doesn’t own at least one Buck-Shot spoon in their arsenal? These have been around for a long time. I use 2 sizes, and the smallest sized spoon has been one of my go-to perch fishing spoons for years. These have stayed popular because not only do they catch fish, but are paired with solid red hooks to match.
I typically size up the hooks of any jigging spoon when I’m fishing for walleye. At times, when they’re finicky it’s a good idea to go small. And those tiny hooks don’t cut it for big walleye. You need size for really good hooksets.
Any way you look at it, you need to invest in some Buck-Shoot spoons!
Bay de Noc Swedish Pimple
I will be honest, I haven’t been using my Swedish pimps as much as I used to (that’s what we call them anyway). But the good old Swedish Pimple jigging spoon has been around longer than I have.
One of the staples of Bay de Noc, this old school spoon has probably caught more fish than we all lie about. You can get a lot of sizes, and they have almost unlimited colors of blades and stripes to match.
As I mentioned, I haven’t been using them much recently, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t logged a million hours on them in the past. I gotta give respect to those pioneers in the ice fishing game.
PK Lures Flutterfish Jigging Spoon
Okay, so PK Lures gets 2 of their jigging spoons in the top 5. While you may say this is rigged, have you ever used these things? I will admit, when I first saw them I kind of chuckled. But then I tied one on and immediately I was attracted to its unique falling action.
While the PK Lures Flutterfish lures can be used in a variety of ways, it’s under the ice and vertically fished is where these spoons really shine. If tip each side with a minnow head, it’s a genuine walleye killer. Rip them hard when you jig them and let it drop and pause for a couple of seconds. That’s when they get punished. Get one yourself and see what I’m talking about!
Like I stated earlier, there are a ton of jigging spoon manufacturers on the market that deserved to be in my top 5 but I chose these based on my own experiences, along with my fishing partners. We spend a lot of time on the ice and we switch up baits often. Each day is unique and they may want something different, even in the same spot day after day. It just depends on the fish’s mood.
But at the end of the day, if you’re not using jigging spoons for ice fishing, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to fish. It’s not only effective, but fun to fish when they get crushed.
Good luck out on the ice.