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what is the best to use for walleye in the winter and which one using either whole or just the heads

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i suppose it depends on the lake, but my favorite/most productive is golden shiners.

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As said above, it depends on the lake. On clear lakes I use only spottail shiners. On dirtier lakes, I use chubs.

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I start with larger minnows first, shiners fatheads chubs, etc. I'll only use whole crappie minnows for walleyes if the fish aren't hitting the bigger minnows first.

For tipping jigging spoons, I use crappie minnows or their heads if it's a small spoon with a small hook, or if the bigger minnows don't seem to be working good enough.

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Do any of you fisherman out there do any chumming. With your you dead minnows or even some live ones. I just smash them up real good and drop them down the hole. dont know that it realy works or not. I think sometimes its just the slow falling pieces of minnow that get the fishs attention. It seems to sometimes do the trick on perch. I also seem to do better the nxt day if I go back that same spot. They seem to be a bit more aggressive.

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My first choice is a spottail shiner then rainbow chub and then a fathead chub. I try to take the smallest minnows for there heads for my jigging spoons and the larger ones are what I like on my live bait rig.

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Do any of you fisherman out there do any chumming. With your you dead minnows or even some live ones. I just smash them up real good and drop them down the hole. dont know that it realy works or not. I think sometimes its just the slow falling pieces of minnow that get the fishs attention. It seems to sometimes do the trick on perch. I also seem to do better the nxt day if I go back that same spot. They seem to be a bit more aggressive.

"Chumming" is considered illegal here in the lovely state of Minnesota. I like fatheads on a jigging spoon....usually just the head.

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Shiner Lakes like Leech, Ottertail, Winnie,use Shiners. Some lakes you can't get a bite on a shiner, only Fatties or small Suckers or Rainbows. Rainbows are really tough and stay active on the hook way longer than Shiners at less cost per Doz. too.

Another way to get more scent dispersed is to smash your minnow body, leaving the head intact so you have something solid to hook into. Experiment with this, it can help.

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rainbow chubs are kind of like fatheads but are a little bigger and have more color to them. i love using them for walleyes

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where can one get these rainbow chubs around the mankato area? and thanks for all the replies

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I prefer "large" crappie minnows or small fatheads on my dead stick. I will usually tip my jigging rod with a minnow head or wax worms if the fish get real finiky. If I can find small red tail chubs or rainbows I will usually pick up a half dozen or so, I like them on tip-ups or rattle reels.

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Bill,

Around Mankato, fatheads are all a person really needs. Use the larger minnows for dead-sticking and the smaller ones for the "heads" on your jigging spoons, etc.

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The only time I will use shinners is on Lake of the Woods, emrold shinners. I will not buy shinners to fish anywhere else because all they do is die in the bucket, for me anyway. I usually use fats.

I sometimes chumb but then you have to wonder if all those marks on your vex, not hitting your jig, are eating the chumb.

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