Middle of the winter walleye fishing can be a challenging event. Your hands will be cold, your fishing line will be frozen, and sometimes, if you're lucky, your auger won't start (sorry for venting). Yes, middle of the winter walleye fishing can be tough, but it can also be gratifying. Diligence pays off during this period.
Start your search at the base of a drop-off with a shallow flat nearby (Early ice "Where"). Drill holes along the break lines on assuming spots, like inside turns, points (the base and all the way to the tip), and transitions between hard and soft bottom. If you can find fish along the shoreline break lines, move to mid-lake structure.
Mid-lake structure can include anything that is not attached to the shoreline. Key spots include sunken islands, submerged boulders, fallen logs, and even sunken fish houses. When fishing these structures, it is important to make sure you drill a ton of holes and cover every possible spot.
Why During the mid-winter period, some walleye move away from the shoreline structure in search of bait, and warmer, more oxygen rich water. They find these zones on mid-lake structure and in deep water.
Tactic It is essential for ice anglers to keep moving and to drill lots of holes. Ice fishing is sometimes thought to be easier than boat fishing. This can be true.. if you just pick a spot and stay there for a day; but if you want to catch a limit of fish, anglers will need to move to various structures.
A great technique (in places that allow two rods per angler) is to have a jigging setup (spoon or jig/minnow) and to pair it up with a "dead stick". A dead stick can be a rod with a hook and live bait, or a tip-up. A lot of the times, the jigging with call the fish in, and the walleye will bite the dead stick