Top 10 Hacks for Jigging at Night You Can't Miss

Jigging at Night

It is not a secret that jigging is one of the best techniques all year round, in almost all conditions! This is why this technique is gaining popularity.

To make the most of it, you should target specific species, choose proper equipment, and know how to present the bait. 

But jigging at nighttime is a special adventure! If you were wondering if that works, the answer is YES, it works excellently if you know how to do it

Fish behave differently at night, and you are probably aware of the fact that low light conditions can give you an advantage. 

Here I will explain why it works so well and share some hacks from my experience that should make your next night jigging more successful!



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Top 10 Best Hacks For Jigging at Night

Does jigging work at night is usually a question asked by those who are not familiar with this technique and may be a bit skeptical. 

Before I dive into the listing, here is a short explanation why night fishing works well ...

Fish like low light conditions for various reasons. Those reasons are cooler temperatures (especially in summer), better conditions for hiding and lurking, good night vision in some species, and absence of other species that are either dangerous or are competitors in feeding. Colder water contains more oxygen and fish in well oxygenated waters tend to be more active.

In addition to that, noise made by people playing water sports nearby, or noise made by boats, jet skis, or just loud people around can make the fish go away. At night, this is not a problem. Besides, there will be less anglers and less competition!

So, here are the TOP 10 hacks to make the most of it!

#1: Use the Right Jigs

Some anglers use night lures that are luminous and glow in the dark, but other than sight, fish have a great sense for vibrations. But can you use lures at night that are usually used during day? 

Yes! You can choose less visible but very vibrating and “loud” models that are equally good. Luminous models can be a good option to make fish a bit more interested when vibration produces less results. 

#2: Use Low Visibility and Sensitive Lines

Although night is good to hide a lot of things, you should still use low visibility lines. More visible lines appear out of order and suspicious to fish if when they reflect light (either from your light source, moon, or nearby outside lights). 

Line sensitivity is important for you, to feel any movement and bites, as you won’t be able to see the line well.

Jigging at Night - Sensitive Lines

#3: Check the Moon Phase

Some will say that the moon phase means nothing, while others will swear that it makes a difference!

I am the latter group of anglers. The moon phase has an influence on all living beings, on tides and water movements, and on fish too, especially saltwater. Tidal changes are strongest around the full moon and new moon, and they have benefits for fish activity

However, not on the day of the full moon. Target few days before and after. Moon phase also changes illumination of the water. In freshwater, time around full moon can increase visibility of your lure. 

#4: Adjust the Technique

At night, especially if you are using less visible but louder lures, you need to make a lot of movement because that is the only way for fish to locate the bait.

However, same as during the day, avoid repetitive and artificial presentation and try to make it natural. At night, you should avoid long pauses and work the jig continuously. When it comes to specific jigging technique, go vertical.

Jigging at Night - Technique

#5: Target Specific Species

Night jigging can be great if you present your jigs to the right species! For freshwater anglers, it is best to start with walleye! If you are a saltwater angler and like a big adventure, bluefin tuna is a great choice

When it comes to night fishing for walleye, it can be done year-round, even under ice.

#6: Get to Know the Waters Before You Go

You probably know that specific species like certain places, whether it is steep drop offs, weed lines, and similar areas in a body of water.

Finding such places can be hard at night, so if you are planning to go to a new lake or other waters, make sure to go during the day first, to get to know the area. That will make your night adventure much easier, and you won’t have your lure thrown over the local power lines.

Jigging at Night - Search

#7: Take Advantage of Artificial Light

Illuminating the area with too much light is not a good idea, however, a small lamp you are using when handling equipment and walking around can be directed towards the surface occasionally. This can cause small water organisms to come by, followed by small fish that feed on them.

After that, there is a chance your targeted predatory fish will attract and arrive too.

#8: Prepare Your Gear Before You Go

Even if you are an experienced angler, searching for stuff in your tackle box that contains 5 times more items that it is designed to hold, or tying a hook, can be a nightmare in the dark! Everything you can you should prepare at home and be ready on the dark waters!

Pre-rigged approach will save you valuable time that can be spent on fishing.

Jigging at Night - Prepare

#9: Be Patient 

Many fish, including popular walleye, tend to be active about 1 or 2 hours after the sun goes down and then they calm down. This is not the time to go home! After about 2 more hours, their activity tends to increase again and be as good as before. 

Depending on a species, fish can reduce their metabolism rate in the middle of the night, after active feeding in the evening. But that does not mean they will not eat at all. You just have to present them with a bait offer they can’t resist. 

#10 Safety First

Wandering around alone at night, especially in colder months of the year can be dangerous. Bring a spare set of clothes, a charged phone, and best of all – a fishing buddy to share the great jigging experience and stay safe!

Don’t walk around in flip-flops, stand on a cliff, or go boat fishing if you are not very experienced.

Jigging at Night - Safety

Most Common FAQ's About Night Time Jigging

In case you still have some doubts or questions, here are the answers to the most common ones ...

What Fish Can I Catch at Nighttime Jigging?

This greatly depends on the species available in your area ...

Among the most popular freshwater species are walleye, bass (slower presentation around cover), and crappies.

In saltwater you can catch bluefin tuna, red snapper, amberjack, barracuda, and nannygai (if you are lucky enough to go boat jigging on Australia with glow jigs). Of course, there are more species around the world.

What Kind of Gear do I Need for Nighttime Jigging?

Well, the answer is the same as you need during the day, except for glow color jigs that can come in handy.

  • For vertical jigging you need fast action rods with heavy power and slower conventional reels (size depending on targeted species.
  • For slow pitch you need a slow or medium rod paired with fast conventional reel. Of course, you need saltwater rated gear for sea/ocean fishing. 

How do I Find Fish Offshore at Night?

Locating fish at night can be harder than during the day. That is why one of the hacks is to get to know the area. However, if you are going on an offshore adventure or to fish in large bodies of water, that may not be possible. 

So, in order to maximize your success, you have 2 options:

  • One is to ask local anglers where fish usually congregate,
  • or to invest in a fish finder that can be helpful in many fishing situations, not just for jigging at night!

Jigging at Night - Fish Finder


Jigging at night time can be very productive and effective with the right preparation and technique. Vertical jigging with luminous or very loud lures works the best. 

To make it easier, prepare in advance and get to know the area before you go. Reduced light and completely dark conditions have many benefits as I stated in chapters above. 

And don’t forget to get a fishing license! The dark won’t hide you from authorities, and you should always fish responsibly!

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