Sometimes while on the ice walleye can be difficult to catch. The last thing you want to do when fishing for these fish is to have to fight with your equipment. Choosing a good fishing rod and the best ice fishing reel for walleye is essential.
In this article, we are going to look at what we think to be the top 4 models on the market.
What is the best ice fishing reel for walleye?
Here is a quick preview of our top 4 options
- 13 Fishing Wicked Long Stem Clampack
- 13 Fishing 2015 Black Betty
- Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel
- TICA SB800 Cetus
- Ball Bearings: 5
- Gear Ratio: 4.8:1
- Weight 5.2 ounces
The first reel we are going to take a closer look at is actually a spinning reel. It the 13 Fishing Wicked Long Stem Clampack.
This is an aluminum spinning reel that has a good overall gear ratio of 4.8:1 and 5 ball bearings to make it smooth as butter. When ice fishing having a good gear ratio isn’t all that important because you are only going to be retrieving your lure from time to time. The majority of your time will be spent in the vertical jigging position. Things are no different when ice fishing for walleye.
It is with that in mind the guys over at 13 fishing designed this reel. As you notice it has a long stem neck. This is specifically designed so that you can hold your reel without out removing your ice fishing gloves.
I especially like this feature when fishing for walleye as it gives you a little bit more control and ultimately more power to set the hook and land the fish.
Couple the extended neck with a super smooth reel and you have yourself one of the best ice fishing reels for walleye.
- Gear Ratio: 2.7:1
- Retrieval Rate: 18 inches
- Instant Anti-Reverse
- Carbon Drag
Another great option when looking for a good reel for walleye ice fishing is the 13 Fishing 2015 Black Betty. This is an inline ice reel made with aluminum with a 2.7:1 gear ratio bringing 18 inches of link per crank.
The reason I really like this reel when targeting walleye is the one button free spool feature. As we know many times walleye are hanging out near the bottom, most of the time a foot or two off the bottom. To get down to where these fish are hanging out we need something with a free spool.
Once again 13 fishing has taken the cake with this free spool function. Not only will it perform the function, but it does it so flawlessly every time. I can ensure you, that you won’t have problems dropping down the lightest walleye lures down the hole.
Learn more about the two previous reels in the following video:
- Gear Ratio: 6.0:1
- Ball Bearings 6+1
- Retrieval Rate: 31 inches
- Weight: 6.9 ounces
Wait hold on a minute, I thought this article was going to tell me what is the best ice fishing reel for walleye, this is a freshwater reel. Yes, it is a freshwater reel, but let’s take a closer look at the Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel so I can explain why I think this reel deserves to be on this list.
This spinning reel by shimano is made with a G-free body design. This unique g-free body design helps to ensure this reel runs smooth every time. Couple that design with the 7 ball bearings and you have an extremely smooth fishing reel. It is equipped with a good overall gear ratio of 6.0:1 and brings in about 31 inches on every turn of the handle.
So why did we choose this freshwater reel? The reason why I included this reel to the list is because you don’t need to go out and buy a new reel just for ice fishing, you can also use your existing spinning reel.
This particular reel is one of my favorite spinning reels and it can be used for ice fishing as well. The biggest challenge you may face is putting this reel on a small ice fishing rod. It as is pretty lightweight weighing in at 6.9 ounces.
Best part about this fishing reel you can use it on the ice or take it out on the open water, either way it is durable, dependable and will catch you fish.
Lastly, you are not limited to just walleye, but you can catch bigger fish on such as lake trout on this reel.
Tired of having a good reel and the next year you have to toss it?
If so, I would recommend checking out one of the most popular ice reels, the TICA SB800 Cetus.
Why is so popular? Simply put it performs and it will last you a long time.
This is an extremely lightweight spinning reel that will fit on your 28 inch ice fishing noodle. The spool is perfectly balanced so that the line will go on straight and even every time. It has just the amount of ball bearings you want to have give you that smooth turn of the handle.
Lastly, it comes with an extra spool just in case you are in a pinch.
So, what is the best ice fishing reel for walleye? Well, I will tell you that with so many different options on the market, it has been difficult to narrow it down to just a few. In this post, we have shared with your our top 4.
Please share with us your thoughts and your favorite reel in the comments below.