While it used to quite popular, the split shot rig isn’t used as much anymore. Even so, this simple, easy-to-use bottom fishing rig is a great option when you want to catch panfish, walleye, bass, or trout. This rig is not difficult to assemble and, when complete, presents your bait very naturally to your target fish.
For this rig, you’ll be casting a lot of weight, so it is made with a spinning setup. The strength of the test line you use will be determined by your target fish. For panfish or trout, choose 4-6 pound test line. If you are targeting walleye or bass, look for a test line that hold about 8 pounds. Once you have your line, add a hook, then add a shot about 1 to 2 feet up from there. You want to choose a weight that is just heavy enough to allow your bait to sink slowly and land just at or near the bottom.
When using this rig, you should add a leach if you are targeting Walleyes. If you are looking to catch bass, try adding a floating worm.