Several factors come into play when considering how to set the drag for catching bigger-than-average walleyes:
- The type and pound test of line
- The length and action of the rod used
- How good (smooth) the drag is on the reel being used
For the type of jigging you are talking about I use 8lb Berkley NanoFil, a medium light action rod (6 ft Bass Pro Shops Walleye Angler Signature Series model (WL60MLJS) and a quality reel like the Bass Pro Shops Carbon Lite series which has a very and durable drag.
I set the drag so that I hear the drag pullout a little on a solid hook set. If it’s a big fish, I try to get to back reeling as quick as possible.