Bass Lures - Topwater, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits, Jigs, Worms & Bass Fishing Lures

Bass Lures

Bass fishing lures by lure type.

Choosing the right bass lure can make or break your day. But before you get too caught up in lure choice, it is important to figure out where the bass are hiding. Bass lures are designed to imitate a food source of the bass. They are also designed to be fished in specific conditions. When you find the lure that mimics the food source, that can be productively fished where you located the bass - you have a winning combination.

When bass are holding deep in cover, you need a lure that can get into and back out of the cover without getting hung up. At the same time it must appeal to the appetite of the bass. The following is a list of bass lures by category, when and where to fish them, and tips for making your casts more productive.

Topwater Lures


BUZZBAITS

Buzzbait Lure For Bass
Buzzbait For Bass.

Effective depth:
Surface

Recommended line test:
10# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use buzzbaits when fish are feeding shallow in areas with thick cover. Cast and retrieve buzzbait over and around cover. Retrieve on the surface and vary speed with mini-pauses. Sample shown is a Booyah® Pip-Zqueek Buzzbait.


POPPERS

Topwater Popper Lure For Bass
Topwater Popper Lure For Bass.

Effective depth:
Surface

Recommended line test:
10# to 14#

Ideal conditions:
Use popper, topwater baits to draw fish out of cover. Cast near cover and pause for 10 seconds before moving. Move the popper with a snap of the rod tip, than pause again. The example shown here is a Rebel Pop-R Plus®.


PROPELLER BAITS

Bass Lure Devilshorse Topwater Propeller Bait
Bass Lure Devilshorse Topwater Propeller Bait.

Effective depth:
Surface

Recommended line test:
10# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use noisy propeller baits to attract attention on the surface any time bass are shallow. The noise helps in stained or dirty water and brings out the protective nature in bass. The sample shown is a Smithwick Devil's Horse®.


STICKBAITS

Floating Stickbait
Floating Stickbait.

Effective depth:
Surface

Recommended line test:
8# to 12#

Ideal conditions:
Use stickbaits on the surface any time bass are shallow. The bait appears to be an easy target, a wounded fish - easy pickins. Work it slow and tease them into taking it, even if they are not really hungry. The sample shown is a Rapala Original Floater®.


Crankbaits


SHALLOW-RUNNING CRANKBAITS

Shallow running crankbait
Shallow running crankbait.

Effective depth:
1' to 3'

Recommended line test:
6# to 14#

Ideal conditions:
Use shallow-running crankbaits when fish are feeding shallow in areas with limited cover.


JERKBAITS

Jerkbait
Jerkbait.

Effective depth:
1' to 3'

Recommended line test:
8# to 14#

Ideal conditions:
Use jerkbaits when fish are feeding shallow in areas with little cover and clear water. Cast to points, structure or immediately outside the cover to draw the fish out. Pause. Crank hard for several turns and let the bait stop. Jerk, jerk, pause and then reel in the slack - repeat. Sample shown is a Rapala Husky Jerk®.


SUSPENDING CRANKBAITS

Suspending crankbaits
Suspending crankbaits.

Effective depth:
Various to 12'

Recommended line test:
8# to 14#

Ideal conditions:
Suspending crankbaits allow you to dive the lure to a desired depth, and pause to tease big bass into attacking. Once desired depth is achieved they can be cranked slowly and maintain approximate depth. Sample shown is a Bagley Suspending Killer B®.


DEEP-DIVING CRANKBAITS

Deep-diving crankbait
Deep-diving crankbait.

Effective depth:
Down to 20' or more

Recommended line test:
8# to 14#

Ideal conditions:
Use deep-diving crankbaits when the fish are deeper than 8 to 10 feet, particularly when they are feeding, or otherwise aggressive. Sample shown is a Lucky Craft Flat CB D-20 ®.


Spinnerbaits


SINGLE-ARM SPINNERBAITS

Single-arm spinnerbait
Single-arm spinnerbait.

Effective depth:
1' to 15'

Recommended line test:
12# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use spinnerbaits when fish are feeding shallow in areas with thick cover. Vary retrieve speed to control depth. Pause to let the lure fall to deeper depths. Watch for hits on the fall. Relatively weedless as long as the bait is moving. Sample shown is a Punisher Lures® Dale Hollow Craw Spinnerbait.


TWIN-ARM SPINNERBAITS

Twin-arm spinnerbait
Twin-arm spinnerbait.

Effective depth:
10' to 55'

Recommended line test:
12# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use TWIN-ARM spinnerbaits when fish are deep, moving slowly or are not active. Fish it on the bottom, moving very slowly. Pause. Wait. Move it again. Try to feel everything the lure touches. Bites are often very soft - watch the line for the slightest 'tick'. Sample shown is a McCoy V-Twin®.


Plastic Worms


TEXAS-STYLE WORMS

Texas-rigged worm
Texas-rigged worm.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
8# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
The key to the Texas Rig Worm is the hook is buried into the body of the soft plastic worm. It is weedless and can be worked through and over most cover without getting hung up. Twitch it, crawl it, pause it - give it life to tease a bass into biting! See an illustrated guide to rigging the plastic worm, here.


JIG HEAD WORMS

Jig head worm
Jig head worm.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
10# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use a jig head worm in open areas away from brush, trees or other cover that would snag on the open-hook jig head.


DOUBLE-HOOK WORMS

Double-hook worm
Double-hook worm.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
8# to 17#

Ideal conditions:
Use a double-hook worm any time the fish are biting short or soft biting. Best in open areas away from brush, trees or other cover that would snag on the open-hooks. Sample shown is a Westy's Worm®.


Jigs


PLASTIC SKIRT & TAIL JIGS

Skirt and tail jig
Skirt and tail jig.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
8# to 20#

Ideal conditions:
When bass are feeding at intermediate depths, the spider jig, which imitates a crawfish can be the ideal bait. Swim it, crawl it, pause it - make it seem real and the bass can't resist. Sample shown is a Canyon Lures Spider Jig.


WEEDLESS JIGS

Weedless jig
Weedless jig.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
10# to 20#

Ideal conditions:
Use plastic or pork to create a variety of looks and fall rates. When bass are sluggish or you just want to go hawg hunting, this a great bait. Looks and feels natural to the bass. Work it slow in cover. Great for flippin!


Spoons


SLAB JIGGING SPOONS

Jigging spoon
Jigging spoon.

Effective depth:
5' to 55'

Recommended line test:
10# to 65#

Ideal conditions:
When bass are feeding on schools of shad or other bait fish, use the slab spoon to imitate injured bait fish falling from the school. Excellent for fall fishing as waters turn cold. Sample shown is a Cotton Cordell CC Spoon®.


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Choose the right lure to improve your catch.

Once you identify where the bass are located on a given day, select the lure that will efficiently fish that depth and cover. If there is a lot of grass, brush or wood, you may want something weedless. If the fish are deep on structure with little cover, a heavy, open hook lure will improve your chance of getting good hookups.

Lures for all types of bass fishing.