Best Bass Lures
Many of us don’t get to spend as much time on the water as we would like. So when we do get our get our chance to fish it is important that we do everything we can to better our odds at putting fish in the boat or better yet, catch a personal best. That desire to catch more and bigger bass is the reason many of us spend so much time collecting and trying new lures. My collection of baits has grown larger than my wife might like but it has allowed me to really hone in on what makes a bass bite year round. So without further ado here are my favorite lures for catching bass all year long.
1. Plastic Worms
Soft plastic worms are always my recommended bait for new bass anglers. Worms are extremely versatile and can be fished just about everywhere, during anytime. Along with working throughout the country and during any season they also can be fished many different ways. The most common ways to fish worms are the texas rig, wacky rig, carolina rig, and drop shot. Each method has its place and should be learned by every bass angler.
Aside from the versatility of worms another reason I suggest them is they are great at teaching new anglers how to detect a bite and set the hook. This skill is developed over time and will help with just about every other lure later on.
There are a ton of different styles, colors, and sizes so you can really dial in on what works on your body of water or based on the conditions. My go to worm is the Yamamoto Senko in a green pumpkin color either texas rigged or wacky rigged. This worm is not a hidden secret. It is in just about every tackle box in the country, and for good reason. The subtle natural action of the senko falling through the water will often trigger a bite before it hits the bottom.
Crankbaits are my personal favorite style of bass lures to fish. They can be fished fast and allow you to cover a lot of water in a short amount of time. One of the great things about a crankbait is that they draw a reaction bite. This means if you come across a school of bass you can really get them worked up which results in catching a lot of fish and a short amount of time. Crankbait bites are often obvious and you really feel the bass attacking the bait.
Crankbaits come in a variety of styles and designs to cover a range of depths and techniques. These baits are great for targeting suspended bass as well as bass hugging cover.
When choosing a crankbait the first thing you need to determine is what depth bass are holding at. This changes day to day so unfortunately I can’t give you only one recommendation.
- Lipless – LV 500 in ghost or craw colors
- Shallow 0-5 feet – River2Sea Ish Monroe Biggie
- Mid-depth 6-12 feet – Strike King 3XD
- Deep diving 12+ feet – Strike King 6XD
Jigs are another great lure to count on to get bites. They can be fished in just about any type of cover, anywhere in the country. Like worms they are a good lure to start with to learn how to bass fish. They teach you to distinguish between the feel of different types of cover, detecting bites, and setting the hook. Jigs aren’t just for new anglers though. From the pros to the weekend warriors, it would be hard to find an angler without at least one jig in their tackle box.
Bass jigs come in a few different styles so you can tailor your bait to type of cover you are fishing. Jigs should be paired with a trailer. I normally use a craw imitator or creature bait like the Strike King Rage Bug or a Keitech swimbait if I’m using a swim jig.
My favorite jigs are made by Dirty Jigs. I like their Finesse Football Jig for rock and mud bottoms, Pitchin Jig for fishing vegetation or wood cover, and the Finesse Jig for when the bite gets tough. If I’m fishing off the bottom I use their Swim Jig.
Spinnerbaits like crankbaits are great at covering a lot of water quickly. The blades produce a vibration that bass can feel and a flash that mimics schooling bait fish. This paired with the movement of the skirt and the wiggle of your trailer makes spinnerbaits a killer bass lure. Another advantage of spinnerbaits is how weedless they are. You can throw these baits into thick cover without getting hung up.
Spinnerbaits are easy to throw and can be as simple as a straight retrieve. This with their ability to pull bass from a great distance make them a perfect lure for a new angler. You can vary your retrieve by speeding up your retrieve with an extra reel turn when the bait is near cover to increase your success even more.
5. Top Water
Finishing out the list I have to add a top water bait. Top water can be some of the most exciting fishing. This style is very visual, many times you can see the bass following your bait. Other times you will get the blow ups from below where the bass breach the water.
My go to top water lure is the Berkley Choppo. The Choppo has a hard propeller tail that splashes and makes a plopping sound as it turns. This lure is best thrown in low light conditions like the early morning or evening. It can be fished on a straight retrieve or paused near cover for best results. Fish it around shallow cover or in open water.