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Our Guide To Picking The Perfect Bass Fishing Lures

When looking for the perfect bass fishing lures, you need to take into account the type of water you are fishing.  The color of the water, for example, can make it harder for the fish to see the lure. There are 1000’s and 1000’s of lures out there.  Going into a bait store can really get very overwhelming quite easily for the first time. Then, ask others and everyone has an opinion on this very subject.  However, everyone has various opinions and really there isn’t one that is completely right or wrong. That is the fun of having a hobby like Bass fishing.

Lure Colors

Lures come in so many various color selections.   It is believed that bass, in fact, do see in color.   Their vision is the strongest in the red to green area.  And, they see all blues as essentially the same, with the darker hues of purple and red doesn’t seem to affect them as well.  So, don’t take a lot of time fussing over the various color variants but the colors are important in Bass fishing. There are all kinds of theory on the colors and why they work.  For example red on a lure could signify that the fish or lure, in this case, is injured. Or it could be like the red flag in front of a bull, either way, we know that red can get them excited.  But, it’s not always, everything in fishing, you’ll find isn’t an “always” answer. As there are so many factors involved.

Factors to catch fish

The factors can be things like water temperature, and visibility, if the fish is actually hungry and what level of hungry they are as well as things like the abundance of certain food.

If the water is murky or it’s dark outside, a brightly colored lure will help the fish to spot it better.  However, this same bright color might look a little out of place in clear sunny water, as it wouldn’t make sense in the natural world.  Lighter colors should be used in clearer waters to make it look more natural. This is true for the hard design lures as well as the soft baits.

If the water is murky, choose a lure that has a bit of vibration to it.  This will also help get their attention. But, try not to use very noisy lures in the clearer waters.  This will most likely scare the fish off.

Understanding the Bass

Get ready to get inside the head of a bass.  This will help you understand how to pick a lure as well.  If you are ice fishing in the winter time, you probably need something that is very slow moving, as the bass are cold and not going to be moving quickly.  Get a lure that will get their attention and know the water your fishing. Remember, if it has ice on it, it probably doesn’t have a current like it would with open water and may not be as murky as it could be in the summer.

In the springtime, there are different spots that the bass are going to hang out.  Most of the time this depends on the water temperature. As springtime is spawn time and the fish are preparing for that.  In early spring they will be in the deep 8-15 feet deep, they will move to spawn when the water temperature becomes 55-65 degrees and this doesn’t happen to the entire lake all at one time.  Once summertime hits, the bass will be up near shore in the mornings to feed and then go in deep. At this time it’s best to use plastics, jig, topwater and lipless crankbaits.

As the first of fall arrives, the bass will become a little more erratic on their feeding behaviors. This is because they are starting to feed more and more to prepare for the cold winter.

The Depth of the Fish

Another factor in determining what fishing lure you need to use is the depth of the water.  Every lure is rated for the depth that they are made to be used in. Things like rounded and square billed crankbaits work best when fishing in rocks, shallow water or around wood.  Deep diving crankbaits work well for 12 foot or deeper which medium diving crankbaits are good for fishing in 5-10 foot range.

The shape of your lure makes a difference as well.  If you have a round-bodied lure it will make larger and slower motions than that of a flat-bodied lure.  The round bodied work best in warmer waters when the fish are aggressive. And the flat-bodied work best in cooler waters, as they have a tighter wiggle and less movement.

If you are looking to cover a lot of ground to find where the fish are lurking try using a spinnerbait. These come in a couple of different options as well as differently shaped spinners.  When choosing a spinnerbait, take a look around at the terrain you’ll be fishing in. If there is a lot of weeds and rocks, a weedless spinnerbait may be just what you need. However, if you are in open water a standard spinnerbait should do.

Different Lures for Different Waters

The various spinner shapes will help determine how the spinner will work.  Just like those in the crankbaits with the body size, this is the same for the spinners.  Getting a thin spinner that has a leaf shape can be effective in clear water. This style spins very quickly and has little water resistance.    A more teardrop design is a medium speed and a more round design is the slower speed that is used at night time for a better chance of getting a fish to bite.  Also, be sure to take into consideration the various conditions that could get tangled. The round spinner that moves slower is easier to maneuver around rocks and stumps.  The faster spinner is great for grasses. The rule of thumb is to use fast spinners for clearer waters and slow spinners for murky water.

Lures and Water Depth

Remember the faster you real in the lure the more shallow it’s going to be.  And, the slower will make it diver deeper. Some lures are made to be on the top of the water as well as others are made to dive in deep. The topwater lures look like frogs or bugs to the fish and should move through vegetation easily without getting tangled.  There are many names for this type of lures such as Poppers, frogs, walkers, minnows or twitch bait, prop bait, buzz baits to name a few.

  • Wakebaits are good for clear water.  The fish are attracted to the “V” shape.
  • Prop baits can create a lot of movement without moving a long distance.  They work best in the spawn beds.
  • Buzzbaits are most effective after spawning.
  • Frogs are made to mimic real frogs.  Use them in heavy grass areas.
  • Poppers are good around rocks, docks, bushes these are used to aggravate the bass into biting.
  • Walkers are great for topwater fishing and cover a lot of ground.
  • Minnow/Twitch baits are perfect with clear waters where Bass could be easily spooked.

Most lures come with diving depths.  This means that they are meant to work in whatever the depth they are rated for.  This is typically done on 10 lb nylon monofilament or Fluorocarbon line. Crankbaits typically have a shallow, medium or deep dive rating.

Bass Fishing

Bass fishing can be an exciting adventure.  There are so many lures to choose from, designs and colors that it can be quite an adventure learning it all.  Try not to get overwhelmed and have fun. Get a good selection of different lures and them out and see for yourself how they word.  Some require a bit of talent and practice but over time you’ll get the feel for what is best for the waters you fish.

Remember to keep in mind of the season that your fishing.  The winter the fish don’t move as fast as in the summer. And, in the summer they tend to hang out in the early morning in more shallow waters.  As it’s getting into the fall, they will feed more frequently to get ready for the upcoming winter months. This information will help you determine which lure might work best for your situation.  The faster lures are better when the fish are hyper and aggressive. The slower lures work better when they are less aggressive or in clearer waters. Getting to understand the different seasons and where the fish are at will help you determine the lure you will need.

Various Lure Designs

Many places have various packs of lures that you can pick up as well.  This might be a great way to start, as you will have different options.  Take a look at this guide as to what ones are to be used in what kind of waters to get a good idea.  Then, well, go try some, for example, frogs are used where there is dense vegetation. However, if you don’t have the dense vegetation than get the lures for clear water or if you have murky water, pick up a couple of those.  There are lures for every occasion and they come in all kinds of designs and colors.

Bass is great to eat and it’s a fun hobby.  Get the entire family involved or have some time to yourself.  It’s great to just get outside and enjoy the sunshine and outdoors.  And, it’s fun to play around with the different lure options and types and see what works best for you.

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of TakeMeCamping.org, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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