Fishing For Sunfish in Lakes: Top tips to getting you started!

Sometimes fishing for sunfish in lakes can just be frustrating. Especially when you are out there with the mind set that you will be catching big fish the whole time. I know personally I always have no problems catching those little tiny sunfish but that’s never what I have a goal for.

Usually I find sunfish or panfish in general near areas with some type of cover in shallow water. Whether that may be weeds, lily-pads, or in a back cove, they aren’t too hard to find and or catch. Fishing for Sunfish in lakes is simply great way to introduce fishing to beginners such as kids too. Grab a bucket for your live-well, a container full of worms and you’ll be ready to go fishing for sunfish in lakes in no time!

So.. Where should I look to find sunfish in the lakes?
I get this question a lot, and there simply is no straight answer. Its best to get to know your lake a little by looking up maps online. If that’s simply not a option, you need to use your observation skills.

You need to look towards the brushy side of the lake in areas such as: rocky bottoms, weeds, and in shade of docks or trees. You will find sunfish in the shallows most of the time in the hot summer months. Sunfish will spawn in the late spring and sometimes will even spawn several times a year. You will find these hot pockets that have a gravel or sandy bedding.

What baits should I use for when I’m Fishing for Sunfish in Lakes?
One of the great things about fishing for sunfish in lakes is that they’ll hit just about anything you throw at them. You will have a lot of success simply just using worms as they are the bait most anglers use to catch sunfish in lakes.

You could even use baits such as: grubs, minnows, crickets, flies, grass hoppers, meal worms and even corn. Heck even artificial bait works too. They even will strike at a variety of jigs, small flies and crankbaits.

If you are planning on using live bait though, you will want to use a bobber to keep it from hitting the bottom. This is a great technique for casting and fishing around a dock.

If you plan on using artificial baits, you will want to try to fish and cast near weedbeds, rock cover and brush. You will also get lucky casting near shade too from hills, rocks and trees on hot summer days.

What Tackle is best for fishing for sunfish in lakes?
You can use a variety of tackle for sunfish and thankfully they’ll bite at just about anything. Simply put, keep it simple. To go fishing for sunfish, you will need the following:

A fishing pole
A simple 12 to 13 foot fishing rod will work but even a stick can work too.

Reel equipped with four pound test line
You shouldn’t need anything more than four pound test line when fishing for sunfish in lakes.

Split shot Sinkers
Make sure you bring a few split shot in case your line snaps.

Bobbers
More slender bobber, the better. This will allow you to see more action from the fish.

Bait
Simply grab some worms from your local bait store or anything else that you can get ahold of listed above.

How to Catch Sunfish: Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Sunfish fishing is a ever increasing sport that is perfect for both getting people into the sport along with professional anglers looking to get some easy fishing in. In all honesty, this is one of the easiest fish you’ll find yourself getting and some even claim them to be the best tasting.

How to Catch Sunfish
You are probably wondering, well.. How do I go about catching these sunfish then? Its not too hard and with these tips, you’ll be catching them in no time!

First and foremost, when learning how to catch sunfish; you want to make sure you are using ultra-lite tackle and light line that is rated 2-6 pound test. You shouldn’t need any high test line as these fish only can get so big. This is often one of the most ignored tips when learning how to catch sunfish.

Where To Find Sunfish
Usually, you will find sunfish to be in the shallow water that is often near the shore. They will be found during the spring and summer months there and in nothing more than 20 feet deep of water. You will have the most luck by fishing off a dock or sometimes right off the shore.

When the weather starts turning cold and going towards the fall/winter months, you will find sunfish in the deeper water such as 10-30 feet.

When you are sunfishing, you are bound to come onto a bunch of other fish in the process. With sunfish though, you will most likely end up catching other panfish such as crappie, bluegill etc.

Sunfish Tackle
When learning how to catch sunfish, one of the most effective rigs that you should use is simply a bobber/slip bobber and a #6 or #8 hook. Arm this hook with some corn, minnow, leach or worm and you’ll be getting bites in no time!

Just make sure that your bobber is sensitive enough where you can see if there is a strike on your hook. Sunfish don’t get too big so they will have trouble pulling big bobbers down. If you want something really sensitive, use a slender stick like bobber as you will be able to see all the action.

If you are fishing near the bottom, you will want to use something like a small 1/4 to 1/8 oz sliding sinker and a 12 inch leader. The bigger sunfish you are going for may require stronger line so keep that in mind.

You can also simply just use a few slipshot and go bobberless. We’ve found this to be one of the best methods to use when the water starts to get choppy due to the wind. Personally, use a decent sized minnow and you’ll learn how to catch a sunfish in no time!

Bait Options for Sunfish
Learning how to catch sunfish will allow you to learn what they like to eat. Thankfully sunfish will go after a variety of bait, sometimes even nothing. We once threw a blank hook out in a pond and sunfish started striking it due to the splash alone. They aren’t the smartest fish per-say. Learning how to catch sunfish will require you to be a master of bait though. Here is a list of bait we’ve used and have had success with.

If you are going for bigger sunfish, the leech is your friend. They not only stay on the hook but also will make other smaller sunfish avoid it and only the bigger fish will go after it. Only use leeches that are roughly 1 inch in length.
Earth Worms have also brought in a lot of sunfish too though. Usually we just go around and turn over a few rocks as they seem to be everyone. If you end up buying some, you will find them to be easier to find around town along with just cheaper in general. Make sure you wrap your worm enough or the sunfish will be able to just pick it right off the hook!
Classic corm bait works too when learning how to catch sunfish. It may not be our top choice but it can work. If you end up not being able to get any other bait, corn is a perfect substitute. You will find though that only the larger sunfish are able to get the corn off the hook and sometimes the fish will just be more pickier and not even strike at your corn. We’ve used both corn from a can and right off the cob with success. When baiting up your hook, you will want to put a few kernels.
Minnows have had great success and you will be able to catch a variety of fish with them. Since minnows are fish too, you will only find bigger sunfish being able to engulf your minnows.
More often than not, you will find me armed with artificial bait when teaching people how to catch sunfish. Not only does it allow me to be able to always have bait at hand, it also allows your to go for other fish too. My favorite so far is the small tube jigs, beetle spins, and sometimes just throwing powerbait at the end of the jig.
Ice Fishing for Sunfish
Ice fishing is one of the more unique ways to learn how to catch sunfish. You will easily have success with a small spoon (1/64 oz to 1/32 oz) or just a small jig. Through a small worm, wax worm, or minnow on it and you’ll have bites eventually. You will want to use a slip bobber too that is slender to show the most action. Along with that, you will need to try to set the hook earlier as they might try to pull it under the ice.

During the dead of winter, sunfish will hover near the bottom (sometimes just inches or even as much as 3 feet). When learning how to fish for sunfish in the winter, you will want to use the lightest line possible such as 4 pound test. These fish may be dumb, but they will still be able to see heavy line going through the water.

How to Catch Northern Pike

You can’t just jump into any sport without learning skills and techniques. Fishing for northern pike is the same too. In particular, it can be either easier or harder depending on where you are fishing. Heck, your local lake might not even hold northern pike either. Lets get this started!

how to catch northern pike

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Learning How to Catch Northern Pike in 4 Steps

Figuring out how to catch northern pike isn’t a science, but it takes a few different considerations and factors to become a angler that is pulling in a record breaking pike. Follow these points to a T and you should be golden.

Location, Location, Location

One of the most obvious issues when learning to catch northern pike will come down to location. Where can you find northern pike in a lake? Where are they in the summer? Questions like these are obvious once you know where they usually are larking.

You will most often find Northern pike that are small to medium in size towards the back ends of bays; these include areas with thick weeds, lily pads, wild rice, and cat tails. These small to medium size northern pike feed on bugs, frogs, small minnows and sometimes even each other.

As you start going away from the weeds, the northern pike will get bigger as they will have more food opportunities and less competition. They even can eat the small to medium pike that wander out from the weed line. Even though these Northern Pike may be decent size, where are the monster pike?

More often than not, you will not find monster northern pike in the weeds as they simply don’t care for those small minnows, frogs or bugs. They need real food such as; suckers, chub, whitefish and sometimes walleyes. The bigger pike will try to just hang out and ambush any pray that goes by. In particular, one of their main ambush points will often be at the points of areas leading into a bay. Sometimes you will even find them at rocky points, islands, or other places that you can catch walleye.

The best place to get those record breaking northern pike though is usually at the mouth of any stream or river, narrow areas between islands, and sometimes where to lakes connect. These monster pike are opportunist eaters and will just wait for other fish to swim past them before they strike.

Location in a lake will often vary. They are one of the few fish that tend to migrate all year long due to ever changing food, water temperatures or shifting to their spawning grounds.

Northern Pike can be easy and are known to hit just about any lure in your arsenal. They are often attracted to bright colors such as red, silver, yellow, and sometimes even bright green. Pike seem to strike jigs, rapalas, thundersticks and more. Heck, even with small jigs you can catch record breaking pike.

Know your surroundings

One of the most underrated features of fishing is not putting adequeate research towards knowing your lake or river! There is so much available online and in your local bait shop. Even the DNR will put our reports of lakes that have been stocked so you should have a pretty good idea of how much and what kind of fish are in your lake.

Use the Right Lures: Colors and Types

Sometimes people will underestimate what lures or what colors they need to have when learning how to catch northern pike. If you are off, they simply won’t bite and you will be left with one boring afternoon. To combat this, make sure you come prepared wit a variety of lures and colors so you can adjust as they day goes on. Plus, if something simply isn’t working after 20 to 30 minutes, just change it up.

Tips and Tricks to Learning How to Catch Northern Pike

With these few short tips and tricks to learning how to catch northern pike, you should be on your way to catching some in short time!

Let the Pike Have fun: Play with your bait
Most often than not, you will find great success allowing the pike play with your bait before you immediately try to hook him. The key thing to have is patience. If you end up having a strike and you think you lose it, don’t panic as he will most likely come back and strike again. These are almost dianasor like fish, they can easily just forget about your lure and try again. Some fishermen even report that they end up catching the same northern pike over and over again!

Use the slap technique
If you end up trying to use a spoon as your lure, use a slapping technique when casting. Sounds a little weird at first, but trust me; it works! What you need to do is cast at your target zone at a high angle so that your lure will fall into your zone. Right when the lure is roughly 2 or 3 feet above the zone, jerk your line so that the spoon will slap towards the water. This sound alone will often make a northern pike strike.

Change your Lure Color Based On the Water
Depending on the water, you will want to have a certain color lure. In a way though, this applies to all fishing. If you find your water to be muddy or dark, use a brighter color such yellow and or a lure that creates noise. Rattle baits will be your prime weapon in your tackle box during these times as pike often will locate food just from sound alone.

Fish can smell scents
Make sure you don’t have any unwanted smells on your hands when handling lures. For example, handle anything with gas on it, touches gas in anyway or sprayed bug spray on, you will want to avoid touching your lures. To combat this, to get rid of the gas smell: Wash your hands with sugar. To combat bug spray: Wash your hands with salt.

If you do this before you touch your lures, you will not get undesirable scents on them in which will lead to more strikes.

How To Catch Northern Pike: Bait Edition

You will find those big, monster northern pike feasting on other fish such as those 1 to 2 pound walleyes. Not little minnows. You will need to change your bait based on this mentality. If you end up going to a bait store looking for a 6+ inch sucker or chug, good luck as you will quickly find out that they most likely won’t have any in stock. If they do.. Great, you just saved yourself some time!

You will need to fish for some on your own.

Walk down to a small streak and simply cast into a hole. Make sure you use a small hook and a worm. You will most often than not be able to snag a few decent size sucker fish to use for fishing later.

With all this in mind, you will quickly learn how to catch northern pike. Its not a simply process, but its one that is repeatable once you manage to get your skills down.

Top Crappie Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Crappie fishing is not only entertaining, but can be a great learning experience when you are trying to catch other fish. Thankfully, instead of having to spend a lot of time with trial and error, we have the best top crappie fishing tips to helping you know everything about both crappies and crappie fishing in general.

When fishing for crappie, it doesn’t matter if you are either a first time fisher or a professional angler; we still have crappie fishing tips that’ll help your angling game!

We have provided you with information about crappies themselves so you have a better idea where crappie are lurking and why they do what they do. We also provided you with top crappie fishing tips, crappie fishing facts and finally, crappie fishing records so you will know everything about crappie fishing.

Crappie Themselves: Pomoxis Annularis
Often called one of the most fish to catch and one of the best tasting fish to eat, they are often abundant too! Crappie are found throughout the United States and even into Canada. Swimming in large schools in warm water near cover, you are surely able to snag quite a few of them!

Crappie themselves often average roughly 6-11 inches fully grown and depending on the conditions, can reach lengths even up to 17 inches. Often good size crappie, will weigh in at 1/2 to 1 pound but sometimes can even reach up to 6 pounds.

Oddly enough, there are actually two different sub-species of crappie; black crappie and white crappie. These two sub-species have this color variance due to the habitat they grew up in, the age of the fish itself along with the general local population breeding stock.

Black Crappie
black crappie fishing tips
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The black crappie obviously gets it name due to its slightly darker appearance in color compared to the white crappie. The black crappie also has a white or slightly gray/dark gray or spots along the majority of its sides. Finally, the black crappie has roughly 7-8 dorsal spines that go along its back.
White Crappie
white crappie fishing tips
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The white crappie obviously appears much lighter compared to the black crappie and actually has distinct gray vertical bars that extend down the sides of the white crappie. They also only have 5-6 dorsal spines compared to the black crappie’s 7-8 dorsal spines.
Both species itself though has nearly the same feeding patters along with spawning times. They often will be found in water that is a little acidic and a lot of vegetation. When crappie itself though are juveniles, they will only go after pray that’s on a microscopic level. This includes cyclops, daphnia and cladocera. Finally once maturity starts to hit, they will start becoming a predator and go after minnows and other fish.

Crappie are usually found in a school and will school with even other species of fish. You will find the majority of crappies near underwater structures such as weed bends, lily-pads, fallen trees, and even banks. For the most part, crappies during the day are found in the deeper water and only will be near the shore when they have to feed in the early dawn or dusk.

Spawning though, they can be found in shallow water in large schools. During the winter and cold months, they don’t go into any type of hibernation in which makes them a perfect fish for ice fishing.

Top Crappie Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Often more than not, every angler has come to the point where they need help and thankfully we have provided some crappie fishing tips. We have compiled the best tips from not only personal experience but also from searching from all over the internet! There’s a good chance even some of these tips even were submitted by a angler in your area too.

Fishing Knots are Important
First and foremost, use the right knots! It may seem like a little time consuming but having the right know when crappie fishing is essential. By chance you are using a jig when crappie fishing, pull out the classic loop knot. This knot in particular allows the jib to move freely. Along with that, it provides little subtle movements that often will make the crappie want to strike. This is considered one of the most important compared to our other crappie fishing tips.

Try Bringing More Than One Pole
We get it, you aren’t a professional angler but more often than not; it’ll only help as you don’t need to keep tying on a new lure when you want to try something different. Simply put down one of your rods and you’re ready to go back at crappie fishing!

Have A Backup Plan
More often than not, crappie simply may not be biting for a particular lure. Its best to bring more lures in case you end up having to try something else. From personal experience, crappie will be biting with a specific lure one day and that lure will end up getting completely nothing the next! Bring something else in case all else fails.

Best Live Bait Setup For Crappie
From not only personal experience, using a #6 hook, some split shot, live minnow and a slip bobber will lead you to catching crappie with ease! One of the benefits of using a slip bobber is that you won’t have to adjust it as it’ll auto adjust for any depth that you cast at.

Another essential crappie fishing tips though of using live minnows is to hook the minnow either through the lips or just right behind the top dorsal fin. This allows the minnow to still swim and be realistic.

Depth Matters: Know Where to Fish
One of the most essential crappie fishing tips is knowing simply the right depth to fish at. More often than not, you may be fishing in a area that is too shallow or simply too deep. Crappie will be found around three to six feet deep in water. If its a hot summer day or midsummer and the water is warmed up, you may have to search for crappie in deer areas due to the heat or wait till dawn or dusk when they come out of the deep water to feed.

#4 Light-Wire Hook
Of all our hooks, the #4 light-wire hook will provide you with the best way to probe against the thickest cover and still get through without getting hung up; yet the hook is still big and strong enough to pull in the biggest of the crappies.

If you end up getting caught up, don’t worry as this hook can easily bend and can be pulled free. Together with braided line that doesn’t have any stretch, you will most likely stop loosing jigs all together. One quick whip of your rod and you’ll knock it free.

Color Matters
Sometimes simply just changing the color of your jig will help change any bad luck. On cloudy, overcast days; try to use colors such as black, red or even just a plain jig. On clear days, pink or white and even just bright color jigs in general will help.

When Crappie Seem To Disappear
When crappie just seem to disappear and leave you wondering where they went, you best bet is to must to deeper water and fish at roughly the same depth. In summer, often crappie will just suspend out by structures or even drop offs and stay at the same depths.

Deep Water is Just as Good As Shallow Water
More often than not, crappie will be found in deeper water if they are not currently spawning. In a one year span, you will only find crappie in shallow water for two to three weeks. Deeper water will provide the consistent fishing that you desire.

Tighter is Better When Crappie Fishing
Crappie are known to be able to shake your hook loose due to their soft lips. If you end up giving them too much line, they often will be able to shake the hook loose. Crappie themselves though will put up a decent fight and as long as you’re reeling in, you won’t have too much of a problem.

Slower is Sometimes Better
Crappie often will prefer that you actually go slow and steady with your jig or minnow in terms of action. Don’t end up giving up on your cast too early, give it some time and really try your best on the fishing hole. If all luck is failing, simply take a deep break and try to slow it down a bit.

Topographical Maps are key
More often not, your lake that you will be fishing at has a topographical map that’ll show a good idea of the water that you are fishing at. It will often list the: Depths, sunken structures, types of fish in the lake and records of DNR released fish stock in the lake. These stats may even surprise you and will help you pinpoint what fish you should be going for in the lake.

These crappie fishing tips are just tips, feel free to not use them but I can guarantee you that they will improve you fishing game.

Crappie Fishing Records
Everyone loves knowing what the record catch is from anglers and the professionals. All the information we pulled about crappie fishing records is from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and sometimes is updated in which this data may be a little off. If you want to look at recent records that are the most up to date, feel free to visit the IGFA website and see if your catch is up to the chance at being top!

John R. Hortsman; black crappie in a private lake in Missouri, USA on April 21st 2006 that weighted 2.26 kg (5 lbs. 0 oz.)
Fred Bright; white crappie at Enid Dam in Mississippi, USA on July 31st 1957 that weighted 2.35 kg (5 lbs, 3 oz.)
Crappie Facts: Get to know your catch
Below is just some of the basic date and facts about crappie. Even though you may find this information to be irrelevant in helping you fish, it should help you get a idea on what to expect when you are out fishing for them. This information is the max weight and length from all-time records. It may of changes ever so slightly but only is roughly the top 1% of crappie in the wild.

Scientific Name: Pomoxis annularis (white) & Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black)
Nickname(s): Papermouth, Sac-a-lait, slab, speck and speckled perch
Average Lifespan: 10 years in the wild and 12 years in captivity
Length: Up to 20″ for white crappie and 19″ for black crappie
Weight: Up to 5 pounds, average is quarter to half pound
Range: North America and Canada

Top 12 Tips and Tricks to Bass Fishing at Night

Bass Fishing at night is one of the best ways to go bass fishing along with brings a lot of benefits in itself. Even though it may seem a little crazy, you may even end up catching more bass than compared to fishing during the day. Before you give it a try, you might want to check out these top 12 Tips and Tricks to Bass Fishing at Night! Don’t get caught being unprepared.

Top 12 Tips and Tricks to Bass Fishing at Night
Keep in mind, these are just tips and tricks to bass fishing at night, they are nothing you have to follow but with our help, these tips will definitely help you out when you are out there in the dark!

Without further ado, here are our top 12 tips and tricks to bass fishing at night:

Dark Lures Work
From personal experience, I have found that dark lures turn out to be the best. Along with that, make sure that they float near the surface so they fish will think its a insect due to it standing out when the fish looks up at the lighter sky.

Glowing Bobbors/Lit Bobbers Help but Aren’t Completely Needed
These glowing bobbers are really nifty in fishing at night but sometimes create more problems than they are worth. Sometimes, they simply are just too bright and end up scaring all the fish away. At other times, they allow you to see if you have a bite at a distance and the fish could care less if you have it attached. Give it a try and if its simply just not working out, swap it out for something else.

Frog Lures Patterns Simply Work
Often when fishing at night, this is my go to lure in my fishing arsenal. Due to all the action the frog lure makes on the surface, the bass strike’s are relentless and more often than not will resulting in catching a bass at night.

Bass Still Cluster Near Cover
Even though it may be the night, bass tend to still hover near cover. With that rule in mind, try to fish any of your day spots and you will most likely end up catching a bass in the very same spot.

Try the Shallows
Even though the bass may prefer the deep in the day, you may want to try the shallows at night. Once the water starts cooling down, the bass will move from the deeps and start feeding in the shallows. Try casting near logs, lily-pads and more.

Bright Contrasting Lures Work
Lures that are bright and have contrasting colors often work well as they can stand out easily in the dark waters at night when fishing for bass.

Illuminated Areas Are Hotspots
Often boat lists and cabins/houses around the lake will have lights and more often than not, these become bass hotspots. Throw a few casts in and you may end up getting lucky!

Try Natural Baits
Natural bait like nightcrawlers or minnows seem to work great at night. Make sure you hook the fish under its lip or dorsal fin and you may end up with a few strikes.

Bigger Lures are Better
The bigger lures tend to catch more bass at night compared to smaller lures. Maybe its just because they are easier to find but they simply just tend to work better.

Bug Spray is Your Friend
If you’re lucky, you’ll go out on a cold night and end up with little to no bugs. If the night is warm, make sure you bring enough bug spray or it’ll be a horrible time bass fishing at night.

Bring a flashlight/Latern
You will want a flashlight or even a lantern at night or you’ll have trouble making setting up your line and typing lures. Even better would be a headlamp.

Full Moon Nights are Best
If you time your trip to bass fishing at night right, you’ll go out on a full moon night where you won’t need any extra light on your boat and you should be able to see everything with ease. By far one of my favorite out of all the tips and tricks to bass fishing at night.

There you have it! The top 12 tips and tricks to bass fishing at night! You can either follow them or ignore them but at the very least, you may want to try a few of these tips next time you go bass fishing at night!

How to Catch Smallmouth Bass: Techniques to Easy Fishing

Smallmouth bass is a predator and feed on a variety of animals such as minnows, insects and even crustaceans. By chance when crayfish are common, you’ll find it to be over two thirds of their diet. Oddly enough, smallmouth bass have a smell in their skin that excretes and mimics the smell of a crayfish. This simple smell results in making the crayfish to want to come out of their coves and try to protect their “territory” against other crayfish. Even though many think the bass isn’t smart, it’ll wait for the crayfish to come out and eat any crayfish in the open.

They even brought a legacy behind them. The Algonquin Indians used to call smallmouth bass the name achigan in which means the “one who fights”. They are known to make a stance and try to evade their pray.

What do Smallmouth Bass look like?
Often when learning how to catch smallmouth bass, you will find that they range in colors. Often you might find them dark looking, even sometimes a little brown or even greenish-yellow along with a slightly white belly. Their eyes are usually come in a red or a orange tone.

Bass also have a extremely powerful tail, great hearing and suprisenly good vision. With its preditor instinct, it will make learning how to catch smallmouth bass trouble-some. Don’t fret though, with our guide, hopefully you can pick it up quick without too much of a problem through our different techniques and tips.

Techniques on How to Catch Small Mouth Bass
Learning how to catch smallmouth bass isn’t a 1-2-3 step process. You will need to try trial and error to help you figure out what the best technique is depending on the season, weather and more.

Smallmouth Bass Locations
You will often find smallmouth bass lurking in the in the rocky shores or deep drop off points. Depending on the weather and the season, you will also find them in deeper water where there are more minnows present. One of the easiest ways to help you locate this area is a depth finder.

Smallmouth Bass Lures
When you are trying to learn how to catch smallmouth bass, you need to make sure you are covering a large area to figure out where the bass schools are. In particular, crankbaits will help you cover as much ground as possible. Diving crankbaits such as:

Rapala Shad Rap: Silver or crawfish pattern
Cotton Cordells Rattlin Spot
Smallmouth Bass are sometimes in the Shallow
If you are fishing in shallow rock shores, try to use a yellow and white pattern spinnerbait along with a shallow diving crankbait. With experience, I have found these to be a deadly combination when you are learning how to catch smallmouth bass.

Smallmouth Bass also hide in the depths
If you are fishing in deeper water, its time to go old school and simply use a 1/4 to 1/2 oz jig. Go old school here and just bounce these jigs off the bottom and hopefully it’ll make the smallmouth enticed to strike.

If its late summer or early fall and you are fishing in deep water for smallmouth bass, often using a worm colored jig will work even better. Just remember you have to bounce it off the bottom or you’ll end up with one boring day.
Note: When smallmouth bass go deep, they tend to drop to roughly 30 or 40 feet.

How to catch smallmouth bass when all else fails
Sometimes some methods simply won’t work even when you sit there and throw every idea, lure or technique at them. We’ve all been there, believe me but you just have to keep trying as you simply don’t know when they’ll strike at that next cast. If nothing seems to be working, time to whip out the live bait and give it a try.

Start using your live bait near rocky points and any rocky areas in general. These are the best locations to get a smallmouth bass to strike
Try using a bass hook and just throwing the biggest worm you have on it. Make sure the worm has a significant amount hanging off the hook. Don’t and I repeat don’t keep wrapping it until its all hooked around your hook; danging is key. After that, use a light line such as 4 or even 6 pound test mono so that your casts are virtually weightless.
Make sure you try to target your casts so they land near the edges of the shore and just lay your line down. You want your warm to sink slowly and once it hits a few week, slowly start to reel it in until it hits the surface. Rinse and repeat this process until you run out of line. This technique is sort of like using jigs. Reeling in slowly and gently will be key as you want to make your worm look as natural as possible.
Often enough when learning how to catch smallmouth bass, they will strike when your worm is sinking. If the worm isn’t sinking, feel free to put a weight up roughly 2 feet above your bait. You want to make sure its not too close to your hook as when you are fishing in rocks, it can get snagged easily and become frustrating to reel in. If it gets too frustrating, you most likely shouldn’t have a weight attached.
This same method can and will work with a cray fish/minnow
If you are just hovering over one area, just use a bobber and place it about 2 or 3 feet from the bait as you cast over rocks. Simply sit back and wait till your bobber goes down!
Learning How To Catch Smallmouth Bass also Means Deep Water
Often, you will find smallmouth bass just seemingly disappear when they once used to be in a area. You may even drop hours just trying one rocky area and end up with completely nothing. Often enough though, the weather has played a roll and the bass have fled. They could either have done to the deep or to a completely different part of the lake.

If you end up catching absolutely nothing after hours of trying, its time to throw on that depth finder and start hunting. You will need to find a deep, steep ridge that goes roughly 30-45 feet deep. This will be a key area in finding a hot spot of smallmouth bass.

Quickly when you are learning how to catch smallmouth bass, you will learn that smallmouth bass and bass in general are a predator of the lakes. They will go deep for protection, to feed on minnows, and due to the weather. If the weather turns to being unpredictable, often smallmouth bass will head toward the deep water so they feel less discomfort compared to shallow water.

When the bass head for the depths, they will often be found around drop off’s along with ledges in the lake as they are able to move quickly between the deeper part of the lake and the shallower part without having to travel too far when the weather is changing.

What Smallmouth Bass Like: Strike Tips
Finding out how to catch smallmouth bass takes a different set of skills where you need to find out what smallmouth bass actually like to strike at. They simply won’t just hit at anything. With the list we have compiled below, they are bound to find something worth while:

Warm colored tube jigs often will attract smallmouth bass on big lakes. Feel free to even add part of a real work inside the tube jig to further improve its attractiveness
Long jigs tend to do the best, roughly 5 feet and up. The technique is simple and all you will need to do is let it sink and jig it up and down to give it some motion. You can let it just down but won’t work as good as quick jerks in which makes it look like the jig is injured
Another reason why giving it little jigs is good is that it’ll improve the chances that you can feel the bass actually hit and strike your lure. Depending on the conditions, you may even be able to see your line stop sinking if the water is calm enough which means that the bass could of strike’d the jig. If you have waves coming across the lake, use your fingertips against the line and you’ll be able to feel the strikes with ease
Often the most favored technique is to simply just get the biggest worm possible and throw it on a hook with absolutely no weight and let it sink really slowly near a ridge. If you end up going outside your target zone, give it a jig and pull it back in place and let it sink down again. Once the smallmouth bass hits, its best to let it go with your line for a little bit
Feel free to try to use a minnow as it often will work just as well as real works
How To Catch Smallmouth Bass: Secret Baits
Salted Minnows
One of the most easiest baits I’ve used when trying to catch a bass is simply salted minnows. Oddly enough, I’ve found that they in fact love and go nuts over these simple salt cured minnows. You can either go to the store and buy some or make your own. Its one of the most simplest tricks in the book.

If you want to make your own, simply get a large bin of salt and lay the minnows down in layers. Feel free to use regular table salt or even pickling salt. I wouldn’t use any other salts as I don’t have any experience with them.

Classic Frog Lure
You can also try using a frog lure. Your goal is to make your big the closest you can to acting like a real frog. The more realistic it is, the better chance you will have at catching smallmouth bass.

Try to land your lure as closest to the shore as you can and leave it there for a little bit. If you end up not getting any strikes, start slowly twitching your rod and try to make your frog lure swim along the surface of the water. If still nothing is biting, reel in and recast your line. Patience is key here when you are learning how to catch smallmouth bass.

Best Lures To Catch Smallmouth Bass
When learning how to catch smallmouth bass, its best to try as many lures as you can. With that in mind, here is a list of top lures to catch smallmouth bass.

Bugeye Jigs
Rattleback Jigs
Frog Lures
Crankbaits
Jerkbaits
Wally Diver
Rapala Countdown
Junior Thundersticks
Old School Jigs
Tube Jigs
Mepps Black Furry
Floating Rapalas
Rattlin Redfin
Bomber Spinnerbait
Even though there are secret baits and more, the best and most supported bait is simple: The worm. If you really want to go the extra mile, make sure you don’t get your hands near any gas lines or gasoline. If you happen to go in contact with those, wash your hands with sugar and apply some bug spray followed by applying salt. Your goal is to not transfer any scents over to your lure that will make the smallmouth bass less attracted to it.

Learning how to catch a smallmouth bass may seem a little daunting at first but once you get a technique down and learn their habits, they really aren’t that hard to deal with along with they aren’t much different than any other fish. Get out there and give it a try!

Early Spring Bass Fishing: How to Catch Bass In the Spring

One of the best times of the year to catch bass is in the spring. Often this is the prime time to even attempt bass fishing. Often for the professional anglers, the biggest bass will be caught between roughly early February and late May. Thankfully instead of having to struggle and waste time trying to catch a giant bass, we have the top guide on how to have successfully have a bass fishing season!

In the early spring, bass spawning instincts forces the fish to leave their dark deep water and move towards any shallow water so they can spawn. Spring bass fishing is much easier compared to any other season of bass fishing since they are in shallower water, therefore the lures present themselves more due to how the anglers can effectively land it in the strike zone compared to when you are in deeper water.

The time is approaching fast and you are just wasting time when you should be out there on the lake participating fishing! I’m sure you’re wondering though, “how am I going to catch it”? When you head out, its just the same people catching those giant bass every single year. You may be wondering what their secret is, if there is a secret lure, or maybe they are just extremely lucky?

Top Early Spring Bass Fishing Tips
Don’t get too caught up in the dust if you are failing to pull in that giant bass, luck plays a bigger roll than you think. With a few of our tips, you may be able to create your own luck and hopefully be that one angler you’ve been idling!

Equipment, technology may play a big roll, bit its not everything
Often, professional anglers who are seen catching big, huge trophy fish are not just solely lucky, but also have a lot of skill in this spring fishing season. These anglers come into the right lake with everything they need to exceed; with the newest technology, equipment, skill and knowledge; there simply is no way that they will fail.

Knowledge is power
Most states have plenty of lakes to catch bass in the early season. In most lakes, you will find up to roughly about 12 pounds. Once you start trying to score that big bass over 12 pounds, the list of lakes quickly dwindles. If you are looking to pull in a massive bass, try to find the top lakes in recent years that have pulled out the largest bass. Once you have your list, it’ll most likely be the same lakes the following years too. Research is key when you are trying to participate with bass fishing.

Shallow to deep water is key: Find those drop offs
If you are planning on trying to get anything when out on the lake during the spring season, go for the shallow water right next to a major drop off. This even applies to major or narrow creeks, small points, open coves and especially anywhere with deep banks or obvious breaklines.

If you are fishing in the spring during a cold front, your best bet is to head towards the deeper breaklines at roughly 10 to 15 feet of water. Once the water starts warming up and or starts becoming something consistent, head over to the shallow water area that is roughly 3 to 5 feet deep. Sometimes you may get lucky trying to fish deeper breaklines that are 10 to 15 feet deep when the water is warmer.

Cover as much water as you can
This is one of the hardest things to get used to when learning how to catch bass in the early spring. You will want to cover a lot of water but try not to cover too much. You will want to try your best to stay on the breakline or at the very least; near it. When bites start coming in, you’ll need to start slowing down your pace and try to “work” the hole.

Often you will find small to even large schools of bass near mouth of creeks and sometimes even to the back ends depending on the weather. Once you find these schools though, you will be in one heck of a time of bass fishing and you will often find your line being strikes right and left!

One of the bad parts about finding these schools of bass though is that they are not consistent. There is a low chance that you will find them again the next day. Its better to at the very least give the hole a shot and maybe you will get lucky! More often than not, they will be gone.

Early Spring Bass Fishing in the Deep
Often you will have the most trouble pulling in bass when they are in deeper water. This is the time to pull out any of your diving crankbaits. These crankbaits are key to getting down into deeper breaklines that are roughly 10 to 15 feet. If you have a shallow breakline, I suggest you use a lipless crankbaits.

Many people don’t realize how effective these two baits are used to cover a lot of water at a time. If you start to locate a school and start getting a few strikes. You might want to switch over to a jig, or sometimes a soft jerkbait. You might even be able to just use a typical jig technique and pull in a decent size bass. Half the battle is locating where the bass is when they are in the deeper water.

Shallow water bass fishing tricks
Everyone and anyone will tell you that spinnerbaits are the best to throw out and snag a bass. When in shallow water, this is the perfect time to let these lures shine. One of the main goals when using a spinnerbait though is to try to cover a lot of area but only work the hole at a slow pace.

One of the best tips of spring bass fishing is to try to use a larger lure. The bigger the lure, the bigger the catch will often be. Along with that, since you are catching such big bass; you will need equipment to stand up against the test of time. With that in mind, stay near the heavy side for rods, medium to heavy for reels, line that can hold roughly 20 to 30 pound with mono or if you are using braided, roughly 40 pound braided line.

If you are even debating on going out and participating in this spring season of fishing, it can be a blast! Give it a shot, it may be a little cold, but you’ll enjoy it! You will often have strikes hitting your lures right and left; providing you with one of the most action packed, adrenaline pumping fishing seasons of the year! Don’t miss out on catching a trophy bass, get out there and give it a shot!

How To Go Bass Fishing With Plastic Worms: Easy and Cheap

best bass fishing tips for plastics

One of the most often used bass fishing lures is plastic. Yes, you heard right.. Plastic. Only the trophy bass anglers will know of this hidden lure for the big bass. One of the unique features that plastic bait brings is due to having a very long, thin, worm-like action that results in it appearing like a variety of prey.

Usually people claim live bait is the way to go, yet they just simply haven’t unlocked the true potential of going bass fishing with plastic worms. They need to be used right to be effective and require many hours to perfect the techniques of bass fishing with plastic worms. Usually you will find bass fishing with plastic worms to be a two sided debate; with one side claiming they are a waste while the other side is praising them like some mighty god.

Practice, Practice, Practice: Key to Bass Fishing With Plastic Worms

The more familiar you are to bass fishing with plastic worms, the better. More often than not, you will need to put hours of trial and error in to help you figure out how to correctly bass fish with plastic. You simply can’t throw it in and expect to reel in the trophy rated bass. We all wish it was that easy, but it simply isn’t true.

They are a type of bait where they fish have to see it before they even decide if its worth their time. While bass fishing with plastic worms, you must try to replicate the most realistic bait possible in order for bass to want to hit it.

We’ve found that plastic worms and other plastic type bait is more effective in warmer water that is roughly 50 degrees or higher. With that in mind, the key time of the year is in summer. Feel free to try them at other times though, we’ve had luck year round with them but it can really depend from lake to lake.

Outfitting Plastic Worms For Bass Fishing: Top Rigs

More often than not, people simply don’t hook their worm right when bass fishing with plastic worms. Thankfully though, there are a variety of ways to hook your bait. Here are a few of the most popular and simply easiest variations:

  • Texas Rig
  • This will take a few tries at mastering, but will be one of the most successful lure techniques in your tackle box! With this technique, you actually will be threading the hook through the tip of the worm itself. After you hook the barb back into the worm, so it won’t end up getting snagged when you cast into weeds.

    If there happens to be a lot of cover and you are getting a lot of snags due to your sinker, place a toothpick in the hole of your sinker to create a tighter space. This will not only stop quite a few snags, but also will allow your sinker to stay in place.

    If you have troubles with your worm sliding around, simply push the eye of the hook into the plastic worm and use a needle to threat more line through the eye of the hook in the worm. Tie it off and your worm won’t ever be moving anytime soon. Just make sure you don’t end up ripping your worm though!

    This rig is best usually used in water that is deeper than 20 feet.

  • Floating Rig: Fast Easy Technique
  • When you are using a floating rig, fish must be able to actually see it in order to strike it. In a way, this is a bait that should; in theory, just float right past them. Usually you will make the worm weightless and try to cast towards any low hanging trees or near brush.

    If you end up getting a lot of snags, you can just attach a swivel and some heavier pound test line roughly 10 inches above your lure so you will be able to rip your lure out of snags with ease.

  • Carolina Rig
  • More often than not, you will find this rig to be best use for smallmouth bass fishing and or as a search n find bait (locating where the fish are). Its a unique lure but it usually will get a bite. The sinker will help the lure stay on the bottom. When you bounce the sinker, it will create a bouncing effect for the worm (which should be placed roughly three feet from the sinker) as it settles back down. This not only creates a lively effect, but also looks natural.

    To find out the land of the leader, you must look to the water clarity. When fishing in:

    • Muddy water: Use shorter leader
    • Longer Leader: Use longer leader

    When using the Carolina Rig for bass fishing, its best to set the hook by have more of a sweeping motion than snapping motion. Following that, use 12-18 pound test line and at least 8 pound test line on the leader itself. You will want to use this on any flat areas, sandbars, coasts, drop off points such as ledges, rocky shoreline and more. If you end up fishing in a area with a lot of weeds though, be sure to use a weed guard so you don’t get hung up.

  • Swimming Rig
  • This is without a doubt a classic in my tackle box and I’ve had a lot of success with it. You will want to use a swivel and have a leader line. After that, throw on a 4-8 inch worm and make sure you roll it up on the hook a little bit so it’ll bass through the weeds with ease.

    Try to use the Swimming Rig around areas such as boat docks/near docks, shorelines, flats and more. Along with that, be sure to reel in slow and constant.

Choosing the Right Color and Style is Key

Usually this is where most anglers fail when trying to go bass fishing with plastic worms. If the color is off, it will result in one boring day of fishing, so its good to have a decent variation of plastic worm lengths, colors, styles and even weights.

If you want to be on the safe side when bass fishing plastic worms, be sure to have different kinds of plastic lizards, curly tails, ribbon-tail, and more so you can deal with whatever situation is presented to you.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten though is to sometimes ignore the general color guidelines and use only natural colors. The biggest bass only survive because they are smart and will often avoid anything that looks unnatural.

From experience, we’ve found that the type of worm and color really will depend on a variety of factors but here are some general guidelines to follow when you are out fishing for bass:

  • Dark Water With Low Visibility: Stained/Muddy/Cloudy/Windy Days
  • This is best to use the following on the days when the water has little to none light penetration.

    Size: Try to use plastic worms that have more bulk to them. These would include plastic worms such as ones with multiple tails, twist tails, and others that have a similar appearance. Along with that, any lure that will create attention will work just as good. We’ve found these work well in dark areas that have thick cover (under trees or in the shadows).

    Color: Believe or not, even it dark water; there is success to be had with darker colored plastic bait. We’ve had the most success using colors such as: purple, brown, dark green, and even black.

  • Clear Water: Water with high light penetration
  • If you’re in one of the lakes that is crystal clear, you should try the following:

    Size: More often than not, its best to have a mid range sized plastic worm on your hook than the bulkier kind that you would use in the deeper water. These would include bait such as ones with thin appearances, swirly tails etc.

    Color: Determining the right color for bass fishing in clear water can prove to be a challenge. Most fishermen think the best color range would be brighter, but in reality; we found that clearer colors work best such as: green, pearl, gray, smoke, blue and more. You will not want anything that is florescent.

  • Deep Water Bass Fishing
  • When the bass start heading into waters that’s 15-20 feet deep, you might want to start using these techniques.

    Size: Usually worms with long tails will be one of the best plastic baits to use for bass fishing in deep water.

    Color: When trying to go bass fishing with plastic worms in deep water, you will want to use mainly two tone colors. This means though that one is more dominant than the other, such as yellow or red and have less dominant color being black or blue. We’ve had success with metalflake colors too.

  • Slow, Inactive Fish: Middle of the Day Fishing
  • Try to use more plastic worms that have a thin appearance or just smaller worms in general.

  • Fishing in the Morning
  • Try to use a more lighter, warmer colored worm that will match the sunrise.

    When you’ve Chosen The Color

    You’re best bet is to keep trying that color and see how well it works for your area. If you end up catching a lot of bass, great! If not, feel free to experiment. Thankfully bass fishing with plastic worms is one of the cheapest types of bait available.

    You’ll find a lot of the professionals using shades of purple in the shallow water and bright colors when fishing in the deep. Usually the brighter colors will hold their color better in deep water as other colors will start turning to shades of gray at a distance.

    If you end up getting a few bites and they simply just aren’t latching on, try using the same lure but simply in a different color. Sometimes just the different color will change your whole day of fishing.

    At the same time though, you can’t go try to test your colors unless you’ve actually been catching bass. First worry about catching fish before you go trying colors.

    Determining the Right Weight

    One of the key ideas that you want to keep in mind when picking the sinker for your lure is that lighter is better. The lighter weights will not only allow you to feel bites more easily, but they will produce more natural action with the worm on the hook.

    We usually use just a 1/16 to even 1/8 oz sinker. A rule of thumb that we normally have is as the water gets deeper, you will want to use a heavier sinker. Here is a key to help you out:

    • Less than 6 Feet Deep – 1/8 to 1/4 oz
    • 6-12 Feet Deep – 1/8 to 1/4 oz
    • 13-18 Feet Deep – 1/4 to 3/8 oz
    • More than 18 Feet Deep – 3/8 to 1/2 oz

    You also might want to take into account where you plan on fishing too. If you will be bass fishing in a area full of vegetation, you might want to use needle nose weights as they can clear through weeds with ease but they will get stuck on rocks. If you are fishing in a more rocky bottom, you can use bullet weights as they won’t have trouble with the rocks.

    Determining your Hook Size

    Its fairly simple matching your hook size when you are bass fishing with plastic worms. You will want to use this as a general guideline based on the worm that you are planning on using:

    • 3/0 to 4/0 hooks – 7-8 inch plastic worms
    • 2/0 hook – 5-6 inch plastic worms
    • 1/0 to 1/0 hooks – Smallest worms in your tackle box

    Match the size of the hook to the size of the worm. For example: a 3/0 to 4/0 hook is ideal for most 7-8 inch worms. A 1/0 is too small and a 6/0 is too large. A 2/0 hook is best for 5-6 inch worms, 1 and 1/0 for finesse worms.

    Techniques to Bass Fishing With Plastic Worms

    Everyone will tell you about their favorite fishing technique but these are tried, tested and without a doubt, work. They may not always produce fish as bass fishing with plastic worms can be finicky.

    • >b>Texas Rig Tips and Procedure
    • If you planned on trying out the Texas Rig, you will want to use a medium to heavy action rod so it’s not only sensitive but also strong enough to take a decent sized bass. Try to find a rod that is roughly 5-6 Feet in length as they will provide the most action. After that, use 8-14 pound test line.

      Here is a general procedure you should follow for when using the Texas Rig:

      1. Cast your worm past the drop off or area that you are fishing
      2. Allow the worm to fall until it hits the bottom with slack still in the line.
      3. After that, you will want to start reeling in and try to feel any strikes. Note: Don’t don’t twitch the tip of your rod as it might scare bass off and will allow the bass more time to look at your lure.
      4. Let it fall again as this allows for a reaction strike.
      5. Slowly raise your rod tip slowly and let it fall. Repeat this process a few times and watch your line for bites. Before you start reeling it, make sure that you don’t have a bass already sitting on the end of your line without you even knowing it.
      6. When you feel a strike, immediately attempt to set the hook by bringing the tip of your lure in the air (be sure you try to do this as quick as possible). Usually this will drive the hook right into the bass when you do a upward jerk action.
      7. If the lure doesn’t set, simply let it fall again. Don’t reel it up yet and give the area another try. More often than not, the bass will bite again.
      8. Once the lure it set, reel in quickly to get it out of any heavy cover and than you can wear him out once your out in the open.
    • If you aren’t sure, set the hook. You can swing as much as you like but you will only get so many bites.
    • Make sure you are paying attention to your line, as Bass fishing with plastic worms will take a lot of concentration.
    • Use scents and lures that come with salt impregnated plastic. Don’t waste your money on worms that are packaged on salt as you’ll loose it all on the first cast.
    • Keep in mind that you need to keep in natural. Do worms or minnows make a rattling noise? Do they make any noise at all? Simply put, these new rattling lures sometimes just don’t work. Keep it simple.
    • Most professional anglers will overshoot or undershoot the bass hideouts when they are casting at this. This usually entice the bass to come out and you won’t end up getting your lure snagged.

    There you have it, hopefully this is enough to get you started bass fishing with plastic worms. Do you have any techniques you use that we should add?

Top 10 Early Spring Bass Fishing Lures That Work

bass fishing lures that are great in the spring

Finally its early spring and its time for bass fishing! Time to hit it out on the lake and try to get some early spring bass. Often though, spring may be a challenge for most anglers and will be struggling to get the bass to bite after a cold winter.

Spring offers only a few very basic early spring bass fishing lures to choose from in which include: Tubes, Spinnerbaits, Suspending Jerkbait, Soft Plastic Jerbaits, Soft Plastic Worms, Jigs (ones with the chunk on the end), Top Water Baits, Crankbaits, Grub Lures, and finally Blade Bait. These lures are nothing more than basic but will be perfect for fishing during the spring from simply shallow to even deep water.

Often bass will be in pre-spawn through post spawn in the spring so it really depends on the lake’s temperature in which you are fishing at. I’m sure this list of bass fishing lures and techniques will drastically help you pull that next early spring bass in.

Top 10 Early Spring Bass Fishing Lures

  • The Tube Jig
  • The tube jig is a perfect early spring lure and presents itself well for spawning pass. These lures create a image that is similar to a crawfish or bait fish that may be threatening the bass’s next. One unique feature of a tube jig is that it can be rigged to have a lead head jig inserted in the tip or a slip lead jig depending on where you are fishing. By far one of my favorites for early spring bass season and often is something you just need to give a shot if you are bass fishing.

  • The Spinnerbait
  • The spinnerbait is one of the most useful lures as it’s perfect for covering any large area of water. Not only that, this lure is also very versatile and easily can be used in just inches of water to even ten feet. One great feature that I like about spinnerbaits is due to its fairly weedless design allowing for it to go in areas where a normal jig would simply get snagged up in. This lure easily can be used throughout the bass season. Finally, the spinnerbait also stands out in cloudy water due to its bright, colored and reflective colors in the water. Perfect for after spring rains or even just a dark muddy lake.

  • Suspending Jerkbait
  • Often this is a go too lure when the water is clear compared to other spring bass fishing lures. Many professionals even swear that this is the perfect lure for clear lakes. Suspending jerkbaits draw strikes even when their sitting still unlike other spring bass fishing lures. The lure itself essentially goes with the mood of the spring bass in clear to slightly stained water in lakes. Simply throw your lure over in deep points, near bands, or even the edges of flats and you’ll be catching a bass in no time!

  • Soft Plastic Jerkbait
  • Even though this may seem a little too basic, the good old soft plastic jerkbait and the soft plastic worm work just as well any other bass fishing lures. Often I’ll use these baits when the pre-spawn has dwindled down a little. Your goal though is to make the bait weightless and have a slow fall. This method will result in bass who simply can’t pass up on a easy meal striking. If you are fishing during post spawn, try to throw a drop shot jib and place it closest to the strike zone as you can.

  • The Bass Jig
  • Often, this is my go to bait. I’d even go as far as to claim that this is the ultimate lute if you are looking to get a bass out of cover while in post spawn. During post spawn, bass will hide in any heavy cover that can find; that being glass, or wooded cover. With the little extra trailer following behind creates a presentation that the bass will hold onto and pay attention too just a little longer.

  • Crankbaits
  • Crankbaits are one of the great spring bass fishing lures for running your bait into deep structures, shallow areas and even just flat bass spawning areas in general. You will more likely than not find these baits in use by professional angels in spring tournaments. One of the most unique features that the crankbait offers is their ability to cover a lot of ground in search of that record breaking bass in a large area.

  • Top Water Baits
  • Many angles will claim this as their perfect bait for just after the big bass spawn, in which you will find anglers waiting all year just for this particular season. These include: Chuggers, walkers, poppers, and buzzers lures. This season includes some of the most heart pounding, adrenaline filled explosions from bass striking in which make it one of the most entertaining times to fish throughout the year!

  • Grub Lure
  • Often one of the most overlooked lures to use during the spring, you’ll be surprised how well these actually work! You’ll find yourself catching bass both in shallow and even deep water. Even in clear to dark water, yet you most likely won’t hear of many people using it. When out of luck, disregard all the other spring bass fishing lures and give grubs a try.

  • Blade Bait
  • Often you won’t find too many anglers using blade baits compared to all the other spring bass fishing lures. These lures though are really nice to drop right into the strike zone due to their small size and heavy mentality. Not only that, they have a strong vibration that you may even feel when reeling in on the line along with a flashy enough appearance to attract bass out of hiding in the deep cold icy lakes. One of the nice features that blade bait offers is its ability to be a versatile; you can use these in a variety of ways. Feel free to use them as a drop bait, jig or even like crankbait.

Finding out what to choose is a different story though and there isn’t a completely correct answer. Often people don’t realize that the size of the bait and presentation doesn’t matter so much in the pre-spawn since the bass are so active. If this was in the post spawn, things start slowing down and you might start needing to take these in consideration.

The key for finding the perfect lures is to use lures that will match the hatch for the post spawn. First, when trying to figure out what lure you should use generally, many professional anglers agree lures that are:

  • Subtle Lure presentation are good for clear water
  • Larger brighter lure presentation are good for stained, cloudy water
  • Try to match the lure to the color of the sky and the water

With this in mind, This technique may seem a little simple for figuring out your early spring bass fishing lures but its just that simple! Don’t over think it too much in the early spring since the bass are so active. Often when the water is still cool in the early spring, noise doesn’t really help too much as in during the post spawn in warmer water.

Often in cooler water, the smaller lures that present themselves slower will work well. During the late spring though, you may need to pull out the larger and faster lures to pull a strike in though.

By chance that the bass is running from your cast, be sure to try to approach it softer by using things such as worms or even just soft plastic jerkbaits. When you are fishing in the spring, moving the lure slower is key compared to when you want to move in quickly in the late summer. If you are trying to get a bass in cover, use a weedless lure as it’ll be perfect for avoiding snags in the early spring when you’re bass fishing. Only use the top water lures during the early mornings and later afternoons during sunsets. Sometimes they can be good for overcasts too but its just not that successful.

These ten lures will help you build confidence in choosing the perfect lure for you and in becoming a better angler. Finding the perfect though lures depends on the location, the condition and the simple reaction from the bass itself. Its all about trying one thing at a time and going through your tactics until one sticks!

If you are looking to get into bass fishing, the early spring bass is a perfect time to start the sport! Due to the fast striking nature of the fish and the quality time it brings you in the outdoors, there isn’t much that can beat it. Get fishing and hopefully you will manage to pull a bass in from our help in finding the perfect early spring bass fishing lures.