Bass Fishing Lures: How to Choose

Every bass fisher should have a package of six-inch plastic worms. Good color choices for plastic worms used to catch bass are green (or black) pumpkin. Another necessary lure is the black and blue jig. Look for them to be in ½ and ¾ ounce sizes. Finally, you should have chartreuse and white spinner bait to use when you are fishing early to mid morning along logs and other structures.

If you were forced to use only one lure for bass fishing, there would probably be a few considerations in your mind, but most people would choose worm, spinnerbait, or crankbait.

Crankbait allows you to fish anywhere, all the way from the top to the bottom. Spinnerbait is an excellent choice for bass fishing. Spinners are made of wire. They have one or more spinner blades on the end, a skirt, and come with a weight. The hook is hidden. They are excellent when fishing around structures. They work well among trees, piers, or stumps to do what their name implies and lure the bass right where you want them…onto the end of your hook!

If you are fishing for largemouth bass, you should know that they will bite on most anything. You can throw bogs from a spinning or casting rod, or present streamers or poppers with a fly rod. The best time for largemouth are early mornings and late evenings when it is warm weather outside.

If you plan on fishing for smallmouth bass, you should plan to fish during and after the spawn, usually in June. Choosing light tackle that tend to float near the surface, fishing quietly, and casting toward structures and rocks will work well as long as you fish expecting a fight!

Does it matter what type of fishing lure you use? Yes, it does. While these tips are sure to help you to select the right ones at your local bait and tackle shop, nothing is better than testing out some of your own ideas and really getting to know what works for the bass in your area.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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