Best Bass Fishing Lures

Bass fishing lures come in hundreds of different sizes and shapes – but most of them fall under one category or another. Choosing the right lure will make a huge difference in how many bass you catch – so it’s better to go in knowing what you are doing rather than picking at random! This will also help you make a smarter buying decision.

To simplify the explanation, here is an infographic describing the different kinds of lures and how to use them (click on the image to see a larger version):

Which Is The Best Bass Fishing Lure? Choosing the right lure for bass fishing can be the deciding factor whether fish will bite or not. There are thousands of lures available on the market, so here's trying to make sense of them all! Simply put, you want to choose a lure that most resembles the kind of food bass are feeding on in that particular area/time of year. Bass lures are of all shapes and colors, but can be classified into: Buzzbaits: These are used for fishing shallow water in and around cover. They are alsogreat to use at night. Rubber worms: Worms are hands down the best bass bait you can get. They are the most versatile, and work in all conditions and seasons. Spinnerbaits: These are some of the more popular baits used in the United States. They cause lots of vibrations in the water, and take advantage of how bass can detect these vibrations to look for food. Crankbaits: These are round lures in the shape of a sunfish or shad. They are designed in such a way that they can dive effectively and also wiggle side by side, causing vibrations. Jigs: Jigs are hooks with weights attached to them. They can be dressed using many different things, such as furs, hairs, or plastics. Jig fishing is challenging to master but very rewarding as it helps catch larger bass. Swimbaits: At the cutting edge of lure technology, these costly yet effective lures are highly detailed and resemble live fish – making them very good for catching large bass with large appetites. Jerkbaits: These are long lures with many hooks that look like an injured baitfish. Jerkbait are incredibly versatile and will respond however you control them. Bass will bite to different lures depending on the season. Spring: Spring fishing is all about pre-spawn, spawning, and post-spawn. During pre-spawn, use worms, jerkbaits, and jigs in and around drop-offs – channels where bass can move from deep to shallow easily. During spawn, females make nests in shallows, and don't feed, but attack small egg predators like salamanders and crawfish. Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits that mimic these. During post-spawn, use buzz baits. Males will usually protect the nest as females rest, and later in the season, bass start feeding normally again. Summer: Early summer is like post-spawn, and during the rest of summer, you can use frogs or deep water crank baits, depending on whether you are targeting shallows or deeps. Fall: For topwater, use buzzbaits – they can work wonders. For mid-depth, go for lipess crankbaits or jigs, and for deep water, use deep diving crankbaits or weighted soft plastics to get to where the bass are.