How to Choose the Correct Bass Fishing Lure

How to Choose the Correct Bass Fishing Lure
Bass can be taken with a wide variety of artificial lures, which presents a problem for the angler looking to hook into largemouth or smallmouth bass. The dilemma begins when the fisherman cannot decide which lure is correct for the time of year, the venue and the conditions. But by knowing what works best under certain circumstances, the right bass lure can be chosen most of the time.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Choose the Correct Bass Fishing Lure

Step 1
Choose to use spinning baits and crank baits when on deeper lakes and ponds. Fish them at different depths until you find where the fish are hanging. Utilize them where the water is cloudy or dirty because they can send out vibrations that will bring fish close for a look.
Step 2
Choose plastic creature baits when fishing during the spring spawning season. Bass that are sitting on their spawning beds will attack anything that approaches. Utilize this territorial guarding to your advantage by fishing along the shore with plastic lures that resemble creatures such as lizards and frogs, specifically targeting the beds bass will build in the gravel and sand.
Step 3
Choose topwater bait for bass when the weather is cloudy, warm and the winds are light. Bass will move a long distance to hit such a lure when the conditions are like this. Topwater baits such as slow-moving floating minnows and hula poppers will do the trick, especially around dawn and dusk when the light is not that bright.
Step 4
Choose a floating frog or mouse when the wind is nonexistent and the lake is shallow and full of weeds. Cast this lure out and just let it sit there for as long as 30 seconds to a full minute before twitching your rod and making the lure move perhaps a foot. Repeat this slow type of retrieve and watch for a swirl near the lure as a bass comes up from the bottom to grab it.
Step 5
Choose plastic worms when fishing where the aquatic weeds are growing in great numbers and cover most of the surface area. Cast plastic worm-rigged Texas-style over, around and even on top of lily pads and other vegetation and work the lure slowly through these areas to get a strike from a hungry bass.

Tips & Warnings

When buying plastic worms, make sure you have an array of sizes and colors.

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