The Best Baits to Use for Freshwater Fishing in MA

The Best Baits to Use for Freshwater Fishing in MAFreshwater fishing in Massachusetts is a popular recreation among many outdoor enthusiasts. Large mouth bass and walleye are two of the most coveted sportfish in the state. Hundreds of freshwater lures are available for the choosing, some are more effective than others for catching freshwater fish in Massachusetts. (Pictured: Large Mouth Bass)

Twister Grubs

The use of artificial lures in Massachusetts freshwater is widely popular and effective. The state's Department of Fish and Game advises that the most effective ones are those with a lot of movement. This will keep the baits moving and probing through the water deep enough to catch bass and other freshwater game fish. Twister tail grubs are especially attractive to fish and can be bought online and in sporting good stores. To add variety to your tackle box, look into other popular artificial lures such as plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs


Scott Glorvigen, a veteran walleye pro from New England Game and Fish Magazine recommends long-shank jigs for freshwater fishing especially for walleyes. A 3/8 oz. Northland Fishing Tackle Slurp jig is great for threading minnows and the double barb wire feature on its collar holds the minnow really well. Other sizes include 1/8 ounce and 1/4 ounce and it also comes in a variety of colors. Other similar long-shank jigs to consider are the Lindy Max Gap Jig , Fin-Tech Bass-N Nuckle Ball Jig and JB Lures Shiner Jig. Check online websites or with local retailers for these jigs.

Golden Shiners

When the fishing days start to slow down, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife recommends live bait as effective lures for freshwater fishing. Golden shiners are one of the most commonly used and most available live baits in the state. This bait can produce many fish when cast into a weedline edge or down to rocky depths with a sinker. Shiners are also popular among ice anglers. Crayfish is another choice, though less popular than shiners.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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