Bass fishing… What can you say? Fishing for bass is one of the most exciting and challenging species of fish to catch. I have fished for bass for years trying various lures and baits both on and off the ice.
I have come up with a list of the top 10 bass fishing lures that assist me in catching their attention. Bass love lures that come at them from various angles, and you never know which angle they will strike on until you have cast your line for a hundred times. Then all of a sudden they will bite, and the struggle for dominance is on!
Bass like to hide and they can be tricky to catch. It’s a lot easier to find these fighters in the summer than it is in the winter because in the summer they are more aggressive and hungry.
In the winter like most species of fish their metabolism slows down, and they slow down and are not as hungry. They still need to feed in the winter months, but it becomes more of a challenge catching them. The following is a list of the top 10 lures I keep in my tackle box permanently when fishing for bass.
Top 10 Bass Fishing Lures
The ten lures in this list are the lures I use to catch bass. Some of them can be useful in both hard water and open water fishing. These lures are in no particular order of effectiveness.
#1 Casting Jig
The first one on the list is the good old casting jig. These lures are especially suitable for catching smallmouth bass in the winter or early spring.
This time of the year in many areas of the U.S. the water is around 40-degrees Fahrenheit which is the ideal temperature for casting jigs. This lure is effective around rocky angled banks that have submerged tree stumps.
The casting jig imitates baitfish like the crawfish, and you can cast it to different depths depending on the area your fishing in.
When fishing with jerk baits, you are going to want the water to be clear. The bass is attracted to the sight of this type of lure in its jerking motion.
They are also invited to the noise that it makes. With the jerk bait, you want to yank your fishing rod around to get that jerky look that that bass love.
You will want to cast it far out there and work the lure keeping slack in the line. Deep suspending jerk baits work best for deeper water that you can’t see because they won’t roll like your normal jerk bait.
The flashiness and the sound of the deep suspending jerk bait will grab the bass’s attention and hold it until they strike. I recommend having both types of jerk bait with me depending on the situation I run into.
#3 Tail Spinner
Next on the list of top 10 bass fishing lures is the tail spinner. I never leave home without it, for bass fishing that is. The key to catching bass with a tail spinner is to do a hard fast draw and just let the lure spin for a few seconds.
The bass loves the shine of the spinner as it glides through the water. You will want to be fishing close to the bottom with a tail spinner. It goes to the bottom and spins just above the basses head.
Using what they call flutter spoons you want at least a seven-foot rod. These lures are heavy pieces of metal forged into the shape of a spoon like its name they flutter and drop slowly into the water.
The rod you use will make all the difference in the presentation of the spoon. Like I said recommended rod length of 7 to a 7.8, and the rod should be a medium to heavyweight. This way you can get the lure to where you want it and be able to work it effectively.
The spoon is a great lure to catch that big 5-pound to 10-pound bass. It also works best when the bass are active in schools going after shad.
Number 5 of the top 10 bass fishing lures is the plain old grub. These work well in the colder water that’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
They work best in this temperature of water because of the shine the grub gives off. You will want to use a light line when fishing with a grub so that it doesn’t rise in the water. A lite line also keeps it running steadily through the water.
To effectively fish with a grub you need to cast it out and let it slowly sink to the bottom. Then just lightly jig it around reeling slowly. You don’t want to do these big jerking motions like a lot of anglers do that don’t know any better.
#6 Blade Bait
The blade bait sounds like something out of a horror film lol. These blade lures are used best in rugged environments like the staircase rock structures along the river banks where bass love to hide in the pockets of the stairs.
The water doesn’t have to be deep either. Anywhere from 10 feet to 3 feet of water, you can catch bass with a blade bait.
To fish blade baits you want to do short pitches like pitching a jig. Gently hopping of the bottom around cover like dock pilings or sloped shorelines work best with the blade bait. This works exceptionally well in colder water around the end of fall or early winter.
#7 Under Spinners
Under spinners are spinnerbaits that have the spinner spoons underneath artificial bait. These are used best fishing down in deep water along and off the bottom.
With under spinners you just cast the lure reel it in slowly keeping the lure right over the basses head. They are attracted to the glimmer of the spinners and the vibration the bait gives off.
On to number 8 in the top 10 bass fishing lures list is the crankbait. Crankbaits come in all shapes, sizes, and weights. These lures can be fished in open water and dense foliage.
Crankbaits can be used in different depths of water, but the thing is you have to get the right crankbait for the depth of water you are fishing. If you want to use crankbaits, I recommend carrying quite a few different kinds with you.
The casting and fishing with crankbaits are straightforward. You just cast and retrieve slowly giving it a little tug now and again which might get the bass to strike at it. You will also want to keep various colors in your crankbait stash. Experimentation is critical when being successful at fishing with crankbaits.
With the swimbaits, you have to have a swimbait hook. The swimbait is attached to the top of the hook with what’s called a hitchhiker.
You essentially twist the swimbait onto the hitchhiker leaving a little of the hitchhiker showing. Then you hook the middle of the swimbait with the hook and cast it. Very straightforward on how to fish a swimbait. You just cast it out and swim it back in.
Swimbaits can be used on top of the water or below. Running it on top of the water would be for grassy areas or lily pads because it floats over the lily pads and then sinks once you get past them. When fishing below water, you are usually fishing in the open water along the grass line.
Last but not least in our top 10 bass fishing lures is the buzz bait. These lures are much like spinnerbaits, but they have a bent wire which is set on top of a jig head.
It gets the name from the buzzing effect it gives off as it swims on top of the water. Buzzbaits work best for big bass that is swimming close to the top of the water. The largemouth bass will jump at a buzz bait like nobodies busy.
Easy to maneuver. Just cast it out and slowly reel it back in giving it a jerk once in a while. Buzzbaits work great in clear water as well through grass, lily pads, and over dead underwater branches. The best time to fish a buzzbait or any topwater lures is during the fall or right after spawning season.
In The End
Well, that is the list of my top 10 bass fishing lures. I hope you enjoyed the article and got some useful information from it. If you don’t have some of these lures in your tackle box, I recommend you go out and buy them. You will catch a ton of big bass using these ten types of lures.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments section below. I would be glad to hear from ya.
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Cory is a content writer-editor and founder of Tackle Box Talk. Favorite Quote: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
4 thoughts on “Top 10 Bass Fishing Lures |10 Attention Catching Lures”
Wow, very well written article! I live in central Florida and we occasionally snatch up a bass or two. Typically, when I go out, it’s with my father and the primary focus is on crappie. Many of the lures that you mention in this article work on them as well. The casting jig is one of them. I’ve used a jig like that successfully many times. This article makes me want to try some of the others to see what results I get.
After you try some of the other’s out let us know your results. Glad you enjoyed the article!
Hi Cory! I enjoyed this top 10 list! For me it all sums up to confidence. Bass fishing is a mental sport and the selection of lures is closely tied to confidence using them.
I personally prefer bass jigs and crankbaits. Bass jigs are very versatile. And crankbaits with the right diving depth and color have proven to be a success for me! Just my personal opinion.
Hey there and thank you for this wonderful article and list. I myself am a hobby fisherman so to say and I enjoy spending quality time on a nearby lake with my family and friends.
I’ve had days where I caught a couple of them from one session and I also had a days where I ended completely empty handed. Oh well, I still do it as a hobby and for the fun of it of course :). I usually use jerkbaits. They proved to be most useful, at least in my case of course.
After reading your article I am definitely encouraged to try swimbaits. I think they are going to do the job even better.
I really appreciate your website and your effort. You are going on bookmarks.