Bass like to keep us guessing. They are impressive predators, and they move from the deep to the shallows depending on the weather, the barometric pressure, the sun and the water temperature. Before you can choose the best bass fishing lure, you must determine the right fishing depth and then tie on a lure for that strike zone.
Bass fishermen have many options when it comes to effective bait. Bass will hit a plastic worm. They will hit a live nightcrawler. They like crankbaits and spinnerbaits. The sheer volume of what bass like at different times and at different temperaments means it is hard to determine the best bait at a given moment. Leaving live baits aside, there is a huge assortment of excellent bass baits currently available. The following are some of the best bass fishing lures currently on the market.
Yamamoto Senko Worms
The beauty of the Yamamoto Senko Worms is in their simplicity. Soft plastic baits are considered an essential addition to any bass fisherman’s toolbox. It helps that they are inexpensive, versatile and highly attractive to bass.
The Yamamoto Senko Worms have been around for a long time. Gary Yamamoto created them in the early 1990’s and they are still immensely popular today. You can attach the worm using a wacky or Texas rig to affect movement in the water. Even if you rig them without weights, the lure will sit flat with an attractive side-to-side motion that attacks fish. It’s a good thing the Senko worms come in a pack though – soft worms have a short lifespan.
Strike King KVD Finesse Worm
Speaking of soft plastic worms, the Strike King KVD Finesse Worm is designed to be used with a shaky head, drop shot or Carolina rig. If you are fishing and the bass aren’t biting, pairing the Finesse worm with a shaky head jig will attract bass thanks to a beveled tail shape and plenty of movement. The Strike King Finesse Worm also is impregnated with salt to increase the underwater appeal and the trademark coffee scent helps to cover the smell of humans and draw the fish in.
Rapala Husky Jerk
A jerkbait is highly effective on a lake with clear or moderate visibility. The Rapala Husky Jerk mimics a moving fish with lots of flash, a bit of rattle and natural buoyancy. The Husky Jerk has a tighter jerk pattern than the typical jerkbait, which makes it appealing to bass in the late summer months after the bass have spawned.
Strike King Pro-Model 5XD Series Crankbait
Bass like steep drop offs like underwater ledges and points, and to follow the bass to the deeper water, you’ll need bait designed for this purpose. The Strike King Pro-Model 5XD is designed for these sorts of conditions with a medium body and a curved bill that allows it to dive at a steep angle. The lure will dive smoothly down to about fifteen feet and then track along the bottom.
Rapala Skitter Walk Fishing Lure
If you want to watch a big bass hit the surface of the water – and your lure – you will need a lure that sits along the top of the water. The Skitter Walk Fishing Lure has large internal rattles and moves side to side like a wounded fish near the top of the water. It even has realistic 3D eyes to complete the illusion. The lure has a weighted tail to help it sit naturally in the water as you are reeling it in. This is an excellent bait to use in the spring and early summer when water is cool and bass are especially active.
Spro Aruku Shad 75
A great lipless crankbait, the Apro Aruku Shad 75 uses an angled head and thin cross section to move underwater. The design of the bait makes it move aggressively, sending out vibrations and a loud rattle that attract larger fish. The Spro Aruku also is designed to run nose down in the water as you troll along, making it less likely to snag as you pull it along through thick cover.
BiCO Original Bass Jig
The flagship lure of BiCO, the Original Bass Jig weighs only 3/8 ounces and has a lead-free head. The head of the lure is flattened which helps it skip well along the surface of the lake while also letting it stand upright on the lake floor. The Bass Jig includes a weed guard in addition to a slight taper that helps it move through heavy cover on the lake floor.
BOOYAH Pond Magic Spinnerbait
A spinnerbait resembles a conventional jig but one that is attached to a free-spinning blade. The blade creates flashes down in the water as well as some vibrations that are picked up by the fish and draws them in. The Pond Magic Spinnerbait can be used in many different fishing conditions and is ideally designed for smaller bodies of water.
The Pond Magic is designed with colors that match the base of various ponds and creeks with a variety of natural colors designed to mimic different creatures you might find in a small lake or body of water. The lure is small but strong and includes two blades and comes in twelve different configurations – all named after the creatures they are designed to represent.
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re looking for ways to improve your tackle box, there are hundreds of bait and lure combinations perfect for any fishing depth, location or condition. The sport of bass fishing is finding the right one at the right time. A serious angler knows that the only judge of what works each time is what bass feel like biting. That’s why it’s important to have a wide selection of excellent lures in your tacklebox.