If you’ve come to this article in hopes that I’m going to tell you about all the different types of bass fishing lures, you’re wrong. Fishing lures in general is such a broad topic, that if I began breaking down each type, I’m confident you would lose interest real quick and hit that back button.
So instead, let’s talk about the WHY fishing lures work best in different types of conditions. Because let’s face it… you could be using the best lure in the wrong conditions and never get a bite!
It really depends on your local water conditions, weather, water visibility, temperature, time of year, forage type and size, etc. to figure out which fishing lure will actually lure your bass towards you and increase your chances of catching one.
So before we go any further, let’s dive into bass themselves.
How Do Bass Behave?
Bass are notoriously lazy and opportunistic. They are one of the most curious species of fish out there. They would rather hang out and wait around for easy bait to come to them, than go out hunting for their prey.
Not all bass eat the same thing because not all bodies of water contain the same type of water forage. Some lakes contain frogs, crawfish, and birds, while others contain minnows, other bass and other types of fish.
Again, bass are opportunistic and will usually feed on whatever is nearby or whatever catches their interest. They don’t eat because that’s what they’re supposed to eat; they’re lazy, ambush predators. They wait for an easy meal. So when something is close enough and they go undetected… they strike!
Smallmouth bass like willow blades that are bright and neon. Some of the best colors are pink and orange. While largemouth bass typically like more natural colors like gold instead of silver.
Best Bass Fishing Lures in Dark Water
Whether visibility is low because the water is dirty or the time of day, you’ll probably have better luck catching bass with darker colored lures. At night, especially when the moon isn’t full or providing a ton of light reflection, black may work best.
You see, bass are extremely curious. Some people think they have to see their prey, when in reality, bass have what is called a “lateral line” that goes down the spine of their back. It’s almost like a sixth sense that draws them to vibrations and interruptions in water patterns.
Contrary to popular belief, it intrigues them and attracts them to your lures because they can’t see it and they’re curious. They’re more likely to investigate something moving through the water, rather than sit around waiting for something bright to swim or float by them. Simple as that.
Best Bass Fishing Lures in Clear Water
If you find yourself in a clear water lake or pond, you’ll want to be sure to have lots of different natural colored lures. White, chartreuse and gold lures tends to work best because bass can see it within a couple of feet. You’ll also want to fish with rods that cause vibrations because just like fishing at night or in dark, murky water, bass are always curious and are known to investigate when something is out of the norm.
Which Lures Work Best at Different Levels?
You might find yourself having better luck using one type of bass fishing lure in 20 feet of water versus 5 feet of water versus on top of the water. Let’s break down the top three lures that work best for each depth you plan on fishing for bass in:
Top Water Lures
Poppers, Jitterbugs, and Top Water Plugs
Shallow Water Lures
Prop-Bait, Minnows, and Crank Baits
Bottom and Deep Water Lures
Soft Plastic Rigs, Drop-Shot Rigs, and Swim Bait
It’s never a bad idea to have a variety of types of lures with you since weather and water conditions can change in an instance. Keep your box supplied with several types of lures so you can target your bass easier and more efficiently.