Crankbaits are very easy lures to use. They do not require much
knowledge to use. The best way to retrieve them for largemouth bass
is a stop and go retrieve. Use brightly coloured lures in muddy or
stained water. Also, in low visibility water use crankbaits with
rattles in them. Fish these lures close to cover, but watch out, the
many treble hooks hanging off of it can cause snags. In clear water
do not bother using crankbaits. The fish can see the obvious hooks
and will notice it as a fake.
Grubs can be used many ways. The most common way to retrieve them
are a vertical jigging motion or to crawl it along any cover. When
jigging it vertically the bass seem to eat the lure mostly on the
downfall. Crawling the lure can make the lure appear as a crawfish
scurrying along the bottom of the lake. Using a lead head rig is
most common for grubs, but when fish are very finicky use the split
shot rig. The split shot rig is a more subtle way to represent the
lure. In clear water use small grubs with natural colours (ex.
Pumpkinseed or smoke), while in murky water use bright colours (ex.
Worms are a favourite lure among bass fisherman. These lures can be
used in many different ways. The most common way to rig a plastic
worm is texas style. The texas rig allows the lure to be virtually
100 percent weedless because th point of the hook is actually hidden
in the lure itself. In clear water use a smaller plastic worm with
the lightest weight possible. In murky water do not be afraid to use
a brightly coloured worm, even though the purple and black coloured
worms seem to be a favourite among most anglers.
Spinnerbaits do not represent anything natural on the largemouth
bass' diet, but nevertheless, it is proven to be a very good lure.
The willow type blade gives off the most flash, making it good for
clear water. The colorado type blade gives off the most vibration
and noise, making it the spinnerbait of choice for stained water.
Spinnerbaits with rounded heads can be fished slowly for inactive
fish, while the pointed head spinnerbaits seem to be the most snag
proof. Spinnerbaits with short arms are best to use in open areas.
The long armed spinnerbaits are more weed proof. Spinnerbaits with
only one blade are best used for active fish but require a faster
retrieve to keep the blade moving. Two bladed spinnerbaits are best
for working inactive fish very slowly or else in murky water.
Spinnerbaits can be retrieved in very many different ways.
Experiment with the retrieve speed and style until you get the right
Top water baits can be a very fun lure to use. Seeing a big old
largemouth bass jump out of the water to hit your bait is a real
thrill. Top water baits are best used in low light conditions. Bass
are light sensitive, therefore, they do not like looking into light.
During low light times of the day (ex. Overcast days, morning,
night, or extremely cloudy times) bass could go crazy over top water
lures. To use top water lures to their most effectiveness, fish them
using the low light times when the water is calm and in shallow
water. Top water lures include, Prop baits, buzzbaits, frogs, and