You can catch bass on live bait, but most prefer to use artificial lures.
When you first get into using artificial lures it can be a little overwhelming. There are tons of varieties, colors, shapes, sizes, weights, and more to choose from. After choosing a lure you then have to learn the proper way to use and present each type.
Don’t fear, here are a few lures almost anyone can learn to use and catch bass on.
1. Artificial Worms
Artificial worms are probably the most versatile lure you can purchase. They are easy to set up and can be fished to just about any depth, as well as in thick cover. They are best used slow and steady, dragging along the bottom. You can purchase them in many different sizes and more colors than you can imagine. They are best suited on Carolina, Texas, and jig head rig setups.
Two things bass love to go after are baitfish, crawlfish, frogs, and bugs. Luckily for you, crankbaits are made to look just like them. They are suited for just about any type of water and extremely easy to use. Just cast them out and reel them in.
They can be used slow or fast depending on how much area you are looking to cover and how deep you want to go. You can get them in many different sizes, colors, and shapes depending on what bass like to feed on where you are.
3. Spinner baits
Spinner baits are a great lure to use year-round and work great under windy conditions or cloudy conditions. Just cast it out far and use a steady retrieval working different depths on the way back to pinpoint where the fish are. One of my favorite ways to fish them is to stop reeling every six feet or so to make the blades flash and a little more erratic for the bass to want to bite it.
This is a more of a visual bait for bass so it is better suited for non-murky water and is best to choose colors similar to what the bass feed on in your area.
4. Topwater Lures
Topwater lures are best implemented when you start to see bass exploding after prey on the surface. My favorites for topwater are poppers because they are pretty simple to use and very effective. Cast them out near boat docks and sunken stumps and leave them there until the water becomes still. If a bass doesn’t slam it then start to gently jerk or “pop” it across the service waiting a few seconds in between all the way back. They make it easy to know when you have a bite because you can physically see the bass take it.
These work best in clearer water where you have some visibility a few feet down. I have even caught bass with these on the surface in 60 feet of water in lakes around Kentucky, so don’t just use it in the shallows.
5. Traps or Lipless Baits
These are great for covering large areas of water quickly and are another very simple lure to use. Not only are these a visual lure, but most produce sound as well, making them deadly for bass in any type of water. The real key here is choosing the correct weight to get it to go as deep as you need. I have found the only ones I really use are 1/2-oz. to 1/4-oz. sized traps. Between the two I can always get to the depth I want.
When it comes to color I prefer to use some version of red, black/chrome, or blue/chrome. Those colors just work well with my water color and the bass nail them. You will just have to play around with the color scheme until you narrow it down to what the bass like. When you do though, they will quickly become one of your go-to lures.
These are some great lures to always keep in your tackle box when going out after bass. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lures though, you will just have to slowly buy various ones and try them out. Let me tell you, I have a larger pile of lures that don’t work in my area over ones that do. After a while you will figure out what colors, sizes, and shapes work better for you than others.