There was a time when smallmouth bass fishing was thought that it was only for Northerners. This was because it was thought that smallmouth bass were a relative to the northern black bass family. Today, we see smallmouth bass fishing as an all-American gamefish pastime. Whether you are up North, or down South, you will certainly find success with these ten smallmouth bass lures.
Smallmouth’s love to make a quick attack on prey, particularly in dark depths. This instinct alone is one great reason to check out The Spook. With the noise and side-to-side motion, the lure is certain to pull out the smallies. Featuring multiple extremely sharp Excalibur Rotation Treble Hooks, this lure will ensure you get your catch all the way back to the boat, as it makes it more difficult for the fish to free themselves. The best use of this lure is to fish it slowly to create the appearance of a water snake gliding across the surface.
Cordell Big O
Many veteran anglers remember Fred Young’s 1973 hand-carved wooden plug. Today, with a more durable lip, Cotton Cordell’s Big O is a modern plastic version of the long-time staple. This lure is great for deflecting cover and debris, while maintaining the original action of the wooden version. If you are fishing near where smallies may be feeding, this plug will be perfect for the rocky bottom shallows.
YUM Craw Papi
This lure is sure to draw the attention of smallmouth bass everywhere! A crayfish meal on the move is almost unrecognizable as a lure. It has large but thin claws, which when moving through the water, look like a live crawfish zipping by the unsuspecting smallmouth bass. This lure works well with Texas or Carolina rigging, and can also be added on a standard weedless jighead. Try out your own options and see how quickly this option will lure in the smallies.
Bomber Fat Free Shad
For precise action this Fat Free Shad is perfect for deeper fishing, between 14 and 18 feet. Designed with a flat-sided profile, it was built for the darker, rockier bottomed environment. It is certain to tempt the smallmouths out from hiding and onto your line. Also, featuring the Excalibur Tx3 Rotating treble hooks, once they give in to the temptation, they will stay on the line all the way back to you.
Rapala X Rap Pop
If you are trying out smallmouth bass fishing in a more shallow water, the X Rap Pop is certain to draw the attention of nearby smallies. Imitating shad activity, the thin, cupped mouth, disturbes the surface water like shad, making lunchtime that much more appealing for the smallmouth bass. Lightweight, with clean lines, this lure is perfect for the longer cast. Experiment with different hook options to find out what works best.
Bass Pro Shops Tender Tube
This soft bodied lure is not only great for enticing smallmouth bass into the initial bite, but also encourages them to hold on longer. The lifelike tentacles look and feel almost natural. This smallmouth bass lure is great when combined with a 60-degree tube jig head for kicking up the bottom. Another option is to include a 90-degree head for vertical jigging.
What do you think? Do these lures work just as well for you? Or do you have better lures that catch way more smallmouth bass? Care to share them with us? Also, don’t forget to check out all the fishing tips and secrets on the site.