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The biggest question we get asked by anglers is when to throw what bait. And guys wanted to know if there was a chart you could go by on when to fish bass fishing lures.

We organized the Wired2Fish Bass Fishing Lure Selector Chart by water temperature and water clarity. See if this helps you with some general ideas of when to throw what baits. Obviously experimentation is the key to fishing. So don’t think these are the only baits, but it will give you a starting point and you can expand from there.

 Season Water Temp Clear Water Muddy Water
Winter 30-40 Hair Jigs, Jigging Spoons, Float-n-Fly, grub slow spinnerbait, crankbait, jigs
40-50 jigging spoons, jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, finesse crankbaits, blade baits, grubs shallow crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, vibrating jigs, spinnerbaits
50-55 Jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, shallow crankbaits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, jigs shallow crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, vibrating jigs, spinnerbaits, jigs
55-60 jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics, jigs, buzzbaits, swimbaits flipping plastics, shallow crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs, creature baits
Spring 60-65 jerkbaits, plastics like lizards, craws, tubes, creatures, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, some topwaters, buzzbaits, spinnerbait, jig, crankbait, buzzbait, plastics,
65-70 topwaters, plastics, frogs, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, buzzbaits, swimbaits plastics, jigs, crankbait, buzzbait, spinnerbait, frogs
Summer 70-80+ topwaters, frogs, plastics, deep diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, football jigs, flipping jigs, drop shot, jigging spoons, swimbaits frogs, buzzbaits, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits, football jigs, big worms and plastics,
75-70 shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, smaller worms,  topwaters, buzzbaits, frogs, punching baits shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, smaller plastics, buzzbaits
Fall 70-65 lipless crankbaits, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, topwaters, offshore jigs and worms, drop shots, frogs, buzzbaits lipless crankbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, worms, frogs, buzzbaits
65-55 buzzbaits, shallow crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, worms, blade baits buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs
55-50 blade baits, jigging spoons, jigs, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, finesse crankbaits, some topwater shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, lipless baits
50 - blade baits, jigging spoons, jigs, spinnerbaits slow rolled, lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits slow spinnerbait, crankbaits, look for clean water


We also suggest you read our guide on Where to Bass Fish and When to Bass Fish as well as our guides on How to Bass Fish, Bass Fishing Knots and our Guide to Bass Fishing Lures.

3 thoughts on “Bass Fishing Lure Selector Chart

  1. This is a great chart that answers many questions I had as someone who has been away from bass fishing for too long (but who is working to rectify that now)! Your whole web site is most informative and helpful. I deeply appreciate it. I am going to be using this site continually.

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