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|