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Bass Fishing Lure Selector Chart

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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 reference for when to fish certain 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 Jigging spoons, grubs, maribou jigs, float’n fly Slow-rolled spinnerbait, crankbait, jig
40-50 Jigging spoons, jerkbaits, swimbaits, finesse crankbaits, blade baits, grubs flatside crankbait, lipless crankbait, vibrating jig, spinnerbait
50-55 Jerkbait, lipless crankbait, shallow crankbait, vibrating jig, slow-rolled spinnerbait, jig, swimbait shallow crank, lipless crankbait, jig, spinnerbait, vibrating jig
55-60 jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, shaky heads, buzzbaits, swimbaits Jig, flipping bugs, shallow crankbait, spinnerbait, vibrating jig, creature baits, punching baits
Spring 60-65 Shallow jerkbaits, swimbaits, plastics like lizards, craws, tubes, creatures, and senkos, vibrating jig, swim jig, topwaters Jig, plastics, spinnerbait, buzzbait
65-70 floating worm, most plastics, topwater, senko, frogs, swimbaits Plastics, buzzbaits, frogs, spinnerbaits
Summer 70-80+ Big plastics, topwater, offshore baits like deep crankbaits, flutter spoons, football jigs, deep swimbaits, drop shot Big plastics, jigs, big spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits,
75-70 Topwaters, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbait, frogs, smaller plastics, punching baits, smaller soft swimbaits, wake bait Punching baits, jigs, spinnerbaits, frogs, buzzbaits, swim jig
Fall 70-65 Buzzbait, topwater, jerkbait, swimbait, vibrating jigs, small plastics, swim jig Swim jig, topwater, spinnerbait, jig
65-55 Jerkbait, swimbait, topwater, jig
55-50 Blade baits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbait, shallow crankbait, swimbait, vibrating jig shallow crankbait, lipless crank, spinnerbait, jig
50- Blade bait, jigging spoon, swimbait, jig Spinnerbait, crankbait, jig

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