How to Bass Fish

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. 


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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

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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