Bass Fishing Lures: The Best Lures for Large & Smallmouth Bass

In this article I’m going to outline some of the best bass fishing lures that we as anglers have access to. These lures can be used to catch both large and smallmouth bass. As a general rule of thumb, the same fishing lures can be used for both species of bass the only difference being the size of the lure. Obviously as the name of the bass denote, when fishing for “small” mouth bass, smaller lures should be employed.

Before we discuss the types of lures, it’s important to know some simple information about these fish. Both Large and smallmouth bass are part of the black bass family and the word “bass” comes from a word originally meaning perch. Both species are opportunistic eaters and voracious feeders. Bass are found throughout the world, and are a very popular game fish in the United States.

These fish can be caught in a variety of manners, and the bass fishing lures listed below are some of the best bass fishing lures available to fishermen. If one of them isn’t in your tackle box/bag you probably want to add it.

  1. Spinnerbaits – Spinnerbaits are best known for enabling bass anglers to cover a lot of water fast. These baits come in a variety of sizes and colors and are designed to imitate a bait fish. Small spinnerbaits are very effective for smallmouth bass, a fact that some fishermen tend to overlook. These bass fishing lures also have a variety of blade shapes and sizes, which can make a difference in bite rates.
  2. The Jitterbug – The jitterbug is one of the most popular top water baits of all time, and is an extremely effective fishing lure. The key top fishing a jitterbug is to fish is slow so that it does its gurgling dance. When you are fishing over or in a weed bed, and the water is like glass, a Jitterbug is one of the best lures for large and smallmouth bass.
  3. The KickTail Minnow – The KickTail minnow is not known top many bass anglers, but is the most realistic shad/small bait fish imitation that you will ever see. Underwater this lure looks as much like a real bait fish as any lure you will ever see. When it comes to bass fishing lures the KickTail Minnow is extremely effective. This lure is as realistic a bass lure as you’ll ever find.
  4. Plastic Worms & Grubs – Plastic worms and grubs are among the best fishing lures of all time. Plastic worms fished on a “Carolina Rig” have always been known as a great bass fishing lure. The entire plastic or rubber fishing bait market has been revolutionized by Berkley. Their Power and Gulp products are exactly like traditional plastics, except for the fact that they’ve been impregnated with fish catching scents. Berkley’s Power and Gulp plastics will actually out fish live bait in many instances.

The lures just listed are the best fishing lures to catch both large and smallmouth bass. Are they the only fishing lures that can be used effectively? Of course not, but they are some of the more popular and effective fishing lures available to the average bass angler.