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7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here at And one of the problems I see all the time
on our forums and people asking me questions is, what kind of lure should they get? Especially, if you’re starting out, or if
you’re on a budget, or maybe you’ve been on hiatus for a while and you’re just coming
back into bass fishing. There’s so many choices and so many different
ways to catch fish. And everybody talks about how great they are,
it’s really confusing, it can be frustrating when you’re at the tackle store trying to
figure out what to buy. So, I’m gonna give you the top seven lures
that you should focus on. And, really, the main theme here is focusing
on versatility and lures that can be fished year round. The more you focus on that, then the more
you can make your budget go a long way and you’ll be able to catch fish no matter what
condition that you’re in, be it weeds, be it docks, be it rocks, be it deep water, clear
water, muddy water, windy days, cloudy days, days that there’s no wind at all, hot days,
cold days, whatever. Get that these seven lures that I’m about
to outline for you are the most versatile lures that you can have in your tackle box,
and you need to have them in order to catch fish. All right, so the first one is actually the
hands-down champion of all lures, and that’s the jig. I have tons of them, but here’s a couple of
them. The thing about the jigs, you can fish them
year-round in every sort of depth, every condition you can think of. You can fish around 40, 50 feet of water,
even deeper, all the way up to a couple of feet of water during the summer time. You can drag them. You can hop them. You can swim them. You can do pretty much anything with them,
with the different weights here. And in the summertime when there’s thick weeds,
you can get a heavy duty one, that’s, you know, a three-quarter ounce or an ounce, punch
it through the weeds. There’s finesse jigs like these, perfect for
when the bite is slow or largemouth like these two. There’s so many different kinds of jigs out
there, but the reason being is that they’re so effective. If you only have one lure in your boat, you’ve
gotta have a jig. Okay, next on our list is the crankbait. There’s so many different crankbait styles
out there, but that’s for a good reason. They catch fish. Now, in the wintertime, you’re gonna wanna
go to something with a slim profile, with a narrow bill. This type of bait right here, that’s what
you wanna go with. It’s got a tighter wiggle. That works really well in the winter time. As the water warms up, then you can go to
something with a little bit deeper dive. There’s a round bill with a little bit longer
bill on it and go a little bit deeper. And it has a wider wobble. That’s the main thing about this. It’s wider than the crankbait I just showed
you and it has more of a wobble, a wider side to side and this a real tight wiggle. This works better when it’s warmer, works
better when it’s colder, colder water temperature. And then as the fish get deep in the summertime
you want to go after them, get something like that. Look at the bill on that. That’s gonna go nice and deep and go after
them right where they’re at. That’s why these crankbaits work so well. You can also have different types of bills
for the different kind of cover you’re fishing in. For example, square bills, these are designed… Oh, they’re called square bills for a reason. Look at that, it’s a square bill. These are designed to deflect off of wood
and other types of cover and the hooks won’t get hung up on them. So you can fish it in some thicker stuff than
you normally would not worry about the hooks getting snagged. Then, they have hybrids of these things. You’ve got the round bill. The round bill dives deeper, like I just mentioned. And then in between is the coffin bill, and
that’s what this is, the coffin bill is kind of a good combination of the two. You can still go deep with this, but it will
also bounce and deflect off of cover woodies, covers especially without the hooks getting
hung up. So there’s a lot of different types of crankbait
styles you can fish for the variety conditions that you find yourself under, but that’s the
key thing, you can dig in and get those fish regardless of where they’re hiding year round. That’s why the crankbait’s on this list. All right, the next bait on the list is the
jerk bait. Absolutely killer throughout the entire year. Now, I know some of you are gonna be really
surprised about that because most…well, not most, but a lot of guys think jerk baits
are only used in colder water temps, usually in the early spring. That’s a mistake. You should be fishing them year round. I fish them all year round. I catch lots of fish on them every season. I truly believe the reason why people aren’t
catching fish other than in the early spring with jerk baits is simply because they’re
not fishing them. You can fish them very fast in the summertime. The rule of thumb in the summertime is that
you can’t fish them too fast, just jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk, bring them back really quick across
the surface. You can let a pause for a long amount of time,
you can stop it whenever you want to and bring it back even faster to vary your cadence,
vary your speed. One way I like to fish it, is just throw it
out there and then give it like three quick jerks and let it sit, let it come all the
way back up to the surface and let it sit for a while then jerk, jerk, jerk. Let it sit for a while. Fish sometimes will annihilate it when it’s
just sitting on the surface and it’s 95 degrees out and sunny. It works great. And in the wintertime, they make deeper diver
once like this with a big bill and they suspend. That’s perfect for when the water temperature’s
really cold for me about 50 degrees or below. I’ll throw it out there and it dives down
7, 10 feet and it just sits, and sits, and sits until a fish will come out and grab it. They might move a little bit upwards, a little
bit downwards depending on the model that you get, but it works really well for catching
those lethargic fish in the wintertime. So jerk baits, fish them year around and you’ll
catch a lot more fish. Next on the list of must-have lures is the
craw worm, craws. Gotta have these, they’re gonna come in different
colors, there’s different styles and varieties. Matter of fact, they even come in many sizes. This is great year-round fish no matter where
they are. They feed on crawfish all the time. In all but the coldest part of the year, that’s
when crawfish are active. They’re protein-rich, great slow-moving snacks
that the bass just love to eat. So anytime you’re in a warmer…well, except
for like the dead of winter, you can fish them as jig trailers, that’s perfect for that. You can fish them on just a Texas rig, put
them through the weeds, and then the rocks. Shaky head works really well during the winter
time, but bringing down deep and drag it real slow. I like to put on football head jigs and get
it around rocks and such. There’s so many different ways to fish them,
it’s really limited to your imagination. Works on split shot, works on Carolina rigs. There’re so many different ways to do it,
to get at the depth where the fish are at, where they’re actively feeding. That’s really the key. Figure out what depth they’re in. In the wintertime and the summertime they’re
gonna be deeper. In the springtime and then the fall they’re
gonna be a little more shallow. Be buried up in those weeds for example. And you gotta go and dig them out. Craw’s a great slim profile bait that’s not
gonna get hung up on those weeds. It’s a great way to go in and dig them out. Get some craws in your tackle box, boys, and
go out there and catch some fish. All right, next on the list of must-have lures,
the spinnerbait, my favorite. Spinnerbaits are so versatile year round. This one’s got a Willowleaf blade on. This one’s a Colorado blade on it. You can fish them in any part of the water
column. I always have one tied on and on my deck year
round. You can fish big three quarter-ounce ones
like these real slow and drag them on the bottom, slow roll them when it’s really cold
out, the water temperature is 42 degrees and the fish just really lethargic you can drag
this right behind them and get a reaction strike. You can fish them as faster through weeds
and not get hung up with a willowleaf blade like this. This one is only a three quarter spinnebait. In the summertime, it’s great to burn a wreck
near the top, bulge the surface. Even a big bait like this, you can bulge the
surface on the summertimes. It’s almost like a buzz bait. You can fish them around wood, weeds, rocks,
docks, anything and not worry about getting hung up so much because this is like a big
weed guard here. The wire here works to prevent that hook from
getting hung up. It’s a great lure to have tied on all the
time, as long as it’s white. Okay, that’s my preference. But white with a trailer, that’s how I like
to fish it. Tie directly, by the way. Don’t use snap swivels or anything like that,
just tie directly to it. I use a uni knot, some folks like to use palomars. Either way is fine, whatever your preference
is. The point is, tie one on and use it throughout
the whole year. You’re gonna catch a lot of fish. All right, next on the list that you gotta
have, finesse worms. Right here, look at that. Finesse worms are killer year round. You’ve got to use these things. They’re very, very versatile. In the wintertime, you can fish them on a
split shot or on a shaky head and just drag it on the bottom real slow. In the summertime, say for example one like
this, you can put it in a wacky rig, throw it out there around docks, twitch it back
really fast. You can put this on a little jig head and
throw it up in those docks and lilly pads. In the summertime, put it on a drop shot,
fish it deep, just nose hook it right here on the end and give a little bit of wiggle. There’s a lot you can do with finesse worms
all year long to catch those finicky fish. You’ve gotta have this especially when a cold
front comes through and the fish really don’t wanna feel like biting. All those other lures I’ve shown you so far,
not the best choice. But when it comes, when the bite’s really
tough you gotta have these in your tackle box. Another must-have in your tackle box has to
be the lipless crankbait. These babies…they work all the time. The cool thing about these is, because of
their shape, you can fish them at any depth and at any speed, which is great for matching
the activity level of the bass and where they’re located. You can drag them really deep down the water
column and just yoyo them off the bottom. You can burn them really quick across the
top in the summertime over weed beds and entice those fish to come up out of the weed bed
and strike them. You can fish them around docks. You can stop and go retrieve on them. You can do all sorts of things where they’re
very, very versatile, which is why you wanna have these tied on. They’re different colors, so you can match
the bait fish with the color of the forage that the fish are feeding on. And they come in different weights and sizes,
so you can adjust your speed and depth as well that way. So such a versatile lure, you’re limiting
yourself if you don’t have some of these in your tackle box. And there you have it, the top seven baits
that you need to have in your tackle box in order to catch fish year round. Notice they’re all very versatile and you
can fish them in variety of conditions, each and every one of them. You can fish them in docks, you can fish them
in weeds, you can fish them in rocks and deep water, shallow water, hot water, cold water,
that’s the point. Get these lures in your tackle box, and you’ll
be a extremely versatile angler and you won’t have to spend a fortune in order to fill out
your tackle. For more tips and tricks like these, visit

100 comments on “7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

  1. Thanks man going on a solitude trip and trying to get some fishing in and I haven’t tried fishing for bass yet but they will be plentiful where I’m going so I will now be fully prepared.

  2. Gonna go buy me some jigs, crank baits, jerk baits, craw worms, spinner baits, finesse worms & LipLess Crankbaits! Thanks!

  3. Not very helpful. I.E. — You gave 7 categories of baits and showed about 24 different lures. What artificial lure would you suggest NOT to buy?

  4. Where is the tube jigs? Tubes are killer for Bass! Better than any Jerkbait I've ever used and better than skirted Bass spinner baits you mentioned. I know plenty of guys who swear by the tubes and so do I.

  5. Hey I'm not a boy. You have a lady fishing fan too lol. But thank you for this video. I'm on my way to try them out this whole weekend! Camping and fishing, life doesn't get much better than that

  6. Love your videos: except for one MAJOR problem: you need to add info and links on the specific baits you’re showing! Otherwise there is NO way for a beginner fisherman to figure out brands and even types of lures you’re talking about or where to buy them. Check out tacticalbassin for a good example of how to do this. Just trying to be helpful, I really do love your videos, keep up the great work!

  7. Thank you so much for the great information. I've always loved fishing, but I never thought I would have brain surgery and at this point fishing will be the only thing I can do until I'm better! I cannot wait to go back to work once my neurosurgeon allows me to do so, so for the time being I'm going to get back into what I used to love dearly. Fishing! I'll be stopping by Cabela's for lures, then throwing the line in the water and thanking God I can be able to do so.

  8. What a fantastic video Glenn!!! I was just about to head over and post a question on Bass Resource about what baits that I should be throwing year round…and then BAM I discovered that you've already mad a video on it! Thank for all that you do! Can't wait for spring time!!!

  9. Information Overload!!!
    Let's say $7 Buck's to $9 Buck's X 2 one big one small full tackle box and ready ?? What ever happened with just using a worms?? Just saying

  10. Thanks! But I think the worm (stickbait) deserves an 8th spot on your list. Next can you do a color selection video? Thx

  11. Just started getting into bass fishing this past year and this video is very informative. I have all those baits and learned more about each one from this video than others combine. Thank you

  12. And now I wanna go fishing. Who cares if it's 30 degrees with snow/rain mix and it's 11pm.
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. I agree with lure selection being overwhelming. Especially considering the amount of lures available to choose from. Great idea to consider water clarity, temperature and depth when considering which lures to use!

  14. I use hard baits in spring like Thin Fins I even catch Walleye, But summer wacky worms and swim baits & frogs I catch trophies…🎣

  15. Nice video I like it but expecting some more useful tactics to catch fish from the bank shore of River as well as from the Dam like Bhakhra Dam which is in Himachal Pradesh in India. It is one of the deepest Dam and having lots of Big Fish. So please suggest some effective lures to catch in the Bhakhra Dam.

  16. Great video dude, but I would have to say that a Texas rigged or wacky rigged worm is probably more versatile and would be better for novice fisherman. They are much easier to handle when taking out of a fish as well which makes them easier for novice fisherman.

  17. instructions not clear, tried this on a Michigan winter day and would not work past the ice

  18. I fished a lot when I was a kid and didn’t know the purpose of the difference lures I just fixed up my old fishing rod with a new reel and bought some new tackle and looking forward to getting back on the water plus this video taught me something new lol can’t wait to become a better fisherman

  19. Nice vid….just what I was looking for. Getting back into fishing and looking to get my box ready to go. This is what I was looking for.

  20. Soft plastic jerk baits work year round. I slow jerked at choke canyon. Zoom super fluke it was. Summer and winter.

  21. Senko, flipping jig (with trailer), swim jig (also with trailer), crank bait, jerk bait, topwater frog, topwater spook and a hula popper are pretty much all I carry. Can't go wrong with either of those.

  22. I always carry a few Johnson weedless spoons and try different tails and yes I love frogs but a floating plastic worm will get a strike when bass are finicky but like your list , we always have a niche lure

  23. If I tie one on I won't be going fishing. Lol

    My go to lure year round is the swimbait. Powerbait 3" shad swimbait. Catches bass all the time as well as other fish.

  24. I have all these lures the thing is ny state sucks for fishing everything is a private lake can’t wait to move to Florida we’re fishing the best

  25. I’ve triedddd every got dame bait and some lures I watch videos on YouTube I follow professional instructions I do what you tubers do and I stilllll don’t catch a god dame fishhhhh like wtfffff I’ve thought about quitting but that’s not me and I keep trying and trying and still nothing it’s super frustrating 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  26. I love those powerbait blue worms with the glitter in em…. I've never had trouble getting bass to bite those. Also in the summer I like a top water frog with 2 treble hooks they fight over it in shallow water but it has to be the green frog I've had no luck with the yellow

  27. I love ur videos but how in the world can u not have the Senko or stick worm on the list??? IMO the jig and Senko are the best all around bass lures ever. Shame on u for forgetting the senko

  28. earned a like from me, not only did he list them off, but he explained what they do and when they're most effective. 10/10 video

  29. To clarify. For the newbies.

    Use these colors for the crawfish baits.

    -green pumpkin

    You’ll catch fish everywhere, anytime.

  30. No whopper plopper.. That is a deadly lure for bass. When the water is flat and you find the right color. BAABOOM!!! Nothing like top water bass fishing on a lure that works as good as a WP.

  31. Does the visibility of the water affect the fishing ? What lure color is the best when the water is too dark ?

  32. What no Zara spook? Pop R, chug bug, ???? Spoons? Lil George? …kidding ….good presentation. Glad u mentioned clipless, we just say rattle trap it doesn't matter who makes it lol

  33. What state are you fishing in? Do the crawfish baits work in Fl? Our fish don’t see crawfish in most of the state.

  34. You forget top water

  35. Been catching fish on jerk baits this year, never really had luck with them before but dang this year they are killing it! Such a fun way to fish also

  36. Well i feel better about all the money ive spent cause my tackle box is loaded with everything you mentioned except i have a lot of top water also and frogs always gotta have a frog tied on

  37. possibly my all time favorite lure to use here in west virginia is a crawdad crankbait with a bill, sometimes ill get a bite everytime I throw it out but most of the time there just little sun fish

  38. Alright- I happen to have all of these already- just by pure luck. Glad to hear they work year around- these are the baits I fish the most already. I've had more luck on the craws than anything else, both alone and on jigs- they kill it. Shaky head worms have done well for me, and wacky rigged senkos- and I've caught a few on my lipless- only have one right now, the spro aruku shad. I'm a bit wary of crank baits because I've always fished from the bank up until now and generally you don't crank off the bank- you'll get snagged up almost without fail. Square bills you can fish, and I did have a few of those but- I snagged them all and lost them. Even they are difficult off the bank. I think I needed some that swam more shallow- I picked these up at the pawn shop for a buck a piece so I had no idea what depth they were rated for. I thought all square bill went about 3 foot but- apparently I was wrong. They were good baits, strike king lures- they just swam too deep to be used from the bank. Now I have my kayak but, deep cranking from a kayak is tough- it actually pulls you around in the water-you can do it but you have to throw 90 degrees starboard or port- if you throw aft or off the bow it will pull you along as you crank it. It pulls you when you throw off the sides but, not near as much cause of the resistance of trying to move the kayak sideways.

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