When it comes to fishing for smallmouth bass there are many different types of bait available. As a matter of fact there are thousands of different baits that can be used to catch smallmouth bass. In this article I’m going to explore some of the most effective baits to use when fishing for these bronze colored beauties.
The ‘best bait’ is most certainly hard to determine, and is largely up to personal preference, but the baits listed in this article are among the best and most effective baits that can be used to catch smallmouth bass. The final decision as to the best bait for smallmouth bass is up to you, and the only way to find out for yourself which is your favorite is to get out on the water and put these baits into practice.
So, let’s get down to business, shall we?
Bait Fish – Bait fish such as minnows, shad, and sculpins are very effective baits for bronze backs. Just as with crawdads, bait fish can be used live or as artificial lures. Live are more effective, but more difficult to use. Artificial bait fish (lures) are much easier to use. When it comes to the best bait for smallmouth the KickTail minnow is as realistic a fishing lure as I’ve ever seen. Some others would include the Rapala, the Zara Spook, and the Wally Diver.
Crawdads – Live and synthetic crawdads are arguably the most effective bait for smallmouth bass. As an angler there are two choices: Use lures that mimic crawdads or use live crawdads. Live crawdads are an extremely effective smallmouth bait, but can be difficult to fish with. Crawdad imitations are not as effective as their live cousins, but work very well nonetheless. The bottom line is that these fish love “freshwater lobsters”, and they are among the best baits for these bass.
Hellgrammites – If you’ve never seen a hellgrammite it looks like something out of an alien movie, but is an incredibly effective bass bait. The problem is that these little buggers are hard to find. Artificial versions are hard to find as well, unless of course you’re a fly fisherman. The bottom line is that hellgrammites are an extremely bait for smallmouth bass.
Worms – Worms are one of the most popular and effective baits for all fish and smallmouth bass are included in this list. Live worms, when rigged on a set of gang hooks, are amazingly effective as a smallmouth bait. Artificial and synthetic worms are also very effective. Berkley’s “Gulp” and “Power” products are every bit as effective as live worms when fishing for smallmouth bass. These worms can be rigged on gang hooks just like live worms, and the natural presentation is hard for the bass to resist.
The best bait for smallmouth bass is among the four just mentioned. Now it’s up to you to get out there and figure out the most effective for you. Any or all of the above baits will serve you well in you smallmouth bass endeavors.