13 Deadly Bass Lures That Are Perfect For New Anglers

 

Bass Lures come in every shape, color, and size. From topwater frogs to bottom crawlers, and everything in between; it can be mind-boggling! Even as you advance your knowledge, new lures come on the market that outshines the previous, leaving you wondering what lure is best. But, there are baits you can sling that are perfect for beginners and professionals alike. They also happen to be the foundation of bass fishing because they are the easiest to fish!

1. Top Water Frog

Bass are the ultimate predators. You can bet where there is bass, other fish don’t stand a chance. The same goes for topwater critters like frogs, small birds, bats, insects, snakes, mice, rats, fleeing baitfish. This is why topwater lures are so imperative, especially in the early morning and evening and as the water temperatures rise. This also is why top waters are some of the best bass lures for summer.

Zman top water frogs like these are excellent lures for active bass.

Frog fishing is a specific time-and-place style of dangling. Desirable conditions would include warm weather, heavy surface vegetation -and preferably – lower light conditions. For this reason, you should fish a frog in the evening or early morning. Some awesome brands out there include;

  • Strike King Sexy Hollow Body Frog
  • Googan Squad Filthy Frog
  • Stanley Jigs Ribbit

How to fish them;

Fishing a frog can be both easy and fun. In fact, many bass fishermen have reported that topwater fishing is the most rewarding; There’s something gratifying and more engaging. So, if you decide to hit the surface, remember the forementioned conditions – warm weather, lower light, and heavy topwater cover; all of this being the perfect habitat for bass feeding upward. The scummier, the better. So, lots of green cover with dotted openings and submerged grass and green everywhere is perfect.

Bass Lures can be difficult to fish in heavy vegetation. Using a top water frog will allow you to movie over grass mats without getting snagged.

Also, when you fish a frog, consider it a “target lure.” Choose a piece of target cover and aim for it. Let your frog settle for a moment and begin your retrieve. You can also cast directly onto vegetation and drag the frog off into the water, giving a more natural presentation.

Other advantages;

Frogs are weedless, allowing you to glide over surface cover and displace water. Moreover, they serve as amazing search baits. On a lake or a pond with endless yards of submerged grass and topwater pollen and algae, you can use a frog to get a sense of where the fish are. Even if you don’t receive a bite ( blow up), you may see a swirl behind your frog, indicating that the fish are there.

Frog Fishing Tackle

It’s important to remember where you are fishing – thick, heavy cover on the surface with vegetation beneath. For this reason, a heavier line selection is required. Most anglers use a heavy braided line ( 40-60 lb)  on a 7′ heavy rod. Although, with a braided line, you’ll experience a great deal of power alone, which allows you to drop to a medium heavy.

Pro Tip;

Frog fishing is a target sport so aim toward isolated grass clumps. These are hot spots for bass.

2.) Bass Lures: Swim Baits

Moving down the water column, swimbaits are a deadly transition. As a search bait, swimbaits cover water fast and have a versatile range of applications. However, the selection is overwhelming. Swimbaits range from hard-bodied to soft plastic, jointed, paddle-tailed, hollow-bodied, solid-bodied – Some are large, some are small. Some float, others will suspend. Long. Short. Bulky. Slim. It’s overwhelming already!

 

But, do yourself a favor and stick to the following selection;

  • Keitech Easy Shinner (paddle tailed )
  • Big Hammer 7″
  • Live Target Slow Roll Shinner
  • Chatter Baits

All four are easy to fish for beginners, and each has a unique action.

The Keitech Easy Shinner

Ranging from 2″ to 8″,  this swimbait can be retrieved straight, on the surface, or slow-rolled along the bottom while producing a wobbling action. This versatility allows you to reach the fish at any depth.  This technique is effective on lakes that produce shad, crappie, and bluegill, and believe me, bass smash them up!

Big Hammer 7″ is also a fantastic swimbait for both fresh and saltwater. Like the Keitech, this lure is a paddle-tailed lure, which produces a tail wag action, and can be fitted with a Big Hammer jig-head hook. I’m a huge fan of the body style of these baits; they’re bulkier and present an irresistible meal to bass in the fall looking to bulk up.

Live Target Slow Rolling Shinner :

Live target developed the slow-rolling shinner to imitate the body detail of a shinner, shad, or minnow, and the appearance is pretty cutting edge! They’re also great trolling lures using a Gamakatsu  Spinner Swimbait Hook (pictured below).

Chatter baits are a newcomer to the game also but equally as deadly.  Many anglers use these almost exclusively under the right conditions. Similar to other swim-baits, chatter baits can be used on the bottom, middle, and top of the water column with a percussion blade fashioned to the head, and a jig-like skirt that calls out for attention.

The blade atop the head produces a chattering (almost a clicking), which in turn sends out a vibration to the fish. Additionally, chatter baits require a swim-bait trailer for full action. This is where the chatter bait outshines other swimbaits, its a lethal marriage of sound and spunk.

Some awesome brands include;

  • Z-man
  • Phoenix Stand Up Wobble Jig

Check out Tactical Bassin for more on chatter baits. These guys have produced some of the best informational content on bass fishing on the internet today. 

How to fish them;

Like any moving bait, the earlier in the day, the better.  Bass are active in the mornings and evenings so practice where you think there might be baitfish and practice all three retrieval types.

One great feature of the chatter bait is that you can swim it virtually anywhere; skip it around docks, through grass, thumped along rocks, grass humps, flats, you name it.

Final Thoughts On Swim Baits

It’s a fact, bass eat other fish, a lot! In response, every angler should have a box of swimbaits ready to go. When those fish are schooling, feeding at the bottom, or patrolling the shoreline, why not feed them what they want?

Pro Tip;

Alternate retrieval patterns from fast to slow. Try bringing your bait close to the bottom and make contact, then raise your rod tip and retrieve. These pattern changes have the potential to trigger wary fish.

3.) Bass Lures: Jigs

When it comes to bass fishing, the jig is by far the most important lure to have in your box.  However, as you would imagine, there’s an array of them out there! So, keep it simple.

Go with the three main types;

  • Casting
  • Flipping
  • Swimming

Casting Jigs

Generally, casting jigs are all-purpose and designed with a specialized head that keeps them off the bottom. Because of their all-purpose nature, they’re great beginner jigs.

Flipping Jigs

These jigs are designed with a heavy weed guard and a large gauge hook. The idea is to cast (flip) into heavy covers like downed trees and brush piles.

Swim Jigs

Swim jigs are more exciting as you can swim these jigs through cover, and they require less patience and attention because you’ll notice the immediate bite.

Jig Trailers

Jigs are designed mostly to resemble a crawfish. For this reason, you should use a crawfish trailer. But, how do you know which trailer to use?

Simple – action vs less action. In many cases, bass will be lethargic. In these conditions, less action is best.  I like to go with a Craw Chunk or Googan Crakin Craw. Don’t get me wrong! These baits are dynamite, but they produce less action than the Rage Craw ( pictured below), which will entice a slower bass to bite. Conditions, where you may find slower bass would be late afternoon and winter, but they’re still catchable!

Bass will often drawback into shaded areas like overhangs and around structures during mid to late afternoon. In winter, they’ll retreat to the deepest points of the lake and sometimes up shallow on a ledge but close enough to deep water to make an escape.   It’s not uncommon for a fish to sit on the bottom and not move an inch during this time, which is why a bottom lure like a jig is so effective at a slower speed.

Craw trailers that produce more action – or flailing action- would be the Rage Craw. You’ll see the difference when pulled along the bottom. The appendages flail around “creating a scene.”

How to fish them; 

Cast your jig out and let it fall to the bottom.  Once on the bottom, give it a second, especially if you’re around cover – you may have drawn out a fish and that beast is now facing to face with your jig! Begin by slowly dragging the jig along the bottom by raising your rod tip slowly up, as you create a dredging action. As you pull that jig along, the appendages on the craw trailer will slowly kick, adding life to the presentation.  Another technique is to hop the jig along the bottom using a hop-hop-pause retrieve. And that’s it! You’ve mastered the jig!

Pro Tip;

After you cast out, let your jig remain still on the bottom. Real in your slack and wait for 10-20 seconds. It’s not uncommon for bass to strike a target while it remains motionless, so stay aware of any thumps or line jumps.

4.) Bass Lures: Stick Baits

The easiest and often most enticing presentation is a stick bait. Perfect for beginners, it can be fished in the shade, in the grass, and around spawning beds., and everywhere in between! There are many ways to rig these baits, but the simplest is a wacky rig. This rigging style also produces the best action. So, what are some good stick baits?

  • Gary Yamamoto Senko
  • Yum

Yamamoto Senkos have a cool design that allows the bait to fall with a natural presentation and a slight flutter on the tips. It achieves this with an infusion of salt, which you’ll notice as your roll the bait in your hand. They really are the top-of-the-line baits you need for your tackle box!

Additionally, Yamamoto Senkos can be fished Texas rigged, wacky, ned rigged, and weedless. Although, weightless tends to summon the most stikes.

 How to fish them;

As a beginner, its best to go with the wacky rig style. This almost guarantees a catch when fished in the right conditions, particularly for slower fish. Using this method is also beneficial when fishing around grass, as you rarely will snag.

When bed fishing, seek out a bed and begin dropping your Senko into the territory. Allow the bait time to sit motionless ( dead stick), and wait for bites.

One method of doing so is to watch your line for movement. If no action occurs, try giving it a few pops by raising your rod tip. Again, let it sit motionlessly. This presentation is dynamite for bass on their beds, as it presents a manageable, slow-moving meal and an intruder into their nest.

Pro Tip;

Cast onto shore and drag your worm down into the water. This eliminates the chance of dropping that lure right on a fishs’ head, spooking them.

5.) Bass Lures: Bullet Spinners

You probably didn’t expect this one. But, bullet spinners like the Blue Fox Spinners are impressive lures for largemouth bass. When fished in low light conditions – cloudy skies, early morning and evening- you’ll achieve a similar effect as a bladed spinner.

How to fish them;

Cast out, retrieve, repeat. This is why it’s perfect for beginners. However, there is no weed guard, no weedless rigging, no single, upward-pointed hook, thus snags are a problem when retrieving near cover. But overall, the compact body of this bass lure presents a juicy opportunity for active fish.

6.) Lipless Crank Bait

Versatile. Easy. Fun. That’s how I’d describe a lipless crank. There are some slightly advanced ways to fish it, but straight retrieve tends to get the most bites. You can fish them over grass, near cover, and they dominant in the spring!

How to fish them;

Determine your optimal depth. Allow your crank to sink 1 foot per second and begin retrieving through the mid-water column. The built-in rattle system of this lure will call out to fish nearby either as an attractant or an annoyance.

Lipless Crank Colors

Shad patterns are always a must. Some awesome brands and colors;

  • Strike King Red Eyed Shad
  • Lucky Craft LV 500
  • SPRO wameku shad 70
  • Rattletrap

Again, these lures dominate in the Spring. My color of choice tends to be a craw color like Strike King Red-Eyed Chili Craw. I’ll burn it through the shallows and try to create directional changes. The erratic swim patterns, especially through cover, is what fire bass up.

Pro Tip;

Raise your rod tip up and let the bait fall. After letting it fall, raise your rod tip again. Ss it falls, your lure will flutter like an injured baitfish, as you raise, you will achieve a fast, rattling flee. This whole action presents a baitfish in distress.

7.) Square Bill

Square bill crank lures will allow you to get down into shallow water and reach those summer bass held-up in the shallows.

Are you in need of an awesome moving bait for summer? Check out the square bill crankbait! Much like a lipless crank, you can fish these lures shallow.  For beginners, fish at the 3-4 ft diving depth and try to bring your lure across the bottom structure. If possible, try to deflect your crank off of rocks. This is what attracts bass; those fast, directional changes, and the abrupt sound. But, keep it simple if you’re new, and cast out and retrieve straight to practice.

Other Ways to fish them;

  • Allow for intermittent pauses. This will trigger fish to strike.
  • Fish it fast ( burn it) past structure and try knocking it around on rocks.

8.) Bass Lures: Drop Shot

When everything slows down, either in winter or in the mid-day heat, a drop shot becomes a versatile, all-in-one, finesse bait to call out those wary fish.

Fishing a drop shot requires patients. Remember, the bite has died. So, your job is to place a small, slow-moving object in front of them.

Why Use A Drop-Shot?

This is an extremely productive fishing rig. The action that a soft plastic produces on a drop-shot appears more natural as it’s partially weightless. Additionally, you’ll place your bait within close range of the fish. In winter, this will produce large bass.

 The Robo Worm

You can find these in almost every tackle retailer in the country. When fishing this setup, use light action to pop the tip of your rod up and down gently, keeping your weight on – or as close – to the bottom as you can. The action that a drop-shot produces is unrivaled to other baits and will trigger bites from lethargic fish, as it presents a greater opportunity to feed.

Bass lures are incomplete without the drop-shot robo worm.

 

Drop Shot Tackle

A lighter tackle is best for using a drop shot. Use a 6-8lb fluorocarbon line with a 3/8 oz drop-shot weight on a spinning rod.  As far as soft plastics go, you can rig almost anything – creature baits, trick-worms, speed craws. But, the best performing lure, by far, is the Robo Worm.

9.) Bass Lures: Spinners

Willow-leaf and Colorado Spinners are the two best options, and if you’re looking to bulk up your presentation and add versatility, these spinners are you’re go-to. And even better, they’re simple to use! Just cast and retrieve and wait for a giant bite! They create the illusion of a large profile baitfish. Thus, they work best in low light conditions, and especially where the baitfish are.

Spinners play a huge role when imitating bait fish. These lures are fantastic at calling big bass as their profile is big.

How to fish them; 

Fish it when the bass are active. This means early morning and evening. Try to find where baitfish might be schooling, or even better, when shad are spawning up shallow.  Scan the surface of your lake or reservoir for boils, minnows jumping, and topwater action, and let it rip!

This is a lure you can retrieve high and low in the water, roll it along the bottom, through lily pads and grass, and near hardcover.

Pro Tip;

Find baitfish. Cast out and burn it back along the surface – almost like a top-water.

10.) Bass Lures: Fluke Jerk baits

It’s a fact, predators eat fish. And when other reaction style baits fail, soft plastic flukes will get the job done. These lures can be fished on a drop-shot, weightless, and rigged weedless, to name a few. You can fish it fast, slow, fish it like topwater, on the bottom, the options are endless.

How to rig and fish them; 

My favorite rigging style for this bait is a drop shot. Using a VMC spin shot hook, ill nose hook the fluke and pop it along the bottom. For beginners, this technique is easy and produces bites when the fish are slow. Other ways to fish it are twitching and pausing and burning it along the surface; both techniques imitate a panicked minnow.

A great product to check out is Zoom Flukes, white or silver shad. Try throwing these in any style rig in late fall and get ready for some awesome action.

11.) Bass Lures: Rapala Minnows

Some of the oldest and most effective lures on the market are Rapala minnows. 

Some of the best Rapalas for bass are;

  • Original floating silver color
  • Husky Jerk
  • Xrap Slash Baits

Why Rapala?

They are easy to fish and they catch fish of all sizes! I like to use larger Rapalas, usually size F11, when fishing for largemouth, and I’ll downsize to an F05-F09 for smallmouth. They can be fished slow, fast, twitched, and so on.

Best Rapala Colors

Any pattern that resembles shad, craw, or bluegill is dynamite for bass. I always study up on what lake, pond, or reservoir I’ll be fishing for the purpose of imitating baitfish. I also like to know if there is submerged grass and the water temperature. These should all give you an idea of what colors and sizes to go with.

How to fish them; 

The beauty of Rapala is their simplicity; just cast and retrieve. As your experience grows, new, more advanced techniques will come to you. But, in the beginning, try to find baitfish schools, topwater action, or good-looking habitats like fallen trees, rock piles, and ledges, cast out, and retrieve slow. You’ll be amazed at how effective these bass lures are.

12.) Soft Plastic Worms

You’ll find great success fishing soft plastic worms. Like many baits, worms can be rigged in a number of ways. However, the most efficient is weedless. Using a texas rig with a 1/8 oz tungsten weight, you can drag this bait across the bottom, give it small pops, or dead stick it and wait for a bite. Some anglers will punch these baits into heavy grass, others will drag it along smooth bottoms, which results in everyone fishing these lures year-round. And best of all, they are perfect for beginners.

A great resource to check out is Roland Martin’s Outdoors. 

Roland is a bass fishing legend and he simplifies lures and techniques for anyone to understand. Check out his youtube channel where he breaks down the basics of bank fishing, easy-to-learn lure techniques, and bass biology; all of this being perfect for beginners.

Zoom Trick Worms are a deadly bass lure, easy to fish, and versatile year-round.

Worm brands;

  • Zoom Trick Worms
  • Googan Slim Shake Worm
  • Berkley Power Bait Worms

Worm Colors

When fishing clear water and around vegetation, go with a pumpkin green worm, which is a natural color. As the water begins to stain due to runoff, go with darker colors such as Junebug, purple, or black.

13.) Bass Lures: Grubs

One of the easiest and most versatile lures you need as a beginner is the curl tail grub. As a bass lure, you’ll get bites from both large and smallmouths, crappie, bluegill, trout, and other freshwater species. Some of the best places to fish it are around docks and shallow-water vegetation.

There are several ways you can rig a curly tail grub – weedless, texas-rig – you can even use it as a jig trailer. But, the easiest way is with a 1/4 oz jig head.

How to fish them:

As always, find good cover like a dock, a weed-line, or grass, and hop it along the bottom or swim it straight along. These are great lures for beginners and particularly kids because they get a lot of bites.

Bass Lures: Final Thoughts

All in all, bass fishing isn’t rocket science – it’s fun, easy ( usually), and versatile. A trip to Bass Pro Shop can be overwhelming as you’ll be surrounded by dozens of brands of hooks, lures, lines, rods, and reels; all of them claiming to be the most effective fishing tackle. But, using a set of dependable baits like the ones above will help you remain grounded during the year. As new products are released with stellar marketing, you’ll always have a reliable set of baits that slay.

 

A largemouth bass caught on a chatter bait bass lure.

Local Fishing Spots: 8 Incredible Ways To Find Them

Local fishing locations like these are often difficult to find. With apps and local connections, its entirely possible to discover locations like this.

Finding local fishing spots can be tricky. You may rush off to a body of water only to learn that it’s private property or worse, no fish!

Having the right tools to locate good locations is important. I use the following methods to stay up to date and lead me to some of the hottest fishing spots near me.

Local Fishing Spots: Google Maps

No brainer, right? But, you’d be surprised how often this app is overlooked.  I use google maps for the simple purpose of discovering anything blue colored – waterways, lakes, creeks, you name it.  Once I’ve found a water source, ill zoom in on it for the purpose of finding the name. If no name exists, then it’s likely private property.

If not, throw the name in google and see what comes up. This should provide you with a decent amount of information including what species can be caught, water quality, and the history of the area. Additionally, by switching to the google maps satellite feature, you’ll get a feel for the terrain around the lake, access points, trails, and fences. It’s also a top app for directions, as it determines traffic patterns, road hazards, and calculates alternate routes. It has never let me down!

 Google Earth

Google Earth is a browser that offers satellite and ariel images. This is a personal favorite because it offers a virtual tour of your desired location. The Street-view imaging allows you to drop down and explore the surrounding areas, which is perfect for getting a sense of water levels, vegetation, and bank access. This feature can be accessed by dragging the icon of the little human in the bottom right corner toward the area of interest.

Bear River Resavoir was found using Google Earth. Additional banks, points, and rocky drop-offs were also discovered on the lake using the app.

As you begin dragging the icon, you may or may not see several blue circle icons appear over various locations on the map. By releasing the human icon over these circles, Google Earth will lower you to street-view where you’ll gain a 360-degree view of your surrounding. If the blue circle icons arent present, it means the area hasn’t been street-viewed.

However, this shouldn’t discourage you from exploring the area. One awesome feature is the intricately detailed representation of terrain, including rock formation, tree lines, and ground cover, which gives you an idea of what you’ll be walking through.

So, How Does This Help Your Fishing?

Well, by throwing on 3D imaging, you’ll easily spot cover like fallen trees, brush piles, drop-offs. This comes in handy when searching for sharp drop-offs, as you’ll be able to pre-plan where you’ll position your boat or cast from shore. Another advantage you’ll have is locating shade.

By determining what shorelines receive the most ( or least) sun and at what time, you can use Google Earth to then locate low-hanging trees, weed lines, brush piles, and large, fallen trees, which provide quality shade for bass in the afternoon. This app is tremendously useful for bank fishing. You’ll be able to scout out the shoreline vegetation and access points including trails and roadways – even plan your navigation around the lake and pre-site each spot you’d like to hit.

 

Google Earth is a year-round tool for anglers looking to maximize their knowledge before visiting a water source. I’ve personally used this app to locate some of the best habitats and as a result have thrown in the boat brown trout, rainbow trout, bass, and other fish throughout California.

Fish Brain

This app has received a lot of hype over the years. As a location tool, it performs well.

How to use it;

As part of the Pro version, you’ll find an “explore fishing spots near you” section. From here, a detailed map will show you what species were caught.  Lastly, you can narrow down your query and discover the exact species and;

  • Where the fish was caught
  • What the fish was caught on
  • Offers a social media-like comment and follow features

The app also provides a Top Baits feature. As a result, it will show you the exact lure to use based on the fish caught in that area, which takes into account weather patterns, season, and time of day. After you’ve found an area of interest, you can utilize the feature called “BiteTime:” 

Our forecast, called BiteTime uses machine learning with data from millions of catches to help you predict what species you are most likely to catch when you go fishing. The forecast predictions are shown in one bar graph per species. The heights and colors of the bars indicate the predicted probability of your catch being the given species at the given time.
After going on the map on the water body that interests you, tap on BiteTime, you can scroll up and down to see the forecast for each species and you can scroll Right or Left to see the forecast for each time of day.

FishBrain offers location, probability, geographic contour, lures to use, species-specific data, weather patterns – all of these in one app.

Fishing Spots – Official App

This is the free version of Fishbrain, and much like FishBrain, this app directs you to good fishing spots, logs your catch,  and connects you with other anglers. On the navigation bar on the homepage, you’ll find Bodies of water near me; this is the feature I like most.

This App will help you to uncover local fishing spots from the mountains to the ocean.

Click on this and up comes a list of most (if not all) water sources in your area. From here, you have the option to follow the activity from this area. At the top of the home page, you can choose Global /  Local to see what’s happening in and out of your region.

Like FishBraine, You can log your catches and the location as well as the gear used and your favorite fishing spots.

 

Forecast Feature

Fishing Spots provides a pretty accurate forecasting tool including time of day with the most activity, weather, barometric pressure, wind conditions, and sun state.

Overall, this app is useful in finding new local fishing spots. The greatest benefit would be if you’re new to an area and haven’t met local anglers yet. This will give you an idea of what waterways are in this region and if you can fish there, and if so, what species have been caught and specifically, where. It’s a perfect tool to narrow down your search and reduce the amount of work required in researching.

Local Fishing Spots: Tackle Shops

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local tackle shops and ask where the bite is good. It seems obvious, but this is actually where you should start ( in my opinion). They can also make recommendations as to what lures to use, rod and reel selection, line weight, and more. It’s also a great place to meet other anglers and potential fishing buddies!

Pick up the newsletters and local periodicals ( they’re often by the door). For example, I read a local new paper called Bay Area Anglers, which offers good tips on fresh and saltwater fishing. I also find myself watching youtube videos often and preparing according to the advice given by high-level tournament guys. This is good ( generally).

But one issue – they’re not talking about or demonstrating techniques or lures on the water where I’m interested in visiting. Local tackle shops will help you narrow down your selection, tailor your technique to that body of water.  Where a creature bait might seem effective, a drop-shot might perform better.

Facebook Groups

Facebook can be an awesome place to link up with local fishermen. Simply do a search for your interest and see what comes up. Most people in those groups are friendly and will provide good locations in your area. For example, I belong to a Bay Area bass fishing group on Facebook.

Whenever I need to know how the bite is at a local lake or reservoir, I pose the question in the group. Additionally, you can use Facebook to acclimate to a new county or state.

Local Fishing Spots: Quora

This platform can be a gold mine of information. I use Quora when I need a question answered.  Visit Quora and type in your question at the top and check out the results, it’s pretty intuitive.

What separates this platform from regular search engines is the level of user engagement. Each question and answer is posted by users of Quora, so you’re likely going to receive an answer from a person with lived experience.

 Karl’s Bait And Tackle

I recently read through Karl’s blog and found an awesome post. Here’s the link:  The 10 Best Places To Fish In California.  

This article was clear and concise and true! I’ve fished all the spots referenced with the exception of two. The writer nailed each one. In addition, Karl’s blog is packed with valuable content covering lure and tackle reviews, how-to’s, and more. Blogs like these are worth keeping an eye on when scouting locations.

You’ll occasionally find a post perfectly streamlined and informational that speaks to you. I like to bookmark sites that generate good information. These same sites will often later produce additional information with solid fishing lure reviews, rod and reel, and location reviews, too, with affiliate links.

Other great blogs to follow;

  • The Fishidy Blog

  • Take Me Fishing Blog
  • Tactical Bassin’

This local fishing spot is a secret but illustrates the effectiveness of using an app or word of mouth to uncover beautiful, hidden locations.

Final Thoughts

Finding local habitat for fishing can be tough. The tools above are only the surface of a universe of tools you can use. But overall, my greatest asset is people. Ask around. Talk to people who have been on the lake and caught the fish; the crusty anglers who come back with fish while you’re still empty-handed onshore – those are the sources to start with. I follow this up with apps and websites – a deadly combination of tactics. If none of these work for you, keep trying. No one said fishing was easy! But arming yourself with the right tools will greatly improve your chances, and finding the best locations will place you on your way!

Good Luck!