Consider these suggestions on how to pick the best fishing lures based on the unique conditions your experiencing to help achieve the fishing success you desire. There are many freshwater fishing lures that have enjoyed years or even decades of popularity among all anglers. Knowing which lures to use in various situations will make you a more accomplished fisherman.
Use crankbaits in a variety of situations. You can use crankbaits in a range of situations. Plugs, also known as crankbaits are artificial lures crafted from hard plastic. They get their named because they’re designed to be cast out and retrieved, some designs are meant to be retrieved quickly to trigger an aggressive strike from fish. There are topwater, thin minnows, swimming crankbaits, or swimbaits, and diving lures.
Use spinnerbaits in situations where other lures would get hung up. Spinnerbaits are great during the pre-spawn and spawning periods when male crappie are migrating from deep to shallow water. During this time these male fish are very aggressive and will attack almost anything that’s flashy in the water. Spinnerbaits tend to grab the focus of crappie, especially in turbid water caused by late winter/early spring run-off and rainfall.
Spinnerbaits are sometimes called safety-pin spinners because of their resemblance to a open safety pin. It has a weighted end, a single hook, a skirt, and an end with one or more spinner blades. Spinnerbaits can be fished by rapidly retrieving them across the surface of the water so that the blades flash, splash, and bump off standing timber, or just let it fall to the bottom around drop-offs and other vertical structures.
The spinnerbait is related to the inline or French, spinner, which features a tubular metal body design a willow-leaf or Indiana blade spinner in front of it and a treble hook and feather skirt at the rear of it.
Use jigs any time during the year. The jigs basic design is made up of a hook with a weighted head and fitted with either hair, or feather skirt or even a plastic grub. Almost all jigs have round heads, but some lures have flat or triangular heads which either create a swimming motion or keep your hook upright and beyond rocks and weeds.
Jigs are normally retrieved in an up-and-down motion and can be fished in warm or cold water situations, generally using a slower retrieve as the water gets colder. Many jigs have firm brush or wire guards to keep them from hooking to weeds. Remember, the best spots to fish jigs usually are those places where they could get hung up, in weeds, brush, or rocks.
Use spoons during the fall. Fall really it is the most effective times to toss spoons because of the schooling activity that happens, but from post spawn through early winter it is a big player. Key places to toss these freshwater fishing lures are off shore humps, very long extended points, ledges, road beds and in some cases creek channel bends.
The spoon is the oldest of freshwater fishing lures, supposedly created in 1850 by cutting the handle off a teaspoon and putting a hook about it. The design which resembles the bowl of a spoon is what causes spoons to wobble from side to side as they are retrieved. This is what draws fish to them. The smaller spoons are the preferred lures for crappie.