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7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year-Round

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Lures That Work Year-Round will come in very handy to have in your tackle box.

For us fishermen that like to fish year-round, they will come in very handy.

Additionally, I keep different variations, colors, sizes, weights of these lures so that I’m always prepared regardless of where I’m fishing from.

The 7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year-Round are…

  • 1. The Jig Fishing Lure
  • 2. Crankbait Fishing Lures
  • 3. Jerk Bait Fishing Lures
  • 4. Crawdad Lures
  • 5. Spinner Bait Fishing Lures
  • 6. Finesse Fishing Worms
  • 7. Lipless Crankbait Fishing Lures
  • Final Words and Credits

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Bass Lures That Work Year-Round

7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year-Round
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These bass fishing lures are the ones that I keep in my tackle box at all times.

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Bass Lures That Work Year-Round Video Transcript

Hey folks, Glen May here with bassresource.com, and one of the problems I see all the time on forums and people asking me questions is what kind of lures 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 and it can be frustrating when you’re at the tackle store, trying to figure out what to buy.

So, I’m going to 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.

You will 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.

These seven lures that I’m about to outline for you are the most versatile or that you can have in your tackle box.

You need to have them in order to catch fish.

1. The Jig Fishing Lure

Alright, 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 Jig Fishing Lure
The Jig Fishing Lure (Amazon)

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 them in 40, 50 feet of water, even deeper, all the way up to a couple of feet of water during the summertime.

You can drag them, you can hop them, you can swim, 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 a three-quarter ounce or an ounce. punch it through the weeds.

There are finesse jigs like this perfect for when the bite is slow or smallmouth like that, actually largemouth like these two.

There are 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 got to have a jig.

2. Crankbait Fishing Lures

Next on our list is the crankbait.

There are so many different crankbait styles out there, but that’s for a good reason.

They catch fish.

Crankbait Fishing Lures
Crankbait Fishing Lures (Amazon)

Now in the wintertime, you’re going to want to go to something with a slim profile, with a narrow bill.

These types of baits right here, that’s what you want to go with so got a tighter wiggle that works really well in the wintertime.

As the water warms up, then you can go to something with a little bit deeper dive.

There’s a round ball with a little bit longer bell on it, you can go a little bit deeper and it has a wider wobble.

That’s the main thing about this, a wider it’s wider than the crankbait.

I just showed you. And it has more of a wobble, a wider side to side, and this has a real tight wiggle.

This works better when it’s warmer, works better when it’s colder out and colder water temperature, and then as the fish get deep in the summertime you want to go after him, get something like that.

Look at the bill on that.

That’s going to 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 kinds of cover you’re fishing in.

For example, square bills.

These are designed…well 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 snag.

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 it’s 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’ll also bounce and deflect off of cover, woody 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 of 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 crankbaits on this list.

3. Jerk Bait Fishing Lures

Alright, the next bait on the list is the jerk bait.

Absolutely killer throughout the entire year.

Now I know some of you are going to be really surprised about that because most, well, not most, but a lot of guys think jerk baits are only used in colder water temp usually in the early spring, that’s a mistake.

Jerk Bait Fishing Lures
Jerk Bait Fishing Lures (Amazon)

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, bring them back really quick across the surface.

You can let it pause for a long amount of time, you can stop it whenever you want to and bring it back even faster, vary your cadence, vary your speed.

One way I like to fish it is just throwing 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, and 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 ones like this with a big bail on it and they suspend.

That’s perfect for when the water temperature is really cold for me, about 50 degrees or below.

I’ll throw it out there and it dives down seven, 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 or 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-round, you’ll catch a lot more fish.

4. Crawdad Lures

Next in the list of must-have lures is the craw worm.

Craws, got to have these.

Look at them, they come in different colors, there’s different styles and varieties, matter of fact, they even coming mini sizes.

YUM Craw Chunk Soft Plastic Bait Bass Fishing Lure
YUM Craw Chunk Soft Plastic Bait Bass Fishing Lure (Amazon)

This is great year-round fish, no matter where they are, they feed on crawfish all the time.

And 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 loves to eat.

So anytime you’re in a warmer… well, except for like the dead of winter, you can fish them on jig trailers, it’s perfect for that.

You can fish them on just a Texas rig, put them through the weeds and in the rocks, a shaky head works really well during the wintertime, but bring it down deep and drag it real slow.

I like to put on football head jigs and get it around rocks and such.
There are so many different ways to fish them, it’s really limited to your imagination.

Works on the split shot, works on Carolina rigs, there’s so many different ways to do it to get it at the depth where the fish are at and where they’re actively feeding.

That’s really the key.

Figure out what depth there are in the wintertime, in the summertime they’re going to be deeper.

In the springtime and in the fall, they are going to be a little more shallow, be buried up in those weeds for example, and you’ve got to go in and dig them out.

Craws are great slim profile bait that’s not going to 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.

5. Spinner Bait Fishing Lures

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 willow leaf blade on it, this one’s a Colorado blade on it, you can fish them in any part of the water column.

Booyah Blade Spinner-Bait Bass Fishing Lure
Booyah Blade Spinner-Bait Bass Fishing Lure (Amazon)

I always have one tied on, and, on my deck, year-round.

You can fish big three-quarter rounds, ones like this real slow, and drag them on the bottom.

Slowly 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 by them and get a reaction strike.

You can fish them faster through weeds and not get hung up with a willow leaf like this.

This one’s only a three-eight once spinner bait.

In the summertime, it’s great to burn it right near the top, bulge the surface, even a big bait like this.

You can bulge the surface and, on the summertime, so 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 it’s 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 the trailer, that’s how I like to fish it.

Tie directly, by the way, don’t use snap swivels or anything like that, just tied directly to it.

I use a uni-knot some folks like to use polymers, either way’s fine, whatever your preference is.

The point is to tie one on and use it throughout the whole year, you’re going to catch a lot of fish.

6. Finesse Fishing Worms

Alright, next on the list that you got to have finesse worms.

Right here, look at that.

Finesse worms are killer year-round you’ve got to use these things.

Finesse Ned Rig Stick Baits Plastic Worms Kit for Bass Fishing
Finesse Ned Rig Stick Baits, Plastic Worms Kit for Bass Fishing (Amazon)

They’re very, very versatile and in the winter 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, for example, one like this, you can put it on a wacky rig, throw it out there around the dock, twitch it back really fast.

You can put this on a little jig head and throw it up in those docks and the lily pads in the summertime

Put it her on a drop shot, fish it deep, just nose hook it right here on the end and give it 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 got to have this, especially when a cold front comes through and the fish really don’t want to feel like biting all those other lures I’ve shown you so far.

Not the best choice, but when it comes, when the bites real tough, you got to have these in your tackle box.

7. Lipless Crankbait Fishing Lures

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.

Cotton Cordell Super Spot Lipless Crankbait Fishing Lure
Cotton Cordell Super Spot Lipless Crankbait Fishing Lure (Amazon)

Which is great for matching the activity level of the bass and where they’re located.

You can drag them really deep down in the water column and just yo-yo 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 with them.

Very, very versatile, which is why you want to have these tied on in different colors so you can match the baitfish.

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, it’s such a versatile lure, you’re limiting yourself if you don’t have some of these in your tackle box.

Final Words and Credits

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 a 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, in deep water, shallow water, hot water, cold water, that’s the point.

Get these lures in your tackle box, and you’d be extremely versatile angular and you won’t have to spend a fortune in order to fill out your tackle.

For more tips and tricks like this visit bassresource.com.

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