Choosing a fishing lure 101- what you should know

First thing you have to know - When discussing  lures there are only three types:


Surface:   It floats and continues to float when you reel it in.   Some will travel just under the surface.

Floating/Diving:  It dives when you reel and floats when stopped.

Sinking/Suspending:  Heavy and will sink

Swim:  These are lures that swim like the real thing.   Known as "swimbaits" they are the latest thing in artificial baits.


Fishing Lures are not species specific.  There is no lure made to fish for just a bass, or a muskie, trout or any other type fish. This means you can cover several types of fish with just 1 size lure. See below. Too big and they won't bite, too small and they won't hold.


Fish are attracted more by the size and color or noise.  If it looks good to them -it's a go! They don't inspect the details.


Type of lure is selected by your preference.   Do you want to go deep, then use a diver. Surface Strikes- then use a surface.  Are you trying to lure them out of weeds or under docks, use an attractor such as a propeller or buzzbait .



Panfish (Perch, Crappie, Bluegills etc.)                     1 to 2.5 inches

Small Trout and Salmon                                                 2 to 4 inches

Large Trout and Salmon                                                 3 to 5 inches

Smallmouth Bass                                                              1 to 3 inches

Largemouth Bass                                                              2 to 4 inches

Walleye and Large Bass                                                  2 to 5 inches

Northern Pike (under 30")                                             2.5 to 4 inches

Muskie (over 40")                                                              5 to 12 inches


Body and hook sizes are found in the descriptions.


If you compare the sizes you will see 3 inches fits in several of the categories.


Bronze hooks are provided on most of our lures.  They are freshwater and reflect very minimal light making them almost invisible to fish.  Change them out as you wish.  If you prefer using a red hook place it on the most forward hanger to provoke a side strike thus allowing the rear hooks to follow up.


Colors are usually by geographic region and what has been successful. 

If you don't know what color is best then use one of the the basic colors:   GOLD, SILVER, RED or ORANGE

Accents such as fish scaling and patterns just add to the appeal.

Be prepared to have many sizes, colors and styles in your tacklebox.



If a fish swallows the entire lure go to a bigger lure.

Change lures after a few casts if nothing bites.

Talk to experienced people for information.

Best fishing is during rain, but not lightning or other unsafe conditions.


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