We walk you through the best bass lures for the fall fishing season complete with what rods and line to use, and how to use it. The process begins with walk through a local outdoors store to stock up on the bait we like best. All of these items are readily available off-the-shelf items.

We discuss each bait and share inside tips on how to put it tot he best use for a successful day of bass fishing. 

Strike King Redeye Shad Bait 

This Strike King Redeye Shad lipless crankbait is a top performer for smaller (1-3lb) bass. When casting drop it down the center of the creek channel, then the banks. Works best with 15lb fluorocarbon line, and a 7′ to 7’2″ rod with medium to fast action.

Strike King Tour Grade swimming jig

Swim jigs work best with a trailer on them with the goal of creating movement. We recommend cast a reel a few times, and if no bites, try letting it drop to simulate a dying bait fish. Can be super effective when used in and around trees and rocks.Use with 15-17lb fluorocarbon line (or braided line if the conditions warrant it), and a 7′ to 7’2″ rod with medium to fast action.

BOOYAH Blade Tandem Blade (3/8 oz) 

This Booyah Blade spinner bait creates a nice vibration in the water. This tandem blade works well with 12-15lbs fluorocarbon fishing line, and a 7’2″ rod with moderate to fast action.

Zoom Bait Salty Super Fluke Bait (5″)

This fluke bait resembles a dying bait fish, and works very well as part of a mojo rig among other setups. Works best with 15-20lbs fluorocarbon line, and a 7′ to 7’2″ rod with medium to fast action. 

Strike King KVD Deep Diver Squarebill Crankbait

This is a 3 to 5 foot diving crankbait that works well when it bounces, jumps, and redirects abruptly. For best results, this crankbait should be run into and bounced off every possible obstacle to create a reaction strike. Works best with 15-20lbs fluorocarbon line, and a 7′ to 7’2″ rod with medium to fast action. 

Rapala Jerkbait Shadow Rap Deep

This jerkbait works best with 12-15lbs fluorocarbon fishing line and a 7’2″ rod with moderate to fast action. Sinker weights can be stuck to the front of the lip, then followed by a pop of the rod tip to send it on a slow descent. Expect fish to hit this right after you pop the tip. 

Heddon Super Spook Jr. Lure

The Heddon Super Spook Jr is well suited for early morning use and early evening. We like to use it with a floating line like a 50-60lb braided fishing line, or a monofilament leader to add a little stretch into the mix, which will keep it from diving in the water. Works well with a 7′ moderate to fast action rod. 

Keitech Fat Swing Impact Swim Bait

This little Fat Swing Impact swim bait from Keitech is designed to be used with a 4/0 or 5/0 swimbait hook, and a 1/8oz or 3/16 oz weight if you need it – pair it 55lb braided line a 7’2″ to 7’4″ rod. This swimbait even works well in the reeds and grass with fast action using 55lb braided fishing line, and a stout 7’6″ rod. 

Strike King KVD Splash Hard bait

This Strike King KVD hard bait is a popper. Cast, then pop it and let is site for a few seconds before popping it again. Often those reaction strikes happen right away. We favor pairing it with a floating line – 50-60lb braided fishing line, or a monofilament leader – to keep it from diving in the water. Works well with a 7′ moderate to fast action rod. 

Zoom Trick Worm

On to the Zoom Trick Worms, in this case the watermelon red magic color with a 3/0 or 4/0 work hook. Can be Carolina rigged or Texas rigged with 15-17lb fluorocarbon line. Flipping this trick worm is a good bet with 20-25lb fluorocarbon line and 7’2″  to 7’6″. It’s a versatile bait option that produces good results. 

Bass Fishing Requires Adjustment

As always, remember to adapt and adjust when something is or is not working. These are our favorite bass fishing lures, and we we work through these baits to find what’s working on a given day and for a specific fishery. If things are not working don’t be afraid to switch to the next option in your tackle box. After all, if it was easy, everyone could do it. Tight lines!