What are the best largemouth bass lures? I get asked that a lot from my friends, and I always say it depends. What does it depend about? That’s a good question. Light, water clarity, and temperature are the three main factors in choosing your lure. There are many other factors but for right now we will stick with these three.
Light can effect where the bass are holding at the given time. Bass do not like the light so if you are fishing for them on a bright sunny day you will need to fish deeper for them or around shaded areas. If the light is darker or cloudy then you can stay closer to the top. The best top water fishing of the day happens in the mornings and evenings. To choose your lure based off of light use bright colors in bright conditions and dark colors in dark conditions.
Water clarity is the second variable in choosing your best largemouth bass lures. The rules almost stay the same as light conditions. If the water is clear like on Lead Mead then you will need to use very bright lures to get attention from bass. If the water is murky or cloudy I would suggest you try a dark-colored lure to start out with.
Temperatures play a big role in bass fishing. Bass like to be in water temperatures of around 70 degrees but can adapt to water temperatures between 40 and 80 degrees. If you can find that sweet spot you will find more bass. Using top water lures like buzzbaits when the surface conditions are cooler and the light is low will land you some good fish. But if it is hot and sunny try using a soft plastic worm or jig and fish deep to land that big one.
These tips are a small fraction of what really goes into bass fishing. There is so much to learn and do before you can really get good at it. The best thing to do is try new things. If you were told this lure works well then try it. If it is not landing anything in 30-45 minutes switch to something else. Using a spinnerbait or a crankbait will allow you to really cover a lot of water fast and will aid you in seeking out those bass. Once you find them switch to a jig or worm and see what happens. Just keep experimenting and you will get it.