Some common choices of lure include spoons, spinners, and soft plastics, and the best way to determine which lure will be most effective is to experiment with different types and see what works best in your particular situation.
Features: Luhr-Jensen Kwikfish X-Treme K9X are strong, durable, full-throttle, wide-action hard lures that challenge gamefish both small and large. The aggressive action forces a response from fish, often generating the most savage strikes imaginable.
Cast or troll, fish it on its own or with cut bait tied to the belly. VMC Perma Steel treble hooks and UV Bright finish (colors with UV in the name only) to strengthen its visibility. Available in a variety of excellent salmon and steelhead fishing colors.
The Luhr-Jensen Kwikfish X-Treme K9X is a 2 3/4 inch strong, durable, full-throttle, wide-action lure that dives up to 10 feet and challenges gamefish both small and large. Great for when you want a deeper diving lure when fishing deep water or fast current without needing a lead weight or diver.
For maximum success, pinch the eye on the face of the plug to achieve an even side-to-side action, or pinch the eye in the opposite direction that the lure is favoring, until it tracks straight. Cast or troll, fish it on its own or with cut bait tied to the belly.
This lure is available in variety of excellent salmon and steelhead fishing colors and is proven to perform no matter what the conditions are.
Packed with everything a finesse angler will need for a fantastic day out on the water. The Rebel Classic Critters Lure Kit features four of Rebel’s most popular lures that landed results time and time again.
Anglers have a wide variety of styles and conditions that can be fished from topwater, top and shallow, and cranking. Throw everything at the big ones and watch them hit with the Rebel Classic Critters Lure Kit.
In the world of trout fishing, if there ever was an America’s Lure it may very well be the Super Duper. Its unconventional U shaped design catches water and creates a swimming action game fish find irresistible.
Equally effective cast or trolled on light line, the Super Duper will take trout, bass and panfish. A deep selection of finishes assures the Super Duper will perform on your local waters. See Tech Report #11: Lake Trolling Thin-Blade Spoons for Trout, Tech Report #5 Lake Trolling Trout Techniques.
Original U-shaped design. Top performance either casting or trolling. Great lure for Trout Kokanee or Panfish. Copper sizes 501, 502 & 503 are stamped from genuine copper material. Other copper sizes are translucent copper paint.
Start on any high mountain lake. Follow the water through countless rivers that increase in size before finally reaching ocean estuaries. Continue to the beach, pass the near shore structure, and head into the blue water.
At any point in the journey you can catch fish on a Luhr Jensen Krocodile, whether the fish are trout or bass, salmon or stripers, bluefish or calicos, halibut or tuna. It’s been that way for generations.
The Luhr Jensen Krocodile operates on a simple premise: big fish eat smaller fish. Year in and year out, the Luhr Jensen Krocodile proves itself to be the most productive spoon ever built. It can be cast and retrieved, jigged over structure, or trolled.
Choose the size that best mirrors available forage, then pick the perfect finish from an extensive palette.
One of the top lures of all time, been fishing with them since 1975. One of my all time favorites and go to lures as well as start with lures. Prefer the hammered chrome in 5/8, 3/4, 1oz. The hammered chrome seems to have a slight edge over the plain chrome in my estimation.
You may have to get the 1 oz on Ebay vintage listing as I don’t think you will fine it listed. Great cast, trolled or deep water jigged. Will take most fish but I use for lake trout, walleye, N. Pike.
One of my all time favorites and go to lures as well as start with lures. Prefer the hammered chrome in 5/8, 3/4, 1oz. The hammered chrome seems to have a slight edge over the paling chrome in my estimation.
You may have to get the 1 oz on Ebay vintage listing as I don’t think you will fine it listed. Great cast, trolled or deep water jigged. Will take most fish but I use for lake trout, walleye, N. Pike.
The Dynamic HD Trout is used by anglers across the United States because of its versatility. Although this lure was designed for trout, it is excellent for catching a variety of species. The Dynamic HD Trout offers a real life-like profile, plus exceptional casting distance, swim action, and maneuverability.
I originally purchased a few of these looking for a more high end, durable replacement for my handfuls of 2in Husky Jerks that had fallen victim to their weak lip construction, and I’m glad to say these have outperformed any other lure alike, as far as durability, and productivity goes.
Not only do these have incredibly strong lips, but also have incredibly realistic patterns, an extremely tough outer coating with I believe to be resin, and a really nice, and consistent action. Though I’ve been using these for a year now, and in that time have caught possibly thousands of largemouth, spots, smallmouth, rainbow brown and brook trout, and even an accidental 44inch snook, in the past few months ive caught both a 9.
2lb largemouth, and a 7. 91lb smallmouth throwing a silver black back, and a v2 rainbow trout pattern on 4lb florocarbon, which is ultimately why I’m leaving this review as a sort of thank you to the company for providing such a quality product.
the lures themselves simply couldn’t be topped in quality, come with excellent hooks, and a variety of patterns, and most importantly have proven themselves to catch big fish. Ultimately their slightly high price point honestly has saved me money in the long run, as not once has a single component given way to my numerous crappy casts into the sides of docks, spillways, and exposed rocks, and I couldn’t provide any info as to how to improve this lure.
One recommendation I would like to see one day would be a sunfish pattern, as well as maybe a golden shiner pattern, but as far as what’s out there, it doesn’t get any better.
I was recently fishing a gold medal stretch of river here in Colorado when this lure in Ghost White really shined. I was the first car in the parking lot and the last to leave. All day the only fishermen I saw up there (bordering wilderness) were fly fishermen until about mid day when two other spin fishermen came by while I was fishing this lure in Brown Trout and doing pretty well.
Those two fishermen also had HD Trout lures tied on. Later in the day when they were heading back towards the parking area I asked them how they had done and they told me the Chartreuse Shad was really working well but a fish had broken it off the line.
I ended up tying on my Ghost White ‘cuz it was the closest HD Trout pattern I had to the Chartreuse Shad. That’s when things really picked up. Before that it had been slow for hours with various types of lures.
Now it was on. 15-20 inch brown trout were excited about this new offering. I saw things I hadn’t seen before in multiple trips to this river. On one cast I threw this lure just about straight up stream in a pretty fast bottle neck and had to reel about as fast as I could to keep some tension on the line.
About 6 feet from the bank just as I was about to pull the lure out of the water an 18 inch brown nabbed the lure. The last fish of the day was the best though. With only about an hour left ’til sunset to walk back out I cast the lure across a pretty fast section to near the rock island between the two channels of the river.
The lure was only in the water for about 1 or 2 seconds and had only traveled a few feet when a 20 inch brown hammered it. he tasted really good. Thanks Dynamic for helping to make my fishing trip.
I LOVE Dynamic Lures – HD Trout Lures!!! To me, they work better than Rapala Countdowns and are cheaper 🙂 I used to LOVE Rapala Countdowns because of their versatility on the various fish they can catch, but the Dynamic Lure’s HD Trout does the same and at times, much better.
I still stock up on both if I can find deals on them :-).
Six of our most popular Panther Martin Holographic lures, all guaranteed to catch! Panther Martin kits are a great way to sample a selection of different lures. They make a great gift for any occasion.
I love panther Martin inline spinners! Simply because they just catch fish! Doesn’t mater where, when or what kind of fish your after! They work! Period! Great action, up or down stream, across currant, with currant! Doesn’t mater! If it swims, Panther Martin lure will catch it! I have been using these for years, I have even out fished fly fisherman with these! Get some, of all colors, and sizes, that’s all you need! They plain and simply catch fish! All types of situations, waters, time of year! Try’em!.
Being an amateur fisherman, I’m always losing a spinner to a tree now and then, so, with the six pack being a better value then buying them individually, it’s a good deal. They are good basic lures for trout and bass.
The Thomas buoyant minnow is unsurpassed as one deadly trout and salmon lure. First issued a US patent in 1946, the buoyant is an erratic-action wobbler that imitates the darting motion of a frantic, fleeing baitfish.
This action, combined with jewelry-quality finishes, creates a spoon that entices even the wariest of trout or salmon and many other types of game fish, into striking. Our largest 5/8 oz size is especially deadly on northern pike.
It is important to use a moderately slow retrieve or troll speed for the buoyant to achieve its most effective action. An occasional sharp twitch of the rod tip can really draw hard strikes. Cast or trolled, deep or shallow, the Thomas buoyant has been a favorite of successful anglers for over sixty-five years.
I came across a Thomas spoon that I’ve had for over 40 yrs. It caught my eye as a good alewife imitation. Switched out the old hook and used it on a NYC res and it was my top producer for the day. Great customer service too.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a seasoned pro, the Berkley Choppo is the ultimate chuck and wind bait that delivers explosive topwater action. Built with a super durable cupped propeller tail, the Berkley Choppo produces an enticing plopping sound and a generous amount of spray that calls fish to the surface to strike.
The precision weighting of the Berkley Choppo also ensures that the tail begins spinning immediately and it swims perfectly straight at a variety of speeds. Ideal for fishing in open water, around shallow cover, or boat docks, the Berkley Choppo does it all.
Available in a wide range of colors and equipped with a pair of Berkley Fusion19 treble hooks, the Berkley Choppo is a must-have for every topwater enthusiast. BerkleyLengthWeightClassChoppo 753″1/2ozTopwaterChoppo 903-2/7″1/2ozTopwaterChoppo 1054-1/8″3/4ozTopwaterChoppo 1204-1/2″1ozTopwaterUpgrade Your Treble Hooks!.
I just bought 7 of these in the perch (2 hook). Two were what I would consider to be unusable based on the substandard paint scheme unlike the posted photo. The rest are better but eh. Maybe in my old age I expect too much.
I have (many) of the original flatfish (X4’s among some) from over 20 years ago, including some NIilsomasters and Daltons that have immaculate paint finishes (some of my friends wet themselves over what I have have since a decent amount are unused-I collect) but it’s obvious quality control has gone down.
Granted these are plastic lures unlike the wood heirloom ones and I’m not going to nickel and dime anyone over it but even the previous flatfish were finished better. Just disappointed. This has nothing to do with Cabelas or Bass Pro shops.
They are a great resource when it’s difficult to find decent local shops.
It may have been designed for Walleye fishing, but it certainly has more uses than that. I grew up fishing the Roanoke river in and around Salem, Virginia. I was far from the wealthiest kid on the block.
My dad always made a point of taking care of your stuff and taking only what you need. This applied to the tools of the trade as well the taking of fish and game. So when I walked to the river, I traveled light.
I had a 3″x6″ plastic tackle box that fit in the pocket of my jeans. In it, was always a 11/2″ to 2″ yellow flatfish with red dots. To my knowledge, there has never been a walleye in that river. It did have trout, smallmouth, redeye/rock bass, bluegill, cats and carp.
Whenever the right conditions applied, (no rapids) I’d break out my flatfish and run the pools. I’ve caught trout, redeye, bluegill and even cats on that flatfish. This past weekend, I gave it a try on Lake Skinner, just outside of Temmecula, California.
It worked there as well. This time, I was taking hits and landing strpped bass. They weren’t big, only ranging in size from 8″ to 13″, but they took the bait. Yes the flatfish is a fine walleye lure.
I know this because I’ve caught them on it, in the Rapid River, while stationed with MACG-48, in Glenview, Illinois. So, the next time you are out fishing, try a flatfish, it ain’t just for walleyes, believe me.
It has some of the best action of any lure out there. They come in a wide range of colors and now that I can afford to buy them, I plan on testing them all. My favorites will always be white with a dash of red on the lip or with red dots and of course, yellow with red dots.
Give it a try and I think you’ll be happy with the results.
Excellent quality. Very sturdy. Catches anything that swims, plus catches more than just small fish. Best color I have ever purchased. Extremely difficult to find if it can even be found anywhere else.
SPECS: Length for 1 oz. version: 3 5/8 in. x 1¼ in. Weight: 1 oz. Length for ¾ oz. version: 2 7/8 in. x 1 3/16 in. Weight: 3/4 oz. USES: Made for freshwater fishing Effective for catching Bass, Pike, Lake Trout and Walleye Can be used to cast or trolled DESIGN & DETAILS: Unique strike triggering action to help you land more fish Side-to-side swaying action helps trigger aggressive strikes Flashy design helps to attracts all fish game.
Eppinger Dardevle spoons are a timeless classic. The shape and action of a spoon goes back to prehistory and they still catch fish. I often use a small trailer to add a little extra action and fish appeal.
The wireless spoons are great in late summer when there is heavy weed and moss in the water.
Rapala Jigging Raps swim in tantalizing circles right in the middle of suspended game fish. These lures are very popular for ice fishing. Jigging Raps can also be used for all game fish species, and vertical jigging can bring fantastic results in the dog days of summer.
Fish hold at certain depths and Rapala Jigging Raps allow you to reach them consistently, taunting them into a strike.
The Jigging Rap is hands down the best jigging lure for walleye I have used. When we are over the fish, it is literally every drop, great lure! We are fishing in the summer right now, so not just a winter lure!.
Im gonna be honest, this lure is shady but it works. I have never used it for ice fishing but I am sure it would excel there too. This lure gets down in deep water fast and it catches everything. I have even caught caught fish in the dead of winter on these.
And the cat fish hit it. really hard. I think the only negative is that with all the hooks it does tend to get snagged a lot. So I have my lure retriever ready at all times when using this lure. Yeah, it’s a pain but totally worth it.
Use the retriever 2 times and it pays for itself and them some. There are not that many lures that truly do catch everything that swims. This is one of them and they should have a place in your tackle box.
Rapala CountDown Minnows sink at a rate of 1 foot per second, allowing you to easily and repeatedly fish the targeted depth. Whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure, the Rapala CountDown Minnows can get you to them consistently.
When cast or trolled this weighted balsa lure swims with Rapala’s signature slow-rolling action. Running true even at high speeds, the rolling, swimming action combined with the small size is just the ticket for when fish aren’t aggressively feeding.
Slow-sinking on the pause, these lures can be more than a fish can handle, coaxing ferocious strikes. The Rapala CountDown Minnows are outfitted with VMC black nickel hooks, and each lure is hand-tuned and tank-tested to swim perfectly right out of the box.
I’ve literally lost count of how many fish I have landed with these countdown minnows! Not just a lot of fish, a lot of 4. 5 to 5 pounders. I recommend getting a few different colors, so you can cycle through them until you find what the fish are hitting that day.
I’ve had excellent luck with trout and bass in medium to fast flowing water with brighter, chartreuse colors in the early morning and late afternoon. My only complaint: Some come without a snap ring on the front (as pictured on this site), and some come WITH a snap ring already attached.
This inconsistency is annoying and affects how the lure behaves in the water, causing it to pull to one side or the other when retrieved if the snap ring is not present. I recommend getting some snap rings to have on hand to apply to any that come without it.
The Brad’s Wiggler series crank baits are a superb action diving/floating crank bait utilizing two piece molded construction for superior strength and durability to meet the demands from the most avid fisherman.
Can be fished by trolling, plunking (boat or bank) (casting, or back bouncing. Used for trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, walleye and many other species of fish.
All the reviews I read mention their steelhead and coho catching abilities. Figured I ought to let ya guys know they work on the lake too. I troll the pink one around behind my kayak zigzagging close to the shore and pick up bass.
These suspending lures combine a mullet profile and wounded minnow action to entice trophy Trout, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Striper and more. Catch 2000 and Catch Jr. have been scientifically weighted for neutral buoyancy at 10″ to 16″, allowing fishermen to fish the shallows without hanging the bottom.
With a slow twitching retrieve they come “alive” in the water, darting from side-to-side, resulting in monstrous hook-ups. Catch 2000 and Catch Jr. remain in the strike zone longer than other baits which often tempt or aggravate “non-feeding” game fish.
Catch Jr. – This suspending lure features the same “fish-catching” action as the Catch 2000. It is smaller in size and weight. Ideal when Trout, Redfish, Tarpon, Snook and Striper are feeding on smaller baitfish or when fishing lighter tackle.
This is a dynamite lure for Snook and trout in Florida! My son and I caught numerous nice snook and trout with the 3 1/2″ model. My 2 favorite colors are the glow in the dark and the Red head/Silver Scale.
I probably shouldn’t be telling you guys this, but these things slay Snook. Okay, I’m not going to tell you what color. can’t give away all my secrets. I call this the “Do nothin” lure. To me it looks like a stick, I mean it just doesn’t have that much action.
But who am I to argue with Mr. Snook? Here’s a tip: try working it slow, real slow. I’ve had lots of hits while the thing is just laying there, “Doin’ nothin”. Try it. You’ll like it.
The 4th dimension is created with the detailed Photo Chrome skin print and striking fragrance! The details are incredible and so lifelike that it will be even harder for the predatory fish to resist a fully committed attack! Each lure color design has been tested and tuned to be perfect and the added level of fragrance gives you an added advantage, should the conditions be bad though! The 4D Line Thru trout has been designed with a larger diameter Line thru trough so that it is possible to change the track with ease.
It comes pre-assembled with the Carbon49 wire trace, mounted with the Line modifier clip. The 4D trout has improved details and a perfectly realistic S-curve swimming action. Combined with the perfect Photo chrome skin print and scent, which will make the lure even more effective! Weight spike added in the package.
4D Photo Chrome Skinprint Strike triggering scent Switch lines easily via the system Pre-assembled with Carbon 49 wire modifier rig and Y-Treble.
Looks fantastic, swims fantastic and is relatively cheap. I have caught lots of pike on these and I certainly cannot fault their action. What I can fault is the wire trace they come with. Generally, these traces last two fish before they start to get either come apart or the wire becomes so ridiculously bent out of shape, the bait swims upside down, on it’s side, etc.
If, like me, you know how to make suitable traces, this is an inconvenience. However without that knowledge you would be binning this product. Not great! In fairness I have landed a few decent doubles but the wire issue destroys a lot if confidence I have in this.
Great product for the money. Very well made, excellent match of shad, very long casting bait, I got the 7″ and 4″ they swim really straight and look natural. Just a tad bit heavy even on a 7-6 heavy st.
croix mojo bass swimbait rod. Thats the only reason for the 4 stars. Overall a solid bait thats very durable and will catch big bass.
Drive fish crazy with the Pistol Pete Double Renegade Lure. Available in a pack of two, this fly has a small spinning propeller for sound and action that fishes find irresistible. Created for trout, the Pistol Petes are also effective for freshwater species like salmon, steelhead, pike, bass, crappie, walleye and even many saltwater species.
With a #6 hook size, this bait can be attached to a spinning rod, fly rod, or simply trolled to get you all the fishes you can want.
Product Description: One of the top trout lures on the market just got better. The EChip along with holographic tape and 3-D eyes make this a sure winner. Per each. About EChips. This tiny device is not only increasing the success of fishermen using it, but may revolutionise fishing with artificial baits and lures.
It consists of a small stainless steel tube with a stainless ball inside and a small ceramic crystal inside one end of the tube. As the ball rolls back and forth with the motion of the lure, an electronic impulse duplicating that of a wounded baitfish is emitted.
Predator fish in the area sense the simulated nerve discharges and are more likely to strike.
It supposedly has a chip on it to attract fish to want to strike it even more but I have had no luck with it yet. I’ve used in lakes, rivers, and streams with no results in any. Its a good thing I got it on sale otherwise it would have been a complete waste of money.
Stick with the panther martins, rooster tails and mepps they actually work!.
When all other lures fail to work tie this one on. I have always been able to catch fish with what we call the Hocky stick. Best when trolled, but add a little weight to the front side of your leader and it’s effective casting from shore.
Also if you have acsess to a river flasher leader, or a small size flasher leader, it is castable from shore and very effective.
19. Rapala Original Floater 05 2″ 1/16 oz Minnow Fishing Lure Rainbow Trout – F05RT
Natural minnow profile
Stainless through-wire construction
Premium VMC black nickel hooks
Hand tuned and tank tested
The Rapala original floater is still the number one “go-to” lure for many anglers. Whether twitched on the top as a surface bait, or retrieved as a shallow runner, the floating original 3cm minnow is one to have.
The balsa wood minnow can be fished from the top to near the bottom. It can be slow-rolled over the stones and boulders in a freshwater stream or river, while it is just as effective being worked over sand flats and weed beds.
Its wounded-minnow action that continues to be irresistible to trout, perch, bream, flathead, whiting and many other estuary and freshwater fish species. The next time you find that the fish are holding out of range of the floating original Rapala’s 1.
8 metre depth, try attaching it to your down-rigger, the end of your lead line or behind a set of cow bells.
The famous Yakima Bait Flatfish Trout and Panfish, originally designed by Charlie Helin, remains one of the most successful lures ever developed. The secret lies in its perfect balance and buoyancy, which enhances its unique, wide-wobbling swim even on super-slow retrieves.
Incredibly versatile; can be cast or trolled on any water and expected to produce results no matter where you’re fishing! The Yakima Bait Flatfish Trout and Panfish series offers downsized bodies with finishes proven to appeal to those species.
Treble hook. One of the deadliest lures ever Perfect balance and buoyancy Unique, wide-wobbling swim Effective even on super-slow retrieves Can be cast or trolled.
these flat fish lures are a great alternative to all the minnow and crank baits used today. the action is not something fish see these days and the color schemes are great. removing the rear hook and replcaing it with an offset hook in a soft body bait [grub, leech, or even a small ribbon tail worm] adds even more action.
Including the specific lake, the time of year, and the preferences of the individual trout. However, some common lures used for lake trout from shore include spinners, spoons, and minnows. All of these lures can be effective, but it is often best to experiment with different types and sizes to see what works best in a particular situation.
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