Big Largemouth Bass Bait: How to Choose The Right Ones

The largemouth bass is one of the most common and popular fish species in the US, which catch the interests of many anglers regardless of the seasons.

There are many things that you need to know to go for largemouth bass fishing such as choosing the right spot, the right time and having the proper techniques.  Among them, knowing what fishing bait to use is critical.

Read on to learn more about Largemouth Bass Bait to increase your fishing performance and your success in catching more big fish.

First of all, let’s have a look at the general description about largemouth bass

In general, a largemouth bass is green with black dots formed along each flank.  As the name suggests, a largemouth bass has a very big mouth. They are also the biggest type of bass in the black bass family. Bass can live up to 16 to 18 years, weighting up to 25 lbs.

Largemouth bass

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They are aggressive predators that will fight hard and attack their prey by ambushing them. Many people believe and confirm that when they use large bait, they can even catch a bigger largemouth bass fish. They think that the fish doesn’t want to eat such large fish but only wants to make a statement about who is stronger.

Young largemouth bass eats mostly insects and smaller fish. Grown up largemouth fish also eat smaller fish such as shad fish along with other small mammals like frogs and snakes.

What Largemouth Bass Bait you should use and how to use them properly

Live Bait

The best live bait for largemouth bass: The most common types of live baits which you can use for targeting largemouth bass are worms, night crawlers, shad fish and wild shiners. They are commonly sold in fishing stores, or you can catch them easily.

Live Bait

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Here are some things that you should remember when you use live baits for largemouth bass:

Storing: You should keep the live baits in a special storage with constant temperature, water, and enough oxygen. Making sure that the live baits are still alive when you cast them into the water is very important as the chance bass fish catch dead bait is close to zero.

How to hook it up:  to prolong the life of the live bait (minnows), you should hook it up through the nostril to the lip (either front lip or bottom lip is fine). Be careful not to break the neck and the spine of that bait.

When you hook the bait this way, it could be able to swim upwards and downwards allowing you to troll better.

You can hook the bait in the dorsal fin as it will be able to move much freely. However, it means that the bait will be tired much quicker and die in a shorter amount of time. This technique is suitable if the area you are fishing in is full of fish and you don’t have to wait for long till a fish catch on your bait.

How to hook it up

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Finally, if you want to target fish that feed on the bottom, you can hook the bait in the anal fin. With this way, the bait will swim downwards.

How big the bait you need each time?

It will depend on the size of the fish you want to target as well as the season you are going fishing in. With big largemouth bass, you will need a piece of bait with the length from about 4 to 5 inches. If you aim for bigger fish, you can use bait with the bigger size.

How big the bait you need each time

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The size of the live bait also depends on the season you are fishing in as well. When you go fishing in the spring and summer, you should use bigger bait than the bait you use in the winter.

In the winter, largemouth bass fish tend to move less active. Their metabolism is slower, so they are not hungry and will be turned away by big bait.


  • How you cast live bait is also very important if you want to keep it alive. You should use underhand pitching or cast with a side arm. These casting methods can provide less impact of the bait against water and prevent the scales from falling off the fish.
  • The size of the bait needs to match the size of the hook. If a shad fish is about 3 inches long, it should be attached to 3-ought hook. The bigger the bait, the bigger the hook.
  • Be patient and wait for the fish to catch on the bait in the first try. Casting the same bait multiple times will kill it.
  • When you cast your bait, you should let the live bait move freely on its own or throw in some movements if you use an artificial lure. As long as it reaches the bottom, you should jerk the bait slowly along the bottom. The slow movement is the key thing.

Artificial Lure

Just like when you choose live baits, there is a huge selection of artificial lures for you to choose from with categories in types, designs, colors, and sizes.

Artificial Lure

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Being able to use the right lure depends pretty much on knowing the condition and location where you fish in.

  • For shallow fishing: you can use wet flies, minnow plugs, crankbaits, and spoons. They have a special design which can help the bait to plunge while you retrieve the fishing line.
  • For fishing around rocks, brush cover and trees: you can use crankbaits and spoons. They can reach at various depths depending on how you sink the lure.
  • For fishing in deep areas: you can use jigging spoons, plastic worms and lead headed lures which resemble natural prey.

And here are some of my favorite artificial lures which I find very effective in largemouth bass fishing

  • Plastic Worm: It mimics the natural worm – the favorite food of largemouth bass. It can also be used in different types of water – no matter how shallow or deep the body of water is. And you can use it multiple times in all seasons throughout the year.
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  • Spinnerbait: You have various choices of blades and skirts, which you can adjust them to meet your personal fishing experience. This type of artificial lure is the best when it comes to fishing in a large area as it is super effective in trolling.

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  • Crankbait: This is my favorite lure with a lot of colors for me to choose from such as bright orange and green. Besides having a various colorful cover, a crankbait can make a lot of movements and vibrations to attract the bait. If you want to go deep fishing with this lure, you need to choose one with big and expansive lip size. It can also be used for shallow fishing when it lies on the surface.

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  • Jig: A jig is also very effective and versatile. You can use it in both dark and clear water. However, it works best when the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So while you can use anytime throughout the day, the best time to use it is at noon or late afternoon.

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Besides types of artificial lures, you also need to consider among different shades and colors. Largemouth bass fish are attracted to movements as well as colors. Scientifically, the bass is more aggressive towards to color red so you should add one with this color to your collection. However, you should buy various lures with different shades and colors. When one color does not work, you can simply change to other colors. Also, remember to use brighter color when the water is clear and darker shade when it is not so.

Here are some final tips on using artificial lures

  • There are no best lures for all types of occasions, weather conditions and bodies of water; therefore, you should prepare a few different types of lures in different sizes, colors, and shapes in your tackle box. Prepare to change from one to another when the first one cannot give you any bite.
  • It is very important that you know what the largemouth bass are eating in the place where you go fishing. When you know what they like to eat and often eat, you will have more chance of tricking them.
  • You also need to throw in some actions with your lures. You can reel your bait quicker in the summer. On the other hand, in the winter, when the largemouth bass and their natural prey move slowly and become inactive, you should retrieve and jerk slowly as well.

There are many other important things that you need to know for a successful largemouth bass fishing trip. For examples the length of the rod, the test line and the skills that you need to have. They are a huge amount of information which this article cannot cover.

Nevertheless, the useful and essential information about fishing baits that I provide here can answer some of your questions regarding largemouth bass fishing. With knowledge and experience, you will soon become an expert in bass fishing and gain a lot of fun time along the way.