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Hi I live in Central PA and there are very few good spots for bass fishing around me.  The best place I have found is a man made lake about an hour from me.  The lake is sadly full of grass and depending on the weather that week the water can be almost clear or crazy muddy.  I was just wondering what kind of tackle (Lures/Baits) would be best for me to catch really anything.  The depth of the lake ranges from 10-50 feet deep. All the fishing I do right now is bank fishing until I can get a boat.  I have been told this lake is the third best lake in PA for bass.  Thanks in advance for any help.

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Welcome to the forum. Full of grass is not a bad thing. As far as baits, anything you can get through the grass will work. I like jigs or punch rigs in the thicker stuff. Swimjigs, bladed jigs, and spinnerbaits along edges.

Look for fish along edges or any irregularities you can find in the grass i.e. holes, places where two kinds of grass meet, grass along structure. Do your research.

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Welcome to the forum. Full of grass is not a bad thing. As far as baits, anything you can get through the grass will work. I like jigs or punch rigs in the thicker stuff. Swimjigs, bladed jigs, and spinnerbaits along edges.

Look for fish along edges or any irregularities you can find in the grass i.e. holes, places where two kinds of grass meet, grass along structure. Do your research.

all of this and a frog or two as well.

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A picture of the lake would be even better. You'd get a lot more input as well.

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My favorite  all time grass bait is the Top gun soft jerk bait by Riverside. I bought every pack I could find in those discount bins at Wal Mart.Rigged weightless with a large heavy flipping hook to aid in casting , it would glide on top of the slimiest slop because of it flat shape. Yum is bringing it back but they renamed it to Swurm .

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Look for fish along edges or any irregularities you can find in the grass i.e. holes, places where two kinds of grass meet, grass along structure. Do your research.

This is a huge thing! Fish will concentrate on irregularities that give them a survival advantage. As for lures, on the edge of the grass, a spinnerbait and topwater walkers are a good choice. In the thick of it, a swim jig, punching rig, and frog are all good options.

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I had great success last fall with Chatterbait style blades and a Rage Structure Bug trailer.

 

 

 

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My home lake is full of grass. Most hate it...I love it. Lots of great spots for bass and, more importantly, their forage.

You can use lots of lures.

Crankbaits, lipless cranks, jerkbaits, and swim jigs are deadly ticking the tops of submerged grass or running grass lines.

Where the grass reaches the surface & mats up, hopping a frog can't be beat. If they are not hitting the top, punch a jig or soft plastic through the top.

Hope this helps!

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And ripping lipless crankbaits out of the grass where it's not too thick is really good as well. Ripping a chatter bait works well also.

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I like a jig, somewhere between 1/8 and 3/8 in size.  I'll swim it through the deeper grass, and tick the top of the shallower stuff.  If it is early morning I will try and get a topwater bait into the weeds as close as possible without getting hung up.

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I've been looking forward to using the mojo rig in grassy areas around me next year. Bassresource has a great video on their YouTube channel.

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A great bait for fishing submerged grass, especially from the bank, is a lipless crank. You can run a 1/2oz. fairly shallow on a fast retrieve,or fish it on braid and rip it out of the grass. Because of the loud rattles, it's also a producer I stained or muddy water.

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My favorite  all time grass bait is the Top gun soft jerk bait by Riverside. I bought every pack I could find in those discount bins at Wal Mart.Rigged weightless with a large heavy flipping hook to aid in casting , it would glide on top of the slimiest slop because of it flat shape. Yum is bringing it back but they renamed it to Swurm .

Pradco and Yum purchased Riverside tackle years back, but I thought that Swurm looked familiar...I still use some Riverside baits that are in my box..They used to make a split tail beaver which had a ringed body that I really liked, and also had some flukes with crazy detail that worked well, but I hope they bring back a few more of the Riverside baits. I noticed on Ebay that 2 packs of Swim Dinger's are only $6 and will retail for $2.99 for 10 pack of 5" and 7 pk for 6", that should save me money since I hate paying $8 for swim senko's, but I do just fine with Dinger's, and they also made a few other modifications and seems like they are targeting the Big Bite market in terms of pricing..I am waiting for a local store to get the swimin dinger in, it has a long boot tail which looks awesome.

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Welcome to the Forum, you will get plenty of help on this site for any questions,  and another cool feature is on the home page where you can search for articles on anything related to fishing and something helpful should pop up.

 

 I am sure the lake has a few tackle shops dedicated to local angler's and I would ask the owner's of the shop what the hot baits are for this time of year and spark up a conversation and take his or her advise and purchase what they suggest. I am sure they are going to show you some of the baits mentioned, but most importantly, they can help you with any hot colors, sizes, places to fish and target from the bank, what size weights guys are using, and once you build rapport with the local shop (I usually get line spooled up when fishing a new lake) you will get tips on spots and baits as well as meet other angler's heading out the same time you are.

 

I am sure most guys from the bank are throwing weedless plastics on a texas or carolina rig, and in the cold I would fish slow, near the bottom, or use lighter line and maybe a split shot in front of a 4" straight finesse worm or fluke as an example....I would google the term-Rage Rig, it is a way to rig a weedless weighted hook to any soft bait, but a beaver style bait works really well, and for covering water it makes going weedless really easy and effective. You don't need to use Strike king baits obviously, but I am sure the local shop will have Strike king, Yum, Zoom, Yamamoto, and then some local companies that pour plastics for your local lake in colors to match forrage. 

 

Good Luck

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Pradco and Yum purchased Riverside tackle years back, but I thought that Swurm looked familiar...I still use some Riverside baits that are in my box..They used to make a split tail beaver which had a ringed body that I really liked, and also had some flukes with crazy detail that worked well, but I hope they bring back a few more of the Riverside baits. I noticed on Ebay that 2 packs of Swim Dinger's are only $6 and will retail for $2.99 for 10 pack of 5" and 7 pk for 6", that should save me money since I hate paying $8 for swim senko's, but I do just fine with Dinger's, and they also made a few other modifications and seems like they are targeting the Big Bite market in terms of pricing..I am waiting for a local store to get the swimin dinger in, it has a long boot tail which looks awesome.

All of the BBB soft plastics are really great in terms of quality/price ratio. I am starting to move to mostly there soft plastics after my other stuff gets used.

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90% of the time you would find me working a bladed jig (chatterbait) in and around the grass. The other 10% of the time I'm looking to punch it with a beaver style bait or throwing a frog. I try to keep it relatively simple when fishing a grass lake and so far those mentioned lures that I use have worked exceptionally well. Just do your research and find your confidence bait when fishing that particular lake.

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