Top 5 Lures for Bass Fishing New Water

  Here are 5 top bass fishing lures for finding good fishing spots on new lakes and rivers. These are the best lures to fish for bass on new lakes.




The Baits:


Rage Craw:

RageTail Spacemonkey:

RibbonTail worm

Yum Dinger:

Z-Man Chatterbait Freedom -

Rage Swimmer -

Booyah Pad Crasher:

RageTail Rage Toad -


The Rigs:

Okuma Helios Air Baitcast Reel:

Okuma Rods:

Seaguar InvizX:

Seaguar Smackdown:

Tungsten weight:

Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap Worm Hook:

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Hey, folks. Glenn May here with And, you know, I fish a lot of different lakes all over the country. And it's funny when I fish a brand new lake that I haven't been on before and I need to understand like what's the structure made up of? What's the bottom contours? What kind of vegetation does it have? What's the mood of the fish, the water clarity, that sort of thing? It's funny. I usually end up about the same five lures every single time. So, today, I want to talk to you about the top five lures I use to find fish in any given body of water.


Starting with the jig, one of these right here. So, if a body of water has crawfish, bluegill or shad, fishing the jig is a good choice of lures to start with. You can crawl a jig really slow over rocks, over the bottom. You can swim it through the grass, you can fish in six inches of water and 60 feet of water. You can fish a jig vertically, you can fish it horizontally. Really, there's not too many lures that cover the whole water column as well as a jig. So, it's always a good choice to have with you when you're fishing a brand new body of water.


Now, if a lake has a lot of cover of vegetation and it's not very deep, I'll go with a lighter, like a 1/4-ounce, a 3/8-ounce skirted jig. If it has a thicker cover, then I'm going to have to go up a little bit, go with a 1/2-ounce jig. With the heavier cover, I like to use a heavier line like a Seaguar Smackdown 50-pound braid. That way if a fish wraps you up in that heavier cover, you'd be able to get them out without them breaking off. But if you're in that lighter vegetation and stuff, you don't need something as heavy. I can even go down like 15-pound line on something like that and not worry about getting stuck or hung up.


As far as water clarity, if the water's clear, then go with more natural colors such as green pumpkin or a little bit clear colors, you know, the browns, the green hues, that sort of thing. And if it's stained or muddy, then I will go with something like dark colors, with bright accents, something like a black and blue jig or a black jig with say, a chartreuse trailer or something like that. I know it sounds weird. It's like dirty, muddy water and using a dark color wouldn't stand out as well. But actually, it's a dark silhouette that shows up there and that's what the fish will key on. So that's what I use, one of the lures that I use for finding fish in a brand new body of water.


The second lure I use to find fish in lakes I've never been on before is something like this, a Texas rig plastic. In this case, in case you're wondering what it is, it's a Rage Tail Space Monkey. But a Texas rig plastic bait is something I use to find fish on unfamiliar waters. Well, I think a jig can work 12 months out of the year. I do think that a Texas rig plastic in the spring and summer actually works better.


Now, for me in the spring, that often is a weightless or slightly weighted Yum Dinger. Fishing the Senko or Yum Dinger is a dynamite way to get shallow skittish fish that are wary of predators or just started moved up in the shallows. It's a great subtle bait to use to catch those fish. But a Texas rig worm, lizard, creature or a bug bait, it can be equally effective for probing cover. Fishing these lures in bass-holding spots like grass, lay-down trees, docks, brush piles, and more can even yield monster fish during the spring and summer.


The next bait in my arsenal is this, the ChatterBait. The ChatterBait has proven to be an extremely versatile bass fishing lure for covering lots of water. It fishes great around grass especially, but it can be skipped under docks, it can be fished around flooded timber, flooded bushes, weeds, lily pads, all sorts of things. You can fish it fast or you can crawl it at a slow pace. You can even dredge it on the bottom, but what I found is that it works in dirty water and clear water equally well, which can make it better than other lure choices, which is why I use it a lot in these kinds of lakes. Now, sometimes a spinnerbait or a crankbait lose their effectiveness if the water gets too clear or the fish get really pressured, but it seems bass get conditioned to those lures faster for some reason, I don't know why, but a ChatterBait produces in cold water and warm water equally well and even in pressured fish in clear water, plus you can cover a lot of water quickly when you're searching for bass, you're trying to figure out the lake, you can't do that fishing really slow. So a ChatterBait is an excellent choice for figuring out a lake.


All right, the next bait I want to show you that I like to use a lot, is one of these, paddle tail swimbait. The paddle tail swimbait is an extremely versatile asset to have, especially when you're fishing shallow or deep water, as well as around covered and open water in all four seasons of the year. You can scale the size and depth easily by changing the jig heads and paddle tail sizes and you can change... They come in all kinds of colors. So, for these reasons, it's extremely effective at covering water and finding fish. It does lose some of its effectiveness in dirty water, but I like it a lot in clear water. It's a staple for me in the winter as much as it is in the summer and I've been fishing it and more around things like deep brush piles and under around docks and all kinds of deep underwater structure. I mean, it has all kinds of applications that we're still just learning about it. Flooded bushes are one of my favorite pieces of cover to fish with this. It's easy to fish. You just cast it out and use a slow, steady retrieve to bring the lure back. There's a ton of great swimbait fishing options available to anglers now. I often use a RageTail swimmer and work it up or down on size, depending on how deep on fishing and the type of cover that's available.


The next kind of bait that I like to use when fishing these type of waters are top waters such as a frog or a toad. Now, I won't fish a topwater in the winter, but it can really excel at finding fish in large areas in the spring, summer, and fall. I can cover flats, I can fish pockets, I can probe points, I can find fish that will not commit to other more subtle presentations. And even I can get fish to rise and show themselves. At least I know where they are at. I usually want the water to be at least in the 50s before grabbing a topwater. And usually, I want stained to clear water to fish it. So, I won't rank it quite as high as the versatility and some of the other bass lures that I just mentioned. But buzz baits, frogs, and poppers are my favorites because they make a lot of commotion. The fish can hone in on them and get it. And so I always have a topwater rigged and ready to go when I'm fishing new waters.


So, those are the top five baits I use to find fish when I'm fishing and a brand new body of water. Now, I know there's a lot of other baits out there that can work better throughout the year at times, for example, lipless crankbaits, drop shots, Ned Rigs, things like that, they all have their place and time. But these are the top baits that I use day in and day out on different bodies of water that are productive for me. And you got to start somewhere. So, start with those and you can have a lot more success. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

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