The Best Bait to Use When Bass Fishing

May 12, 2021 5:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To get the best results out of your bass fishing excursion, it’s important that you use the correct types of bait. Like any other living creature, bass have their preferences when it comes to the food they eat, so some types of bait will be much more effective than others.

For all types of live bait, it’s important to make sure it’s still fresh. If the bait is dead or stiff, it’s not going to be nearly as attractive to the fish as a bait that’s still alive and wriggling.

It’s also important to make sure you’re fully aware of all the regulations regarding collecting and using live bait at your marina in Lewiston, CA. Many beginning fishers are not even aware such regulations exist, but they do—and a failure to comply with those regulations can result in some stiff penalties.

Some of the best baits to use for bass include:

  • Worms: Worms are the classic live bait, and are highly versatile. Black bass like largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass will all be attracted to worms, and they can also be used for a wide range of other fish, including catfish, walleye, trout and bluegill.
  • Minnows: You can purchase minnows at live bait shops or catch your own to then use as bait fish. Minnows make excellent bait for the various types of bass, including black bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and white bass. They’re also commonly used for trout and salmon fishing.
  • Crayfish: In some areas, crayfish are also used as bait for bass fishing. You’ll catch the various black bass with this bait, as well as rock bass, plus fish like catfish and trout.
  • Shad/herring: Herring are not quite as versatile of baits as worms or minnows, but they’re still effective if you’re specifically fishing for largemouth bass.
  • Frogs: Believe it or not, bass will go after frogs, but the size of the frog is important here. Large bullfrogs probably will not be effective bass bait.
  • Small sunfish: The various types of black bass will be attracted to small sunfish, as will fish like catfish, stripers, walleye and pickerel.
  • Leeches: Leeches are another common purchase at live bait shops. While they’re not quite as versatile as worms, they still are effective for most of the freshwater fish people go for in North America, including black bass, walleye, sunfish, trout and catfish.
  • Larvae: The larvae of insects like waxworms, mealworms, dragonflies and more are effective bait for black bass and rock bass, as well as various other types of fish.

Even if you’re using lures instead of live bait, it’s still important to have an understanding of the types of bait that are most likely to attract bass, so you can select a lure that resembles both the appearance and the behavior of that bait.

Need some more tips about how you can gear up for a successful fishing excursion? Contact the team at Trinity Alps Marina in Lewiston, CA with any questions you have about getting ready for a fishing trip.

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