Top Spring Baits

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Top Spring Baits

Published on Bassmaster.com April 22, 2009

Here in Texas, we've had cold front after cold front and our water temps aren't much warmer now than they were over a month ago. The first two months of April were colder than the first two weeks of March. That should change very soon as we will probably jump from winter to summer.

Our water temps are still in the low 60s in the morning, but should reach 70 degrees in a couple of weeks. Be sure to check back in May for postspawn topwater techniques (water temps in the 70s). For this article, I have created four different queries against the Insider Basslog. Of the four queries, I have searched the database for the Top 25 baits for water temps in the 61- to 65-degree range and the 66- to 70-degree range, both by numbers and by average weight.

 
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To make the queries more useful for this time of the year, I filtered out some of the recorded fish. With over 2,300 registered users, my posts should be negligible. However, I took out all of my own posts because almost every fish I catch this time of the year is caught by sight fishing. Since I'm able to choose which fish I fish for, the average fish I catch this time of the year is over 5 pounds. So, it's possible that my stats could skew the overall stats. Keep in mind that other users are also recording fish that were caught while sight fishing. The reason I bring this up is that the best sight fishing lures may not be the best choices for throwing blindly. For instance, notice in the stats below that with water temps from 61 to 65, a Texas rigged baby craw has an average weight of almost 5 pounds. I'm certain that a large portion of those fish were caught on the beds. FYI: I catch most of my fish on tubes and lizards while sight fishing.

I also filtered out the posts from the latter half of the year, so we're not mixing up fall patterns with spring patterns. Additionally, I didn't include posts from users that recorded suspiciously high numbers of fish during short time periods. Finally, for the average weight queries, I only included lures that had at least 10 fish recorded. I didn't want a lure to show up at the top of the stats because the average weight was high, but only a few fish were caught on that lure.

The charts should be self-explanatory, so I'll conclude this section with the charts. Be sure and record your fish so that the Insider Basslog stats can be even more accurate. The more fish that are entered, the more helpful it will be for all of us.

Top 25 Springtime Baits (Water temp 61-65 degrees)



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For Numbers
soft stickworm - weightless 
crankbait - shallow diving
Texas rig - medium lizard
jig - rubber skirt body
lipless crankbait - 1/2 oz
crankbait - medium diving
spinnerbait - willow/Colorado blades
soft jerkbait - medium
spinnerbait - double willowleaf blades
Texas rig - small craw worm
jig - unskirted w/worm body
Texas rig - medium straight tail worm
Texas rig - small creature bait
weightless non-floating worm
Texas rig - large lizard
Carolina rig - straight tail worm
hard jerkbait - plastic suspending
wacky rig - soft stickworm
Texas rig - medium curly tail worm
crankbait - deep diving
Texas rig - long curly tail worm
drop shot rig - finesse worm
swim bait - shad imitation
wacky rig - plastic worm
Texas rig - small finesse worm

For Size
Texas rig - small craw worm
Texas rig - large lizard
spinnerbait - willow/Colorado blades
jig - rubber skirt body
Texas rig - small creature bait
Texas rig - long curly tail worm
spinnerbait - double willowleaf blades
soft jerkbait - medium
Texas rig - medium curly tail worm
Texas rig - medium lizard
lipless crankbait - 1/2 ounce
drop shot rig - finesse worm
Texas rig - medium creature bait
crankbait - deep diving
soft stickworm - weightless
crankbait - shallow diving
Texas rig - large creature bait
creature - weightless
swimbait - shad imitation
crankbait - medium diving
jig - unskirted w/worm body
hard jerkbait - plastic suspending
Carolina rig - straight tail worm
Texas rig - medium straight tail worm
wacky rig - plastic worm
Average Weight
4.83333333
4.66666667
3.58333333
3.31756757
3.21428571
3.20833333
3.16
3.04761905
3.025
3.01724138
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2.6
2.525
2.49264706
2.4609375
2.35
2.3
2.25
2.16666667
1.925
1.91666667
1.91666667
1.825
1.8125



Top 25 Springtime Baits (Water temp 66-70 degrees)



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For Numbers
soft stickworm - weightless
Texas rig - medium straight tail worm
crankbait - shallow diving
Texas rig - medium lizard
Texas rig - long curly tail worm
soft jerkbait - medium
topwater - weedless plastic frog
jig - rubber skirt body
Texas rig - medium creature bait
weightless non-floating worm
wacky rig - soft stickworm
crankbait - medium diving
spinnerbait - double willowleaf blades
spinnerbait - single Colorado blade
lipless crankbait - 1/2 ounce
swimming blade jig - medium
Texas rig - medium curly tail worm
topwater - weedless topwater frog/rat
Texas rig - medium flip tail worm
topwater - medium popper
spinnerbait - willow/Colorado blades
topwater - small popper
Texas rig - small finesse worm
Texas rig - small creature bait
Carolina rig - straight tail worm

For Size
topwater - weedless topwater frog/rat
topwater - weedless plastic frog
Texas rig - medium curly tail worm
jig - rubber skirt body
Texas rig - medium flip tail worm
Texas rig - medium straight tail worm
lipless crankbait - 1/2 ounce
Texas rig - small creature bait
swimming blade jig - medium
crankbait - deep diving
Carolina rig - small ring fry
Texas rig - medium lizard
spinnerbait - double willowleaf blades
Texas rig - craw tube
Texas rig - medium creature bait
Texas rig - long curly tail worm
topwater - medium popper
crankbait - medium diving
soft jerkbait - medium
lipless crankbait - 5/8 ounce crankbait - shallow diving
Carolina rig - straight tail worm
spinnerbait - single Colorado blade
wacky rig - soft stickworm
topwater - small popper

 

 
 
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