5 Frog Lures for Bass Fishing and how to use them

There are many different lures available for bass fishing but one type of lure that doesn’t always get the reorganization it deserves is the frog lure. With so many lures resembling shad, minnows and other common bass baitfish many anglers forget that this species is also attracted to frogs. In fact, using frogs can often entice the bass to strike when they don’t seem to be in the mood for anything else. This is one of the things that make them so effective.

The results you can get when using these lures just might surprise you so if you’ve never used them before or if you don’t use them often, it’s time to give them a try. These are top water lures that look like an easy and tasty meal for the bass, which is why they work so well. The bass simply can’t resist going after a great meal.

5 Frog Lures for Bass Fishing

One of the great things about frog lures is they don’t get hung up as often when fishing around the structures where bass are the most plentiful. They don’t have any sharp edges or angles that can get caught on debris and the hook is covered so it won’t get caught on anything. Most of them are made from soft plastics so they slide right through these areas smoothly capturing the attention of the bass enticing it to strike instead of scaring it away.

Here are 5 types of frog lures that can be used for bass fishing with excellent results:

1. The Buzz Frog- These make a noise and produce bubbles when being reeled through the water that draw the bass to their location. Use these when fishing in areas with thin growth and lots of open space.

2. Pro Shops XPS Walking Frog- This soft bait lure is designed so the angler can actually make it appear to walk and this gets lots of attention from the bass.

3. Southern Lure Trophy Scum Frog- These lures are weighted to make them have more of an erratic movement that can draw the bass out of hiding. They also have very large tantalizing eyes that seem to infuriate the bass.

4. The Rat Frog- These look very similar to a bullfrog when it’s treading through water. These work the best when used in thick brush, lily pads, grass and so forth.

5. Southern Lure Scumdog- This frog lure is made to be snag-resistant so it works great in heavy covered area.

When starting up a collection of frog lures, be sure and add these 5 to list. They are some of the best to start off using.

How to Use Frog Lures

Using frog lures is fairly simple and they can yield some excellent results when used in the right conditions.
Choose your area near the shoreline and cast out your lure. With practice you can learn how to make them hop across the water in the same fashion as a real frog when reeling it back in. The more realistic you make it look, the more bites you’ll receive.

Another method for using frog lures is to make them slap the water hard and then reel it back to shore. This gives off the appearance that the frog jumped into the water and is now trying to quickly swim back to shore. If you want to make the frog lure pause as if it’s sitting somewhere, do so on top of a lily pad, branches or brush pile because these are places a real frog would stop and linger.

The best place to use frog lures would be near the shoreline and around grassy areas, weeds, brush and similar areas. They tend to stay mostly near the shoreline and around covered areas avoiding open waters because they feel safer. By fishing these areas your bait will blend in and look more natural.

By making your frog pause in certain areas and then starting it up again, you’ll get the most attention from the bass. Since they’re a predatory fish, this type of action naturally gets its attention and makes it want to strike.
Reel your frog lure to the edge of holes where the bass may be hiding out and to the edge of structures so they can see it, then stop and let it sit for a moment. When you begin to reel it back in the bass will most likely strike when it lands in one of the clear spots in the water where they can get to it easily.

One of the hardest things about using the frog lure is learning how to set the hook. Do it too early and you’re going to pull it out of the mouth of the bass and if you wait too long, it’ll be moved on to a new food source. Black and white frog lures are the most common colors that seem to work the best when bass fishing but there are many natural colors available today that also do an excellent job.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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