How to make smallmouth bass lures

Many anglers choose to make their own smallmouth bass lures instead of buying them. There are several options available for anyone who wants to take on this project. The first step would be to learn a little about the smallmouth bass so you can decide which type of lures would be the most effective. The adult smallmouth bass will feed on minnows, crayfish, yellow perch and similar types of baitfish. As a result, using lures that replicate these will very effective.

Smallmouth bass have a thick elongated body, a slightly forked tail, and red eyes. As the name suggest, they also have a small mouth. This means you need a lure that is small enough to fit into its mouth but large enough to get its attention so size is an important factor when making lures.

There are also a number of different methods used when fishing for this species. Some of the most popular ones are casting, flyfishing, trolling, drift fishing and jigging. The method that you use to fish with will be a huge factor in which type of lures you should use. Therefore, you need to take this into consideration but it’s a good idea to have a variety of lures on hand so you can switch around when needed.

Tips on How to Make Smallmouth Bass Lures

When you’re ready to try your hand at making your own lures for catching smallmouth bass, these tips can help make it a little easier. The first step is to gather up all the supplies you need in advance. One of the best places to shop for supplies is online. There are many sites where you can find the items you need faster and easier than going to a physical location. Many sites offer a bulk rate which can save you a lot of money on your purchases.

When making your own bass fishing lures, you can start with some of the most popular ones used today. Three of these are listed below:

1. The Artificial Worm- Most all fishermen use artificial worms to catch bass. It’s something they are highly attracted to so you can usually reel in a nice catch using them. One way to make your own involves braiding different pieces of colored yarn together.

2. Wooden Lures- You can carve wood pieces into most any type of bass lure you want and then paint them a variety of colors.

3. Metal Spoons- To make these you need cut out metal shapes the size you want your spoons to be. Hold one end of the metal with pliers and heat up. Insert a hook in the molten piece of metal. If you need to give more shape to the metal do it when it’s still hot and it will keep that shape when it cools. Paint them a variety of colors and you’re ready to go.

You also have the option of making most any type of plastic lure you want by melting liquid plastic in a pan and pouring into a variety of molds to give it shape. Put in the hook and as the plastic cools down it will harden and you’ll have the perfect lure for your smallmouth bass fishing trips. However, this method does take more planning because you’ll need to buy the liquid plastic, molds and other supplies before you can begin. Mixing color and glitter in the pan as the plastic melts will give your lures more pizzazz or you can also paint them after they cool down.

Advantages of Making Your Own Smallmouth Bass Lures

Anglers choose to make their own smallmouth bass fishing lures because of the many advantages it has to offer. The main advantage is that you can make it any way you want to. You get to choose the exact size, color and shape. These are the things that determine how much the bass is attracted to your bait and how many bites you get each time you go fishing. When you make your own you can give it a special touch to make it perform the way you want it to.

After fishing in a specific area for awhile, you’ll learn what attracts the bass the most and when to use which type of lure. When you make your own, you always have what you need when the bass is hitting a particular type of lure. When you purchase them, you always run the risk of not being able to find what you need when you need it.

Making your own smallmouth bass lures is not only beneficial but it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. It’s a great feeling to reel in a nice catch with something that you made yourself. Other fishermen will want to know what your secret is and you can proudly tell them, it’s all in the craftsmanship.


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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