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Lures A guide from

Civic Fishing

Soft Plastics

From fake worms to plastic crustaceans, soft plastics are an important part of any angler’s tackle box. These versatile little critters can be attached to a variety of hooks and used for any freshwater fish. Each plastic offers a different presentation to the fish. These usually come in variety packs. Experimenting with different combinations of plastics and hooks can be a fun way to fish. Keep an eye out for the bugs you see around for free tips on which lure to use.


Named for their required retrieval method, crank-baits are the lure to use when nothing else seems to be working. These lures mimic the appearance of the small fish the bass love to snack on. The angle of the lip at the front determines the depth at which the lure dives. Vary the speed of your retrieve to find the perfect level. Fish may be more willing to hit a fast swimming fish on some days. Simply cast into water where you think fish might be hiding and reel it back in. You will feel it if you get a bite. If not, cast again to the side of where you previously casted. Fishing methodically will usually yield the best results.

Stink Baits

Many fish use their sense of smell to search for food. Cat fish, for example, almost entirely smell around the bottom of waters to find dead meat to comsume. Naturally, anglers have developed synthetic materials that excite fish into striking. Simply add weight to your line and cover your hook in stink bait and you can be good to go. Alternatively, scents can be added to other baits to further entice strikes. Use combined strategies to keep classics like earthworms in your repetoir.

Frog Lures

Top-water lures are an exciting way to catch fish. Most types of lures come in top-water varieties, but frog lures are the staple of this fishing style. They come in many colors and styles, but the technique for all is essentially the same. Drag a frog through thick greenery in the water to entice a bite. Eventually a fish will strike the lure. The violent splash that accompanies these bites will mean two things for you: you can immediately see the fish you’re fighting and the fish will have lodged the lure’s hooks deep into it’s jaw.


Theres a spinner for everything. Whether it’s inline, tiny, or spoon-style, every angler has their favorite spinner because fish consistently hit them. Use light colors and shiny metallics in the sunlight or when the water is clear. This way the fish can see the tantilizing object flittering through their waters. When the water is murky, use darker spinners. Fish see the shadows overhead. This also applies for night-fishing. Pick up a few types of lures to try, test out a few retrieve speeds and keep your waters varied to start getting a feel for these time-tested lures.

Bluegill are small perch that frequently nip at the fins of other freshwater-fish. Bluegill will eat most baits, but most lures are too big to really attract a bluegill. Crank baits can entice a nip that might result in a hook-set. Small spinners can dominate an area full of these fish. While earthworms are great bait for bluegill, plastic worms usually will prove to be too big.

Crappie are delicious fish that can sometimes prove hard to find. Many lures that work for bass will also attract crappie, though scented doughs can also prove effective. Larger spinners can prove effective for these fish, as well as various plastics and cranks. Top-waters like frogs won’t be too effective because these fish are frequently found in shallower waters away from cover. Luckily, finding one crappie usually means more are in the same area.

A commonly sought after fish, large-mouth bass are considered by many to be the king of game fish. Although rarely eaten, most freshwater lures are meant to catch bass. The fight bass put up is second to none. Most lures you find will work on bass, but stink baits generally are meant for other species. They tend to stick to cover like downed trees and lily pads. These means that bigger lures and tougher lines can sometimes be the best way to target these famous fish.

Freshwater Possibilities Bluegill


Large-mouth bass