50 Best Bass Lures of All Time (2021)

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

Bass Fishing Lures - 2021 Breakdown

Our team at Bass Tackle Lures has been working hard to bring you this post. We've finally created the ultimate guide to the best bass lures of all time. Our 2021 bass fishing lure review considers performance, build quality, and most importantly, how many bass the baits catch.

This guide lists the best bass lures that are sure to help you fill your livewells every time. We used advice from professional anglers, product reviews, and our team's analysis. We made sure only to include baits that catch fish anywhere around the country.

50. Zoom Brush Hog

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The Zoom Brush Hog is an extremely popular soft plastic bait. This bait is best fished weightless for the best action. You can Texas Rig them, fish them Carolina style, pitch them, swim them, or essentially use them in any way you'd like.

These baits resemble a combination of a lizard, a crawfish, and a worm. Zoom Brush Hogs are available on both Amazon and Bass Pro Shops.

49. Berkley Johnson Silver Minnow 0.25oz

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The Johnson Silver Minnow has been remarked as the most versatile and successful lure ever made. One of the things that makes this bait unique is its weedless design and high build quality.

This lure will catch a wide variety of fish but is especially effective against Largemouth Bass. You can troll, jig, twitch, or standard retrieve the Johnson Silver Minnow.

48. Z-MAN Finesse TRD

Z-MAN Finesse TRD Green Orange Black Color
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The Z-Man Finesse TRD is perfectly designed to be fished in the Ned Rig style. This bait has a subtle, easy to master, and amazingly effective presentation.

This is one of the best finesse bass lures on the market, and Z-Man is known for its exceptional quality lures. Not only is it high quality, but it's unique because of its salt sent that's infused into the rubber material.

47. Roboworm Straight Tail Worm

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When the conditions get tough, the Roboworm Straight Tail Worm is a great option. Since these baits are so sensitive, you'll get a ton of action with even the slightest movements.

Roboworm has incorporated a salt-release system that adds a smell factor to the lure. This system is also designed to release a "burst" of salt when a bass strikes, which causes fish to hold onto this worm longer.

46. Rapala Shad Rap

Rapala Shad Rap Yellow Brown Color Crankbait Bass
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The Rapala Shad Rap is constructed from balsa wood, which makes this bait extremely durable. One thing's for sure, and it's that the Shad Rap can withstand any strike no matter the fish's size.

Since Rapala prioritized quality, this bait also has amazing action in the water and is designed with super sharp hooks. This lure can be fished anywhere but is especially ideal for shallow waters.

45. Z-man Original Chatterbait

Z-man Original Gold Flasher Chatterbait Lure
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The Z-man Original Chatterbait is just one of those lures that never fails to put fish in the boat. This chatterbait fills live-wells and is recommended by plenty of professional bass anglers.

Since this lure has a hex-shaped blade, it moves a ton of water and produces a ton of vibration. These qualities never fail to attract and catch the attention of the largest bass.

44. Heddon Zara Spook

Black Silver Heddon Zara Spook Topwater Bait
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The Heddon Zara Spook is classified as a "walk the dog" style bait. Professional anglers have said that this lure can get the attention of fish from over 20 feet away.

Again, this is one of those go-to bass lures that somehow catch an absurd amount of fish. Since this is a topwater "walk the dog" lure, you can also expect some pretty aggressive strikes.

43. Fred Arbogast Hula Popper

Rainbow Color Frog Fred Arbogast Hula Popper
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The Fred Arbogast Hula Popper is one of the topwater lures that any angler can catch fish with. No matter your experience level or fishing conditions, this bait tends to draw strikes.

One thing to mention with this bait is that it performs exceptionally well in smaller water bodies with plenty of cover. You should try the Hulla Popper around lily pads because it's sure to be an exciting time!

42. Gary Yamamoto Senko Worm

Black Bag Gary Yamamoto Senko Bass Worms
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The Gary Yamamoto Senko Worm is the best bass fishing lure that's ever been created. We know this is a bold claim, but it's honestly just the truth. Our team has already written a full guide about these baits and which color patterns perform the best.

You can find this information about Gary Yamamoto Senko Worms here. However, if we had to give you a brief description, these are the best worms ever made.

They have the ideal weight, refined color patterns, and it seems that bass in every body of water across the country devour these worms.

41. Mann's Hardnose Jelly Worm

Purple Mann's Hardnose Jelly Worms
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Mann's Hardnose Jelly Worms are the original artificial worms. These worms date all the way back to 1957, and they've been trendy ever since.

It's difficult to compare these worms to other popular brands like Gary Yamamoto, but they've definitely had the time to perfect their design.

It's their original fruit flavors that made them so popular, and while it sounds strange, the fruity flavors of these baits draw a ton of strikes.

40. Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap

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The Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap is argued by many people as the most popular bass lure in existence and also the most imitated and "ripped off."

If you believe that the best lures are the original ones that everyone copied, then this is the bass lure for you. Leading experts have even concluded that the "rattling" sound this bait gives off is almost identical to that of a school of baitfish.

There's no wonder why after 30 years, nobody has been able to develop a rattling lure that catches as many fish as the Rat-L-Trap.

39. Rapala Original Floating Minnow

Black Silver Color Rapala Original Floating Minnow
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The Rapala Original Floating Minnow can be fished in a ton of different ways. The most popular include a slow-retrieve, quick "jerking" action, and stop-and-go retrieve.

Rapala makes some exceptional baits, and if you've been an angler for a while, we're 100% sure that you've heard of this bait.

Likely, you've ever fished with this one before. Given its extreme popularity, we thought this lure had to be included on this list.

38. Strike King Heavy Cover Jig

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The name gives this one away, but the Strike King Heavy Cover Jig is exceptional in heavy cover. The best place to fish this bait around heavy brush, weeds, or lily pads. With this said, this jig works anywhere, and it's simply especially designed for heavy cover situations.

This jig best performs when tied onto heavy fluorocarbon or braided line, and cast with a heavy rod.

37. Zoom Baby Brush Hog

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While we've already mentioned the Zoom Brush Hog, we thought it was best to include the Zoom Baby Brush Hog on this list as well. While these baits have the same design and you might think they're the same lures, they have different ideal situations.

The Baby Brush Hog is a smaller profile bait and so it works extremely well in more technical situations. Think flipping under docks or skipping underneath tree branches.

This might be obvious to many of you, but if you know you're targeting smaller fish, this smaller profile bait is what you need.

36. Strike King Tour Grade Jig

Pure White Strike King Tour Grade Bass Jig
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The Strike King Tour Grade Jig is the professional jig to use. If you think you'll be fishing around dense vegetation, this bait is a must-have.

Nothing compares to this bait's versatility, as it'll get to even the most difficult corners and under the densest branches.

Many anglers don't know that the weight of this jig also improves hookup ratios. The heavier profile only makes it that much easier to get the hook through the fish's lip.

35. Zoom Super Speed Craw

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The Zoom Super Speed Craw is an exceptional trailer bait to go with any jig. While this is its primary use, even if you're not an angler that frequently jigs, you should still try this bait.

Like the Zoom Brush Hogs, this Craw can be thrown weightless and will create fantastic underwater action. The Craw has great water displacement and is infused with a salt-mixture to provide both taste and scent.

The fish hold onto this bass bait for a really long time, and it will really help increase your hook-up ratios.

34. Zoom Trick Worm

Dark Red Zoom Trick Worm Bass Soft Plastic Bait
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Zoom Trick Worms are extremely effective soft plastics that come in a wide range of colors and varieties.

Our team recently published a complete guide to these baits where we reveal the best colors and how they're best fished. You can find this post on Zoom Trick Worms here.

33. Original Rooster Tail

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The Original Rooster Tail is the only micro spinnerbait that we include on this list. We know this is a more unorthodox way to fish for bass, but some of our readers likely fish in waters with smaller fish.

This bait would be ideal for catching river smallmouth or other smaller species of fish. The Original Rooster Tail is the only spinnerbait you'll ever need, and other companies have only ripped it off.

32. Zoom Super Salty Tube Jig

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The Zoom Super Salty Tube Jigs have some of the best scent and flavor ever.

As stated in the name, these tube jigs are "super salty," which significantly increases hookup ratios. This is because the bass will hold onto the bait longer, giving you more time to get a good hook set.

We recommend this bait for Smallmouth Bass.

31. Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug

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The Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug is a classic style topwater that's never gone out of style. This bait has both a jointed swimming action, as well as a great popping effect.

The metal blades in the front of this bait move a ton of water and attract fish from extremely long distances.

We recommend going with the model that does not have a feather tail because it will help avoid short strikes.

30. Live Target Frog

Realistic Topwater Live Target Frog
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Live Target Frogs are making a big name for themselves in the 2020 Bass Fishing Industry. This is because they're a very effective topwater frog that was designed with the angler in mind.

One of our favorite qualities is their affordable price because nobody wants to spend an unnecessary amount on their lures.

29. Strike King KVD Square Bill Crankbait

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The Strike King KVD Square Bill Crankbait has been endorsed and recommended by numerous professional anglers. Strike King isn't sponsoring anyone, and it just goes to show how effective these baits are.

Crankbaits have come a long way over the years, and this bait shows just that. The underwater action is superb and attracts fish from long distances.

28. Rapala X-Rap Lure

White Body Red Nose Rapala X-Rap Bass Lure
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The Rapala X-Rap