Fishing 101: Best Lures to Use for Summer Bass Fishing

By Debbie Hanson.

Warm and balmy days are on the way, which means it’s time to add the best summer bass lures to your tackle box. Not sure which lures will help you score a largemouth on the warmest days of the year? Check out five bass fishing lures that have proven themselves by producing bites even as the mercury climbs above the 90-degree mark.


During the heat of summer bass will often move to cooler, shady areas near the bottom of the water column. This is why soft plastic worms, rigged either Texas or Carolina style, are warm weather winners. The Texas rig is generally a better choice when fishing in shallow spots with heavy cover or vegetation, whereas the Carolina rig excels when used in deep water as a search lure.


Grab your heavy to medium heavy fishing rod and a skirted jig if you want to learn how to fish for big summer bass. Skirted jigs are among the most versatile lures you can use this time of year. You can flip a jig into heavy vegetation, cast it out near structure, work it along drop-offs, or drag it along the bottom.