When it comes to catching bass you need a range of different lures to match the situation and seasons, and one of the best lures for bass are spinnerbaits.
Spinnerbaits provide an excellent profile along with having a spinning blade or two that catches the light and reflects it while vibrating at the same time. This makes a ton of commotion in the water and attracts bass from large distances; big bass simply can not refuse them.
But, as you will know, being a lure fisherman, not all lures are made the same and thus one can be more effective than the next. The same goes for spinnerbaits! Some can’t stop catching fish while others fail miserably.
Our Best Spinnerbaits For Catching Bass
Join me as we take a look at the best bass spinnerbaits on the market right now. If I was you, I’d buy one of each of them but I’m a lure addict. Here are my personal choices for the best spinnerbaits for catching bass.
Northland Tackle RRTW4C-1015 Reed-Runner Classic Tandem Spinnerbait
This spinnerbait is designed beautifully to make any angler’s life a lot easier out on the water. It is made for fishing around heavy cover and doesn’t snag easily at all plus the wire bend is tangle-proof so you spend more time fishing and less time untangling.
The wire is made from durable stainless steel which not only doesn’t rust but lasts a long time even after being attacked by a big bass.
What makes bass so aggressive to this lure are the double spinning blades, great skirt profile, and the red head. The blades work together to reflect and to send vibrations through the water to bring any bass out of hiding. Once they see the red head and the skirt profile, they can’t help but attack.
When they do eat this lure they will find a super sharp hook that will easily penetrate their hard mouths and stay strong throughout the fight. The one issue with this lure is that it doesn’t come in a range of colors so you only have one option, chartreuse, which is luckily a great color for bass.
The blade on these spinner baits is colored unlike other spinnerbaits and it is colored in line with the skirt of the bait. You will find more than 20 colors to choose from all with matching blades that make spooky fish change their minds and attack.
The blade spins very well and it does a great job of getting the attention of bass in the river or lake you’re fishing on.
This small size spinnerbait, is light, making it ideal for casting accurately into tight pockets. It works particularly well in the early season but also in the rest of the season too.
To top it all off it comes with a super storing and sharp Mustad hook that makes hook sets easy and will not bend in the fight. Any bass you hook will stay stuck with this spinnerbait.
The one issue with this spinnerbait is that your line can slide off the bend so make sure to tie it on properly.
The spinnerbait is heavy weighing in at ⅜ oz which means it will get to the bottom quickly and that you can cast it way out. Once fishing it along the bottom you can really feel it bouncing while you’re working it meaning you can get the perfect action to entice a strike.
This spinnerbait also features a half skirt for a narrower profile which is something bass seem to not be able to resist. Combine this with the dual blades, one in bronze and one in silver, and you have a spinnerbait that really does its job.
The bronze and silver blades both vibrate attracting fish but the different colors provide different colored light reflections to entice bass that have seen normal spinnerbaits before.
This spinnerbait comes with a heavy-duty VMC black nickel hook. VMC hooks are super strong and super sharp so hook sets are easy with this spinnerbait and once hooked, that bass isn’t going anywhere.
The only drawback is that this spinnerbait comes in a single color (although it is a great one) and it is quite expensive compared to others. But this is balanced out by its durability as it lasts for more than a few bass without anything breaking.
This spinnerbait comes in a range of weights and colors which allows you to choose the exact weight/color combo that suits your bass waters best. All the colors available are a mix of black and other colors which is done on purpose.
The black in the skirt ensures that bass can see this spinnerbait in low light conditions at dusk and dawn, hence the name “Moontalker” but it also works very well in dirty water conditions too.
The profile of the skirt is also excellent across all the sizes and when that spinner blade gets going it makes a ton of noise that brings the bass out of its layers.
This spinnerbait comes with top quality Mustad hook that is super strong and extremely sharp making hook sets as easy as they can be, plus no bass is going to bend this hook either.
The one drawback to this spinnerbait compared to some of the others is that it is a little more expensive but its durability will balance the costs without a doubt.
Comes in a range of weights and colors
Includes a quality Mustad hook
Has a great profile bass love
Works best at dusk or dawn or night
Super sharp hook for easy setting
Great for fishing deep and long casts
Makes a load of noise in the water
More expensive than others
Weight: ½, ¾, ⅜ oz
Colors: 4 combinations to choose from
No. of Spinners: 1
Strike King Mini-King Spinnerbait
When it comes to buying lures you have to have a range of sizes, weights, and colors to appease the appetite of whatever species you’re going for. The Strike King Mini-King Spinnerbait is smaller than others and is perfect for when bass are feeding on smaller fry.
This spinnerbait doesn’t just work well for bass as its smaller size makes it very appealing to other species like crappie, so you can target multiple species with them.
It comes with a diamond spinner blade that once it gets going makes a hell of a noise and the diamond coating reflects light exceptionally well. This makes it an awesome spinner bait for catching bass since they can’t resist coming to check it out.
The skirt on this spinnerbait is made from quality silicone that not only creates a great profile in the water and stands up well to attacks from a bass. The hook is also durable but it doesn’t arrive very sharp so be sure to sharpen the hook when it arrives.
You can choose from more than 15 colors to match whatever colors work best where you fish and there are two weights to choose from too. The wireframe is also excellent and doesn’t bend easily when the bass hit it.
Diamond blade for max flash and vibrations
Attracts a lot of fish by making lots of noise
Comes in a large range of colors
Two weight options to choose from
Good for fishing shallow or deep
A quality silicone skirt provides a great profile
Works for species other than bass too
Quality hook that doesn’t bend
The hook tends to need sharpening before you use it
Weight: ⅛, ¼ oz
Colors: 15 to choose from
No. of Spinners: 1
Nichols Lures Pulsator Metal Flake Double Willow Spinnerbait
If you’re looking for a spinnerbait that makes a ton of noise, this is the one. It features two spinner blades that spin perfectly catching the light and vibrating like crazy!. Every bass in the vicinity of this spinnerbait is going to come and take a look.
Being handmade, this spinnerbait is super durable and features a chip-resistant metal flake finish on the blades that don’t fade and an awesome quality skirt too. The hook inside is an extra-sharp Mustad needle point making hook sets about as easy as possible.
This spinnerbait also features 3D molded eyes to make it look as realistic as possible and it comes with a durable wire frame plus in a load of different weights and colors. You can find the right combination of color, weight, and size for every bass fishing situation.
The only negative to these lures is that they are expensive but that makes sense considering they are handmade. Their build quality and ability to handle multiple fish will make your money back quickly though.
Super sharp Mustad needle point hook
High-quality durable finish on blades and head
Hand-made for superior quality
Stainless steel wire frame lasts
Great range of weights and colors
An option for all bass fishing situations
3D molded eyes make it very realistic
Attracts bass with all the noise it makes
The Skirt lasts for a lot of fish
A little expensive
Weight: ½, ⅜, ¼ oz
Colors: 14 to choose from
No. of Spinners: 2
Strike King Finesse KVD Spinnerbait
Another beautiful spinnerbait for catching bass is the Strike King Finesse KVD Spinnerbait. This is a spinner bait that is renowned for catching big bass of the 4lb mark and over.
The reason this lure is so effective is due to the combination between the color options, profile, and the two spinner blades. The spinner blades work excellently as a team, one spinning reflecting light and making vibrations while the other reflects light and hits the wireframe for some extra noise.
This creates a range of sounds that most bass who have seen spinnerbaits haven’t heard and when you combine this with the great skirt colors and durable wire frame, it’s a hard spinner bait to beat.
The range of weights allows you to cast long and short distances with accuracy and you can bottom bounce this spinnerbait well too. The skirt provides an amazing profile too which only adds to the list of when bass love to go after these versatile spinnerbaits.
This lure comes with a super sharp and durable hook so you can set the hook with ease and you know it’s not going to bend while pulling them out of cover. Again, this is an expensive spinnerbait but its durable build pays back the investment.
Makes a lot of vibrations and reflections
Attracts bass from long distances
Very realistic-looking skirt
Two blades for the extra commotion
Good range of colors and weights
Casts good distances
Works well when fishing deep
Durable and handles a few fish
Big bass love them!
Hook sets very well
Weight: ½, ⅜ oz
Colors: 10 to choose from
No. of Spinners: 2
How To Choose Spinnerbaits For Your Tackle Box
When buying lures for your tackle box, the key is a variety to match different fishing situations so you can match what the bass want to eat and where in the water they are eating them.
Sometimes bass eats small fish in the shallows, other times it’s big fish off the bottom. You also need to adjust to water clarity, cover, and lots more. Here is what to consider when buying a range of spinnerbaits for catching bass.
The weight of your spinnerbaits affects two things – fishing depth and casting distance. Heavier spinnerbaits are great for casting long and fishing deep. This is great when bass are feeding close to the bottom and you’re fishing on a big lake or river.
Color is an important consideration as dark or bright colors are easier to see in dirty water or low light conditions. While these colors will spook fish when used on bright sunny days in clear water so it’s best to ensure you have a range of dark, bright, and natural colors.
You have to choose between a spinner bait with one or two blades. Two blades make a lot more noise making it easier for bass to find your lure but too much noise can also be a problem in clear waters with spooky fish.
Be sure to have both single and dual spinner blade options so that you can match the waters you are fishing in.
Bass tend to eat whatever is most prevalent in the water at a given time in the season and this can be small or large prey. Make sure you have big and small spinnerbaits you can match the hatch so to say.
Thanks for reading my article. I hope you found it useful and have found the right spinnerbait for catching bass for you.
As always, you are going to need more than one spinnerbait in your tackle box to change up and match what the bass want to eat, so be sure to buy a range of weights, colors, and spinner blade combinations to match.
Growing up fly fishing on trout streams in Kenya and the UK, Jamie has traveled the world in search of fly fishing nirvana. From his time managing bonefish lodges in the Bahamas and running fishing safaris in East Africa, all the way to guiding on the flats of Seychelles, there aren't many species or environments he hasn't experienced firsthand.