Topwater Stickbaits


Fishing Tackle | Topwater Lures


Topwater stickbaits are long and slender baits that do not have lips or propellers.  Their action comes from the fishermen retrieving the lure with a series of jerks.  Topwater stickbaits will walk along the water in a side to side action.  This is called walking the dog.  Stickbaits are great for shallow water, however, they have been know to work in as deep as 15 feet of water.  Fish will come to the surface to see the disturbance.


Tackle Recommendations


Rod, Reel & Line

Topwater Stickbaits are usually fished with a baitcaster with heavier line and a heavier rod, however, spinning gear and 8 to 12 pound line will also get the job done while fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass in open water.  If you’re fishing around heavy cover, go heavier and you’ll have a better chance to land that real big fish.


Best Fishing Techniques


Walk the dog retrieve


What Eats Them


Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Northern Pike


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