Nightcrawlers are one of the most popular types of live bait to use for largemouth bass.  It’s a great action bait and it catches some big bass too.

Popular Techniques

Casting to Cover

A drop shot rig or split shot rig and a lively nightcrawler can be super effective when casting along weed edges, in weed pockets, around wood or along docks.


When the wind starts to blow, you can drift a lively nightcrawler along a drop-off with a lot of success.  Drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs are rigs for drifting a worm.

Slow Trolling

Slow trolling with live baits is more popular with smallmouth bass fishing, but when largemouth bass go deep, slow trolling can be just as effective.  A drop shot rig or Carolina rig and a lively nightcrawler will catch a lot of bass with this technique.

Still Fishing

Still fishing is popular among many anglers who like to use live bait.  Most anglers that still fish will use a bobber or float, but you can also anchor along a drop-off or deeper weed edge and drop a nightcrawler down with a jighead or drop shot rig and catch lots of bass too.

Best Live Bait Rigs

A well placed worm under a bobber or slip bobber is one of the better ways to target largemouth bass that are suspended in the water column.

This rig is a great live bait rig.  Most anglers use the Carolina rig when fishing deeper water.

The drop shot rig is an awesome way to fish a lively nightcrawler.  Fish it shallow, deep, in open water or around cover and you can have a lot of success.

A simple jighead and nightcrawler is one of the easiest ways to target largemouth bass when you are fishing away from heavy cover.  For example, docks, a weed edge, weed pockets and rocky bottoms are good places to fish a jighead without having to worry about getting hung up.

The split shot rig is a great rig when you just need a little extra weight to get your nightcrawler down farther through the water column.  Most anglers use this rig when the bass are shallow and it can be super effective.

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