Soft plastic lizards are great baits for largemouth bass. Anglers use lizards on many different rigs, in shallow water & deep water, around cover & in open water. Some anglers think of lizards as a great bait for fishing the beds in the spring, while others will use the lizard throughout the season with plenty of success. Try fishing them weightless, on a Texas rig, shaky head jig, Carolina rig and any other common fishing rig for soft plastics. Swimming a soft plastic lizard can also be very effective.

Popular Techniques

Flip Them Around Cover

Hop Them Along the Bottom

Use your favorite weedless rig and hop these baits along the bottom.  Work them up off the bottom, then let them fall back down to the bottom and make sure to pause the bait.  Many of your bites will come on the fall or when the bait comes completely to a stop.

Swim Them

You can also swim lizards for largemouth bass.  A slow and steady retrieve around cover can be a great way to catch some nice bass as well.

How To Rig Soft Plastic Lizards

Carolina Rig

Nose Hook

Texas Rig

Standup Jighead (Corkscrew)

Standup Jighead (No Corkscrew)

Swimbait Hook

See Them Under Water

Carolina Rig

Drop Shot Rig

A well placed lizard on a drop shot rig can be an awesome way to fish for largemouth bass.  Whether you go with a finesse-sized lizard or a large lizard, the drop shot rig is a great way to fish these baits around all types of cover, shallow or deep.

Florida / Texas Rig

The Florida rig is a great rig for lizards.  Rigged weedless, you can fish around all types of cover.

Standup Jighead

The shaky head jig is another great rig for fishing with lizards.  By rigging it weedless, you can fish it around all types of cover just like the Texas rig.

Swimbait Hook

A swimbait hook works great with lizards.  Fish it similar to how you would a texas rig and you’ll catch plenty of bass.  Most anglers think of swimbait hooks as the preferred rig to use for swimbaits.  You can swim lizards with a slow and steady retrieve if you want, but most anglers would fish it nice and slow like they would with a Texas rig.  The swimbait hook gives the bait a gliding action down to the bottom, so a quick jerk and pause will give the bait awesome action on the drop.  This helps with reaction strikes.