Hair Jigs

Hair Jigs work well for catching smallmouth bass. Anglers usually use hair jigs to target smallmouth bass in deeper water.  Smallmouth bass are usually found over some type of offshore structure or suspended near bait fish in open water during the summer and fall months.  If you can present a hair jig at the proper depths, you can definitely have some success catching smallmouth bass.

Popular Techniques

Float and Fly

A slip bobber and hair jig is a great way to target smallmouth bass.  Most anglers use this technique in colder water out in open water, however, you can catch plenty of smallmouth bass in warmer water too.  Use this technique to imitate bait fish and you’ll have some success.


When the wind starts to blow, you can drift a hair jig by itself or with some live bait attached.  Fish deeper water along a drop-off and you’ll have better success with this technique.

Slow Trolling

Slow trolling with hair jigs can be effective when fishing deeper water for smallmouth bass.  When the bite is finicky, add some live bait and you’ll catch a lot more bass.

Best Rigs for Hair Jigs

Fish Them By Themselves

A hair jig can be used on its own, but you will need lighter line and an ultra light to medium action rod and reel.  This will make it easier for you to cast greater distances to help you catch more fish.

Drop Shot Rig

The drop shot rig is a great way to get the additional weight needed to get these hair jigs down to deeper water faster.  Tip with some live bait for even better success.

Slip Bobber

A slip bobber is a great way to use hair jigs for suspended bass.  You can always tip with live bait to make this technique even better.