Soft Minnows & Jerkbaits



Soft Plastic Minnows work excellent for smallmouth bass. There are so many good ones to choose from that give anglers a chance to target bass shallow with a weightless rig, deep with a drop shot rig or around all types of cover with a shaky head jig.

Some of the best soft plastic minnows for smallmouth bass are in the 3 to 4 inch range, but don’t be afraid to go bigger.  At times, some of the soft plastic minnow baits in the 5 to 7 inch range will actually work great for targeting bigger smallmouth bass.


Popular Techniques


Jerkbait Retrieve

Soft minnow baits look great with a jerkbait retrieve.  Use some of the bigger minnows in the 5 to 6 inch range and work them with an erratic jerkbait retrieve to target bigger smallmouth bass.


Go Vertical

A jighead and soft plastic minnow is a great setup for targeting smallmouth bass when they are deep.  Get over a school of smallmouth bass and give this bait some action and you’ll get plenty of bites.  It’s an excellent summer through fall presentation to fish vertical in deeper water for smallmouth bass.


Hop Them Along the Bottom

You can us a jighead or drop shot rig to hop these baits along the bottom as well.  Just work them along with some pauses and you can catch a lot of bass this way.