Buzzbaits are one of the most exciting topwater lures to use because the explosions can be absolutely incredible. This is a lure that attracts aggressive bass and it works very well during the early morning and evening hours.
Chuggers (Poppers) are very popular among topwater bass anglers. These lures can be retrieved with a quick twitch and stop motion when bass are aggressive. When bass are not as aggressive, but still willing to hit a topwater lure, a stop and go retrieve with longer pauses will do the trick to call smallmouth bass up to the surface.
Crawlers can be very productive during daytime hours, but this is one of the best topwater lures for night fishing. Smallmouth Bass can easily follow this lure’s steady but slow retrieve at night better than they can follow some of the other topwater lures. When using this lure at night, expect to get some bites right next to the boat or the shoreline.
Stickbaits provide an exciting walk-the-dog motion along the top of the water. This retrieve mixed in with a pause will draw aggressive bass from far to see what is causing all of the commotion. Bass will attack stickbaits very aggressively.
Soft Plastic Frogs work great for fishing over lily pads or a variety of different weeds. The morning and evenings are great times to fish topwater frogs, but you can go into some heavy cover during the middle of the day and get some bass to come up for these lures.
Soft Plastic Mice work great for fishing over lily pads or a variety of different weeds. The morning and evenings are great times to fish topwater mice, but you can go into some heavy cover during the middle of the day and get some bass to come up for these lures. Because largemouth bass are usually more populated in the heavily weeded areas, you will probably catch more largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, but it is not uncommon to catch some smallmouth bass with a soft plastic mouse in heavily weeded areas.