The drop shot rig is one of the most popular rigs for catching smallmouth bass, especially when the bass are in deep water. Whether you fish shallow or deep, the drop shot rig works well with a variety of live baits and many types soft plastics.
Best Live Baits on a Drop Shot Rig
Nightcrawlers are one of the better live baits you can use when fishing for smallmouth bass. From late spring through early fall, it’s tough to beat a drop shot rig and nightcrawler.
Leeches are right up there with nightcrawlers once the water temperatures heat up. This is one of the better summer time rigs you can use.
Minnows will always get bites on a drop shot rig. Fish them from early spring through late fall and you will consistently put fish in the boat with a drop shot rig and a lively minnow.
Best Soft Plastics on a Drop Shot Rig
Finesse Worms on a drop shot rig are some of the best baits that you can use to target smallmouth bass.
Curly Tail Worms – Some of the smaller curly tail worms look great on a drop shot rig.
Ringworms look awesome on a drop shot rig. Hop them, twitch them or you can even swim them. All techniques work great for smallies.
Paddletail Worms can be very effective on a drop shot rig. A simple twich and pause technique will draw strikes from aggressive and finicky fish.
Minnow Baits look great on a drop shot rig. Fish with the 3 to 4.5 inch sized minnow baits and you’ll get plenty of action.
Lizards look good on a drop shot rig, however, most anglers won’t use lizards for smallmouth bass. If you want to target them this way, you can catch a lot of bass this way.
Soft Plastic Leeches – A drop shot rig is one of the best way to fish soft plastic leeches. Give these baits some action and you’ll get some bites.
Soft Plastic Crayfish – Most anglers don’t fish with crayfish on a drop shot rig, but they are missing out. A well placed crayfish just off the bottom can draw a ton of strikes from smallmouth bass.
Tubes also look great on a drop shot rig and are very underfished by most smallie anglers.