Shallow-Diving Crankbaits are made specifically for fishing shallow water. You can fish them over deeper water, but they are much less effective. When bass are in the shallows to feed, a shallow-diving crankbait is hard to beat.
Crankbaits that cover the medium depth ranges (6-10 feet) are some of the best crankbaits to use for spotted bass in the spring, fall and during low light conditions in the summer time. Spotted bass do like deeper water, but there are often times that they will move up into this depth range to feed and these crankbaits are perfect for targeting them.
Deep-Diving Crankbaits are great for getting down deep and spotted bass spend a lot of time in deeper water from summer through fall. Don’t use the deep diving crankbaits that are monstrous though. You need the bigger lip so it will dive down deeper, but spotted bass have smaller mouths, so use the crankbaits that are a little more modest in size.
Lipless Crankbaits are arguably one of the best search baits for catching spotted bass in shallow water (8 feet or less). These lures still can work over deeper water, but they excel in the shallows for bass that have moved in to feed on bait fish.