Shallow-Diving Crankbaits

Fishing Tackle | Hard Baits | Crankbaits

Shallow diving crankbaits are crankbaits with short lips. The shorter the lip, the shallower the lure dives when it is retrieved.  Most shallow crankbaits will run anywhere from 1 to 6 feet.  Crankbaits are an excellent search bait.  They resemble a fish, have lots of action, and those with rattles make tons of noise.

Tackle Recommendations

Rod, Reel & Line

Shallow Diving Crankbaits are used mostly on baitcasters but you can break out your spinning gear too.  There are many different sizes, so you may be using light tackle with 4 to 6 pound test line while targeting smaller bass in ponds or going with heavy tackle while targeting big largemouth bass, northern pike or even muskie.

Best Fishing Techniques

Burn it – super fast retrieve

Steady retrieve

Stop and go retrieve


What Eats Them

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Spotted Bass

Northern Pike


Many other fish will eat a crankbait as well.

Shop Some of the Best Crankbaits

LiveTarget Crankbaits

Rapala Crankbaits

Strike King Crankbaits

Bagley Crankbaits

Livingston Lures Crankbaits

Storm Crankbaits

Rebel Crankbaits

Mann’s Crankbaits

Norman Crankbaits

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