Floating Worms

Fishing Tackle | Soft Baits | Worms

Soft plastic floating worms are very popular worms among bass anglers, although, you can catch other fish besides bass such as trout, walleye and even northern pike.  One of the big advantages to most floating worms is that the bait will sit up off the bottom when working it along the bottom.  These worms are effective shallow, deep, around cover and in open water.

Tackle Recommendations

Rod, Reel & Line

Soft Plastic Floating Worms are popular soft plastic worms that come in a variety of sizes. Most anglers use these worms for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, but they work for other fish too.  Depending on the fish you’re targeting and whether you’re fishing around cover will dictate if you’re fishing with lighter tackle, heavy tackle and everything in between.

Best Rigs

Drop Shot Rig

Floating worms also look great on a drop shot rig.  The worm will actually float up which gives it a unique action for sure.

Florida Rig / Texas Rig

Scrounger Jighead

Shaky Head Jig

The floating worms that fit on a shaky head jig look great.  These worms sit up off the bottom very well on this rig.


Swimbait Hooks

Some floating worms look really good on a swimbait hook.  Fish it erratic or slowly along the bottom.  Both work well.

Spinner Rigs / Underspins

Best Fishing Techniques

Hopping Them Along the Bottom

Swimming Them

Vertical Jigging

What Eats Them

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Spotted Bass


Many other fish will eat a floating worm as well.

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