As a rookie fisherman I remember very vividly how overwhelming it was to try and remember which of the best bass lures paired best with what type of rod and reel, along with which line and size was recommended. Even today I find myself regularly referencing the below chart for quick reminders on what type of setup I should be building for optimal performance. The 2021 Ultimate Bass Lure Selection Chart below is a great tool to keep handy every time you’re rigging a new setup for your next fishing adventure!
The below bass lure selection chart is our recommendation for which lure to pair with which type of line and rod specifications and is a great starting point and reference guide but should be adjusted based based on your own preferences once your experience grows! Some fishermen may use a completely different setup, but in general the below information is based on top recommendations from bass fishermen nationwide. Read below for a key to the column headers as well for more info on how to use and understand the ultimate bass lure selection chart.
Bass Lure Selection Chart
Bass Lure Selection Chart Explanation
Read below fore info on how to use and understand the ultimate bass lure selection chart!
The rig type column on the bass lure selection chart is a list of all the top bass lures we recommend that may require slightly different setups worth mentioning for quick reference.
If using a fluorocarbon mainline, we recommend using a line weight in the range listed in this column.
Braid + Leader Column
If using braid fishing line as your mainline, this column is our recommended line weight range along with the line weight we recommend for a leader if any. We do recommend using a mono leader for most all purposes, but using a fluorocarbon leader can be just as good and is definitely up to your preference.
While we recommend using a baitcaster in general for most purposes, there are some setups where a spinning reel is more preferable. In the end, you could fish all rigs with either type of rod at your preference, but there are advantages to both and this column on our bass lure selection chart is for our specific recommendations otherwise.
This is the rod length we recommend for each lure setup. In general, a longer rod equals longer casting, but some setups work better with a shorter rod typically in tight quarters or when casting long distances isn’t necessary or typical.
This is the rod action we recommend for each lure setup. Check out this rod action guide for more information on how and when to use the different degrees for each rod.
This is the rod power we recommend for each lure setup. In general a heavier power is typically used for larger lures or rigs designed for thicker cover. Check out this rod power guide for more information on how and when to use each one.
We hope this Ultimate Bass Lure Selection Chart can be as big of a help to you as it was to us and would love to hear if there’s anything you’d recommend adding or changing in the comments below!