Fishing Medium Diving Crankbaits for Bass




1. Medium diving square bills

2. Medium diving circuit board bills

3. Medium diving round bills

4. Medium diving flat sided crankbaits

5. Medium diving coffin bills

I think a medium diving crankbait is one of the most overlooked baits when it comes to pre/post spawn bass. Being
right in-between a shallow diving crankbait and a deep diving
crankbait a medium diving crankbait offers the best of both worlds.
Generally the bodies of medium diving crankbaits will be larger than
the shallow diving crankbaits, and smaller than deep diving cranks.
It’s important to have a medium diving crank wherever you go
because they can be used in many scenarios. Some of the best times
you can be throwing a medium diving crankbait is when those pre-spawn
bass are mid way up into the shallows and when the post spawn bass
are moving back into deep water. Its always important to take the medium
cranks composition and floating rate into consideration before you
use it. This may affect the action of the bait and the way you use

to use a medium diving crankbait:

  • (6-12ft): Underwater points (pre spawn / spawn / post spawn)

  • flats with low vegetation and hard bottom, or with vegetation and rip the crankbait right through (pre spawn /spawn / post spawn)

  • rip rap (post spawn)

use medium diving crankbaits there:

  • Pre-spawn bass are hungry because of the slow winter and they are keeping their eyes open for an easy meal, run a medium diving crank by them
    when they are on their way to the shallows and you may bring some in the boat

  • Post-spawn bass are starting to spread out everywhere and some of the
    bigger fish are going deep, this is a good chance to catch them in
    the mid waters


  • The time of year to use a medium crank is during the pre spawn and post
    spawn times, when this happens is dependent on where you are fishing
    but once the water temp in starts to rise in the upper 40’s to lower
    50’s is typically when the bass move up and then once you stop seeing
    the bass on beds which is when the retreat starts

to fish a medium diving crankbait:

  • Spring: relatively slow, or stop and go retrieve at slow to medium pace

  • Summer: fast, or stop and go retrieve at fast pace

  • Fall: slow back down, or stop and go retrieve at medium to slow pace

  • Winter: very slow, or stop and go retrieve at very slow pace

  • Hold your rod tip slightly (almost horizontal) down to achieve the crankbaits maximum depth
    and bottom contact

  • Cast far for the maximum time in the strike zone

  • Hold the rod to the side a fair amount to feel what is happening to your bait

gear to use:

  • ROD: Anywhere from a 6’10” to a 7’4” rod is mostly preferred,
    Power: Medium Heavy, Action: medium fast

  • REEL: 5:4:1- 6:4:1 gear ratio reels

  • LINE: 12-14 lb fluorocarbon or 20-30 (braid) to a fluorocarbon leader

colors to use and when:

Just like deep diving crankbaits:

patterns similar to the prey for the bass in your lake. This may
include bluegill, sunfish, perch, and multiple varieties of shad.
During the bass spawn bluegill are always trying to snack on their
eggs.  If you are fishing clear water then using natural patterns
and colors like bluegill, sunfish, perch, shiner, shad, will yield
more results. When the water is clear the bass will be able to see
your lure very well so it’s best to stick with a natural
presentation that the bass are currently used to seeing. When the
water is more stained or murky then switch to the brighter colors
like: white, yellow, blue, and chartreuse. In murky waters with low visibility you need something bright and
colorful to get their attention. When the visibility goes
down for a given period of time, those bass are relying more on the
vibrations given off and pressure changes created by other moving
fish so they can eat and defend their territory. So In these
murky/muddy situations you can switch to a crankbait with a very wide
wobble to push more water side to side with every left to right
motion therefore creating a higher percent chance of those bass
feeling the bait. Add some rattles to that wide wobble and you have a
very effective crankbait for dirty waters.

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