Fishing Spinnerbaits for Bass



1. Single blade

2. Multi blade

3. Double bladed

4. Twin arm

5. Blade types: (willow leaf, Colorado/Indiana)

Perhaps one of the most iconic bass lures. The spinner bait has earned its name. Its a weird looking lure but there’s something to a spinnerbait that just makes sense when you see it in the water. The way you can make it imitate a little school of baitfish makes it one of the coolest baits. Its versatility is another outstanding aspect; you can adjust the bait depending on water temp, clarity, how choppy or calm the water is, and other weather conditions. It’s quite a necessity in everyone bass fisherman’s arsenal.

Indiana blades:

The cross breed of a willow leaf blade and a Colorado blade is the Indiana blade. Shaped like a spoon the Indiana blade has that right mixture of flash and vibration when decisions get tough and you are trying to decide between a willow leaf and a Colorado just put on an Indiana blade and see what happens

Willow leaf blades:

A willow leaf blade is long and narrow shaped just like an actual willow tree leaf. This gives off a perfect baitfish profile making it the perfect blade to through when your around baitfish. There are different blade sizes to use depending on the baitfish size at your fishing destinations. The willow leaf blade gives off a lot of flash and little vibration. You will want to use a silver colored willow blade during sunny conditions to produce nice flash, and use a gold colored willow leaf blade during low light conditions. During low pressure systems when the bass are roaming the waters in search for baitfish all they need to see is some flash and they’ll attack

Colorado blades:

Colorado blades have a more circular shape than willow leaf blades. Colorado blades give off some flash but mostly produce vibrations. This makes it the perfect blade for low visibility and noisy conditions when the water is rough. The color selection will be the same as willow leaf blades and Indiana blades. Usually after heavy rains the waters visibility drops and sometimes the wind can pick up. These are both good scenarios for the Colorado blade. During high pressure conditions when the bass are holding close to cover that strong vibration might just be enough persuasion for them to lash out

Where to use all spinnerbaits:

You can fish spinnerbaits anywhere from the open water to up in the grass. let the bass tell you where to fish them. When you see activity of schooling bass or suspended bass (open water) then you can trigger those bass by retrieving a spinnerbait over their heads using a variety of retrieves. or if you cant spot any in open water then try fishing a spinnerbait through some emerged grass or fallen timber up in the shallows.  a good place to always start fishing a spinnerbait to gather information is points. fishing a spinnerbait perpendicular to underwater points where baitfish regularly cross over can help point you to the bass.

Why use a spinnerbaits there:

  • These key structures and cover types are where bass position themselves to ambush or attack passing baitfish
  • These spots are also where baitfish tend to swim over, around, and through on a daily basis

What gear to use:

  • Rod: a 6’9″ to 7’2″ rod length, Power: Medium-heavy, Action: medium-fast 
  • Reel: 6:3:1 gear ratio
  • Line: 20-30 lb braid to fluorocarbon leader(10-12lb) / full fluorocarbon 10-12b / full monofilament 10-12lb if you want to keep the bait high in the water column


Colors for all spinnerbaits:

For clear water conditions go with a natural shad look like a white, chartreuse, silver, or light blue. With low visibility conditions use something like a full chartreuse, or a dark blue color. Trailers are optional but there are a coupe rules to guide you. If the baitfish in the lake are currently large then through on a trailer to bulk up the bait, if the baitfish are currently small then go with a trailer hook instead for a better hook up ratio. If the bass short strike on your spinnerbait with a trailer then switch to a trailer hook to hook up with the next strike.

How to fish all Spinnerbaits

  • Cast out and burn back in fast
  • Cast out, let it sink to the bottom, then slowly crawl it along the bottom
  • “yo-yo” it (let it flutter down into the weeds, then rip it up and out of the weeds with one motion of the rod, let it fall back down, and then repeat)
  • Bounce a spinnerbait off of submerged timber, dock posts

Single Bladed Spinnerbaits


  • Clear water and calm conditions

Double Bladed Spinnerbaits


  • When you only want plenty of flash and vibrations, through on 2 Colorado blades for muddy conditions or 2 willow leaf blades for fishing around schooling baitfish, then use one of each for a overall well rounded bait

  • Low pressure systems are great times to through a double leafed spinnerbait because bass are on the prowl for baitfish
  • During the shad spawn is one of the best times because of all the schooling baitfish near bass territory
  • Fall time is PRIME TIME for spinnerbaits because those bait fish come back to the shallows to stay warm when the water temp drops and they school up , the bass follow right behind them so when you see this happen that is the time to let that spinnerbait shine

Twin Arm Spinnerbaits

These two types of spinnerbaits are just like a normal spinnerbait but just with more flash. A multi bladed spinnerbait will have many blades ready to swim through the water. Use this when you find a huge school of baitfish being slammed by largemouth. Swim it in the opposite direction of the school of baitfish to get the bass’s attention. A twin arm spinnerbait is just a mini Alabama rig (A-rig). The advantage of this over the A- rig is it can handle the weeds better.

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