Fishing Lures: Types, Sizes and How to Use

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Lures are a great way to catch fish. Lure fishing is an active form of fishing that requires the angler to be fully immersed in what they are doing.

It’s gripping, it’s fun and it’s a great way to enjoy some sport or get a fish for the table.

There are a wide variety of sports fish you can target with lures including largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike, musky, crappie, walleye and many more.

We’ll also help you learn about valuable fishing lures, and where to buy and sell lures.

See below for our general lure content and use the buttons below to access our specialist sections on bass lures and bass rigs.

Lure Types: Soft baits

In this section we’ve compiled some lists of our content related to various types of fishing lures.

Lure Types; Crankbaits, Jerkbaits, Jigs and Swimbaits

Lure Types: Spinners and Spinnerbaits

Fishing Lures By Species

We’ve got a range of recommendations for these fish species:

Crappie Lures

Trout Lures

Bass Lures

Walleye Lures

Other Species

Other fishing lure content

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Making Lures

Types of Lures

How to use various lure types

We have written a lot of information not just about types of lures but how to use them: how to cast, retrieve and twitch various lure types to increase your chances of a hook up.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.