Find the perfect lure for the fish you're chasing.
By Trent Jonas
With gamefish shaking off their winter torpor, anglers across the United States are gearing up for springtime fishing. Hungry and thinking about mating, fish become more aggressive during the spring, which makes it an excellent time to get out on the water to try and land a lunker. And no matter what kind of fish you're chasing this season, there's a lure or a fly out there suited to your needs. Here are a few of our favorite lures to try out this spring!
The Rapala RipStop Deep is a deep-diving lure that’s designed to run at four to eight feet below the surface, down where the fish are. The design of the swimbait’s tail results in a flashing, fast-ripping action that you can stop on a dime. Gamefish won’t be able to resist the RipStop Deep.
Any trout angler would be happy to have an Orvis Flash and Grab Streamer in his or her fly box. The Flash and Grab is a multicolored, size four streamer that is sure to grab the attention of trout in water that is murky or cloudy, or in any conditions of less-than-ideal visibility. It comes in three patterns that all imitate baitfish.
If you’re chasing big freshwater fish—muskies, northern pike, lake trout, etc.—the Lixada Multi-jointed Topwater crankbait is the lure for you. This 12-inch lure is multi-jointed, with 13 segments and realistic three-dimensional eyes, resulting in a lifelike swimming motion and a natural look that will entice predators to hit the lure, whether you’re casting it or trolling it.
The Hula Popper, from Arbogast, has been called one of “the most productive big bass baits of all time.” You can expect no less from its latest iteration, which comes in a variety of patterns and colors and boasts an appealing skirt that drives bass crazy. The key to the hula popper’s effectiveness, though, is its concave mouth, which creates a bubble trail and surface-shaking popping sounds that are sure to flush fish from cover.
If you’re looking for a lure that is sure to get a strike out of a bass or a pike, look no further than Rapala’s Rattlin’ Rapala 3-1/8” lure. With several different colors and patterns to choose from, this ¾-ounce shallow-running crankbait is loaded with BBs that create a natural rattling sound, which triggers an attack instinct in fish and causes them to strike the lure. The Rattlin’ Rapala can even be jigged without fouling the hooks.
With its Arashi Glide Bait, STORM has, after years or testing and development, has created a lure that moves smoothly in a natural fashion sure to trick unsuspecting predators into striking. Because of its design and responsiveness to even the most delicate movements from the rod tip, the Arashi’s underwater presence comes off as realistic to other fish. The articulated lure enables quick execution of 180-degree turns that are almost guaranteed to trigger a strike.
Fly anglers looking to net a monster will appreciate the Flugenzombie Cali 420—a streamer fly that’s a mash-up of other successful patterns (hence the name); it’s designed to entice big brown trout to hit—and hit hard. With its robust profile, articulated tail and weighted eyes, the Flugenzombie Cali 420 is sure to drive browns bonkers.