The Best New Fishing Lures of ICAST 2022 (2022)

The wait is over to see the best new fishing lures from the annual ICAST Show. After months and sometimes years of tweaking, designing, changing, and testing lures for bass, panfish, and inshore saltwater species, companies introduced a boatload of items at the summer fishing industry convention in Orlando. Retailers, media, and others at the show saw everything from micro-baits for bluegills and crappie to large, noisy topwaters and a slew of soft plastics for bass and toothy saltfish.

Some of these may be available now or soon in your favorite store or on websites. Others may not be formally on the market until late 2022 or spring of 2023. Check your favorite haunts for availability should you find something below that scratches a fishing itch.

Z-Man HellraiZer

Chatterbaits are high-effective search baits, especially in stained water. But few would ever imagine them to be effective as a top water bait. That’s all going to change with the new HellraiZer. It combines a chatterbait blade with a top water stickbait. The HellraiZer has a tight wobble, puts out a ton of vibration, and has a baiitfish profile. The body of the bait sits above the surface while the chatterbait tail hangs under the water. You can work it like a buzzbait with a straight retrieve and the lure creates a fleeing baitfish presentation without further input. Obviously the treble hooks on the bait means that you won’t be throwing this into a pad field, but fished over hydrilla or in open water the bait it should have serious drawing power.

YUM FF Sonar Minnow

Pro angler Jason Christie of Oklahoma worked for years to perfect his minnow-jig system for use with forward-facing sonar. That all came to fruition with his 2022 Bassmaster Classic victory, as the YUM FF Sonar Minnow and Sonar Jigheads finally hit the spotlight. His FF system allows for slow, subtle presentations to suspended bass, which he watched follow other baits and turn away. Refining a technique never is easy with finicky or pressured fish. The YUM Sonar Minnow is 3 inches long, with a slim, shad profile and horizontal forked tail. Combined with the FF Sonar Jighead, it quivers with minimal movement. The minnow comes in 10 baitfish colors. The ball-head jigs have a 90-degree line tie and sickle hook. They come in 1/8-, 3/16- and 1/4-ounce sizes in three glitter paint finishes.

Northland Tackle Elite Series

Northland Tackle’s new Elite Series collection is designed for battling tough fish in tough conditions. Among the new Elite Series lineup is the Cabbage Crusher jig, which has a scooped, nosecone head and 60-degree line-tie, twin titanium wire weedguard, and wire plastics keeper on the Gamakatsu hook. It comes in four sizes with 4/0 and 5/0 hooks in four colors. The new Finesse Football Jig is available in three sizes with a 1/0 Gamakatsu hook. It’s designed for smaller finesse plastics such as craws or Ned baits, and comes in four sizes and four colors. The new Nedster Jig has a standup, mushroom-shaped head, wire bait-keeper, double titanium weed guards and is available in four colors and four sizes with a Gamakatsu 1/0 hook.

Z-Man Kicker CrabZ

Designed for saltwater action, the Z-Man Kicker CrabZ was created to mimic a small, one-clawed crab that can be fished on the bottom or top. Formed with buoyant ElazTech, the realistic Kicker CrabZ claw moves with the slightest twitch or retrieve. Anglers know a single claw on a crab or crayfish is like a dinner bell to predators. Fished on the bottom, it appears to scuttle along. When fished on top, it can be used for saltwater or even bass. The body shape and tail are reminiscent of the short-lived, but dynamite, Z-Man Mouse from years ago. This new lure is designed for easier rigging, has a deep hook slot, keeled belly, and superb realism. Z-Man also jacked up the jighead space this year with its new DieZel Eye Jighead, which has a stronger hook with an oversized eye in three colors and sizes from 3/8- to 3-ounce. The hook has dual trailer keepers and an added skirt keeper.

Berkley Gulp! Surf Bites


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No, it’s not bubble gum. Berkley’s new Gulp! Surf Bytes are the latest saltwater baits for shore and surf action. Berkley says the Surf Bytes stay four times firmer in the water. Surf Bytes Strips, in five colors, have segments that can be broken off for use for species such as flounder, pompano, black drum, and others. They can be recharged after you’re done fishing, too. The Surf Bytes Baitfish has a small baitfish design, five vivid colors, and can be rigged on a jighead or surf rig.

Strike King Sexy Dawg Hard Knock

The Sexy Dawg Hard Knock from Strike King is saltwater sexy, with tougher and corrosion-resistant hardware designed to handle the brine and smashing hits from trout, redfish, and other species. This 4.5-inch topwater walking bait, has an internal steel chamber and single knocking bearing that saltwater species can’t stand. Speckled trout, especially, are suckers for a one-knock topwater and will follow before smashing it on a pause during the retrieve. The Sexy Dawg has Mustad Triple-Grip treble hooks and a variety of solid colors. Other new saltwater intros this year from Strike King include upgraded versions of the Red Eye Shad lipless bait, Rage Swimmer swimbait, Rage Menace twin-tail grub, and the 3.5-inch Flood Minnow. All are beefed up for inshore saltwater action with reliable sizes and colors.

Berkley Juke


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Jerkbaits and crankbaits work wonderfully in saltwater, and the new Berkley Juke should find a place in tackleboxes. Its flat-sided body and coffin-shaped bill darts and jukes with little effort. Mimicking a small inshore baitfish (or shad, for bass fishing), it can be cranked, twitched, or trolled. The Juke comes in two sizes—3.75 inches and 4 inches—and 14 popular saltwater colors. The bait has anti-rust stainless steel hardware and Fusion19 treble hooks, and dives 3-5 feet.

Bandit Suspending Minnow


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Bandit Suspending Minnow will hit the mark for anglers looking for a suspending trolling bait, such as those on the Great Lakes. The bait was requested by walleye and zander trollers who wanted a lure to suspend when they turn the boat, so the inside line pauses and stays suspended. It’s similar to a jerkbait that is paused to resemble a struggling or dying shad in autumn when fishing for bass. But on the Great Lakes and others with walleye, zander, trout, and other species, this suspending minnow is dynamite. It is 4.6 inches long and has the same profile as the Bandit Walleye Deep and Walleye Shallow. The Suspending Minnow runs 18-20 feet deep, with a tight, aggressive action, and comes in 22 colors, including eight new ones.

Berkley Slobberknocker

Bladed swim jigs are a dime a dozen these days, but the new Berkley Slobberknocker puts a unique twist on this popular lure. The Slobberknocker has a thru-head design in which the blade is attached to the body. You still tie your line to a clip on the blade, but the bottom of the blade vibrates and swings on the body. The lure has a dependable trailer lock on the hook just behind the body so you can snug a minnow, worm, swimbait, or whatever else you want on there. The Slobberknocker comes in the most popular sizes and colors, and incorporates Berkley’s legendary PowerBait skirts.

Mr. Crappie Sausage Head Spin

Crappie anglers have a few new selections from Wally Marshall and the Mr. Crappie lineup. The Sausage Head Spin has a 3/4-inch hammered willowleaf blade that spins and glimmers during the fall or retrieve. The head is shaped to deflect easier off brush and grass, too. It comes in 1/16- and 1/8-ounce sizes in six colors. The new Maribou Sausage Spin has the same setup but includes fluffy, puffy maribou on the body for more action and attraction. And the new Slab Daddy Live Hair Jig sports a body and jighead specifically designed to show up clearly on a sonar unit, whether by casting with forward-facing sonar or vertically jigging. Info:

Strike King KVD Zeus Worm

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Bass anglers wanting a big worm should take a gander at the KVD Zeus Worm, a 9.5-inch worm with a fat body, vivid colors, and infused coffee scent. The Zeus’ tail swims wildly when retrieved, flipped, or pitched. The body is sectioned; downsizing to a 7-inch worm is simple by clipping the head section. It easily handles a 4/0 or 5/0 hook.

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Other new offerings from Strike King this year include the Tour Grade Tungsten Thunder Cricket bladed jig, which has a compact tungsten head, long-shank Owner Jungle Hook, hand-tied skirt, 14 colors, and two sizes. The KVD Filler Worm is a 6-inch finesse worm with a redesigned body for fishing around tougher cover. The Rattlin’ Rage Craw is a slender, 4-inch crawfish pre-rigged with a glass sound chamber embedded in the tail. Another craw imitation is the Rage Scounbug, a 3.5-inch bait with two Rage Flange pincers and 14 colors. If you enjoy swimming a worm, the 6-inch Rage Menace worm has two Rage tails that flap wildly. Hardbaits include the Shallow Hybrid Hunter that dives 1-3 feet, 1/4-ounce flat-sided Chick Magnet Jr. crankbait that shines 2-4 feet deep, and the new KVD Elite 300 jerkbait that hits 4-7 feet, has No. 4 Mustad Elite Short Shank Triple Grip treble hooks for better hookups.


What is the best fishing lure to use right now? ›

Jigs, Crankbaits, Plastic Worms, Spinnerbaits, and swimbaits are excellent bass lures that will work in many conditions throughout the year when casted near bass cover and presented properly. If fishing with live bait, nightcrawlers are generally the simplest method and almost always produce a bite of some kind.

What is the best color lure to use in murky water? ›

Use a Bright Color

My experience leads me to white or chartreuse as the best lure color for muddy water. Those are the colors that I reach for when it's apparent that fish are not going to be using their vision as the primary means of finding my lure.

What is the best lure to use in March? ›

Here are some of the best early spring bass fishing lures to try this season:
  • Suspending Jerkbaits. ...
  • Lipless Crankbaits. ...
  • Jigbaits With Crawfish or Grub. ...
  • Plastic Worms. ...
  • Tubes. ...
  • Drop-Shot Rigs. ...
  • Best Technique for Suspending Jerkbaits. ...
  • Best Technique for Lipless Crankbaits.

What lures are best for clear water? ›

Clear: In clear water, it's more important to imitate the actual forage species that fish are feeding on. Try crankbaits in natural colors like shad, bluegill, perch, or crawfish. Round billed, silent, and narrow profiled baits are also most effective. Bait Choices: Rapala Shad Rap, Bandit 300 Series, Castaic BD-12.

What lure catches the most fish? ›

The Lure Love Podcast has crunched the numbers in its database and determined that jigs, by far, have caught the most record fish of any lure type among the nearly 20,000 records it has on file.

What fishing lure has caught the most bass? ›

1. Jig. Skirted jigs are the undisputed champ of the “year-round bait” category. They catch bass in 40 degree water and 90 degree water, in grass, rocks, wood, and open water.

What color do fish like the most? ›

When looking broadly at all the larval species studied, black is the most commonly preferred, followed by no preference for color, and then blue. Blue and white were more preferred by adult fish, but many species also had no preference.

What color lures attract fish? ›

The most fundamental rule is to fish brightly colored baits in dingy or muddy water and light, subtle colors in clear water. The logic here is that a bass' visibility is hampered by silt, and colors like chartreuse, yellow and orange are easier to see than bone, pumpkinseed and smoke.

What is the most visible color underwater? ›

On water, testing found that the green and orange colors were the most conspicuous at larger distances under any illumination intensity.

Is March too early to fish? ›

Early spring can be a great time to fish these waters, because they're so shallow — in many of the millponds four feet is a “deep” spot. That means that temperatures can climb fast during a few days of sunny weather, kicking the fish into gear.

What fish bites in March? ›

Big bass, crappie, catfish, stripers are all biting. If there is such a thing as a normal winter, March is the time when big fish of several species bite the best. Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and often shellcrackers all get into the mix.

What lures to throw in spring? ›

During spring, try a white swim jig. No matter the water clarity it seems that bass love a white swim jig. Depending upon the size of fish you are targeting, select a trailer that compliments the bait. Minnow or swimbait style trailers are very popular during this time of the year.

What is the best color worm for bass fishing? ›

The best colors for worms are natural colors: green pumpkin, watermelon, junebug, black and blue. With these colors you will be able to catch bass year round in any body of water that holds bass.

How do you fish ultra clear water? ›

How To Catch Bass In Crystal Clear Water - YouTube

What is the best bait for fishing in a lake? ›

Good natural freshwater fishing bait for lakes consists of worms and other insects, including different fish species, leeches, minnows, and other bait fish. Freshwater fish feed on various ingredients, including prepared bait such as dough to lure the fish into biting.

Can small lures catch big fish? ›

Big lures catch big fish; small lures catch small fish. All anglers have heard this adage from day one but often it is proved wrong. Using today's modern technology, it is possible to think small and come up big, writes Greg Morton.

What lures to use for bass right now? ›

JIGS. A jig is the bass lure to use when you plan to fish for bass in an area of heavy cover. In other words, if you see a lot of grass, surface vegetation, trees or stumps, a jig should work well. One of the other advantages of using a jig is that you can fish them in either shallow or deep water.

What colors can bass see? ›

Bass apparently do see color. Their vision is strongest in the areas of medium-red to green. It fails rapidly moving into the blues and purples, as it does towards the far reds. If our picture of bass color vision is accurate, then color is meaningful to bass in some cases but not others.

What bait has won the most bass tournaments? ›

So, what lure type has been involved in the most Classic wins? It's not the jerkbait. It's actually a diving crankbait (as opposed to a lipless crankbait). Diving baits have been a part of 24 Classic victories, easily outpacing the plastic worm, which has been a part of 18 titles.

What colors can fish not see? ›

We see what is called the visible spectrum. The actual colors within the visible spectrum are determined by the wavelengths of the light: the longer wavelengths are red and orange; the shorter wavelengths are green, blue, and violet. Many fish, however, can see colors that we do not, including ultraviolet.

Is it better to fish in the morning or evening? ›

Fish generally prefer early morning and evening sun to the bright midday rays. In midday, the surface temperature of the water is also hotter, forcing the fish to move deeper.

What color fishing line is invisible to fish? ›

Like camouflage, the green line blends into its surroundings and makes a good choice for anglers looking to keep their line invisible to fish. On the other hand, green may be more visible than clear in very clear water. Overall, green is a good line color choice for many different situations.

What color lures work best at night? ›

As with all night fishing lures, use a dark colored worm like black and blue or junebug. Dark colored lures stand out better at night because they create a defined silhouette underwater.

Do fish learn to avoid lures? ›

In this manner, given enough angling pressure over the long term, populations can become more difficult to catch, even if overall population numbers remain static. So, yes, pressured fish can learn (or adapt) to avoid certain lures.

Does the color of your lure matter? ›

Short answer is lure color matters very little if you look at fishing from a scientific prospective. Water absorbs and blocks different wavelengths of light, effectively making colors disappear and light travels into the water column.

What is the safest color to wear in the ocean? ›

The bright yellow color traditionally used in water safety flotation devices and rafts is readily seen by human rescuers looking for missing persons in the sea.

At what depth does red disappear? ›

“As line descends below the surface, water absorbs the wavelengths of light selectively, one by one, as depth increases. Red is the first color to disappear, at a depth of 15 feet (which is why underwater photographers often use red filters to restore red colors in their pictures).”

What color is your blood underwater? ›

Yes, human blood is green in the deep ocean.

What month is best for fishing? ›

See the best fishing dates and times for 2022 from The Old Farmer's Almanac's fishing calendar. And enjoy some great fishing tips from Almanac anglers!
Best Fishing Days in 2022.
MonthBest Fishing Days
May1–16, 30, 31
June1–14, 28–30
July1–13, 28–31
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What weather is best for fishing? ›

When there is a light rain, even though it might not be pleasant to be out in it, it is one of the best times to fish. The rain helps to break up the view that the fish have through the surface of the water. Rain can often stir up surface food and bait fish, which brings out the larger game fish.

Is it better to fish in the rain? ›

Successful Rainy Lake Fishing

Often, during hot summer months, the amount of dissolved oxygen in a lake becomes low, making fish inactive. Rain will aerate the surface water and often has a cooling effect, both of which can activate fish.

Where is the best fishing in March? ›

Action-packed fishing can be found along Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, where the weather is fair, the sun is shining, and the water is getting warmer. Water temperature is a key factor most anglers use to predict fish behavior and 70 degrees is a magic number that signals good fishing!

What is the best fish to catch and eat? ›

Best Game Fish to Catch & Eat
  • Rainbow Trout. Most river trout are tasty, but lake trout are often described as having a “muddy” taste. ...
  • Red Snapper. Image source. ...
  • Mahi Mahi. ...
  • Swordfish. ...
  • Channel Catfish. ...
  • Salmon.
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What is the best spring lures for bass? ›

Top 6 Springtime Bass Lures | Shaw Grigsby's Winners
  • BLADED JIG SETUP. • BLADED JIG – Strike King Thunder Cricket. ...
  • TEXAS RIG. • WORM – Strike King Rage Cut-R Worm. ...
  • JIG. • JIG – Strike King Tour Grade Swim Jig. ...
  • WACKY RIG. • PLASTIC – Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Ocho. ...
  • DROP SHOT. ...
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What is the best lures for bass in early spring? ›

Top 6 Early Spring Bass Lures
  1. Alabama Rig. You cant talk pre-spawn lures without starting with the Alabama rig. ...
  2. River2Sea S-Waver 168 – Glidebait. ...
  3. River2Sea Biggie Poppa – Squarebill. ...
  4. LV-500 – Lipless Crankbait. ...
  5. Spro Rock Crawler 55 – Deep Diving Crankbait. ...
  6. Z-Man Jackhammer – Chatterbait.

What do bass bite in early spring? ›

Crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, and jigs slowly dragged across the bottom are all effective on deep, early-spring bass. Bass will begin looking for the warmest available water and start to move into the shallows as soon as these areas warm under the spring sun.

Are Googan baits worth it? ›

To save you from the entire article – the short answer is yes Googan Baits/Squad can be a trusted manufacturer for all of your lures. They aren't a gimmick. They all will catch bass.

What is the use of lure 3 in Minecraft? ›

Enchantment NameLure
Max LevelLevel 3 (Lure III)
DescriptionIncreases the rate at which fish will bite your hook
Applies ToFishing Rods
How to add Enchantment1. Enchanting Table 2. Anvil 3. /enchant command
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What size hooks for bass fishing? ›

Bass fishing hook sizes range between 1, 1/0 and 2/0. The smaller size is perfect for worms around 6 inches, while the larger is better for 8-inch worms or 6-inch lizards. Using those baits, your bass fishing hook sizes will also hold a fish capable of eating the bait.

What are crankbaits used for? ›

A crankbait is a moving bait made for catching the predatory species of fish under the surface as a moving animal imitating a baitfish in its environment. These lures are designed so that the user can control how deep they dive in the water.

What company owns Googan Squad? ›

Rise Run Capital Acquires House of Outdoors, the Holding Company for Googan Baits, Fish Media and Made By Influence. DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rise Run Capital LLC (“Rise Run”) announced its acquisition of House of Outdoors (“HOO”) on December 31, 2020.

What Googan bait is best for bass? ›

With the Googan Baits Bandito Bug Craw, you can really sink your teeth into a productive day on the water. Featuring a crawfish-inspired profile, this soft plastic lure can help you whip lingering fish into a frenzy. The ribbed body emits a vibration as the lure swims to grab the attention of any nearby bass.

Who started the Googan Squad? ›

Who are the Googan Squad members? The original six members of the esteemed Googan Squad are as follows: Rob Terkla (also known as LunkersTV), Andrew Flair, Jon Barzacchini (aka Jon B.), Alex Peric (aka APBassing), Justin Rackley (aka Lake Fork Guy), and Michael Hsiao (aka 1Rod1ReelFishing).

Is Luck of the Sea better than Lure? ›

The Lure enchantment allows players to catch more fish, but the Luck of the Sea enchantment allows players to get more valuable items. In fact, the Lure enchantment reduces the chances of getting treasure since it increases the chances of the players catching fish instead of other loot.

What is the max Luck of the Sea? ›

The maximum level for the Luck of the Sea enchantment is Level 3. This means that you can enchant a fishing rod with up to Luck of the Sea III. The higher the level, the more powerful the enchantment.

How do I get Luck of the Sea 3? ›

How to Get and Use Luck of the Sea Enchantment in Minecraft! - YouTube

What pound line is best for bass fishing? ›

For bass fishing, use 8 to 12 pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line with finesse presentations using spinning gear. Bump it up to 15 or 20 pound test in heavy cover. When casting big swimbaits, crankbaits, jigs and topwater tackle, a braided main line in the 30-50 pound test range is incredibly versatile.

What is the best way to fish for bass? ›

Bass like to ambush wounded prey, so a beat-up worm is perfect to use, especially in shallow water. In shallow cover—wood, stumps, clumps of grass—I like to use a spinner bait with a red or pink head, and a crank bait with red hooks. The red makes the fish think the bait's injured, and they'll bite at it.

What color worm should I use? ›

Lighter worm colors are going to be more effective in clear water with good visibility. Try translucent baits in colors like gold, pearl, or smoke. Darker colors are best to use in cloudy water with low visibility or at night. In these situations, go for colors like black, june bug, or dark blue.

What rod is best for crankbaits? ›

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What color crankbaits work best? ›

Whites, silvers, and anything flashy that resembles a shad works wonders when it comes to crankbait fishing. It is always a good idea to have several shad-pattern crankbaits ready to go. Bright shad patterns like white excel in both clear and dirty water, and the more translucent shades are best for ultra-clear water.

Do crankbaits have to hit bottom? ›

The accepted truth is that you should run a crankbait into the bottom, a boulder, a stump or some other object. This makes the bait ricochet, rebound or do something that disrupts its steady, wiggling rhythm. It is beyond question that an abrupt change in a crankbait's action triggers reflex strikes from bass.


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