This is a question we get quite often from our readers and for good reason, topwater fishing is fun.
In fact, topwater bass fishing can be one of the most exciting ways to fish. However, it does involve a little more thought than just picking up any lure and casting it out.
In order to be a successful bass fisherman, you need to choose the right lure for the given situation and you need to use it for how it was designed.
For that reason, in this post, we are going to take a look at some of our favorite lures on the market.
What are the best topwater lures for bass?
Here is a quick preview of what we consider to be the top baits for topwater fishing. After reading this article be sure to let us know your favorite in the comment section below.
- River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90
- BOOYAH Pad Crasher
- Lunkerhunt LF04 Lunker Frog Series 2.5-Inch Croaker Style
- BOOYAH Buzz
- Strike King Premier Plus Buzzbait – The Double Take
- Rebel Bumble Bug Fishing Lure – Horse Fly
- Rebel Crickhopper Fishing Lure – Fire Tiger
- Rebel Crickhopper Popper Lure
- Rebel Bighopper
- Arbogast Hula Popper Fishing Lure
- Rapala X-Rap Prop
- Heddon Super Spook Jr. Lure
- Megabass I-Jack Topwater
- Arbogast Jitterbug Fishing Lure
Let’s take a closer look at each lure….
River2Sea Whopper Plopper
One of the most popular topwater lures for bass fishing is without a doubt the River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90.
As you can see from the picture is looks like a spook with a soft prop-like tail. When retrieved the tail is designed to spin, making a “plop” sound and creating a lot of commotion on the surface.
This is exactly what you want in a topwater bait, a lure that makes noise and gets attention.
In fact, many people are calling the whopper plopper a “floating buzzbait”.
The reason for the name is because just like a buzzbait this lure was designed to get attention. However, unlike a buzzbait which sinks, the whopper plopper floats allowing it to be fished in a completely different and unique way that catches big fish.
So if you haven’t tried a whopper plopper I would definitely recommend you check one out.
Booyah Pad Crasher
Next on the list is the BOOYAH Pad Crasher . And I must admit, this is one of my favorites.
Like most frog lures the hooks are not exposed making it a 100 % weedless lure, perfect for throwing it into slop and heavy weeded areas.
The plastic used for the lure is perfect for catching bass under these conditions. It is sturdy enough to keep the hooks weedless, yet soft enough so when that big bass strikes you can set the hook.
Another cool feature is the unique shape of the belly. While most frog lures have more of a rounded belly this one has a beveled shape which can make the technique of walking the dog much easier.
It is available in 6 different colors. You simply cannot go wrong with choosing the BOOYAH PAD CRASHER.
(You may also enjoy reading the article Best Topwater Frog)
Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog
If you are looking for the most realistic topwater bait, you can’t go wrong with the Lunkerhunt LF04 Lunker Frog Series 2.5-Inch Croaker Style.
The Lunkerhunt Lunker is a great topwater lure for bass. Like the Booyah Pad Crasher, it too is a weedless lure. The biggest difference you will find between the two is the size and the look.
The Lunker Frog is a little bigger with a round belly. As far as the look goes, when designing this lures they did everything possible to make it look and act like a real frog.
First, it looks exactly like a frog you would find on a lake. Next, when you cast it into the water it doesn’t sit on top of the water like most other topwater frogs, but it sits down more into the water, just the head and eyes are exposed, much like a frog.
The Lunker frog also has natural looking legs that will extend and retract on the retrieve.
You’ve probably heard it before, but I am going to say it again, Buzzbaits catch big bass. With that being said, it comes as little surprise that the next lure on the list is the BOOYAH Buzz
One of the things that makes a topwater lure so effective is its ability to disrupt the surface of the water. This disturbance if done correctly can turn an inactive fish into attack mode.
While there are many different styles of buzzbaits, the Booyah Buzz is unique in that it has a “clacker” attached alongside the buzzbait blade.
This clacker connects with the buzzbait’s blade and creates an audible click on every revolution. Thus creating the maximum surface disruption, perfect for getting the fish’s attention.
Strike King Premier
If you enjoy fishing with buzzbaits you will love fishing with the Strike King Buzzbait – The Double Take. It doesn’t have the clacker like the Booyah Buzz, but it does make up for it.
It has not one, but two buzzbait blades.
These rotating blades help to give the lure an extra lift and it also helps to add to the overall surface disruption that is all so important when fishing on the water’s surface.
In addition, two blades make it much easier to slow roll as it helps to keep it on the surface rather than sinking like other topwater baits tend to do.
This lure is available in three different colors, black, white and super white.
Rebel Bumble Bug
Have you ever seen a horse fly struggling to get out of the water only to be eaten by a fish? That is exactly what Rebel Bumble Bee is designed to imitate, a struggling bug on the surface of the water. Work it right and you could catch yourself a big bass.
The best way to work this lure is to retrieve it with a snap and pause the action. If fish aren’t taking the bait at the surface, it also has a lip on the end and can be used as a crankbait going as deep as 2 feet.
One thing to keep in mind when fishing with this lure is that it is an ultralight lure weighing in at 7/64 ounces. In order to get the most out of this lure, it is suggested to use an ultralight rod and spinning reel with light line.
The Rebel Bumble Bug comes in 6 different life-like color patterns, the Bumble Bee, the Horse Fly, the Hornet, the June Bug and the Fire Bug.
Very similar to the Bumble Bug is the Rebel Crickhopper. No doubt you have seen fish feeding on grasshoppers caught on the surface, or you may have even used grasshoppers as live bait. This lure is designed to imitate a grasshopper struggling on top of the water.
The more struggle, the better the chances of getting a big bite. With that being said, be sure to fish it in a way that it seems like an easy meal for hungry bass.
The Crickhopper comes in 6 different color patterns. Each pattern representing a different grasshopper or cricket based on the season. Make sure to select the right one based on your area and the season you will be fishing.
The Rebel Crickhopper comes in a Popper version such as the Rebel Crickhopper Popper Lure.
Generally speaking the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish, with that in the mind the Crickhopper also released a Rebel Bighopper which is a bigger grasshopper and thus a more tempting offer to smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Arbogast Hula Popper
A great way to get the attention of fish is with a popper and few poppers are as effective as the Arbogast Hula. The front of this lure is made with a huge cutout. This was designed so that when the lure is being retrieved and you give it a little twitch the lure makes a blurp sound.
This blurp sound gets attention and is a great way to attract big fish. One thing that makes this particular lure effective is the skirt.
Many pro anglers have said that the best way to work topwater lures is to be patient, work your lure slowly and use pop and pause the action. Many times the fish will bite on the pause.
With the Arbogast Hula Popper when you make the pause the skirt continues to move every so slightly making it irresistible to fish. The Hula Popper is available in 11 different colors.
Rapala X-Rap Prop
Another great lure to add to our list of the best topwater fishing lures for bass is the Rapala X-Rap Prop. This lure has a small minnow design with a single nose and tail prop.
When this lure is retrieved the props spin in opposite directions creating a churning, spitting, and gurgling noise that bass simply can not resist. This lure can be retrieved, bringing it straight back to the boat, or it can be retrieved with a snap and pause action.
An added feature, when making a pause with this lure the tail drops down making the hook up easier.
You will not be disappointed with the purchase of the Heddon Super Spook. The best way to use this lure is to make it wag back and forth, a technique known as “walking the dog”.
Walking the dog is a great way to attract fish as it imitates a wounded baitfish. At first, it may take some practice getting down the technique, but once you have learned it this lure has proven itself to be very effective in bringing in big bass.
Couple the action with a small rattle that creates a deep knock and you are going to get the attention of some big fish.
The Megabass I-Jack is a wake bait. As its name implies it is designed to create a V wake as it is being retrieved. Unlike other wake baits that stay on the surface of the water, I-Jack is unique in that it is made to run right under the surface which creates a nice wake.
Another added feature is its great sound chamber with one ball in the center. As this lure is retrieved it wobbles back and forth and makes a great knocking sound.
The Arbogast Jitterbug has a double cupped lip on the front of the lure. This lip makes a great popping sound on the retrieve. It also gives it a side to side swimming motion that attracts bass.
This is a favorite among many when it comes to topwater fishing lures as it has been effective in catching fish for so many years. Another reason many like using this lure is its simplicity.
Simply cast and retrieve the lure, it’s really as easy as that. The Jitterbug is available in seven different colors.
Yes, fishing baits on the water surface can allow for a fun day out on the water. Check out any of the aforementioned baits on the list and you will without have a successful fishing day
Do you have a favorite topwater lure that we didn’t mention? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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