Bottom Lures - Three Way Rig & Stream Rig

The Three Way Rig and Stream Rig are most commonly drifted or trolled in river or current situations to keep the bait a set distance off the bottom.

The primary difference between the two setups is that the Stream Rig is more of a finesse setup than the Three Way Rig and it is typically used with lighter line, smaller hooks and less weight.

Three Way Rig

Bottom Lures - Drop-Shot Rig

The drop-shot rig has become increasingly popular in recent years as an effective tactic for targeting a variety of species of fish at any time of the year.

While drop-shot rigs are generally fished around bottom structure, they can also be “counted down” to catch suspended fish in the middle of the water column.

Dropshot Rig

Bottom Lures - Crankbaits

Crankbaits are a multi-species lure and are a versatile tool for imitating various types of baitfish, triggering reaction strikes from both feeding and lethargic fish.


  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Year-round, open water

Bottom Lures - Jigs

Truly a staple for catching a wide variety of species in a range of conditions, jigs come in many different forms and are one of the most versatile types of fishing lures.

Bottom Lure Jig 1

Bottom Lure Jig 2

Bottom Lures - Wacky Rig

Though the wacky rig can be extremely effective for targeting suspended, mid-depth fish, it is most often fished by bass anglers on or near the bottom.

Next time you’re looking for a subtle, finesse approach for catching fish, give the wacky rig a try!

Wacky Rig

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Year-round, open water and ice fishing.

Bottom Lures - Bottom Bouncers and Bait Walkers

Bottom bouncers and bait walkers are most effective for trolling or drifting applications.

They are also a great tool for combing bottom structure without getting hung up and can be successfully used to provide proper weight for a wide range of bait and lure rigs, water depths and fishing conditions.

Bottom Bouncer Lures

Releasing Your Catch

Releasing Your Catch

Catch and release fishing is another great way for anglers to achieve a rewarding fishing experience.

If you’d rather release your catch instead of harvesting it, there are some important steps you should follow. Following these steps will help ensure the fish will survive to be caught another day.


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