Best Spinnerbaits for Bass – Color, Vibration, and Flash
Spinnerbaits have a special quality.
They offer almost unlimited customization options and can be used as the ultimate tool for bass anglers with the right knowledge.
However, for both new and experienced anglers, they can seem a bit confusing. From blade shapes to color combinations, there is a lot to know before you can choose the best option for your situation.
We are here to help. Below, you will find a detailed guide and reviews of some of the best spinnerbaits.
Here’s a quick look at the top spinnerbaits to catch bass.
- Strike King Finesse KVDClear Water’s Best All-Around Spinnerbait
- Strike King Bleeding Spinnerbait– The Best All-Around Spinnerbait For Murky Water
- Booyah Shad Blade
- Booyah MoontalkerNight Fishing: Best Spinnerbait
- War Eagle Nickel Frame– The Best Color and Blade Options for a Spinnerbait
- Nichols Lures Pulsator– Best Painted Blade Spinnerbait
Reviewed the Best Spinnerbaits For Bass
Sizes available in 3/8 and 1/2 oz.
The Strike King Finesse KVD is a powerful spinnerbait that tournament anglers have confirmed.
Many models are equipped with two willow blades. However, some models also come with a combo of willow and Colorado, allowing the bass to be called in from further away. There are several silver/gold options as well as some silver/silver options. I keep one or two gold willows on hand for bass that are aggressively feeding on bluegills or perch.
The Finesse KVD skirt is very well executed. You can find the Finesse KVD in a variety of natural colors, as you would expect from a clear-water spinner. There are usually specks of white and specks of green/brown to imitate baitfish.
To increase the action, you’ll also notice a long trailing piece of skirt.
This lure is a great choice. I have a few extra blades to adjust the size or change the color pattern.
- These blades are great for clear water
- Clearwater requires beautiful skirt colors
- Excellent skirt design
- I would like to see a gold/gold option for the blade.
Strike King Bleeding Spinnerbait – The Best All-Around Spinnerbait For Murky Water
Sizes available: 3/16, 3/8, and 1/2 oz
Strike King’s Bleeding spinnerbait is great for murky or stained waters. It pumps up vibrations and colors to draw attention.
This spinner is a mix of a small Colorado and a large willow. It will vibrate as you retrieve it. Although it is not as loud as a Colorado/Colorado pair, Colorado is placed ahead of the willow to maximize the cavitation, resulting in plenty of vibration.
The skirt and frame are available in silver/silver or silver/gold.
Chartreuse or white are the primary colors of the skirt. Both work well in turbid or stained water.
Sometimes I will replace the willow with another Colorado if the water reduces visibility. But, 99 percent of the time, the standard combo blade combo is sufficient.
- These blades are great for dealing with murky waters
- Beautiful skirt colors for murky waters
- The skirt and frame are decorated with red accents.
- I’d like to see a Colorado/Colorado blade option
Size: 3/16 oz. and 3/8 oz.
Booyah’s Shad blade takes the spinner to the next level by offering four blades that will entice bass to strike.
It’s available with either silver or gold blades, or a combination of both, and skirts to match the hatch. This is a great choice for shad, bluegill, or crappie.
Four willows of increasing size are going to produce a lot of flashes and, in clear water, this spinner bait can really get the bass interested. This lure is great for bass who are mostly attracted to flash.
It can ride quite high in the water due to all of its lift. Be careful when retrieving.
One thing I don’t like about this spinnerbait is that it doesn’t know what it wants: clear water, natural spinner, or a bright-colored, turbid-water skirt design. Many of the options have very bright skirt colors and willow blades. This is a combination that I don’t love, but your mileage may differ.
My favorite color combinations reflect the benefits of willow blades and veer towards the natural hues: Chartreuse Glimmer and Purple Glimmer Shad (which are mostly white).
Because there are not many clear watercolors to match the willow blades’, I prefer to dress my Booyah Shads in new skirts.
- For maximum flash, great blades
- Some options have nice skirt colors
- I would like to see better color matching between the skirts, and blade design.
- Will ride high on the water
Booyah’s Moonwalker, unlike the Booyah Shad Blade, is a great choice for bass anglers who fish at night. It knows exactly what it wants and it will do it.
The Moonwalker is equipped with a large black Colorado blade. It thumps like an unbalanced washing line. This blade will allow you to call hungry bass all over the world.
It is a great skirt design. Black is used extensively, with blue, red, and chartreuse mixed on models that have a contrasting color. This skirt design is very appealing to me, and it’s perfect for night fishing.
- This blade is great for a lot of vibration
- Night fishing is a great opportunity to wear skirts in beautiful colors
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Sizes: 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, and 3/4 oz.
War Eagle’s Nickel Frame is unrivaled in its versatility, with more combinations than any other.
Do you like a Colorado/Illinois pairing? Willow/willow What about Colorado/Illinois Do you prefer your blades to have a hammered texture
War Eagle has you covered!
You can choose any type of blade and color, with a skirt that is very similar to the Finesse KVD, which has a long central section that increases action.
The majority of color options include plenty white, which is a great choice, matched with anything from blues and browns to low-vis options such as chartreuse.
They probably have it if you ask.
A wide variety of War Eagles are the best choice for anglers who don’t want to deal with replacement blades or skirts.
- A huge range of colors and combinations of blades is available
- There are many options for skirt colors
- Clearwater is great for low visibility.
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Sizes: 3/8, 1/2, and 3/4 oz
For most anglers, silver and gold blades will be the best. However, colored and textured blades can work wonders when they match the hatch. The Nichols Lures Pulsator can be deadly if you know the food habits of the bass, as experienced fishermen will tell you.
You’d expect a lure with precise colored blades to be used in clear water. There are two willows attached to each spinnerbait.
There are many colors available. Many are speckled and textured to better imitate real prey. Although I love Tennessee Shad and Suwannee river Special Green the most, there are many great choices in this line.
Skirt colors can be used to match or complement the colors of blades. If you want to imitate perch, bluegill, or shad, there are no better options.
However, I would not recommend using too many bright colors due to the willow blades.
- A huge range of skirt and blade colors
- Great options to match the hatch
- Clearwater is a great choice
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How to Choose the Best Spinnerbait For Your Situation
The shape of the blade
For spinnerbaits, there are three common blade shapes: Indiana, Colorado, and the ow. Each one has its place in your tackle box, so it is important to know the differences.
- Colorado Blades are ovals that have a deep cup. They are designed to produce a loud thump when they spin and cavitate. This makes them ideal for sending vibrations through the water to a hungry Bass’s lateral line. Two Colorado blades make a loud, thumping sound that is perfect for water conditions with low light or murky water.
- Willow blades are slim and elongated, flashing like baitfish such as shad and crappie. They flash brighter than Colorado but offer less vibration. When the water is clear, and the bass is primarily feeding on sight, I prefer the bright flash of logwillow blades.
- Indiana blades are more common than the other options but offer an in-between design that is essentially a long teardrop. They are ideal for Goldilocks situations that require flash and thump, but not too much.
For many bass anglers, the classic choice is the silver-gold combination. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Matching the hatch is crucial to success. If the bass is eating silver-bodied shad why throw a golden blade? If perch are your primary prey, why would you throw a gold blade past their noses?
You may be able to summon an instinctive strike but if you match your blade color with the prey item, you will get more hits.
If your bass has a favorite prey item it might be worth getting some painted blades. This will be a great way to increase your chances of success.
Don’t be afraid of using a little color on your own.
Sometimes I paint the first blade of a double-bladed bait red or bright orange. This extra color can make a difference when the bass is looking for it.
Size of the blade
The water will rise higher if the blade is larger than the rest.
This can be a good thing. However, you need to be exact about your depth. You can’t go too high or too low and many basses will reject your spinnerbait.
What is the solution?
I like to have a variety of blade sizes available–or tune a spinnerbait to my liking–changing the size of the blades to make it run as deep as possible with my chosen retrieve.
If the bass is biting on quick retrieves, I might reduce the size of my blades to keep the lure in the water while I burn it past them.
I prefer to match the hatch in clear waters, so I opt for natural, subdued colors for my skirt.
In murky or muddy waters, I will choose bright colors such as white and chartreuse.
Keep a variety of skirts in your inventory so that you can dress your spinners according to the conditions.
We hope this article helps you to understand spinnerbaits and help you choose the best blade and color combination for your fishing conditions.
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