Lily Pad Madness: Best Topwater Frog Lures Reviewed

My most memorable bass fishing experience has been around lily pads. A clear Heddon Torpedo has been transformed into a powerful leaping strike. With deadly results, I have pulled a Zoom Magnum Worm across pads and into water. Nothing I have tried has matched the amazing attraction of a frog or the moment when a monster rushes up and grabs it!

Frog lures can be used to work heavy vegetation for bass. They are designed to replicate the action and color of real frogs. They have two hooks that are upswept so they can slide over things that a treble cannot. And with their two legs that twitch, they make it impossible for the bass to resist.

They can also be magic on hungry pike or muskies!

There are many options available on the market. We’d love to narrow down your selections to the best. We’ll be sharing our top picks for frog lures for bass and some tips as well as reviewing some of our favorite frog lures.

Here are some of the top-rated topwater frog lures on the market today.

ImageTopwater Frog
Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog, Bull Frog - Fishing Lure with Realistic Design, Legs Extend and Retract in Use, Great for Bass and Pike, Freshwater Lure with Hollow Body, Weighs 1/2 oz, 2.25Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog
Booyah Bait Company Pad Crasher Fishing Lure, Bull Frog, Booyah Pad Crasher Bullfrog 2 1/2 InBooyah Bait Company Pad Crasher
LIVE TARGET Koppers Floating Frog Hollow Body Lure, 2.25-Inch, 5/8-Ounce, Green/Brown (FGH55T508)Live target Hollow Body Frog
Strike King SFKVD-179 KVD Sexy Frog, Watermelon Green Pumpkin Back, 6 1/4-inchStrike King KVD Sexy Flounder

Best Topwater Frog Lure Reviews

Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog

Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog, Bull Frog - Fishing Lure with Realistic Design, Legs Extend and Retract in Use, Great for Bass and Pike, Freshwater Lure with Hollow Body, Weighs 1/2 oz, 2.25

Size2.25″ 1/2 oz.

The Lunker is a legend. It is designed to imitate the motion and look of a frog and features the most realistic color and pattern that I have ever seen. Its long, frog-like legs make it a perfect addition to any tackle box.

The Lunker is generally straight-running and can be slightly more fragile than other tassel-legged options, but its hooks hold well. It has a great buoyancy, which is why it’s a favorite among anglers all over the world.

I love “Bull Frog”, “Green Tea”, but there are also fans of “Poison”, and “Leopard”.

Booyah Bait Company Pad Crasher

Booyah Bait Company Pad Crasher Fishing Lure, Bull Frog, Booyah Pad Crasher Bullfrog 2 1/2 In

Size2.5″ 1/2 oz.

Booyah’s Pad Crasher lure is great, but sometimes it needs a little modification.

Although the Pad Crasher looks very real, I prefer the Lunker. It has long frills instead of plastic legs that make it more appealing. They can cause bass to take the leg and not the body, as they drag so far backward. If this happens, I suggest trimming them down a bit.

Start with small adjustments to get the length you want.

The Pad Crasher is a well-built, straight-running, and compact 3/0 hook. The legs can take a lot of abuse and buoyancy is great.

I like “Leopard,” “Bull Frog,” and–surprisingly–“Albino.”

Live target Hollow Body Frog

LIVE TARGET Koppers Floating Frog Hollow Body Lure, 2.25-Inch, 5/8-Ounce, Green/Brown (FGH55T508)

Sizes: 1.75″ 1/4 oz. ; 2.25″ 5/8 oz. ; 2 5/8 ” 3/4 oz.

The Livetarget may be the best frog if you love the look of tasseled legs. If you have a few strikes, like the Pad Crasher’s, it is worth reducing those dangling Tassels.

Hyper-realism is the best way to describe the body’s shape and patterns. The detail is amazing. This lure will be confused by pike and bass. As with all of the lures reviewed, you can expect hooks that are strong and durable, as well as buoyancy that is tight and free from snags.

I love “Emerald Brown”, “Green Yellow”, “Green-Brown” and, yes, “White.”

Strike King KVD Sexy Flounder

Strike King SFKVD-179 KVD Sexy Frog, Watermelon Green Pumpkin Back, 6 1/4-inch

Size 2.5″ 5/8 oz.

Strike King is a respected name in the lure industry, and their Sexy Frog does not disappoint.

It has a body that is realistically shaped and the popular tassel legs. However, it breaks with other products in that it offers unusual colors. We’ll get to that shortly.

You can expect years of performance and high durability. The 4/0 hooks are as tight and precise as they should be and the little guy tracks well.

This might be a better option if you are concerned about the Booyah’s 3/0 hooks being too small.

This lure is less photorealistic than some of its rivals, but it still works well. The most popular colors are “Watermelon Green Pumpkin Back,” Green Pumpkin with Pearl Belly, and “Spring Frog”.

Topwater Frog Lures: Our Best Tips For Bass

Put them in the mean stuff

This sounds simple, but we are all accustomed to removing vegetation from our yards. Frogs can be plopped right into thick weeds, lily pads, or alligator grass.

Do not be afraid to try the nasty stuff – that’s what this lure was made for!

Pause

Don’t retrieve your frog lure after you have tossed it. Instead, wait and get ready!

Largemouth bass will ambush you from below and often strike hard as soon as they feel or see the frog hitting the water. You’ll be amazed at how many times they will strike your lure in as little as a few seconds after casting.

Slow down

Start your retrieve very slowly. I like to move my frogs about a little, then stop and twitch them again, just as frogs do.

You can see how slow the frog swims. Also, notice that it stops now and again.

This is what you want.

Don’t wait to set your hook

You might be tempted to immediately set your hook if a bass hits your frog. You might be tempted to set the hook immediately after a bass hits your frog. But, pause for a few seconds and let the fish get gripped.

If you do, it will improve your hook set and help you land more fish.

How to Choose a Frog Lure

We’re only going to be looking at hollow-bodied frogs in this article.

Color and pattern

Topwater lures will allow bass and other fish to see them in their full color.

If your lure doesn’t look like a frog, you might not have any bass or muskies chasing it!

It is also important, I think, to mimic real-world colors. Bass will know what they are looking for when they feel the plop. I recommend that they get it! For some, color combinations like “Albino”, “Poison,” and “Poison”, can be magical.

If I have only one color, I will be realistic. If I spend the morning throwing frogs I will add some other colors.

Nice Legs

The frog’s dangling legs, which twitch when you move it, are part of what makes it so powerful.

Two styles are very common: the “realistic legs” and the “tassel”. The tassel is the most durable but can be prone to short strikes. The “realistic leg”, on the other hand, is slightly more fragile.

Durability

Soft-bodied frogs can take a beating when being hit. You want a lure that will last for a long time. We recommend frogs with strong legs that can withstand repeated hits. In this regard, we prefer tasseled lures.

Buoyancy

Your topwater frog should sit in the water exactly like the real thing. It shouldn’t be too high or too low, and it won’t sink.

This is the case with all of our products.

Straight-Running

It’s useless if your frog moves in a circular motion while you retrieve it. It shouldn’t be expected to run straight but extreme deviations can cause serious problems.

Hooks

You want the top-facing hooks to touch the frog’s back to be weedless. Any gap can be used to catch weeds. Given the location you will be throwing your frogs it is not going to work.

Standard hook sizes are 3/0 or 4/0.

Last Thoughts

There are many frogs available on the market. However, not all of them are as good. Some frogs sink when they are filled with water, while others disintegrate after only a few hits. Still, others go in circles and snag weeds just like a big treble.

These are our top picks, and we would throw them all without question.

Let us know if we have missed your favorite on our list. Please leave a comment!

Lewis
Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.