Last summer when we went to the lake the first weekend in June, I got in my kayak and went bass fishing. I paddled to one of my favorite spots and grabbed my rod with the Silver Minnow. I always go out with four rods. I have them equipped with a Silver Minnow, a swim jig, a plastic worm, and a spinnerbait. I start with the Silver Minnow. It can cover a lot of water and fish it anywhere.
The place I went to had water lilies next to a pier. On my first pitch, I caught a three pound bass. On the second pitch I caught a 5 pound pike that tried to rip the rod out of my hands, it hit it so hard. The fourth cast I caught a 4 pound bass. I caught all three fish in the same place in a matter of 5 or 6 minutes. There are days when I only use the silverfish for my search lure. If the fish are active, you can’t beat this lure.
There are a hundred lures that you can use to fish for bass. Most work periodically. Some of them work occasionally. Many of the best lures have been around for years and still work well. This lure isn’t popular with many bass anglers, but it should be. The lure I’m talking about is the Johnson Silver Minnow. It’s one of my favorites and one of the most productive bass lures out there.
Silver is my favorite for bass. It comes in a few other colors; the others are better for pike fishing, but the red and white stripe also catch bass.
There are two main reasons why this lure catches so many fish. The first is that it has an excellent natural action that looks like a minnow swimming in water. The second is that it has tons of flash to attract fish from far away. You both want to attract more fish.
The Silver Minnow got its patent in 1923. The original version was silver. The lure is now available in several varieties of colors. It is also available in various sizes. My favorites are the silver ones and the red and white stripes. I like the 2 ½ inch and 3 ¾ inch baits best. I also like to use a 4 inch twisted tail trailer in black, purple, or white.
I have been fishing for many species for 50 years. I have used Silver Minnow since the beginning of my fishing life. I forgot for a while myself because there are so many attractive lure options. The best looking lures are not always the most successful. I used it again several years later and realized that it is a lure that I need to use and I have not looked back.
The Silver Minnow is very easy to fish. You throw it and roll it. Creates all the action on its own. You can fish it slowly or you can fish it at medium speed. The larger lure has a wider wobble that works great when the water is warmer. Smaller ones are better in cooler water with a narrower wobble. I have found that a slow recovery works best most of the time.
You can also fish it anywhere. This is where the Silver Minnow excels. You can fish it from open plains to thick undergrowth, if it catches a weed you can pluck it up and keep fishing. Thick weeds are where many seabass hang, and catching them requires fishing among the weeds. You can also fish it in flooded wood and it won’t get stuck.
The silverfish is one of the best pike lures out there, and a great lure for bass. I even catch a walleye from time to time. If you like to combine catching good sized pike and bass walley, this is a great option. I use Silver Minnow as the search lure to locate the active fish.
Most of the bass anglers use spin baits most of the time as a quick release bait to cover a large amount of water. I was one of those guys for a while until I rediscovered the Silver Minnow. There is nothing wrong with using spin baits, but try the silverfish. You will be surprised how well it works. The Silver Minnow is a proven lure that has worked for almost 100 years. It is still one of the best bass lures out there.
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