Crankbaits Buyer's Guide

Crank Baits usually have a chubby body, short body shape, but the curve is exquisite, concave and convex, the lip of the front of the Crank Baits is usually large and long, so when dragging in the water, the swing is larger, the vibration frequency is high, and the swimming posture is exaggerated. When the angler stops reeling in the line, the crank rises to the surface, then reels in and dives again.

Nowadays, crank baits are divided into two main categories: floating and sinking, most crank baits are designed to be used at the right depth before they leave the factory (the depth generally depends on the length and angle of the lip). And choosing the right lure can even be used to explore in very proximity to obstacles.

Crankbait are a very effective tool for bass anglers to have. They are usually designed as round, hard-bodied lures designed to mimic the swimming action of the baitfish. These lures can be fished most of the year. The front end of the Crankbait is similar to the Jerkbait in that it has a lip that acts as a suspension mechanism, which is what helps them to dive quickly into the water.

The depth of dive of the Crankbait depends on the speed of retrieval, the size of the lip and the fixed position of the line.

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Types of Crankbaits

There are very many types of Crankbaits, but they all work in the same way. The significant differences between the types are the size, shape and angle of the lip.

Depending on the depth of the dive, they can be classified as

Shallow diving crankbaits

Shallow diving crankbaits will dive around 1 to 4 feet and their lips are usually smaller, so they do not create much drag when they hit the water. As a result, they dive quickly and anglers need to work them more slowly than deep diving lures. These lures are almost like Topwater in that they work well in shallow water. They are the best crankbaits for targeting boat docks, fallen trees and other cover usually found in shallow water, and they can easily get around obstacles such as rocks.

Medium diving crankbaits

The Medium diving crankbaits have a slightly larger lip than the Shallow diving crankbaits, which gives them more drag in the water, and the line is attached directly to the edge of the lip. This design allows them to dive deeper, usually down to 5 to 9 feet. This depth is suitable for deeper cover, such as rocks, sinking timber etc.

Medium diving crankbaits are great in sunny weather, when the bass will dive a little deeper to escape the sun or to find cooler water.

Deep diving crankbaits

Deep diving crankbaits are the deepest of the three types, reaching depths of up to 20 feet, and these crankbait produce a strong and dramatic bobbing in the water, resulting in louder disturbances and thus greater attraction to the target fish. But these lures can be difficult for beginners to handle.

These lures require a lot of running distance to reach the target depth. If you are unable to cast a long range cast beyond the target cover, the lure will not have enough distance to dive to the target depth before it passes.

Deep diving crankbaits are very effective in the summer months as bass will head to deeper water in search of cooler water.

Lipless Crankbaits

Lipless Crankbait look very different to traditional crankbait, apparently these crankbait do not have a lip, and they have a tighter wobble, or rather, the action is a vibrating action. Lipless crankbait are excellent cold water lures and are perfect for winter, the drop in water temperature makes this tight wobble attractive to otherwise not so active fish.

Also, lipless Crankbait are another option in shallow water, they do well in areas with vegetation. Will pass through cover more easily and will work great on the edges of vegetation, providing excellent opportunities for target fish to bite.

By body styles, they can be classified as.

Minnow Crankbait are available in a variety of body types, usually the most common being the Minnow and Shad styles.

Minnow Crankbait

The Minnow Crankbait is usually tailored to the common minnow, this crankbait is slender and thin, offering a wider swing. Some species of fish feed on skinny minnows, in which case the minnow crankbait will be your best bet.

Shad Crankbait

This crankbait is made to imitate the shad. Shad crankbait are generally short and most have two Treble Hooks hanging from the belly and tail.

This crankbait produces a tight bobbing action in the water and, due to its larger body and head, also ripples over a larger area when swimming in the water.

How To Choose The Best Crankbait For You

There are so many types of crankbait that it is important to choose the right one for you. You can't expect to have one crankbait to cover all aspects of crankbait fishing, there are usually many factors to consider.

Dive depth

You need to consider: how deep are the waters you are fishing in? How deep are you targeting to cover? Almost all crankbait packaging or merchants will state their depth range.

The line is also an important factor in determining how deep the crankbait will dive. The larger the diameter of the line, the greater the resistance in the water, and the greater the resistance, the harder it is for the crankbait to go deeper.

And depth is equally influenced by the speed at which the angler retrieves the crankbait, the faster the speed, the deeper and faster it will dive, when slowing down, it will cause the crankbait to rise in the water.


Crankbait is available in a myriad of colours. Although different colours are used for different conditions, the most common primary colours are a must for anglers.

Natural colours such as silver are useful for clear water conditions and when faced with dirty water, a yellow-green, fiery red or gold crankbait will help to enhance the visual effect and new attraction to the target fish. These should always be present in your bait box for different situations.

Choose natural colours for clear water, while dirty water means flashy and exaggerated bright shades.


Crankbait can attract any predator, these lures will cover a very large area and trigger attacks from hungry fish nearby. However, because of the different species of fish targeted, certain size principles need to be followed, for example if you are fishing for trout and choose a crankbait that is too large, it will not be very effective.

We have summarized a recommended length for using a crankbait, depending on the species of fish you are targeting, for information purposes only.


Suggested Crankbait Length

Bass 2-5 inches
Walleye 3-6 inches
Pike 4-9 inches
Crappie 1-3 inches
Musky 4-12 inches