How to Fish for Bass with “The Frog”

This topwater lure is a favorite not only of largemouth bass, but of the bass angler. Because it floats and is basically weedless, it can be worked over and through the heavy vegetation where few other lures dare. The visual hit is extremely addictive and may remind you of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” My son recently put on a show at a nearby lake with many consecutive hits of his frog lure.

Here are four tips on how to fish for bass with frog lures:

  1. Try different rhythms. Sometimes, bass like a slower twitch and rest pace; other times, they may want the lure to “hurry” from one lily pad to the next.

  2. Not all frogs are alike. Frog lures vary in not only in color and size, but in other design features. One version has a cupped front for more of a chugging splash when twitched. Many frogs are hollow-bodied and but at least one has a solid body design that never fills with water and sinks. Another even swims to the bottom if that is what the fish want.

  3. Patience. I have a tendency to miss fish with frogs because I get overly excited with the hit and set the hook too early. When that lure disappears wait a second before setting the hook. If you can resist.

  4. Low light. Mornings and especially evenings are prime windows for topwater frog lures. However, I’ve experienced nerve-rattling explosions even during the middle of the day.

topwater frog bass

Warm spring temperatures mean the frogs are out. Bass know this too. If you have never tried a topwater frog lure, cast one into some thick vegetation and hold your breath.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.