Lily Pad Lures

Snag Proof Ish’s Poppin’ Phattie FrogThis week we’re going to talk about fishing lily pads. The best place to start, in my opinion anyway, is by breaking them into three types. My categories are not intended to be scientific. They’re what I see as an angler and what I fish when I’m on the water. I don’t pretend to be a botanist. (BASSMASTER.COM REPORTS)

Let’s go with dollar pads first. These are the little ones that grow close together in thick groups. They’re almost like grass, and they can be hard to fish because almost any lure you throw, except for a Texas rigged plastic bait, will snag and get hung in them.

The thing is, though, they hold bass. They’re good all year but they’re especially productive during the prespawn and in the fall when they’re legendary for holding big females just before cold weather sets in.

I call the next group elephant ears. These are the real big, almost giant-like pads. They’re tough, too.snag proof bleeding ' frog 2

Elephant ears lay flat on top of the water. Some of them are so big and strong that they’ll hold a sizeable frog, live or artificial. The most important thing to remember about them is that their outside edge will mark the drop into deep water. They’ll form an almost perfect line along the channel break.

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