FISHING TALK: What Are The Best Lures?

FISHING TALK: What Are The Best Lures? May 9, 2024

When it comes to fooling fine specimens, it’s best to use the right offerings.

By Patrick Campeau

Over the course of my career as a professional angler, now for more than 35 years, I’ve answered thousands of questions from our readers and the people I’ve met on the water, at shows and in stores. But there’s one question that always come up. Fans and enthusiasts want to know what magic tackle to use to catch more fish. So here’s a list of the best offerings for catching the five most popular species. Good fishing

Speckled Trout:

  1. Williams Wabler with mono leader and little Mister Twister
  2. Lake Clear Wabler with mono leader and earthworm
  3. 2 1/4’’ Sassy Stingum jigged or with mono leader behind a spoon
  4. Small Mepps spinner size 0 or 1
  5. Geneva spoon with mono leader and earthworm
  6. Wabler Lite W55 with mono leader and earthworm or Mooselook Midget 112
  7. Rebel Tracdown Ghost Minnow TD47  
  8. Bobby Garland Baby Shad 1 ½” with Crappie Pro Mo Glo Jig head
  9. Flasher F1 or F2 with mono leader and earthworm
  10. Toronto Wobbler with mono leader and earthworm

Equipment : Speed Stick LSS72MLFS-2 7’2”, medium 2-piece rod with Lew’s Custom Lite Series CL200/CL300 reel and P-line C21 8 lb/test copolymer line and P-Line Fluoroclear 6 lb/test leader.


Speckled trout is one of the most popular species. I was able to get to a remote lake with my Outlander Can-Am.
These big speckled trout couldn’t resist the charms of the Williams Wabler.


  1. 4” Double Tail Grub with lead head
  2. Mister Twister Ringworm
  3. Lindy Lil’Guy worm harness with Lindy No-Snagg Slip Sinker and 6” Mister Twister Phenom
  4. Deep/Shallow Bandit Walleye
  5. Lindy Live Bait Jig with leech or earthworm
  6. 3” Sassy Shad
  7. Cotton Cordell Wally Diver in Gold Perch
  8. YUM Scottsboro 3.5” Swim Bait on lead head
  9. 3” Mister Twister Meeny with lead head
  10. Salmo Freediver

Equipment: Smoke SMS6105XF 6’10”, medium-rigid 2-piece rod with Lew’s HyperMag Magnesium HMS200/HMS300 reel and P-Line CXX X-TRA STRONG 8 lb/test line.

These delicious and beautiful walleyes were literally devoured at a traditional shore lunch.
This Garmin Echomap with LVS34 LiveScope makes it easy to locate fish such as walleye.

Northern Pike:

  1. Booyah Pikee ½ oz Spinnerbait
  2. Rebel Buzz’n Frog
  3. Heddon Crazy Crawler
  4. Creek Chub Jointed Pikie
  5. W60 & W70 Williams Wabler
  6. Arbogast Buzz Plug
  7. S3 Syclops
  8. Whitefish C70 & C90 Spoon
  9. Canoe Wobbler Spoon
  10. Williams Trophy

Equipment: LEW’S Speed Stick LSS72MHS-2 7’2”, medium-rigid 2-piece rod with Smoke PT SM30XPT reel and P-Line CXX X-TRA STRONG 15 lb/test P-Line X-BRAID 30 lb/test line

My FishPro from Sea-Doo allowed me to sneak into the heart of the action to harvest this long-toothed carnivore.
The perch-coloured Whitefish C90 spoon is irresistible to pike.

Lake Trout: 

  1. Bomber Long A Diver minnow
  2. Williams Wabler
  3. Jigging Ripple Shad
  4. Dartee Spoon
  5. 6” white Mister Twister with leadhead
  6. Bully from Williams 
  7. Heddon Sonar
  8. 4.5” YUM Scottsboro Swimbait on leadhead
  9. Williams HQ35
  10. Smithwick Suspending Rattlin Rogue

Equipment: Equalizer EQLS762MH 7’6”, medium-rigid 2-piece rod with Reliance PT REL35XPT reel and P-Line C21 12 lb/test or P-Line Spin X Braid 20 lb/test line

The lake trout is the species with the widest geographic distribution in Canada.
The Bomber Long A diver minnow cannot pass through the lake trout’s attack range without suffering numerous attacks.

Largemouth Bass: 

  1. Long-bladed War Eagle Spinnerbait
  2. Rebel Wee-Crawfish Crayfish
  3. Booyah Mobster Swim Jig and YUM Craw Chunk trailer
  4. 6” Phenom
  5. Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten Thunder Cricket paired with a Sassy Swimmer from Mister Twister
  6. Bomber Fat Free Series
  7. Heddon Super Spook
  8. Booyah Prad Crasher Frog surface lure
  9. Strike King Tour Grade Swimming Jig with Gene Larew 4” Salt Craw
  10. YUM Tip Toad

Equipment: Accurist ATC7062FA 7-foot, medium-rigid 2-piece rod with Accurist heavy spinning reel featuring AT100HPT flipping switch and C21 copolymer line 15 lbs/test or P-Line X-Braid 30 lb/test

Thanks to my Power-Poles, I was able to keep my boat within proximity of this big mouth.
I approached a dense weed bed where this bass was hiding with this FishPro Trophy before making it react.

Good Fishing Season.

Patrick Campeau
Professional Fisherman
Three-time provincial champion  

Patrick Campeau is a professional fisherman that is a three-time provincial champion member inducted into the Canadian Pantheon of Fishing.

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