3 Best Times To Use Topwater Lures (And When To Avoid Using Them)


It’s topwater time!!

Throwing topwater lures is one of my favorite ways to catch fish.

Watching your lure click-clack across the surface and then seeing an aggressive trout or redfish explode on it… Pa-POW!!

Although throwing topwater lures can be great all year, there are three times when throwing these lures is best.

Want to see what those times are?

Watch the video below.

Best Times To Use Topwater Lures [VIDEO]

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Topwater lures can be effective all year long and I usually have one rod rigged with a topwater lure whenever I’m on the water.

They’re great because:

  1. They elicit a reaction strike because they resemble an injured baitfish
  2. You can use them to cover a lot of water
  3. Predator fish can easily ambush baitfish on the surface because they have nowhere else to go

However, even though topwater lures work well, they don’t work well all the time.

Throwing these lures is best when there is not a lot of sunlight, including:

  1. At sunrise
  2. At sunset
  3. If there is lots of cloud cover

There are a few theories as to why topwaters work best at low light conditions, but one is that when the sun is high and bright, they’re blinded by the sun when they try to look up to the surface.

When the sun is up high you’ll want to avoid using topwater lures and instead use a lure such as a soft plastic.


snook on topwater

Have any questions about catching fish with topwater lures?

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Knowing the best times to use topwater lures is only part of the equation…

If you’re not in the right spot, it doesn’t matter if conditions are perfect for throwing topwater, you won’t catch any fish.

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Steven Free
3 years ago

I remember reading an article in the Florida sportsman mag about using topwater in the wintertime but they said that pretty much when the water temps get below 70 an angler has to slow down his or her retrieve dramatically well in my experience once the water is about 60 topwater are pretty much done until spring but I did talk to a guide once and he said up to 55 fish can still be caught but the retrieve does have to be slow to do it right what water temp do you stop fishing with them? Thanks for the video and all you do????

John Provo
3 years ago

Great video. Appreciate the tips!

3 years ago

Helpful as always, that 1st spec was nice!

Cody Selph
3 years ago

Great video Tony!!!


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