Shallow Running Crankbaits.

A shallow running crankbait is often the best producing crankbait.
The below is a proven collection of crankbaits for fishing in water 5 feet deep or less.

Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Shallow

Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Shallow

Perfect for bass and multi-species gamefish, the balsa-bodied Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Shallow appears to be a spooked baitfish fleeing for its life at the top of the water. The Scatter Rap Crank Shallow exhibits the popular Scatter Rap


Bomber Flat A or Deep Flat A Hardbaits

Bomber Flat A or Deep Flat A Hardbaits

Bomber's Flat A and Deep Flat A Series crankbaits provide consistent running depth and near neutral buoyancy, giving you many retrieve options when targeting suspended fish with lock-jaw. The Flat A cranks offer a narrow-backed, flat-sided design.


Rapala Shallow Shad Rap

Rapala Shallow Shad Rap

Balsa wood construction under incredible finishes make this Rapala Shallow Shad Rap lure big fish find irresistible. Built tough with hard-diving lips and sharp treble hooks, these legendary lures have the power to survive even the tough terrain.


Strike King KVD 1.5 Shallow Runner - Sexy Shad

Strike King KVD 1.5 Shallow Runner - Sexy Shad

Kevin Van Dam designed the Strike King KVD 1.5 Shallow Runner for those situations when the traditional 1.5 size crankbait dives too deep. The KVD 1.5 Shallow Runner has the same tremendous wiggle and action but accomplish


Stay with the basic colors to start, colors can be a bit intimidating at times.

Forage:
Pay attention for the most prevalent bass forage. Match what the fish are feeding on.
Staying with the basics will help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars on wild crankbait colors.

Water clarity:
In clear water situations, you’ll have your best luck with natural-colored, translucent crankbaits. Bass can see very well in this environment and it’s important to make your crankbait blend in with its surroundings.
Dirty water calls for brighter crankbait colors. The bass’ eyesight is significantly hindered in murky water, making it imperative to use a color they can see and chase easily.

Sky conditions:
Pay attention to the sky when fishing shallow crankbaits.
Under cloudy skies, opaque, or solid, colors perform very well due to the decreased light penetration.
Sunny skies lead to more light penetration, which increases both clarity and the effectiveness of more translucent colors.

The top 5 colors of crankbaits:

Shad Color:
You just can’t go wrong with the natural presentation of a shad-colored crankbait, which makes this color great starting point for your shallow cranking bait. It’s hard to go wrong with a shad color, you should have a few shad-colored crankbaits handy.

Firetiger:
In muddy water  a Firetiger crankbait is hard to beat. While still showing many natural shad colors, the bright colors in a firetiger crankbait allow the bass to get a better bead on the bait.:

Chartreuse:
Used with combinations of blue, brown and black are ad to beat.

Bluegill:
As the bream bed throughout the late spring and early summer months, bluegill-colored crankbaits will produce.

Crawfish:
 In the spring, especially throughout the pre-spawn period and during full moon phases. Crawfish are most active during a full moon, coming out of their dark dwellings to actively search for food for much longer periods of time.

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