How to rig a lizard for bass fishing

Kristian Ole



As you probably already know, the bass fishing industry is made up of a number of lure types, colors, and designs. One of the presentations you may not know about is the lizard. No, it is not a swimbait-like lure that identically represents a real lizard, but it does take up the general shape.

Knowing how to rig and fish a lizard for bass fishing can take your fishing to the next level. Here is how to rig a lizard for bass fishing!

What is a lizard?

A lizard in the context of bass fishing is a soft plastic that takes on a general lizard-like shape. Now, there may not be lizards naturally roaming around your area, but the lure can still work really well. In fact, the northern part of North America is great for lizards even though there are none naturally going about their day.

The reason it still works in those areas is the design. A lizard has a long, soft body with a head, tail, and legs off the sides. It roughly resembles a lizard, but the key is the action it provides. It looks delicious in the water column and creates action similar to a craw or ribbon tail worm in the eyes of a wandering bass.

It comes in a wide range of colors, so you can have fun with it and find what best works in your area.

How to rig a lizard for bass fishing

Rigging the lizards described above is pretty easy and will give your fishing knowledge a nice edge. There are three main rigs that can be used to present a plastic lizard.

Here is how to rig a lizard for bass fishing.

  • Texas Rig

First and foremost, you will probably use a Texas rig strategy. This gives the lizard a great action while also being weedless, which is a huge perk. Texas rigs are used for a number of other soft plastics, so there is a good chance that you are already familiar with the technique.

A Texas rig requires an offset hook or worm hook that can be used to anchor in the lizard. Feed the front tip of the lizard into the hook’s point and push the point back through after a centimeter or two. Then, push the lure up to the offset part of the hook.

The body’s part that lines up with the rest of the hook can be hooked back in to form a straight, weedless line.

  • Weightless

The weightless strategy is still using the Texas rig but with no weight attached. This adds a different presentation. So, you can customize your look based on the current conditions and bass feeding patterns.

  • Carolina rig

Carolina rigs are very unique and are great for bodies with rocky, hard bottoms. We won’t get into the specifics of how to rig it, but buying a carolina rig set is your best bet. This includes all of the necessary parts and the instructions on how to rig it properly.


About Kristian Ole

Kristian Ole Rørbye, a marine biologist and seasoned angler, shares his fishing adventures and expertise on FishingKris. Join him as he explores the world's waters, one cast at a time.

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