Fishing Deep: Worm or Crankbait?

crank wormSometimes anglers need to dive a little deeper to attract strikes. In some cases, this can meant ten to fifteen feet, while in others it could mean the very bottom of the lake. In these situations, I’ve heard anglers swear by both deep crankbaits worms. Which one is better, though? Today we’ll take a look at what lure brings to the table to help you decide which one is best for you.

Anglers who prefer worms when fishing deep defend their choice with many reasons. Worms are better in grass and cover, where fish go as a means of safe haven or an ambush point. Because worms are typically rigged weedless, this seems the more logical choice where vegetation is present. Also, where waters are warmer, fish tend to slow down, which means the more delicate, finesse appeal of a worm may be the best option. Slowly dragging a worm across the bottom, which little twitches here and there to give the tail some action, can be quite deadly in deeper situations.

However, crankbaits are not without their own benefits. In deepwater situations where the bottom is clean, or there are drop-offs or flats present, a crankbait is a safe bet. Also, they work well when you’re not fishing all the way down to the bottom, but more around the ten to fifteen foot range.

My own preferred tactic is to start with the crankbait regardless, using it as a search lure to help locate fish quickly. If, however, I don’t get any action with a crank, then that may be a sign that it’s time to slow things down and switch to a worm.

Any good angler will have a good variety of worms and crankbaits on hand, so whether one is better or worse in deep water, you’ll be prepared. Water temperature, lake topography, and fish behavior will determine which presentation style is effective on a given day, so be prepared to change lures when the situation calls for it.