Texas-rigged 6-inch worm matched with a 3/0 hook and a 3/16-ounce bullet sinker. Go with gourd green and 10-pound monofilament in clear water; junebug and 15-pound-test in stained. Skip the worm under docks, slither it through aquatic vegetation, and hop it over limbs and brushpiles.
Chartreuse-and-white 3/8-ounce spinnerbait with a nickel No. 3 Colorado blade in front of a gold No. 4 ½ willowleaf. Use a medium-heavy baitcasting outfit with 15- to 20-pound line. Run it over and along the edges of grassbeds, through bulrushes and lily pads, parallel to rocky banks, and next to stumps.
White 3/8-ounce buzzbait with a basic aluminum blade. Use the same rod and line as above. Retrieve it over grassbeds and next to wood cover.
Black-and-blue ½-ounce jig-and-pig. Match it with a flipping rod and 25-pound-test line to dig bass out of gnarled root systems, thick windfalls, and flooded bushes. Also punch the jig through grass mats. In cold water, hop it down steep, rocky banks.
Chartreuse- or shad-pattern, shallow-running, square-billed crankbait. Use 12-pound line with a medium-weight fiber-glass rod. Bounce it over boulders and gravel on rocky banks, and run it into any stumps and snags you can find on shallow flats.
Black snagless frog. Twitch it over lily pads and any type of matted vegetation, such as milfoil and hydrilla. Go with at least 30-pound braided line on a flipping rod because bass will pull the frog down into the weeds. --M.H.