The Best Mini Crankbaits for Ultralight Fishing

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Small crankbaits are gaining popularity as fishing lures. The reason is, they are very effective at catching fish. Many times they will out-fish all other ultra light lures. I personally love to use mini-crankbaits for fishing. In addition to keeping your gear light, mini crankbaits are small enough for reeling in panfish. Below is a list of the best crankbaits for ultra light fishing. Check them out.

Yo-Zuri Snap Beans

Description: Yo-Zuri Snap Beans are a sinking crankbait that  have oversized and highly visible eyes that help trigger strikes. Made from durable molded plastic. They come in two packs. One is 1/32 oz. and the other is 1/16 oz. Both ultra light lures are a little under an inch long.

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Norman Lures Deep Tiny N

Description: Norman Lures Deep Tiny N is a diving crankbait that consistently runs between 4 and 6 feet deep. The length of these lures is 1-1/2″ and they weigh 1/8 oz.

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Worden’s Original FlatFish

Descrition: The Worden’s Original FlatFish is a popular crankbait for a wide variety of fish. It was a wide wobbling action that is irresistible. Go with the F-sizes for UL fishing. They range from 1″ to about 2-1/4″.

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Yo-Zuri Pin’s Minnow

Description: Yo-Zuri Pin’s Minnows come in floating and suspending. They have a narrow profile and are 2-3/4″ long and weigh 3/16 oz. These ultra light lures come in a variety of popular colors including Rainbow Trout and Blue Shiner.

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Rapala CountDown

Description: Rapala CountDown are a sinking crankbait that sink at about 1 foot per second. This is great for suspended fish since you can “count down” your lure to the proper depth. For ultralight fishing, use Rapala CountDowns that are between 1″ and 2-3/4″.

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Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow

Description: Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnows are a great little crankbait for UL fishing. They are 1-1/4′ long and weigh 1/8 oz. The reflective eyes on this lure may give it a slight advantage over other mini-crankbaits.

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Rebel Crickhopper

Description: The Rebel Crickhopper is a crankbait that is meant to imitate a cricket or grasshopper. It’s great for the summer months when insects fall into the water. It dives up to 3 feet deep, is 1-1/2″ long, and 3/32 oz. in weight.

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For the full-size variety, check out Shad Rap crankbaits which are ideal for walleye fishing.


Want to save a few bucks? Try making your own powerbait with our dough bait recipe, learn how to catch nightcrawlers or earthworms for fishing bait or try a live fish and keep your bait fish alive longer with these rigging tips.

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2 thoughts on “The Best Mini Crankbaits for Ultralight Fishing”

  1. Great post and I have to admit, I do not usually think of crankbaits when I think of going trout fishing (I’m a biased bass-fisherman I guess) … I have however caught trout on crankbaits, especially lipless varieties when they chase schooled minnows in the late fall. Another time I happen to stop by a lake just after ice out and trout were working the surface. Since I only had my bass tackle in the back of the cab, I tied on a Bomber Model A (1/4 oz) and caught a few nice rainbows before the action died down.


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