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Best Baits of 2021

When it comes to identifying the best baits for a successful fishing outing, local knowledge is key. What works for one region may not work at all in another. That's why we collect thousands of detailed fishing reports from anglers across the country to power our local recommendations. This report leverages all that data in order to present the baits of the year for 2021.

Best Baits for Your State

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Best Baits for Most Popular Lakes

Get a hot bait report recapping 2021 technique and gear trends for popular lakes.

2021 Tackle Industry Trends

Some fishing trends were significant enough to show up across the nation. Get the scoop on the biggest topics and emerging trends for the year.

Omnia's Best of 2021

2021 Staff Picks

Our merchandise staff spot gear trends for a living! Get their picks for the most significant developments of 2021 in the world of baits.

  • Jacob Bros, Product Buyer

    My favorite bait this year was a Keitech 3.3" Fat Swing Impact. Both the Light Hitch and Sungill colors caught some big smallmouth for me this season! Pair these up with a 3/8 oz Outkast Tackle Golden Eye and you can catch fish in just about any body of water.

  • Nick Mraz, Warehouse

    The Daiwa Luvias 4000 showed out as my favorite reel in 2021. The Luvis 4000 is a big reel with a flawless drag while only being 7.6oz. A reel of this quality is something I have never experienced before and hope to be getting many more.

  • Brad Novak, Business Development

    My favorite bait for the year was the Megabass Dark Sleeper. Commonly known as a deep, hard structure bait, I had a blast throwing it around shallow cover like docks. I worked it like a jig and it came over brush and through light vegetation with ease.

  • Kipp Youngquist, Customer Service

    My favorite product of 2021 was the 7’3” Medium Heavy Poison Adrena. I found myself gravitating towards this rod more than my others because of how versatile it is. I was comfortably throwing bottom contact and moving baits with this rod, which helped me be more efficient on the water this year.

  • Joe Ponessa, Digital Merchandising

    Millerods were new to us at Omnia for 2021 and I’ve yet to pick one up that I haven't liked. Perfectly balanced, light yet extremely powerful, and featuring G-Clutch Reel Seat Technology for unmatched sensitivity and fishing comfort, you've got one of the best casting rod series for any bassin' technique.

  • Jesse Welter, Warehouse Lead

    My favorite tackle for the year was Ichikawa hooks. They are a premier hook in the fishing industry because of their sticky sharp hook points. With lots of models to choose from a couple of my favorites are theTSW straight shank and CT-5 drop shot.

About Omnia Fishing

Omnia Fishing helps anglers find the right gear from our massive inventory of 18,000+ items. We provide personalized tackle recommendations based on the relationships between species, style, lake characteristics, season, community fishing reports, patterns, and products. We make sure you only see the products that make sense for you, on the lakes you fish, at the right time of year.

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