Best Dropshot Reel
Omnia collects thousands of detailed fishing reports from anglers across the country to power our local recommendations. Here are the top Reels recommendations for using the Drop Shot technique mentioned in fishing reports from anglers near you.
Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel
Crystal Lake (MN)
On Crystal Lake locate the deeper weed lines 10-15ft. Ideally locating milfoil or coon tail as the main vegetation. Using a VMC finesse neko hook, Texas-rig the plastic to be more weedless. Work the drop shot down the whole weed line until you get bites. Once you catch a fish there is a good chance there are multiple in the area so be sure to work the area over well before moving on. This should produce a decent number of fish with some quality ones mixed in.
Lower Prior Lake (MN)
Lonnie Bloom reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Drop Shot technique and Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel on Lower Prior Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Targeted the scattered clumps of milfoil and coontail with sunfish beds scattered among them. Slowly, extra slowly, dragging and pausing a soft plastic jerkbait across the beds and through the weed clumps produced numerous fish, adding a few gentle twitches on slack line proved effective in coaxing bites out of some of the bigger fish. The sunfish will absolutely blast your bait the whole time it is down there, just maintain the extra slow drag and pause with some subtle shakes here and there. "
Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel
$239.99 – 249.99
Sugar Lake (MN)
See Yang reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Drop Shot technique and Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel on Sugar Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Caught lots of 1 and 2 pounders off weedlines. Also while fishing for bass caught some hand size bluegills. This lake will be good for take kids, family and friends to have some fun fishing time. "
Table Rock Lake (AR, MO)
Now is a great time to get out on Table Rock Lake if you are looking for numbers of fish. Run the lake looking for long points and offshore humps to find bigger schools of spotted bass and the occasional Largemouth or Smallmouth. Cast and slowly work back a Drop shot, hopping the bait and pausing randomly. Search anywhere from 10' deep to 22' with the biggest congregations in the 15' range.
Lake Hamilton (AR)
Chris Gaudin reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Drop Shot technique and Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel on Lake Hamilton. Additional comments from this report: "Between catching fish on a walking bait and dropshotting the same areas and brushpiles that they came up schooling from, I was able to win a local Saturday tournament with 11.65lbs and BB for 3.65. Bites were consistent and the fish were all close in size. This is basically the same pattern I was on for the BFL but with a few different tweaks. Fun day of fishing and a day of catching fish. "
Daiwa Fuego LT Spinning Reel
$99.99 – 109.99
Chisago Lake (MN)
Large schools of small bait fish roaming on outside weed lines, as well as isolated clumps of weeds 10-20 ft. Drop shot brought largemouth, crappies, and above average bluegill to the boat.
Lake Koronis (MN)
Samuel Heichel reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Drop Shot technique and Daiwa Fuego LT Spinning Reel on Lake Koronis. Additional comments from this report: "Smallmouth were on rock piles in 12-16 foot of water, seemed the slower you moved the dropshot back to the boat, the better. Lots of boat pressure lead to this slow technique working. "
Mill Creek Watershed Impoundment Reservoir (IL)
Christian Willen reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Drop Shot technique and Daiwa Fuego LT Spinning Reel on Mill Creek Watershed Impoundment Reservoir. Additional comments from this report: "Did good at a tourney here last week. Dropshot on points deeper flats and riprap banks. 8-12 feet of water working the dropshot a little bit more irratically "
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We took 2nd place with 15.8 lb. All of our fish were caught on a drop shot fished on the outside weed edge in about 15ft. The fish were tight on specific spots but once you caught one you could work several fish off the same structure. The zoom trick worm in red magic seemed to be the ticket. Other fish were caught on a Sukoshi bug or a jig crawled slowly across the bottom. Natural colors seemed to work well. Slow was the key, I think most of the bites actually came when I was just dead sticking the bait, drinking coffee or just eating a snack. Once we realized that it was our thing just to be drinking coffee and setting hooks! Fun day!