Best Northern Snakehead Lures 2018

Fishing for Northern Snakehead has quickly become one of the hottest fishing topics on the East Coast.  They put up a good fight, can reach incredible sizes, and (in my opinion) are the best tasting freshwater sport-fish. I’m going to go over the best snakehead lures on the market for catching snakehead.  As we’ve covered before (read our snakhead fishing guide HERE), you’ll want to make sure you are using braided fishing line with a weedless lure. If the conditions are right and you’re in a good location then these five lures will give you your best chance at catching a northern snakehead.


  1.  Weedless Hollow-body Frog Lure – This is by far the most popular lure for snakehead fishing on the Potomac River. These heavy lures allow for a massive casting distance and their weedless design lets you throw them right into the heavy spatterdock where the snakehead like to hide during the day.

Snakehead Frog Lures

  1. Buzzbaits – Another topwater lure makes our list because of the consistency with which I’ve seen snakehead go for this lure. When sight fishing for snakehead there isn’t any lure I’d rather throw than a buzzbait.  You’ll want to fish this lure the same way you would for bass.

    Snakehead lure
    Snakehead Buzzbait
  2. Jigs – Jigs make for excellent snakehead lures when thrown in the right spots.  Casting into a smaller tributary channel with open water is the best way to fish for snakehead with a jig. Smaller channel size means the open water won’t be as deep, so the snakehead are more likely to see the jig and come up for a strike.
    Snakehead Jig Lure
    Snakehead Jig


  3. Chatterbaits – Another lure that excels in open water are chatterbaits. Chatterbaits do a fantastic job of being found by fish thanks to the rattling blade on the front of them. All this extra attention pairs nicely with the murky waters where snakehead are found.  Chatterbaits are the lure that I have caught the most snakehead on.
    Snakehead Chatterbait
    Snakehead Chatterbait


  4. Swim Baits – Whether you’re throwing hard or soft swim baits they both make great snakehead lures. Similar to the jigs and chatterbaits, swim baits work best in open waters. For best results use a swim bait that closely resembles the northern snakehead’s most common prey, the banded killifish.

    Snakehead Swimbait Lure
    Snakehead Swimbait


Potomac River Snakehead lures
Fresh snakehead catch using a buzzbait lure!

As with all fishing lure lists, the individual rankings should be taken with a grain of salt as no two fishing scenarios are ever the same. In some instances your best bet will be to throw a swim bait and in others a buzz bait will do best. So always make sure to assess your situation properly to give yourself the best chance of hooking up with a giant snakehead!  Post a pic of your catch in the comments below!

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