How To Tie A Frog Lure & Best Knots

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Frog lures are really effective for catching bass, and for some other fish too. However, before you get started, you need to tie the lure to your line.

The different types of knots to use, and hot to tie a frog lure are the main points which we are here to consider today.

The short answer is the best way to tie a frog lure in most cases is by using either the Palomar Knot or the loop knot, these are proven to be the most effective and reliable knots to use for frog lures.


What Is A Frog Lure?

Quite simply, a frog lure is a fishing lure that is made to look like a frog. Generally speaking they are made of either hard or soft plastic, with the soft ones usually being the best choice to go with.

Frog lures can come in all kinds of sizes, and what size you get really depends on the type and size of fish you are going for. As you will see below, there are a few different types of frog lures that you can go with.

The color of the frog lure is something else you will want to keep in consideration. If you are going for a realistic look, and it is a sunny day out, a darker, real looking frog lure is best.

However, if it is a dark day, one with brighter colors will probably be best.

If you need some good rod and reel suggestions, we have covered our favorite frog rods here, and reels separately here.

Types Of Frog Lures

There are a few different kinds of frog lures that you can choose to go with, each of which has their own specific sets of advantages and disadvantages, so let’s go over them quickly.

Hard Plastic

Hard plastic frogs are actually usually used in open water. They have exposed treble hooks which can snag on grass and weeds.

These do look natural and work well for walk the dog or side to side fishing techniques.

These frog lures work well in open waters, and also in smaller streams or rivers, but just not if there are a lot of weeds around.

Streams and small rivers usually have a lot of frogs, which makes a bass fish’s diet in these areas consist of a lot of frogs.

Soft Plastic

Soft plastic frogs are another good option to keep in mind. These are often good choices to go with because they are made so that they do not snag on weeds, making them ideal for fishing in the shallows where there are lots of plants.

They can also be made to sink slowly, which does imitate what real frogs will do around plant cover.

Most soft plastic frogs come with legs that kick and move to look realistic. They are best used when fish are quite active.

Hollow Body

Some people really love to use hollow body frog lures. These are usually made with soft and pliable plastic, and feature double upturned hooks.

They are also a good option to go with in the weeds and where there are a lot of plants, as they are usually designed to avoid snagging.

They are usually also soft enough so they collapse when a fish bites it, thus feeling realistic and also allowing for a good hook set.

Dragging hollow bodies across surface plants, lily pads, and over gunk usually works well to catch bass.

Popping Frogs

The other common option here is the popping frog. These can be made of hard or soft plastic, and can be designed to be used for either top water or slow sinking fishing techniques.

They create a lot of water disturbance and do also look fairly realistic, both benefits when fishing.

How To Walk A Frog Lure

Here is a short video on how to walk a frog lure;

Best Knots To Use For Frog Lures

So, now that we have figured out what a frog lure is and what they are used for, let’s talk about the best knots to use to tie a frog lure to your fishing line.

The Loop Knot

Perhaps the most popular and effective knot to use for frog lures is the loop knot. The main benefit of the loop knot is that it allows the frog lure to move around freely.

You do want the bait to look natural, which a loop knot allows for.

The loop here is made quite large, which makes the frog seem like it is alive and moving naturally. A big benefit here is that the loop knot is also quite easy to tie.

It’s good for top water fishing applications, such as frog lures for one, but also for top water poppers and jerk baits too.

The Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is often referred to as the workhorse of fishing line knots.

This is because it has ample strength, very rarely comes undone, and can handle a lot of pressure, and therefore works wonders at keeping larger and heavier lures on the line without detaching.

What is also nice about the Palomar knot is that it can be easily tied using pretty much any kind of fishing line.

This is a great knot to use for frog lures, small crank baits, jigs, and virtually any other kind of lure too.

Improved Clinch Knot

Yet another pretty good knot to go with for frog lures is the improved clinch knot. Now, this knot is a bit weaker in strength than the Palomar knot, so it is best used for smaller frog lures and when fishing for smaller prey.

However, the big advantage of the improved clinch knot is that it is very easy to tie, much easier than the Palomar.

Spinner baits, smaller crank baits, swim baits, and frogs are all ideal candidates to use with the improved clinch knot.

Snell Knot

If you need a good knot for flipping and pitching, which is on occasion done with frog lures, the Snell knot is a great option to go with.

The Snell knot does come with 2 fairly big advantages. For one, it is fairly simple to tie, not the easiest, but it can be mastered with some practice.

The other big benefit of the Snell knot is that it can be used for large and heavy baits, as it is very strong.

However, there is a third advantage here which is that the knot allows for rotational motion of the hook.

Why Use A Frog Lure & What Are They Used For?

Well, frog lures are used for top water fishing. Frogs usually never dive down in the water, or at least not very deep.

In other words, frogs like to hang out near the surface or within weeds too.

Therefore, frog lures are most often used for top water fishing, near weeds, or in some cover.

The most popular fish to go for with the frog lure is bass, both largemouth and smallmouth bass, as bass seem to have developed a taste for frogs.

There are many fish out there which eat frogs, but keep in mind that only medium size and larger fish will eat frogs.

In other words, only use frog lures if you are going for a bigger fish, as there is no point trying to use them for a smaller fish which cannot fit a frog in its mouth.

Simply put, if you want to top water fish for a decent sized catch, a frog lure is a great way to go, especially on a bright day and in clear waters.

More often than not, bass fisherman will turn to a frog lure.


There you have it folks. We’ve gone over what frog lures are, the different types, what they are used for, and the best knots to use to tie them to your line.

Now go out and catch some bass!

Jason Downs

I created Fishtackly to share my 30 years of fishing experience and knowledge with others with the aim to help, and hopefully get more people involved and educated in this fantastic hobby that I love.