A freshwater fishing rig describes the way you tie your bait, lures, hook(s), swivels, sinkers, leaders, clips, beads, bobbers, dodgers and other terminal tackle to your fishing line in such a way as to create a presentation that will attract and catch target freshwater game fish species.
There are almost as many freshwater rigs setups as there are freshwater fish. But to catch a target fish species a rig doesn’t need to be overly complicated or terribly unique. Some of the simplest rigs catch the most fish—most of the time. However, each freshwater rig setup is intended and designed to support a unique fishing opportunity and experience.
The freshwater fishing rig you select will depend primarily on your target fish species and the fishing technique you’ll be using. There are freshwater rigs designed specifically for bottom fishing. There are freshwater rigs designed for surface fishing. There are freshwater rigs designed to fish the mid-water column. There are also specific freshwater fishing rigs for still fishing, drift fishing and trolling.
Below are the most popular, and proven, fishing rigs for catching a large variety of freshwater game fish species using a variety of fishing techniques. These rigs are ideal for targeting bass, trout, crappie, sunfish, panfish, and many more freshwater game fish species.