If asked about a Rebel Crawfish and waterways they bring to mind, more anglers than not would describe some type of moving-water setting. That’s understandable. Wee-Crawfish and Teeny Wee-Craws are tough to top for stream bass, panfish and trout and have been serving up fabulous creek action for decades.

That said, to pigeonhole a Rebel Crawfish as a stream lure is a major mistake. Real crawfish abound in ponds, lakes and reservoirs and make up an important part of the menu for various sport fish. During spring, if you are fishing for bass around rocks or developing weed beds, you’re most likely targeting fish that have been feeding crawfish.

In any setting, a Rebel Crawfish offers a highly natural imitation of a crawfish swimming with its claws tucked defenselessly and moves backwards like a real craw. Color patterns include outstanding matches for various crawfish color schemes (which vary substantially according to species, water conditions, diet and season), along with a few attractor patterns that work wonderfully for triggering strikes in stained water.

All eight Rebel Crawfish models have potential still-water applications. However, the Deep Wee Crawfish and Big Craw, which are the two largest models, offer the best fit in the bass fisherman’s arsenal for most lake applications. Beyond having bigger bodies to appeal to bass, these baits can be cast a bit farther on bass tackle than the smaller models. They’re also designed to dig a big deeper to work lake structures.

The Deep Wee is 2 3/8 inches long, weighs 3/8 ounce and is available in eight colors. The Big Craw is 2 5/8 inches long, weighs 7/16 ounce, has a wider tri-lobed bill that deflects cover extra well, and is available in five colors. Both dive 8 to 10 feet when cast and cranked. For a slightly smaller and shallower option, the original Wee Crawfish, which is available in 10 colors, is 2 inches long and dives 5 to 7 feet.

Related to depth ranges, it important to note that as long as the bottom is relatively clean, Rebel Crawfish work extremely well in water that’s notably shallower then their maximum diving depths. Kicking along the bottom stirs up sand and bangs rocks and effectively imitates a crawfish rooting for forage, which is a highly vulnerable behavior.

Some of the best areas for working Rebel Crawfish for bass during spring are riprap banks along causeways, tops of sandy or rocky points that stretch out from spawning flats, outside edges of weed beds, and the tops of developing submerged weed beds that lure barely reaches and kicks from time to time. Any flowing inlet with rock or vegetation near where the current hits the lake also warrants some casts.

The best Rebel Crawfish presentation often is simply to cast and crank, allowing the lure’s natural appearance, wobble and deflective abilities to do their magic. Subtle variances that sometimes work well include dragging the lure with slow rod sweeps to bump the bottom without digging too hard in shallow areas and adding occasional slight rod jerks or hesitations to otherwise steady presentations to trigger strikes from followers.

The largest Rebel Crawfish models are heavy enough to cast effectively with spinning or baitcasting tackle and can be fished on line ranging from about 10- to 20-pound test. The light end of the range maximizes depths the lure can reach and allows the freest action and longest casts. Heavier line provides the most lure control, keeps it your craw shallower and allows you to handle bigger fish and keep them from burying themselves in cover.

The most productive color van depend on water and weather conditions and the colors of the natural craws, but often the best plan is to experiment a bit and let the fish decide.