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How To Make Your Own Fishing Lures



The sport of fishing really is an art! Between knowing where the fish will be, what time of day and year is best, and knowing which lure to use takes a lot of know-how. If you’ve already become a master angler, maybe it’s time to take your craft a step further. This tutorial on how to make your own fishing lures gives you a crash course on this DIY, which is an enjoyable hobby all on its own! You’ll be itching to pack up the RV and head out for a relaxing fishing getaway after making a few of your own!

Types of Lures


Essentially, there are two different types of lures: topwater lures and diving baits. Topwater lures are meant to sit on the surface of the water, while diving baits dip below the surface to attract fish. There are numerous different types of lures of each category, so decide which type of fish you’d like to catch and plan accordingly.


Types of Wood


Once you’ve decided which type of lure you’d like to make, you should choose the type of wood to use!

Topwater—Woods like cedar, pine, balsa, and basswood are perfect as they’re lightweight and buoyant.

Diving—Heavier woods like walnut, maple, oak, and ash help add weight and shimmy tightly when wound in.


How To Make a Lure




  1. Choose a piece of wood that is slightly bigger than the lure you’d like to make. Make sure to research the lure type to know the approximate dimensions you should make the lure, as well as the shape it should be.

  2. Trace the outline of the lure on the top, bottom, and all sides of the block of wood.

  3. Either whittle out the sides, or use a scroll saw to remove the excess wood until you roughly have the desired shape of your lure.




  1. Use a sharp knife to finely whittle the lure into a more exact shape. Etch in small details and designs.

  2. Use a small section of medium grit sandpaper to smooth the wood and further refine the lure to the exact desired shape, then use fine grit to completely smooth out the wood.

  3. Make holes for a diving lip if using one, and screw in hook hangers/eyelets, ballast weights, or anything else you’d like to add.




  1. Before you paint with colors, you’ll want to coat your lure in a layer of sealing primer, which will help to protect the wood against water damage.

  2. Choose the colors you’d like to use. Use other lures or pictures to give you an idea of the colors and patterns you’ll need to make a convincing-looking lure. There are a few different ways to paint, including simply with a brush, airbrushing, using a foil technique, and more!

  3. If you haven’t yet, add eyelets and a diving lip if you’re using one.




  1. When you’ve achieved the desired design, use a clear, waterproof sealant to keep water out and protect your design. Epoxy works great for this! Wait a complete 24 hours after painting to apply epoxy, and another 24 hours between coats for proper curing. You’ll want at least two or three coats for best protection.

  2. Attach hooks to the eyelets. Do a little research about which types of hooks are the best for your particular lure!

  3. Get out there and reel in your big catch!


Are you ready to make your own fishing lures? Whether you’re at home or spending life on the road full-time in your RV, this is an activity you can do anywhere! If you’re in the market for a new home away from home, RV World has lightweight RVs for sale that are perfect for quick fishing trips, and we have larger RVs that are perfect for fishing in mountain streams. Just pack up your camper with your rods, reels, and tackle box full of your DIY fishing lures and enjoy the adventure! Visit us today in Grand Rapids, MI, or shop our entire inventory online! Shop today, go RVing tomorrow!

How did your DIY lures turn out? Leave us a comment to share any tips or tricks you have, and let us know if the fish like your lure!

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