Tackle Week 2022: The best new lures for trout, bass, walleye, pike, muskie and panfish

For a look at more of the year’s best new fishing gear, also see our round-up of 2022’s best new tackle, electronics and accessories and 2022’s best new fly-fishing gear.

Best Swimbait



Although the Herculez was developed for saltwater, it’s also going to be deadly on for trophy walleye and big bonus northern pike. Made of Z-man’s soft, super-tough ElaZtech plastic, the lure promises an unparalleled tail-wag during slow, bottom-bouncing retrieves. Even better, the jig is moulded into the bait, so it’s always rigged correctly. Available in eight colours, it comes in a four-inch, 3/8-ounce version, and a five-inch, half-ounce model.

Learn more: Z-Man Fishing Products, 1-800-822-3398; www.zmanfishing.com