Making wooden fishing lures is fun, easy, and instills a sense of pride when catching fish. No fancy tools or equipment is needed to produce an attractive and functional fishing lure.

These topwater popper style fishing lures really make a splash out on the water. Inspired by the Rebel Original Pop-R lure (http://www.rebellures.com/rebel-pop-r-8043), these lures are great for bringing fish to the surface while evoking a strong strike from the fish.

Step 1: What You Need.


Safety Glasses - used as a safety precaution against flying wood chips and dust

Dust Mask - used as a safety precaution against airborne saw dust

Work Gloves - used to provide secure grip when sanding and drilling

Nitrile/Latex Gloves - used to prevent paint, epoxy, and EnviroTex from contacting skin

Always work in a well ventilated area when working with airborne saw dust or using chemicals such as paint and epoxies. Follow all safety instructions listed on any materials used.


Wood - This will be used as the lure body. Soft or hard woods can be used in lure making but I prefer to use a hardwood called poplar. This is classified as a hardwood but is still on the softer side. The wood I used for this project was purchased at a home improvement store in a 1-1/2 in x 1-1/2 in x 3 ft size.

Epoxy - This will be used to secure the metal eye screws into the lure body. There are many different brands available at home improvement stores and I used Gorilla Epoxy which is a two-part 5 minute cure epoxy.

Sealer - This will be used to seal/coat the wood before and after painting the lure. I like using EnviroTex Light Pour On High Gloss Finish as my sealer as this provides a smooth and durable finish to my lures.

Paint - This will be used to apply color and patterns to the lures. A lot of lure making enthusiasts use air brushes and compressor to paint their lures and this method can provide a clean and professional finish. That being said I have kept to using spray paint to paint my lures and I am happy with my results.


Coping Saw - used to cut wood to size.

Belt/Disk Sander (or sanding block) - used to further shape the wood lure body.

150 Grit Sand Paper - used to smooth out edges after sanding.

Electric Drill and 1/32in Drill Bit - used to drill the holes for the metal screw eyes.

Combination Square - used to mark center lines on the wood.

Circle Template - used to mark lure body outline.


Metal Screw Eyes - used to mount the hooks for the lure and act as a line tie for the fishing line.

Split Rings - used to allow hooks to move freely on screw eyes.

Trebble Hooks - used to catch the fish when it bites.

3D Eyes - used to add eyes to the lure, eyes could also be painted on instead of 3D eyes.

Awesome instructable. I prefer to hand whittle mine with my SAK like my great grandfather used to. More time but worth it to me.
<p>Thanks! Whittling and carving wood with a knife is awesome. Definitely a skill that takes practice.</p>
I was sitting wondering how you got the scales. WOW! simple and effective. I think I will be making some of these soon. Also wondering if you could start with some 1&quot; dowel, instead of having to round off the square? Then again, I have a lathe, so I could turn them round AND shape them in one fell swoop. Many thanks for the IBLE and great inspiration ?
<p>Yes, great ideas! Starting with a 1&quot; dowel can save a lot of time. When I was buying the wood I was unsure of what lures I would make so I just bought the square. Having a lathe would also make this project a lot faster and provide cleaner shaping of the lure but unfortunately I do not own one and don't have many power tools. I am planning to upload a new fishing lure instructable that uses the square wood more appropriately (hint: see my instructable profile picture).</p>
Looks interesting the new idea. I have a lathe, so turning them isn't an issue. I will be making a couple this week, all going well :-)
<p>Nice. Post a picture when you finish. :)</p>
<p>My son is getting there! </p>
<p>Very nice! Keep up the good work!</p>
<p>My 7 year old was browsing instructables with me when we came across your lure. He wants to make this. We don't do much fishing, however he is really interested in lures. He can do the sanding, but I will need to help with the sealing and painting. We were wondering how you achieved the scale look in your paint job. I am thinking we can get this effect by laying tulle netting over the base coat and then spraying on a color? Nice instructable! Thank you.</p>
<p>Hello Igooms, first off just want to apologize for the lack of detail as this is my very first instructable. After spray painting the white base coat, I spray painted silver (for the blue lure) and gold (for the green lure) on the top half of the lure. This left me with 1 lure that had a white belly with silver back and 1 lure that had a white belly and gold back. Let this dry before next step. I then took an old mesh bath scrubber (as shown in image) and cut out a section with scissors that would cover the lure. I stretched this mesh section over the lure using small binder clips (shown in image) all around the belly of the lure for a tight fit. I then sprayed blue paint over the silver lure and green paint over the gold lure. This creates a layered effect and makes the scales pop out. Make sure to use very light coats of spray paint and think less is more. Too much paint can cause blotting and will not produce a crisp scale pattern. I allowed the paint to dry for 5-10 minutes before removing the mesh to prevent smearing the paint. Let me know if there are any other questions I can answer.</p>
<p>I was thinking the same thing. Great explaination! You should definitely add this info to your instructable so that people reading that happen to miss this comment can quickly know how to paint this is beautifully! </p>
<p>Thanks for the advice! I am currently looking to add more detail in different sections of this instructable. I hope to create other detailed instructables in the future as well.</p>
<p>thank you for replying! I will take pictures of their finished lures if my kids don't give up on sanding before getting to the painting stage. There are three kids in my garage right now, sanding and whittling away! I even started working on one. I think this evening we will break out the belt sander and help them out. :)</p>
<p>No problem, thank you for taking interest in my instructable. Good luck with build and hope the kids enjoy it.</p>

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Bio: My name is Chris. I like to be outside and enjoy freshwater bass fishing. I also like to work with my hands and enjoy taking ... More »
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