In walleye country, the Bandit B-Shad gets largely overlooked for both deep and shallow Walleye Bandits. In bass country, the B-Shad gets overlooked even more because Bandit is so strongly associated with classic crankbaits like he 100, 200 and 300 Series.

In either case, to overlook the B-Shad is a major mistake. For walleyes, the B-Shad is an inch shorter than a Walleye Bandit and has a higher pitched rattle, but offers the same general profile and action, plus dependable performance because of a molded-in lip. When the walleyes are eating small forage or are simply a bit fussy, the B-Shad is ideal.

Unaided by divers, lead-core or downriggers, a B-Shad dives to about 14 feet. A few of the most dependably productive colors for walleyes are Green Clown, Popsicle and Parakeet, although in truth the entire color pallet is good for walleye fishing.

One warning from Great Lakes walleye anglers: If you don’t like catching steelhead, don’t troll B-Shads for walleyes when the steelhead are even remotely nearby.

For bass fishermen, the B-Shad’s slender profile and hard kick make it an outstanding jerkbait for fall, when fast presentations and erratic movements tend to trigger the most strikes. A B-Shad also offer a different sound and profile than other jerkbaits most bass see during the fall. Because of its slenderness and its ability to dive to about 10 feet, a B-Shad is especially good for spotted bass and smallmouths in deep clear lakes.

The B-Shad is also wonderfully well suited for big brown trout in tailwaters, but that might be another story for another time.