Bait for Bass
IMHO, the best bass baits are, as stated above, minnows, frogs, and crawlers in that order. Minnows and crawlers can be fished below a bobber or without one. Frogs are without bobber or weights.
Best BIG BASS bait: Live Mouse!
Attach it to the hook with a small rubber band, lob it out and let it swim. Fish it at dawn, dusk, or anywhere in between. And be prepared!! If you've seen Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, They hit it like the white sharks feeding on seals off South Africa. Most of the bass I've caught on them are 5+ pounds.
You can get them at most pet stores.
Good Luck. Tight Lines.