3D printed fishing lures (designed, 3d printed, and painted – easy guide)

Fishing is a relaxing activity. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it as a hobby or as your full-time job; you’ll allow your body to relax and enjoy time away from the digital world of screens, loud music, and other fun digital things that people in the 21st century do.

However, before you go fishing, you’ll need fishing equipment. The general equipment everyone knows is the hook and line. But aside from the hook and line, you need a solid fish lure that’ll make your hook catch any fish in the first place.

Although fishing keeps you away from the digital world of noise and disturbance, it’s this digital world that grants you some of the best fishing lures to make your fishing expenditure productive. It does this thanks to 3D printed fishing lures that you can access via your 3D printer for free.

Thanks to these printed lures, you don’t have to design a fishing lure from scratch. Here are some of the 3D printed lures that’ll make your fishing experience fantastic.


Spoon Lures:

A great way to attract large fish is to use a spoon lure. With a spoon lure shaped correctly, you can capture large fishes like walleye, salmon, northern pike, trout, muskies, largemouth bass, etc. But your spoon lure has to be shaped perfectly; that is, it has to have a slight curve.

The reason is, if you don’t get the curve ideally, it will affect the movement of the spoon lure in water in a way that won’t fool any of these large fishes into thinking that it is a real fish they can prey on. You can download a perfect version of this spoon lure from Thingiverse to 3D print it.

Then, all you’ll have to do is paint it, so it truly comes alive. It’s best to use a reflective color. Glitters and sequence would also do a good work of tracking these fishes. But you have to use perfect water-durable glue if you settle for sequence and glitters.

Fly-Fishing Lures:

A fly fishing lure is an excellent alternative if your goal is to catch a Salmon or Trout. It’s also perfect for catching a grayling too. But you’d need a bit of skill and coordination to catch a fish with this lure.

This lure is called a fly-fishing lure because it mimics the movement and structure of a titular insect flying on top of the water. You can also call it a topwater fishing lure. Once your prey sees this lure, those predator fishes would assume it’s a titular insect and swim to the surface of the water. Once these fishes attempt to eat the make-shift titular insect, the lure would trap them, securing your reward.

You’ll create an excellent 3D printed fly-fishing lure with a light filament or polypropylene. The easiest way to lay your hand on this lure is to 3D print it. It is lightweight and practical.

Jig Lures:

Jigs are the first lures you think about when fishing for freshwater fishes. Specifically, it’s your best bet to catch bass, carp, and other bottom feeders. They are also great for salmons and breams. With a 3D printer, you can print your jig lures.

Printing jig lures is easy. You can add your tweak to it so that it comes out in different styles. It is straightforward to install on your fishing line. Simply attach it to the fishing line with a thread and secure it 3mm screw.

Viola, it’s ready for use. Based on how this lure was designed, you can print it out as separate parts. Feel free to print out each part in different colors. This jig lure is also perfect for ice fishing. You’ll most likely catch other fishes like pike.

Spinnerbait Lures:

If you’re looking to catch predator fishes, here’s the perfect lure for this expenditure. This lure is probably called a propeller because it spins in water when it’s dropped and it moves.

This spin is a result of the propeller that’s attached to it. When you move it in water, it looks like a small fish to the predator fish you’re looking to capture. Truthfully, it’s difficult to 3D print these fishing lures.

As you already guessed, the main part of this lure is the spinner that moves the fish lure itself to make it seem like a regular fish is swimming. But you can still find a way around it. While this lure is not a significant lure, 3D printing is an excellent addition to your lure collection.

Crankbait Lures:

This lure is another type of lure for predator fishes. If you don’t want to go through the stress of printing a spinnerbait lure, you should try printing a crankbait lure. It is similar to spinnerbait. However, there are quite a few differences between a 3D crankbait and a 3D printed spinnerbait.

For starters, crankbaits do not spin the lure. But they have to sink deep into the water. The regular crankbait is usually weighty, which contributes to why it sinks quickly into the water. Unfortunately, 3D printed crankbait doesn’t replicate the weight of a true crankbait made from wood.

Hence, you have to print the parts of this crankbait separately so that when piecing the different parts together, you’ll put in an object that’ll make it weighty, like a ball bearing.

Related Posts


Undoubtedly, an easy way to save money on fishing lures is to 3D print them, especially when you have free access to an excellent 3D printer. You won’t need to hit the marketplace searching for a fishing lure when you can easily 3D print your preferred fishing lure. Here are some tips to consider when printing a 3D lure.

Decide your Prey:

Before 3D printing any lure, you should consider the prey you want to catch. There are different lures for different fishes. If the goal is to catch a lot of salmon, you’ll need to 3D print a Jig lure, fly-fishing lure, or a spoon lure. You won’t get any bottom feeders if you use spinnerbait. In summary, you’ll be 100% successful at fishing when you make a list of fishes you intend to catch. It would help you decide the fishing lures to 3D print and take to your fishing expenditure.

Create Lure combination:

Rather than print out every fishing lure you see, you could do a lure combination to capture the fish of your choice. For instance, if you have a spoon lure, you can join it with a spinnerbait. That way, the spoon lure becomes the spinnerbait. If you want to catch a catfish, you can pair any other lure with a crankbait. It would pull in the catfish and other bottom feeders, so you’ll capture them as your fishing reward. So, you don’t always have to print out all the lures that exist. A little DIY lure mixture could still attract the fish you want as prey.

Blend In:

Trust me when I say that fishes are intelligent creatures. If you think otherwise and make certain weird decisions regarding your lure, you won’t fool any fish to capture them. That’s why you have to ensure your lure matches the environment. That is, it has to look like a fish from the ocean, most likely the fish they love to prey on. For instance, a spoon lure that looks transparent and like seawater would fool a predator fish faster than something that looks absurd. Just ensure your lure blends in.


Now that you know the 3D printed fishing lures that exist and some tips on how to beautify them, you’re more than ready to catch a fish on your subsequent fishing expenditure. If you’ve never caught a fish, at least you probably know why the 3D printed lure didn’t work. But with these tips, you can recreate the 3D printing lures you’ve got so you can catch any fish of your choice. Trust me; after fixing your fishing lure, you’ll thank us for the next time you go fishing. Enjoy.


Leave a Comment