Best Topwater Lure For Trout: Super Spook Jr. vs Skitter Walk vs Topknock

Video topwater lures for trout

It’s topwater time!

Want to know what the best topwater lure for trout is?

There are tons of options and it can be confusing which one to go with, so I made this video to explain the main differences between some of the popular topwaters, including:

  • Rapala Skitter Walk
  • Yo-Zuri Topknock
  • Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil
  • And the Heddon Super Spook Jr.

You’ll learn:

  • Which lures have the best action
  • Which lures cast the best
  • Which lures have the best sound
  • And much more

See the best topwater lures for trout in the video below!

Best Topwater Lures For Trout [VIDEO]

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Get the Super Spook Jr. and Skitter Walk from our shop here:

  • Super Spook Jr.
  • Rapala Skitter Walk

Alright, now let’s get into the pros and cons of these lures.

Rapala Skitter Walk

yo zuri topknock review Best Topwater Lure For Trout: Super Spook Jr. vs Skitter Walk vs Topknock

Price: $13 for the larger version, $8-9 for the smaller version

Pros: Wide body and loud sound make it perfect for when trout are feeding on big baitfish like mullet.

Cons: Doens’t have a very wide walk, which is a con since trout are visual predators.

Notes: If I’m fishing murky water where trout might rely on sound more than sight, I’d choose a Skitter Walk

You can get the Rapala Skitter Walk from our store here.

Yo-Zuri Topknock

yo-zuri topknock review

Price: $6-7

Pros: Has a cupped face so you get a little more splash on the surface.

Cons: Doesn’t have great action.

Notes: The Yo-Zuri Topknock is like a budget version of the Skitter Walk, although the Skitter Walk has slightly better sound and action.

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Although it doesn’t have great action, it still catches fish and the sound and cupped face make it good for dark water.

Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil

super spook underwater Best Topwater Lure For Trout: Super Spook Jr. vs Skitter Walk vs Topknock
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Price: $5-6

Pros: Has a good walk the dog action and has a ribbed belly, which Yo-Zuri claims helps give off more vibration in the water (I can’t tell a difference or verify that in any way).

Cons: Sound is less pronounced than the other lures on this list.

Notes: This is like a freshwater version of the Topknock and is good because it’s cheap and still catches fish.

Heddon Super Spook Jr.

Heddon Super Spook Jr. Underwater

Price: $5-6

Pros: Has the best action with wide, trout-attracting cuts through the surface and casts better (farther and more accurately) than all the other lures on this list.

Cons: Doesn’t have the best sound.

Notes: This is usually my go-to topwater lure because it has great action, catches fish, and is cheap.


The Super Spook Jr. is cheapest and works well in the widest variety of scenarios, so that’s my go-to topwater lure for trout.

But if I’m fishing murky water where I want more sound and splash, I’ll throw a Topknock or Skitter Walk.

You can get the Super Spook Jr. and Skitter Walk from our shop here:

  • Super Spook Jr.
  • Rapala Skitter Walk

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