Brief note here. I am quickly throwing up reference material on
these pages for these lures. Eventually I will be adding text to these
pages to better describe the lure, its manufacture, colors and
hardware. I hope you find it informative.
The Water Scout
Perhaps the most easily recognized lure in collecting, sporting its
trademark "keel", The Clark Water Scout has made a permanent mark on
fishing lure history. It begins with the patent of this lure in 1934. The rest is history (as they say).
The first generation
Water Scouts (pre-patent) emerged around 1928 and were entirely
handmade. These baits had no eyes and were crudely painted by hand. A
few examples of these are known to exist although I have never seen
The second generation
The first production (and second generation) scouts had no eyes at
all, aside from a splash of blush. These can be identified by the
larger line tie on the lure along with some other hardware differences.
These made their first appearance around 1930, Thus No-Eye Scouts date
from 1928 - 1933.
The third generation
of Water Scouts came to us with "Dents" for eyes or slightly concave
grooves at the front of the lure. These scouts are now commonly
referred to as "Dent-Eyed" scouts and were manufactures between 1933
Wooden dent-eyed Water Scout with box
The #400 Plastic Dent-Eyed Water Scout Notice the red dot -indicating a "sinker"
Nice photo of a wooden dent-eyed Water Scout
The fourth generation
Fourth generation Scouts are
the ones most are familiar with. Dating from 1938 to 1949 these scouts
had tack eyes adding a slight bump in the center of the dent.
The bump eyed Water Scout This Water scout in a color that I am unfamiliar with...Beautiful.
"Spook" Water ScoutsIn the following years scouts were even made in a clear plastic "spook" fashion. Below are some pictures of an excellent example of this type of lure... you can see through the yellow scaling. Nice Lure.
Series and Model numbers#100 - Water Scout, sinker, wood, 1 7/8", 1/4 oz.,
#200 - Water Scout, floater, wood, 1 7/8", 1/4 oz., c.1940-46
#300 - Water Scout, floater, wood, 2" & 2 1/4", 1/2 oz., c.1928-49
#400 - Water Scout,sinker, wood, 2" & 1/4", 1/2 oz.,
#500 - Water
Scout Duckling,sinker wood, 2", 3/8 oz., c.1946
#600 - Water Scout Duckbill, wood, 2 3/8", 1/2 oz., c.1937
#700 - Popper Scout,
wood, 2 1/2", 1/4 oz., c.1945
#1700 - Popper
Scout, Junior, wood, 3/16 oz.,
- Water Scout Streamliner,sinker, tenite(plastic), 2 1/8", 5/8
#900 - Darter Scout (Top Scout), wood, 2 7/8" 3/8 oz., c.1945
#25 - Dwarf Deamon,
tenite(plastic), 1 11/16" smaller version of the darter, c.1958
#1000 - "Little Eddie" Water
Scout, sinker, wood, 1 3/4", 1/2 oz., c.1946,
possibly replaced #100
#2000 - "Little Eddie"
Water Scout, floater, wood, 1
3/4", 1/4 oz., c.1946, possibly replaced #200
- Jointed Duckbill Scout,
tenite(plastic), 3", 7/16 oz., c. 1948
Goofy Gus, wood, 1/2 oz., c.
# Baby Goofy Gus, tenite(plastic), 2", surface, c.1958
# Deep Diving Water Scout, 3", low production or experimental, c.1935
Clark sold the Water scout to Strike King Lures who continued to produce the scout. The scouts are still produced even today.
The Scout still alive even today....
Strike King "Spence Scout"
The evolution of the Water Scout from 1928 to today has this small
wonder still being fished by today' fishermen. Although the trademark
"Keel" is gone, the dive lip and lines of this lure are un-mistakable.
Now being sold by Strike King as the "Spence Scout" - named after
the founder of Strike King, Charles Spence and the Lure he bought to
launch his company.
Many will attest that the older scouts still catch mean Bass even
better than today's model.... However the Water Scout still Lives! a
whole 80 years later.
VariationsClark's made many different lures. This is a varaition of the Scout, known as a "Duck-Billed" Water Scout
Other Lures made by C.A. Clark Mfg.
Dwarf Deamon Goofy Gus Top to Bottom: Goofy Gus, Darter, Scout Spook
Water Scout Colors
"Dent-Eye" versions 1933-1937
Tack-eyed versions 1938-1949
Lures Examples and colors
Water Scout Boxes