James Heddon’s Sons Lures – Dowagiac, MI

James Heddon’s Sons Lures were made in Dowagiac, MI. The first commercially available lure was the “Dowagiac” Casting Bait. It’s now called the “Slopenose.” It was a white lure with a blue sloped nose and a red metal color. He received a patent for the lure on April 1, 1902. By 1905, Heddon was producing a number of different underwater minnow designs. You can tell the oldest models because they had three long flowing gill marks painted under the large glass eyes. The lures became famous because of their high quality and they caught fish. Early Heddon catalogs state that their minnows have 7 to 12 coats of special porcelain enamel and were guaranteed not to peel off or crack. Heddon continued to make glass-eyed wooden lures up until World War II. In the 1950’s and later, plastic lures were the most common design. The first lures pictured below are all very early models. The earliest lures had cup hardware and screw eyes for the hooks. Then came what is called L-rig, then 2-piece and finally surface rigged hook hardware. The following photos show some of the basic color patterns and the wide variety of body styles. James Heddon’s Sons lures are considered to be made by one of the early great lure makers.

After World War II, all lure manufacturers realized there was no need to continue to incorporate the little glass eyes into their wooden lures. First came little tack eyes and then simple painted eyes. In the 1950’s, plastic lures started to be the predominate lure type. Heddon’s venture into plastic lures started with what they called “Spook” lures. They were called “Spook” lures because you could see through them like a ghost.

James Heddon's Sons Lures

Uncommon HEDDON Lures and Catalog

HEDDON Dowagiac Minnows and Boxes

HEDDON No. 150 in Bar Perch Finish with Wooden Box


HEDDON No. 00 and No. 1001 Series Lures with White Boxes

James Heddon's Sons Lures

HEDDON Dowagiac No. 0 Series Lure with Blue Border Box

HEDDON No. 120 Series “BABY TORPEDO” Lure

HEDDON Dowagiac No. 150 Lure with Down Leaping Bass Box

James Heddon's Sons Lures

HEDDON Dowagiac No. 150 and No. 200 Lures with Box

James Heddon's Sons Lures

HEDDON Dowagiac No. 150 and No. 100 Series Lures in Silver Flitter Color

Heddon Little Joe

HEDDON No. 500 Series “LITTLE JOE” Lure

Heddon 1600


HEDDON No. 2100 Series “CRAZY CRAWLER” Lure

Heddon Lucky13

HEDDON No. 2500 Series “LUCKY 13” Lure

HEDDON No. 3200 Series “SPOON-Y FROG” Metal Lure

HEDDON No. 3500 “LUNY FROG” Lure

HEDDON No. 4000 Series “MEADOW MOUSE” Lure

HEDDON No. 6500 Series Blunt Nose and Regular “ZARAGOSSA” Lures

HEDDON No. 7300 Series “PUNKINSEED” Lures with Box

Heddon Vamps

HEDDON No. 7500 “VAMP” AND No. 7400 “BABY VAMP

HEDDON No. 7500 Series “VAMP” Lures with Box

James Heddon's Sons Lures

HEDDON No. L-10 Series “LAGUNA RUNT” Lures with Boxes

James Heddon's Sons Lures


HEDDON Lures in Strawberry Spot, Rainbow, Shiner Scale and Green Scale Lure Color Patterns (Mark Hostetler Collection)

HEDDON Lure Collection of Bill Premaza

HEDDON No. 9200 Series “ZARA SPOOK” Color Variations

HEDDON No. 9240 Series “Zara II” Color Variations

HEDDON No. 9255 Series “Zara Spook” Color Variations


1905 HEDDON Magazine Ad

Abbey & Imbrie” 1907 Catalog Pages Showing HEDDON “DOWAGIAC” WOOD MINNOWS


1921 HEDDON “Field & Stream” Magazine Ad

1922 HEDDON “Field & Stream” Magazine Ads