Hello, Nikki 508, & welcome to the Forums. And, in case you've just joined NAFC, welcome to the Club.
Here's what you may want for lures when chasing after the "gators of the north":
1. Spoons: 1 oz. Red Eye spoons in nickel & brass plating. 1 oz. Daredevle spoons in red-white stripe, black-white stripe, "5 of diamonds," "Crackle Frog" & "Hot Mackerel" patterns (see www.eppinger.com). These can be casted, driftfished or trolled.
2. Spinners: 5/8 oz. & 1 oz. Erie Dearie spinners in nickel, gold, red-white, yellow & green colors. These can be casted, driftfished or slow trolled with either plastic trailers (in white, yellow, or black), or a live minnow on the hook. Large spinnerbaits with Colorado blades in white, chartreuse, white-chartreuse, or black & blue body colors. The spinnerbait blades can be nickel plated, brass plated, or painted to match the bodies. These are usually casted, but can also be driftfished or slow trolled with either plastic or pork trailers (in white, yellow, or black).
3. Crankbaits: Larger sized (6"+) minnowbaits, such as the Rebel jointed minnows in FasTrack & Spoonbill lip designs, or Rapala jointed minnows with regular or deep diving lip designs. Whichever you choose, get them in the black back/silver sides/white belly, black back/gold sides/white belly, perch, & yellow back/white sides/white belly patterns. These can be casted, driftfished or trolled. Use the smaller-lipped baits when the fish are shallow, & the Spoonbills/large-lipped lures when the fish are deep.
4. Softbaits: 6" & 9" Lunker City Slug-Gos in the Arkansas Shiner & Alewife color patterns. These are casted, & retrieved slowly & erratically.
These, along with the other suggestions on this thread, should give you a good start. Let us know how you do on your trip, & again, welcome.
Keep the line fresh, the hooks sharp, and have fun fishing. God bless you. -Sonny, Life Member since 2002