I've been reading about low bass counts on NYC reservoirs and know many anglers that will only fish for bass as a rule, but there are many fish species in most waters that strike lures. As for myself, I like the challenge of discovering different lure designs: shapes/actions and in different sizes fish hit.
Some anglers go ice fishing and must downsize unless they only use tip-ups and live bait. I never use live bait but always downsize in order to catch most species and especially fish that can get quite large - including a 7 lb catfish caught a few years back.
All predator fish strike lures of one kind or another but, IMO, not to feed. Most lure designs look nor move like any prey animal yet cause fish to lose it and pound them. The lighter the tackle the greater the effect when fish are on, even those considered sissy fish such as panfish. Most important are the numbers that can be racked up in a day that may even include bass. Most days I have the opportunity of catching 4 to 5 fish species and rack up numbers of over 50 fish and with a partner - over 100.
As I said, there are crossover lure designs that catch most fish in a lake or river and as for myself, I'd just as soon be busy unhooking fish after wondering what just took my lure than go fishless hour after hour. Considering the size of panfish down south, it's no wonder they're so popular to catch either for sport or eat though in my case to confirm what designs do best and possibly the reasons fish strike lures in general.