How To Choose Lure Colors
Learn how to choose lure colors for all fishing conditions in this informative video!
Hi, guys. This is Gene Jensen, with BassResource.com. This morning, we're going to talk about water clarity and color selection.
When I first get to a lake that I've never been to before, that I'm not very familiar with, or even if after a good weather change like some rain or stuff like that, I'll grab a white Fluke or white lure of some type and put it on a jig head or put it on something that has a weight and drop it in the water and watch it sink. When it disappears, I stop and bring it up, and I see how deep that lure was when it disappeared. That gives me the water clarity.
As a rule of thumb, there's variances and everybody thinks of this rule of thumb a little bit differently, but in my eyes 6 feet and deeper is clear water. 4 to 6 feet is murky water. 2 to 4 feet is stained water, and 0 to 2 feet is muddy water. I take that knowledge that I have of the water clarity and I transfer that into my bait colors, if I'm fishing plastics. We're not going to talk about vibration, vibration is not a color. We'll talk about that in another video.
I have a standard, few colors that I keep with me at all times, and they pretty much cover every water color. The colors that I use the most are green pumpkin. Green pumpkin, I will use most of the time. It is good in clear water, good all the way up to stained water. Not so good in muddy water, just because a fish can't see it very well. Black is an all around good color; it will work in the whole spectrum of clarity.
If I'm fishing really clear water, which in the majority of lakes that I fish around here in Clarksville, Richmond Mill, in North Carolina, and several of the other lakes are fairly clear. When I'm choosing colors for clear water, kind of a little trick that I do is if I hold this lure up, this is a plum crazy, if I hold it up to the sun and the sun shines through it, it's a fairly good clear-water color. Then it's up to what type of color the bass wants; watermelon, plum colors, and red bug. Red bug, I have all the time and it works in clear or murky water. Then for your muddy waters, I'm going to almost exclusively fish black. I usually don't fish soft plastic in muddy water; I’ll throw a jig or something like that.
To go over it again, for clear water to stained water, you want to have a natural color; greens, browns, things like that, blacks. In stained to muddy water you want your dark colors; your junebugs, your blacks, things like that, things that are easier to pick up in that muddy water. Then for bright colors, like your metholiates and your chartreuses . . . chartreuse work in clear water and everything else . . . and your whites, I'll use that. I'll use bright color, actually in super-clear water and in muddy water. It's just my preference. It's just my thoughts behind water color, and it’s what's worked for me over the years.
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