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Stained water comes in many hues . I see brown stained and green stained a lot. Down south Im guessing there is red stained from all the red clay . Do any of you choose lure colors , particularly soft plastics  ,differently for the color of the water ?  

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Mainly all the water I fish has a green tint to it. I throw whatever I have at the time.

Junebug, amber with green flakes, bama craw, falcon lake, wateelon, etc.

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Black, or junebug.

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I wasnt very clear with my question . Do you treat brown ,red  and  green waters differently ?

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I wasnt very clear with my question . Do you treat brown ,red  and  green waters differently ?

 

No one can give you a real answer. You'll need to experiment to find out what works for you and the body of water you fish. Geneerally when fishing stained or muddy water, you want the fish to find the bait, go with a bigger profile, rattles, and brighter colours.

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Generally speaking; I'll go with a watermelon type color or green pumpkin plastics for green water or a yellow or black and yellow skirted spinnerbait, crankbaits will be natural or yellow sides. For brown water I'll use the chartreuse spinnerbaits, fire tiger crankbaits, and black soft plastics. Don't see much red water. This may not be the correct colors to use but the bass don't seem to mind. That is just me. I'm sure others do it differently and catch fish also. I think color is less of an issue than most folks make it out to be.

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I am still pretty new to freshwater fishing so please take this for what it is.  Two of the lakes/ponds I fish are stained brown.  I have been told it is due to tannins release from organic matter (tree, stumps, etc).  You can search for tannin or tannic stained water lure colors to get more information.  Anyway, I have found that colors like chartreuse, white, reds, orange, golds, firetiger work well in brown/red stained water.

 

The way I look at it is if the water is showing brown then other contrasting colors are being blocked/absorbed so I try to somewhat match the color lure to the color water.  I think this is the site I picked that up from:

 

http://www.forciersguideservice.com/pages/posts/a-question-of-clarity16.php 

 

Like I said, I am new to FW fishing so I could be completely off.  If I am I would love a correction, especially with any additional information you can provide.

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I am still pretty new to freshwater fishing so please take this for what it is.  Two of the lakes/ponds I fish are stained brown.  I have been told it is due to tannins release from organic matter (tree, stumps, etc).  You can search for tannin or tannic stained water lure colors to get more information.  Anyway, I have found that colors like chartreuse, white, reds, orange, golds, firetiger work well in brown/red stained water.

 

The way I look at it is if the water is showing brown then other contrasting colors are being blocked/absorbed so I try to somewhat match the color lure to the color water.  I think this is the site I picked that up from:

 

http://www.forciersguideservice.com/pages/posts/a-question-of-clarity16.php 

 

Like I said, I am new to FW fishing so I could be completely off.  If I am I would love a correction, especially with any additional information you can provide.

I run into tea colored water in autumn, from all the leaves brewing . Mud brown in spring and after heavy rains but  green is the most prevalent that I fish . I have my favorite colors but like to get other peoples experiences .

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No one can give you a real answer. You'll need to experiment to find out what works for you and the body of water you fish. Geneerally when fishing stained or muddy water, you want the fish to find the bait, go with a bigger profile, rattles, and brighter colours.

Of course it can be answered. If fishing green water what are your initial choices?  If not productive then change  . Brown same question.  I often match the water color as close as I can with a hint of chartreuse on the tail. Id just like to know what others use . 

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Specific colors don't matter to much for me. Contrasting colors on the bait seem to work way better than single colored bait in various types of stained water.

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Brown and green: Junebug. Red: Black w/ Red Flake.

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I don't usually get too hung up on colors unless the water is crystal clear or very murky. I'm probably going to be throwing a green pumpkin, black or watermelon base in most water colors.

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I don't usually get too hung up on colors unless the water is crystal clear or very murky. I'm probably going to be throwing a green pumpkin, black or watermelon base in most water colors.

 

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Stained water is stained water in my book. 

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  I think color is less of an issue than most folks make it out to be.

I dont think so. I feel the more details I get right the more fish I will catch and color is a big part , particuarly in shallow water  not so much in deep . I'm not satisfied in catching a few fish my goal is to catch fish after fish .

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I'm not satisfied in catching a few fish my goal is to catch fish after fish .

Then start perch jerking!

Ya can use any color lure in any color water, day or night!

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Then start perch jerking!

Ya can use any color lure in any color water, day or night!

 Bass are willing to hit. No need to perch jerk. 

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I saw that Glen and I pretty much follow it exactly. I guess i'm just getting too technical regarding water color. 

 

I was looking at the Mepps website and they were showing what their lures looked like in different water colors . It is interesting and thought some of the well traveled anglers had preferences . 

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Picking a color for any water clairity, weather condition, daytime, or night time is really quite simple.

I walk the aisles at WalMart, Academy, Dick's, Gander Mountain, BPS, or Cabela's. When I see a color I like I buy it, take it to the lake, & try it.

The bass will tell me what they think of my selection!

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I use black, black/blue, or junebug. I start with those and go from there.

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There are only two colors that you will need to catch bass:  green and green.  If you must go with more than two colors you can also try green.

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