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Disclaimer: I am colorblind and new to bass fishing. Its no joke. It makes bass fishing a struggle at times. But I'm a fighter....haha.

Anyways....I was fishing my local lake and found this craw claw on the shore. Do you guys think that it turned blue after it dried out or it had some blue when it was still alive? Wondering if I should go out and buy a bunch of blue baits or what. Greens and browns have been working "so-so" this spring. Any advice?

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The craws I have seen alive then dried up have not changed colors, so I would say it wouldnt hurt to try some blue ones.

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Blue color usually means it is from pretty cold water.  Is the water where you found it at usually very cold?

Later, ;)

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Hello BMajor, welcome to the Gold Standard in Fishing Forums IMO.

Any time you have a question no matter how obscure or obvious, there are a bunch of serious bass hounds  here to help out.

 Anyway,  the blue claw is indicative of that craws actual coloring. I fish for smallies in a river here in New England and they too  contain crayfish that are blue during certain seasons. Now I'm not sure you need to buy a bunch of blue jigs or trailers but start out with a few.

Keep your eyes open for more crayfish to prove your hunch.

Hookset ;)

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There are more than 250 species of the 10-legged crustacean in North America; a Crawfish's color is determined by the species and time of the year and will change colors 2-3 times within a year.

I tend to fish plastic craw fish more than the average angler using them not only as a jig trailer but Texas Rigged, on a spot remover type lead head, weightless ect.

My favorite colors are

Cinnamon Pepper Neon/June Bug Laminated (Camouflage)

Junebug/Blue Tail

Black/Blue Tail

Black Neon

Red Shad

Watermelon Neon

Bama Bug

Okechobee Craw

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Bassmaster, check with your department of game and inland fisheries as to the colors of the crawfish in South Dakota.

In Virginia we have 29 of the 530 species in the world and the 400 species in the North America.

We are having success with any crawfish imitators with orange in their body.  

May I suggest getting some orange Spike-It, either the liquid or markers, and give 'em a try by putting some orange on your plastics.

The Bandit Spring and Dark Craw, especially with the orange belly, are doing very well this time of the year in Virginia's waters.

Do some research and find out all you can about crawfish.  ;)

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Catt and Sam, thanks for the information. I had no idea. What brands of crawfish do you guys prefer?

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Gene Larew & Rage Tail ;)

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I too am color-blind, so maybe that colors my perception of the color question. Now that's a color-full statement, if I've ever heard one.

You don't have to over-think the question of color. I carry a variety of craw type baits in a few basic colors. Black/blue works a lot of the time. You already indicated you have greens and browns. Those are good choices. Sam said get some orange in the mix, and I couldn't agree more. A little JJ's Magic will provide some coloring options, along with a potent scent.

Lately I've been liking the two tone craws. They're one color on the top, and a different color on the bottom. These are a nice option. You get two colors for the price of one. If it doesn't work at first, just rig it upside down, putting the other color on top. I've found that to be effective at times.

I've heard a lot of people say you have to "match the hatch". Well, one of my most productive craws is a Berkley Power Craw, black with chartreuse claws. I bought a couple of hundred count bags several years ago, from a yard sale, for a buck a bag. 200 craws for two bucks. Couldn't pass "em up. Now, I've never seen a black crawdad with chartreuse claws, and I doubt the bass in my area have either. That doesn't stop them from trying to eat it.

Any advice, you ask? Yes sir. get some of these.

http://www.***.com/descpageSHD-MSSH.html

I just started using these jigheads last year, and now I won't leave home without "em. You can put any plastic on them you care to try, but they really shine with a craw or creature type bait.

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Black and blue colored softbaits always have produced for me here in SD, jigs, worms, craws ect!!!!!!!  Get urself a few bags and you should see results.........GL

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