View Full Version : Bait Color Preference Change On Your Lake

03-16-2016, 12:43 AM
I know that was a long title but I could not figure out how to say it. This was a question posed in another thread. Chaunc stated "It seems to change from year to year on my home lake. But the basic color always has chartreuse on it. This year it's yellow/chartreuse on an unpainted head." I have noticed on Ky. Lake the past few years the color they like changes and was trying to dial in why this happens. I am a 2 poler so I get a lot of chances to compare baits plus I make my own heads and plastic. This year it is blue and pink which was an accident making baits. I liked the color so I tried it many times against what worked last year( white/pink) I do use UV and glow in my heads and plastic and the same line and poles. I was wandering if anyone had any thoughts why the preference changes? This is a 2.3 lb. with the current favorite bait.

03-16-2016, 04:32 AM
wish I knew the answer to that one, happens to me every year also, never could figure that out. I always thought it had something to do with the water condition for some reason clearity maybe but seems like that really hasn't changed that much for the time of year.

03-16-2016, 06:30 AM
Beautiful fish! And a nice looking jig. I think color preference has more to do with current weather/light conditions and water clarity. And yes, it does change from week to week, at least on our waters here. Some pink and some chartreuse mixes are always good though. :)

03-16-2016, 06:54 AM
My go-to's on my three lakes are white/chart, black/chart, and orange/chart. If they aren't producing numbers or size. MY next line of defense is black/pink, yellow/chart, blue/chart or the scale head southern pros they all seem to bail me out.

03-16-2016, 12:40 PM
What happened to KY Lake Green? It was the color for a long time (or maybe a long time ago).

My go-to color is black body w/ chartreuse tail. Seems to work for me.

03-16-2016, 01:13 PM
Has to do will water coloration and degree of....stained, muddy, green algae, brown algae, red algae, etc, etc. that and light penetration.

03-16-2016, 07:36 PM
I use a Southern Pro 2'' Umbrella tube with a 1/8 oz unpainted jig head #2 hook inside . In spring when big fish are aggressive and water muddies up or go deep I use a 2.5 '' tube in glow orange / chart or solid glow chart with a 1/4 oz jig head #1/0 hook inside . That purple/chart is a bait that I use over 90 % of the time here or where ever I fish . I am a 2 pole jig fisherman and mainly target submerged wood ( stumps , brush piles , stake beds , ect ) I like heavier jigs with bigger hooks as I seldom use a landing net either . Love that thump and when they break the surface swing then in on a 11' Ozark jig pole . Here is a few from yesterday .:biggrin


03-16-2016, 07:39 PM
You the man NIMROD

03-16-2016, 09:20 PM
Dang Nimrod, Them some big fish.

03-17-2016, 06:10 AM
I fish almost like Nimrod most of the time, just don't ever use a hook bigger than a size 2.

03-17-2016, 06:38 AM
Not sure what the main color will be this year but finished last season using a blk/ chart crappie kicker from one of our sponsors here, Fle-fly. That bait put a lot of crappies in the boat from October thru December. The BG baby shad was second in monkey milk color.

03-17-2016, 08:53 AM
Some believe that since Crappie can see colors, that they can also can associate colors to pain, trauma, being caught, etc.

Our home lake does have "Patterns" that are constant though.
From Early Spring to Spawn....Natural Baitfish colors, shapes, sizes, (natural minnows, logperch, darters, shiners, etc.) Shad are Normally Too large by now.
During Spawns....any color, any size, any bait.
After Spawns....Shad colors, shapes, sizes, also Craw and Mayfly imitators.
Summer Months....Shad, Craw, Mayfly and Midge baits
Fall Months....Shad.

At certain times....Bluebird sky/Overhead sun, Dark Clouds, etc...Bright, Contrasting, Fluorescent colors will work to attract fish, but sizes and profiles for those "Patterns" are constant.

Right Now the COLOR for Walleye has been Pink/Orange Fluorescent dyed swimbaits (water is Turbid)...then after their spawn, they switch to Natural colors also.

Water Conditions, Light Penetration, light angle, waves, ripples, brightness, water quality, suspended material, etc, all have an effect/affect on basic colors....Fluorescent colors though, do not mute in most water.

03-17-2016, 09:19 PM
I like blue and pink. Used it completely one year. But if I absolutely had to use one color to catch fish or starve, it would be purple/chart. Again I think a lot of fishing is having confidence in what you are using. I been thinking about using a larger head/hook this spawn too. Pulled some shad out of a couple the other day that were 4" long or so.

03-18-2016, 04:04 PM
nice fish there nimrod ....as far as bait color goes I try different baits if I cant get bit ....
I don't actually have a "favorite color" on certain lakes ....

03-18-2016, 04:04 PM
on my home lake these are the go to white/chart, black/chart, orange/chart and red/chart with a pink head. That has worked every year for me.

but as stated earlier it depends on water level temp and color. Over the years I have noticed that Barometric pressure has effected the outcomes as well.