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    Default Jig color recommendations for Pa Lakes

    I see different colors recommended depending on water clarity.

    Having only really fished in central Pa, I'm not sure how I'd classify the water of the lakes I fish. They are not crystal clear where you can see the bottom in 10 FOW. I'd say they mostly have a greenish color to them. I've been to Ricket's Glenn to look at the water falls with the wife that water was definitely stained brown, almost looked like weak tea.

    So how would you classify most of the lakes in Pa? Clear? Stained?

    What would you recommend for jig color. I find myself using a lot of chartreuse.
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    Pink, white, chartreuse, usually work for me, and colored jig heads, pink being one of them. Will be trying other colors this year too, but those are my go to, first.

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    With the size of our fish most seem to be 9 1/2 or less, what size soft jig do you like. I bought a bunch for the Boby Garland baby shad (2 inch) when they were on sale. they seem pretty big compared to the hand tied shad dart jigs I been using?

    Thinking about getting some slabinator mini rods at 1 3/4 long.
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    These colors worked for me especially the gold/gold/chart. and black/chart. hand ties. Longlining or casting black/chart. plastic on a Road Runner. Just don't forget the Berkley nibbles. Didn't get out as much as I would have liked because of the plague.

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    I use alot of pink,white and chartreuse. Pink is my first choice. Last summer,my brother and I caught most of our walleye on pink and purple worm harnesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchech View Post
    These colors worked for me especially the gold/gold/chart. and black/chart. hand ties. Longlining or casting black/chart. plastic on a Road Runner. Just don't forget the Berkley nibbles. Didn't get out as much as I would have liked because of the plague.

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    Great looking ties, and good info from the posters on color combinations. I have some of those colors with my trout magnets that I will try this year, particularly early when the water is fairly dirty.
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    Agree with the above on the top 3 jig colors. My historic hierarchy has been white, chartreuse, and pink. Last year pink was #1. You have to look beyond water color/clarity. Sky conditions play a key role. Is it sunny or cloudy or a combo? Is it 7:00 AM or noon or 3:00 PM or evening? Keep records of what worked best when. History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Some other character said that one first. Don’t forget water temperature, water temperature and all important water temperature. And don’t be afraid to go beyond the top 3 colors. I had unused blue/white tube jigs in my box of tricks that started catching jumbos when all else went dry one day late last October.
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    For me thereís just too many colors to recommend just three. Those pink, white, chartreuse colors will work just about anywhere if and or when teamed with another color. I start with what worked better for me the previous season then work my way from there. Pourhouse custom baits milk money was one of the hottest baits last season. Bobby Garland blue ice and glacier put a ton of fish in the boat too. So did purple mist and monkey milk. My hand ties worked well early in the season. Red chartreuse, black chartreuse,and brown all put fish in the boat on different lakes. Black or chartreuse hand ties did a number on the gills in May and June. So donít get stuck on using just a few baits. When the bite slows down, donít hesitate to change to something they rarely see on that lake.
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    Lots of good advice already given. My go to is a silver head with white calf tail and some silver tinsel. However I usually fish 2 jigs so I can add another color to fish at the same time. Chartreuse, pink would be my next inline. However you never know. I have fished in Va a good bit in the early season and on one impoundment ( Chickahominy lake) behind Rockohock I found that a medium red colored head with orange calf tail will sometime out fish all other colors. At times the water there can e a little off colored and I catch most fish in 20 feet of water. I agree that trying different colors and even size can make a huge difference. One big factor is cold water requires very slow moving presentation. There is no wrong when you are catching fish. My suggestion is when fishing is good experiment and switch off with secondary colors and jig sizes. After a while you can usually tell which ones produce better then others.
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    Can't believe that most of you agree with my selection. A friend, that made and sold jigs, got me on the pink train, years ago. And to think, that when mentioning pink, some would never believe it. Hey, will take anybodies advice on what to use, when you know the type fishing person they are. Yea, got some Texas stuff to try this year.

    Always have a pair of clippers with me. One for trimming, when retying, and second to open up the hooks about 10 degrees, for better hook set. Once after starting doing that, my catch rate increased big time.

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