Lure Color Selection

I have had countless days on the water where a subtle difference in my lure color has made all the difference in the world. If you don’t know what changes to make at certain times, it could cost you big time. My lure color selection depends on a few factors; water color, amount of sunlight, and sometimes the time of year. Also, I do always like to dip my soft plastics in some chartreuse JJ’s Magic or Spike-It (except for super, super clear water).

Low-light conditions and muddy water:

  • Hard Baits – crankbaits, topwaters, chatterbait, etc.:
    • Black/Chartreuse
    • Black/Blue
    • White/Chartreuse
    • White/Gold
  • Soft Baits – Jigs, Texas-rigs, etc. (all dipped in chartreuse dye):
    • Black
    • Black/Blue
    • Purple

Low-light conditions and clear water:

  • Hard Baits:
    • Natural baitfish colors (match the hatch)
      • In other words, you need to match the color of the primary source of food for the bass in that body of water (shad, bluegill, etc.)
  • Soft Baits:
    • Candy Grass
    • Green Pumpkin
    • Green Pumpkin/Red (spring time)
    • Green Pumpkin/Orange or blue
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly

Sunny and muddy water:

  • Hard Baits:
    • Black
    • Black/Chartreuse
    • Black/Bright silver (chrome)
    • Chrome
  • Soft Baits (all dipped in chartreuse):
    • Black/Red Flake (glitter) – spring time
    • Black/Blue Flake
    • Black/Purple Flake

Sunny and clear water:

  • Hard Baits:
    • Chrome
    • White/Gold
  • Soft Baits:
    • Candy Grass
    • Green Pumpkin
    • Green Pumpkin/Red Flake (glitter) – spring time
    • Green Pumpkin/Blue Flake (glitter)
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly

I hope these tips have helped you out on your color selection the next time you’re out on the water! Feel free to comment on this post or e-mail me at nscott0698@gmail.com with questions or comments about this article (or others). Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our page for notifications about helpful articles like this one! Thanks and have a great day!

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