Its all in the color

Does the color of the lure I use make any difference when I’m fishing for Crappie?

Picking the color of a lure can be a difficult choice, some people believe that the color of a lure makes no difference to the performance of luring fish to your hook, while others believe it can be the difference between a solitary fish and a large haul depending on the conditions.

 The best way to choose the color of your lure is to use the weather. The color of a lure depends greatly on how much light is available to the fish in the water, gloomy dark days do not provide much light in the watery depths while sunny days can provide a clear water setting that requires a different approach.

 When your fishing in clear water it is important to use a lure that matches the colors of the natural foods a fish eats. An example is to use browns and greens for bottom feeding fish,

 In dark waters the importance rests in getting your lure seen, this can be achieved with vibrations so the fish can understand where your lure is, but more importantly is to use a bright lure as dark waters block out the light.

On a sunny day the best lures are those that are silver, this is because as the sun catches the lure it can produce extra flashes of color to attract the fish.

 Cloudy days can be difficult to choose for, but if you go for a mix of dark and light lure you cannot go wrong. It seems that the contrast between dark and bright can really catch the eye of the fish and work very well.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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