What is the Best Lure Color

blogOne of the most common questions I have been asked about muskie fishing is about lure color. It's a tough question to answer because it depends so much on where and when you are fishing. I have a variety of answers as well, but it does not mean the answer is always right for you. You just have to try them all until you build confidence in a particular color or pattern on the specific body of water you are fishing. I've come a long way on my opinion of color choice over the years and I am still making new observations every time I am on the water. The first tip I can provide is to pay attention to what others are throwing on that particular body of water, at that specific time of year. I still do this and really take notes when someone who is respected in the muskie world has something to say about it. When I first started out, I was told to use black. So, I gathered up some muskie lures from my uncle that were very old, but one of them included a black Suick. I remembered the advice about black lures and snapped it on. It wasn't long before it got hammered! That was my first confidence building experience and I'll never forget it! Since then, I've been gathering information about lure color steady, and gathering my own observations as well. What I've learned is that you need to try them all. There is no color pattern that is going to solve all the issues, but it can and will make a difference in catching fish. I have every color in my tackle boxes and use most of them throughout the season.

When first selecting a color to try on any given lake, I take a look at what the main forage base is going to be. This can also change on the same lake from month to month and even year to year because of fluctuations in forage populations. On lakes with high cisco populations, I will try to match that with either white or silver as a starting point. Perch based forage can mean using brighter color patterns, such as the Honey Bear, or Green Lantern patterns in the Juice Bucktail lineup. This can mean the same thing in a lake with a high bass population. I've had success with green patterns in situations when a lot of Largemouth Bass are present, and brown and gold patterns work very well in a Smallmouth Bass environment. These are just some examples to go off of, but come to your own conclusions.

Another very important situation to pay attention to is light availability at any given time of day. Many people prefer to use bright colors when fishing in low light conditions, because they want to be able to see their bait coming in on the retrieve. This can be helpful so you don't jam your leader into your rod and do damage to it, but to me black is better at night or in very low light conditions. Color disappears when there is no light reflecting off of it, so black may actually be the most visible to a fish in darkness because it will make the best silhouette. With this information, I determine that black will be my color choice under a new moon when there is almost no light availability. On the contrary, I will throw on white under a full moon. Fish can see well under these conditions and will even spook at the boat from your own silhouette under a bright full moon.

I will use a similar concept when fishing during the day by paying attention to cloud cover. Under clouds, I prefer to use a darker color to contrast the white cloud cover. It just sticks out more. And under sunny conditions I almost always use a color with a lot of light reflection. In this situation, I choose silver or gold blades with a lot of reflection, and a skirt color to match the forage base. I have a lot of confidence in the reflection of the blades on sunny days. More recently, I've discovered that some colored blades will also reflect a lot of light. The Green Lantern pattern of the Juice lineup is super bright under the sun and almost looks reflective. Give that one a try!

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when choosing a color. The main point here is that you will need a variety of colors in your box to always be successful!
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