lure color

Is there a certain lure color that seems to work best for Largemouth Bass?

Yes there are lure colors that work best for Largemouth Bass.  The problem is that it can be a different color from one day to the next. 


Largemouth Bass are color blind, they do not see color.  Water and weather conditions however allow some colors to be seen more readily than others.  There are several factors that contribute to this.  The amount of light, the clarity of the water, the position of the sun and the depth the bass are feeding all impact what colors are easiest to see.


You attack this problem first by being confident in your ability to locate spots Largemouth Bas might be feeding.  Once you do that you start with the most likely color to use.  Generally bright colors like chartreuse work best in early morning and late afternoon in somewhat unclear water.  During midday hours the darker colors become more effective.


I always start fishing with either chartreuse or white. I have found these colors to be the most effective in a variety of conditions.  You will find however there are days when Largemouth Bass will only attack different colors. For whatever reason, the colors you have successfully used before do not appear natural to them anymore.


One last piece of advice I give is to match the color of your bait to what the bass are likely feeding on.  If you are fishing a rocky area with a crankbait I would choose a bait that resembles a crawfish in color.  Baits colored like small frogs often work well near shoreline areas surrounded by lily pads and trees.  Much like fly fisherman match their flies to the hatch of the day.

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

2 Responses to “lure color”

  1. Rich says:

    Sound advice on color!


  2. cody says:

    is this science experiment testable what color of worm will catch the most large mouth bass at the same time of day like can i record the data and heve the experment be testable

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