What we’re going to discuss today:
– The different types of water clarity
– Which one’s best
– And how it’s going to change up your fishing
Let’s get into it!
Key Things To Think About When It Comes To Water Clarity
This is going to be a general once over; we’re not going to go too in depth but you are going to get a little lot of really good information that is really going to help you out there in the water.
To start off with you’ve got to basically 3 types of water clarity in bass fishing. You’re going to have:
– Clear water
– Stained water
– And Muddy water.
Now in the muddy water it’s going to be easier to get fish to bite than it would in clear water. In clear water it’s generally harder to get a fish to bite because they see the lure too well. They can tell that it’s not real. That’s just the generic. And then you can have even the gin clear water where it’s 8; 10 and even 20 ft. of visibility.
The 3 Types Of Water Clarity
And the way I like to break it down is:
– Anything less than a foot of visibility that’s muddy water – where you can stick a lure in and you can see it. Like a white lure. If you can see that 1 ft. or less that’s muddy water.
– Stained water is anything from about: I like to say anything from about a foot to 2½ ft. of visibility. That’s comfortable for me. That’s stained water; that’s in the in-between.
– And in the clear water is anything 2½ ft. of visibility or better. And then when you get to that like 4; and especially like the 6 and 8 plus ft. of visibility in the water. That’s gin clear water.
You typically find that a lot on highland reservoirs way up north; and into some grass lakes because the grass cleans out the water and it makes it clearer. And that happens any time you have grass.
If it’s alive it’s going to clean out that water.
In General: The Dirtier The Water, The Better The Chances For Catching Fish
What I want to get into is the basic fact that in general. Almost exclusively really whether you’re fishing shallow or deep the fish are going to be easier to catch the dirtier the water is; in general.
Now there can be fish schooling and busting bait up. And you can throw just about you can almost throw just a straight hook in there. If it’s going to go through the school of them fast enough they’re probably going to bite it. There’s a really good chance, and those are just easy fish to catch.
But in general that’s a very good point to make is that it’s going to be the case.
Rule Of Thumb: The Dirtier The Water, The Shallower The Concentrations Of Fish
Now the next one is literally just as dependable as that previous rule if not more – is the fact that the more color or the dirtier that the water is the shallower the concentrations of fish are going to be.
So for example like on this lake right now we’ve got a lot of rain that came through here, and there’s a part of the lake that is actually, I call it clear water. I haven’t actually tested it but it looks clear to me and looks on that clear end where there’s probably about a good 2½ to maybe 3 ft. of visibility, something like that.
And down there, or actually it’s up the lake right now because of the stain. There’s a stain on a certain part of the lake, and it is actually, I didn’t actually stop and fish it but it looks at least stained it might even be muddy.
Basically what I’m telling you is in that portion of the lake where the water is dirtier or where it’s muddy, anywhere it’s dirtier the fish are generally going to be shallower. And they are going to be easier to catch. Versus that fish that are in the deeper water.
Like I said they can easily see your lures just too easily compared to the dirtier water. And in the dirtier water it’s going to be more about the vibration of the lure versus the color and the action of the bait as far as what it looks like going through the water.
It’s going to be much more about what they feel on their lateral line – the bass; they have a lateral line where they can feel. And they know what; something real feels like and what it doesn’t and you and trick ’em.
It’s a lot easier versus sight, they can see 3 times better in the water than we can. At least that’s something that I’ve heard. I know that they can see really, really far under water and it makes a big difference.
Choosing Your Lure Colors
You know the next thing you’re going to want to consider is the choices of your colors of your lures. We’re going to have a lot of videos like this but I’m just going to give a quick once over and it’ll be in this video. How that might change from the different water clarity.
Now I like to mess around with different colors and I like to have a lot of different ones for very specific and I’ll change it up a little bit from time to time. But this is very generic deal – the clearer the water the less I want them to see it. So I’m going to pick something that more translucent that you can see through such as this lure or something that is not near as bright.
Or maybe it might be a shad color lure. Instead of being a white it’ll be like a pearl. And the pearl gives off a shine and it’s not nearly as loud of a presentation. It doesn’t stand out near as much okay. And also in the clearer water I wanted to match the foliage of what the fish are feeding on a lot more.
Like I said it’s a lot more about size than what they feel in the clearer water. So I want to make sure that it’s very realistic. That’s when presentation of your color to what they’re actually eating on that day or that time of year is absolutely key. If you’ve got a crawfish colored lure when they’re eating shad and they’re eating herring you’re just not going to do as well.
You might catch fish but you’re not going to do as well. You’re probably not going to be able to win the tournament- it’s the truth. Or if you have like a shad colored lure and they’re feeding on crawfish you know that two opposite ends of the spectrum.
Make Your Lure Stand Out In Stained Water
Another thing you want to look into – is in the dirty water I want it to stand out. I want them to be able to see it a little more. Granted they’re not using their sight near as much but they’re still using that sense. It’s one of the senses that they use. And I want to be able to have my lure being able to stand out just a little bit more. This is really key in the stained water versus the dirty water.
The dirty water they’re exclusively using their lateral line, in muddy water. And in stained water they’re still using their sight a little bit and I want to be able to trick them. And if you’re moving something fast that is bright at the same time you can often times trick them and get them reactions.
This has been Johnny Jenkins. I sure hope you enjoyed this article. And be sure to click around and check out some other instructional videos that we have on Peak Performance Fishing. I’ll talk to you guys later.
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