When the water turns murky or stained, it is time to change your strategy for catching bass. Lake and pond water can turn murky from decaying vegetation, water runoff or if the bottom is disturbed. Regardless of the reason, a new way of thinking and fishing is needed to successfully catch bass in these conditions.
Noise, Not Stealth
Bass are not typically known for shying away from a splash. In fact, a fat toad hitting the water is a dinner bell. However, when the water turns murky it is time to really bring on the noise. Bass are curious by nature, so play on this when their visibility may be reduced. Add beads to the line above worm rigs to produce a clacking sound. Also, consider using crank baits with a bead or rattle inside the body. Top-water toads or poppers with a rattle are also effective choices.
Use Bright Colors
When the water is murky, it is time to add color. Use brightly colored soft plastics such as pink bubble gum or chartreuse green. Many soft plastics are also available with glitter or metallic-colored flecks molded in. Try throwing crank baits with bright colors such as orange, yellow, green and white. Lures with colors that reflect any of the available light in the murky water should be used. Avoid dark colors, including black, brown and dark green.
Don't make it hard for the bass to find his next meal. Increase the size of your lures so bass can easily locate and attack the bait. Increase the size of your spinner baits, go with longer or larger plugs and increase the size of plastics such as crayfish and toads. Consider working these baits slower than you normally might to allow bass the opportunity to locate the lures more easily.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.