How does water color affect bass movements. Muddy conditions? Stain Conditions? Clear conditions?

How does water color affect bass movements. Muddy conditions? Stain Conditions? Clear conditions? etc.

When you are out bass fishing, you need to know a good amount about the nature of the bass to ensure that you use the right techniques and lures to be able to attract a high number of fish. One of the main factors in determining bass behaviour and movements is indeed the water colour because, depending on the type of bass you are fishing for, you will find that behaiour does vary as alter begins to become stained. Largemouth bass prefer murky waters because they thrive under those conditions. They are natural predators and so will tend to stay out of clearer waters so they can have better results when striking. However, they will tend to go a little deeper if the waters are particularly murky. They are at their most active in slightly stained waters and will bite readily in those conditions. Smallmouth bass, on the other hand, prefer clearer waters and will tend to be more active in clear or slightly stained waters. Of course, muddy waters are not bad for fishing necessarily. Bass may not like those waters but will not become inactive just because the waters are more cloudy after a storm. Instead, they will head to vegetative areas or under rocky outcrops so you can use those conditions to your advantage too. Having a good catch rate is not impossibl in any conition but you absolutely need to do a little homework and find out how to best make them all bite.


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