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What is the best color spinnerbait for bass?

Bass can only see greens and reds so your chartreuse spinnerbait looks like an off white spinnerbait to a bass. Your blue and black spinnerbaits look the same to a bass and your white one looks white to a bass. That being said the only three colors of spinnerbaits that you need to have in your tackle box are white, black and chartreuse. You probably don’t need the chartreuse one.

The weather and water clarity are the main environmental conditions that you should consider when you are fishing for bass with spinnerbaits. Is it sunny or cloudy? Is the water clear or stained or murky?

I am a Bass Fishing Charter Guide on the Treasure Coast of Florida. I have been catching bass in the lakes, ponds and canals all over Florida for more than 40 years. In the article below, I will teach you everything that I know about choosing the right spinnerbaits to catch monster bass.

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What is the best color spinnerbait for bass on cloudy days?

Dark spinnerbaits work the best on cloudy days. From the perspective for the bass the dark spinnerbait is easier to pick out from the cloudy background. The key to choosing your spinnerbait is to get the bass to be able to locate the lure effectively.

You won’t catch any bass if they do not know where your lure is. It is really that simple. You can use any dark spinnerbait. They can be purple, blue or black because to the bass they are just dark and they can see the contrast against a dark sky.

BUT if you are not getting any bites on a dark spinnerbait, then try a white spinnerbait to see if you get any hits. You just never know what the bass will want on any given day so use these color recommendations as a general rule of thumb.

I wrote another article on this website all about the different colors that a bass can actually see. You can read that article by clicking right here.

What is the best color spinnerbait for bass on sunny days?

White or light colored spinnerbaits work the best on sunny days but they work in almost all conditions. White spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are the the ones that I fish most of the time. I will throw those colors first and then try a dark one or a chartreuse one if the bass are not biting the white ones.

What is the best color spinnerbait for bass in clear water?

White spinnerbaits work the best in clear water. In general, white or translucent bass lures work the best in clear water. That goes for worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or any other lure that you are fishing with. The great thing about fishing with spinnerbaits in clear water is the ability to cover a lot of water quickly and effectively.

I tend to work a spinnerbait more quickly in clear water because I don’t want the bass to get a good look at it. You just want to get the reaction bite with a spinnerbait anyways. A spinnerbait really doesn’t look like any prey item in the bass’ environment so keep them moving in clear water conditions.

What is the best color spinnerbait for bass in muddy water?

The best color of spinnerbait for muddy water is something dark. It can be black, blue or purple but a dark spinnerbait will work the best in muddy or murky water conditions. You will also want to make sure that you have Colorado blades on your spinnerbaits in the murky and muddy water conditions that you are sometimes stuck with.

The vibrations of the spinnerbait blades are as much of an attractant as the color and shape of the actual spinnerbait. The bass will be relying upon their lateral lines to find food when they cannot see very well.

I wrote another article on this website that covers in great detail the many different species of fish that you can catch with a spinnerbait. You can read that article by clicking right here.

What is the best color spinnerbait for bass in Winter?

In general a darker spinnerbait will will work the best in the colder months of Winter. The key to fishing the Winter is to fish everything much more slowly than you normally would. Those fish are cold and don’t want to expend any more energy than they have to in order to get some food in there bellies.

You can fish a spinnerbait in any part of the water column. That is one of the great things about fishing with a spinnerbait. You can fish it down deep where the bass are hanging out in the winter months. The water temperatures and much more stable down deep so the bass will most likely be deeper than normal in the colder months of the year.

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