Water Clarity Musky


Water Clarity Musky

Adjust your tactics to water temperature and clarity for fall river muskies. In dark or dirty water, large, slow-moving, high-contrast lures with rattles trigger strikes.

In this article, we will discuss the importance of water clarity when fishing for musky. Water clarity can greatly affect the number of fish you catch, so it’s crucial to adjust your fishing techniques accordingly. Whether you’re on a lake, river, or reservoir, understanding water clarity is key to a successful fishing trip.

Adjusting to Water Clarity

Every time you go on the water, you need to consider the water efficiency and clarity, as it can change throughout the season. By adjusting your fishing techniques to the water clarity, you can increase your chances of catching more fish.

Jim and I are currently fishing in a special section that has proven to be productive in the past. However, when we first arrived, the water was high and muddy due to recent precipitation. We fished all day without any luck. But now, after a couple of weeks of stable weather and the water clarity improving, the bite is back on.

Lure Selection

When it comes to fishing in different water clarities, lure selection is crucial. The water clarity determines the appropriate lure presentation, and using the right lure can make all the difference in attracting musky.

In dark water, fish tend to hold tight to the bottom or in and around cover. Therefore, it’s important to use large profile baits that enable fish to feel the bait’s presence beyond their line of sight. Additionally, slow-moving baits are more effective in dark water, as the fish have a harder time seeing fast-moving lures. Wide wobbling crankbaits with rattles, double-bladed spinnerbaits, and slow-moving noisy topwaters are all great lure choices for musky in dark water.

Lure color is also important when fishing in dark water. Brilliant colored lures with high contrast, such as those with dark backs and lighter colored bellies, are recommended. In the video, a UV bright orange colored Storm Giant Flat Stick was proving to be successful.


Water clarity plays a significant role in musky fishing. By adjusting your fishing techniques to the water clarity, you can increase your chances of catching more fish. In dark water, using large profile baits with slow movements and vibrant colors can be highly effective. Remember to consider the water clarity and choose your lures accordingly for a successful fishing trip.

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