Choosing the right lure color can be such a tricky proposition. Color might not be the #1 factor in determining whether or not you’re going to catch fish, but it certainly can make a difference in some situations. Here’s how top walleye guide Charlie Nelson (Nelson’s Guide & Charter Service) narrows down his color choice throughout the day.
Do colors matter when it comes to fishing? I believe they do. Sure, there are days when whatever you put down they’re going to hit, but on the days that you need to pick something that’s going to trigger those fish, I think color matters.
When I start to figure out what colors I’m going to use, I pay attention to what hook I’m hooking up fish on. For example, if I’m using a crawler harness and I start catching fish that are coming up behind and grabbing the trail hook, the color that I’m going to key on is probably the bead color and the back of the blade. That’s because as those fish come up, that’s what they’re seeing.
On the other hand, if they’re smashing the front hook and they’re coming in and actually grabbing that front, they’re probably keying in on the front color and maybe the beads. So, I will start to pick whatever color that front blade is looking at.
How to Choose the Right Color Rig:
So, here’s the trick:
- Decide or pick what hook they’re hooking up on.
- Grab your colors.
I’m Charlie Nelson with Nelson’s Guide and Charter Service and that’s your Angling Buzz Tip of the Week.