It’s a good thing experience has taught me which worm colors to buy when shopping. That’s because tackle companies offer an endless variety of super-sexy looking color combos. In fact, I’m quite certain worm colors come in more choices than the nail polish found at Walgreens. The countless options of colors can be overwhelming to a beginner and leave such a person short on cash after checking out of a store. In this article, I offer my recommendations on color selection which is based on water tint, turbidity, and light levels. And to be clear, these are colors that are used on worm presentations where the worm is fished along the bottom.
The colors that I recommend are commonly found in every experienced bass fisherman’s tacklebox. Whatever the given water conditions might be, one of the following basic, fundamental colors would be an excellent choice. These colors are morning dawn, watermelon, red bug, green pumpkin, june bug, and black. Variations of these colors are plentiful, generally done by adding some type of glitter. But generally they are redundant. To simplify worm color selection to the extreme, the first two colors that I would add to a new bass angler’s tackle box would be green pumpkin and june bug.
The trick to be successful with these colors is matching them to the appropriate conditions. I first take water tint into consideration. Then I look at the water turbidity/clarity and the overall light conditions (bright, cloudy, mid-day, dawn, dusk).
Most water bodies have a green tint, and in this situation I will choose either morning-dawn, red bug, watermelon, green pumpkin, or black. Water turbidity and light conditions narrow the selection further. In very clear water under sunny skies, I don’t want a color that stands out and can be easily scrutinized. So I limit my color selection to either morning-dawn, watermelon, or red bug. These colors have some transparency, allowing them to better blend in under high visibility conditions. Under intermediate water clarities, green pumpkin is more solid looking and won’t disappear so easily as a worm with transparency. The same goes for clear water under low-light conditions. Green pumpkin still gets noticed, while the more transparent colors get lost. Black is the most solid color available but I seldom use it. But when the water has low-clarity, that is the time for black.
Some areas of the country have rivers and lakes with a brown/coffee/tanic tint, usually caused by inflows from swamps/bogs/marshes. These water bodies have me selecting either red bug, june bug, or black. Narrowing it down, just like above, I next consider the water clarity and light levels. Red bug is great for bright skies under lightly tinted, clear conditions. June bug covers many of the intermediate conditions, and black excels when turbidity is high and/or light levels are low.
With hundreds of worm colors to choose from, a beginning angler can be a bit overwhelmed. However, by limiting color selection to morning dawn, watermelon, red bug, green pumpkin, june bug, and black; money won’t be wasted on unnecessary colors. Plus you’ll have a good color for just about any water condition possible. Just simply follow the guidelines I suggested concerning water tint, water clarity, and light levels and you will maximize your worm fishing productivity!