Catch of the Day
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It was a nice warm and calm July day on Cedar Lake. This lake has very murky water and a very shallow weedline because of it. I thought I would start out fishing the weedline and anything else close to shore like docks, trees, and logs. A good way to do that is to use a spinnerbait.
Normally I prefer a windier day to fish a spinnerbait but the water clarity here is so limited that any brightly colored lure that makes noise or vibration will work well even without the aid of the wind. A shallow diving crankbait would have been a good lure choice as well.
I caught several bass on the weedline with the spinnerbait but I wanted to liven things up a little bit by trying another lure even though the spinnerbait was working well enough for me as it was. I decided on a black Texas rigged worm because it would come through the weeds easily. Black is a good color to use in very murky water like this. It’s completely opaque and makes a very dark silhouette in the water making it very easy for the fish to see against the lighter color of the water.
It seemed like I was just starting to get something going with the worm when I ran out of time for the TV show. One might begin to think that if I had started the day with the worm, I could have caught more fish than I did with the spinnerbait? The spinner bait covers water more quickly making it the best choice for early in the day before the sun gets high. However, once the sun gets high in the sky and the shadows draw tight to the objects creating them, a more precise and highly targeted approach with a lure like the Texas rigged worm, will become more successful because bass like to be in the shade.
As anglers we know that we must adapt to the changing conditions from season to season or even from day to day but we also need to adapt to changes that occur within a single day.
watch the video below to learn more about how to adapt to changing light conditions.
Lures Used: Spinnerbait, Texas rigged worm. Water Clarity: Murky. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Docks, wood, weed line. Type of fish caught: Bass. Topics of discussion: Fishing murky water.