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    Crawfish Colors, Southeast
from Bryan (  
1/11/2001 2:06:00 PM


 Need some info on crawfish colors on lakes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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   Crawfish colors from Ken Nance  1/11/2001 2:34:00 PM
 Ive seen crawfish in this region in alot of diffrent colors. It depends on several things like the time of year, and theyre molting cycle. Ive seen them from black and blue to green pumpkin to brown with bright orange claws. Best way to figure it out is to find ya some rocks and start turning them over. Tight lines, Ken Nance.

   I agree from longrod (  1/11/2001 3:18:00 PM
 It also depends on the river system you're fishing. For instance, in the Chattahoochee River Lakes (Lanier, West Point, Bartlett's Ferry, Goat Rock, Eufaula, etc.) you get a lot of browns and greens with touches of orange. I agree also that it depends on the molt. The further south on the Chattahoochee you get, the colors will vary and even change. On the Savannah River, blue hues tend to be better. I honestly don't know the color of the crawfish on Hartwell, Russell, and Clarks Hill, but the bass will generally eat black and blue jigs better than brown or green pumpkin. Again, this depends on water color, specific location, time of year.... Assuming the point of your question is to try to "match the hatch", I suppose my recommendation would be to base your choice on water clarity going with brown or brown/green in clearer water and black and blue in more stained water. Sometimes brown with an orange (like a Zoom crawdad or rootbeer/green flake colored) chunk is tough to beat especially in early spring or way up in the rivers (no real logic here, just experience). Like most things, there are no hard and fast answers. Quite honestly, I'm not sure the bass can see that well to make a big difference and I'm not sure it cares what color the jig is even if it can see it. With that in mind I almost always throw green pumpkin with a similar trailer or a black and blue combination. When fishing for spots, I make sure my bait is a little smaller and I will tend to go to a trailer that has a little more color to it (like crawdad, chartreuse pumpkin, or rootbeer/green flake).

   the dull brownish orange with splash of brighter reddish orange usually works from arbarnhart (  1/11/2001 3:53:00 PM
  That "standard" crawdad color that you see so many of always seems to be reasonably successful for me the few times I have used it. I think shape and action are more likely to fool a fish and trigger a strike when it comes to crawdads. I inch them along and then ocassionally give them a couple of quick jerks. Most strikes come during or right after the jerks.

   They are hydrilla colored! from Pat  1/11/2001 6:14:00 PM
 In the SSE, craws will tend to camo themselves to their surroundings just as the do in the northern rivres and streams or anywhere else. The majority that I have seen in FL is a dark-brown/blue-green color....

   crawfish from Jeremy (  1/11/2001 7:30:00 PM
 I live in Tennessee and I have seen just about every color of crawfish. They tend to vary in color depending upon the water temperature. If you are trying to figure out what color crawfish to use-I have used the Gene Larew 4 inch pumpkin pepper green crawfish for about seven years now. Out of all of the colors that I have used I have caught more on this color than any other color. I have never really saw a crawfish that looked precisely like these, but I have wore them out in creeks,lakes, and ponds with this color.

   In the Carolinas....when I do see em from RobShaw  1/11/2001 8:07:00 PM
 pretty much as addressed above. Brown/orange/translucent blues and greens. But it does depend on the stage/season.

   Crawfish Colors from Ralph Manns  1/12/2001 2:31:00 PM
 There are more than 300 species of crawfish in the continental U.S. and each species goes through a series of color changes with seasonal molts and environmental changes. There is no right color for any specific water over time. The best you can do is go out to each water where you fish and collect the more abundant species at the moment and match-the-hatch.

The reason knowledge of all crawfish colors isn't required knowledge for all bassers is that the basic colors, black/blue; brown/orange, Black/red, Green/blue, green/orange and grey/blue/red are usually seen by bass in most lakes at one time or another throughout a year.

Bass just aren't smart enough to figure out that a particular color is "out of season" at the moment. You'll likely do just fine if you forget the details and pick colors that are subtle but contrast with the bottom or local vegetation.

   I agree from Johnn (  1/12/2001 4:21:00 PM
 It seems like I always agree with Ralph Manns for some reason but I believe crawfish will camouflage to their surroundings. If you are fishing a red or brown soil bank, the craws will try to blend in. If it is a grassy lake, they tend to be more greenish brown.

   Crawfish from Brovarney (  1/14/2001 12:11:00 PM
 I'm a big fan of the rock turning over stratagy. What I am looking four are the three and four inch size craws.

What I have noticed is that the majority of the craws I find in my livewell that have been pucked up are that size. (Maybe its a Wisconsin thing)

In addition the smaller sized craws are a little lighter in color.

I try to match the lightness/darkness of the craw more than the base color. The highlight color (orange, blue etc. etc.) seems to have a bigger affect than the base color.

But please be forwarned......More than once I have spent a day in the boat with one wet shoe from doing research.



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