At this time of year, the color of the water has a major effect on the type of areas that fish such as bass or crappie will hold in. By color, I mean how clear or murky the water is.
With the water starting to warm up, fish become more active and like to use the clearer water over the muddy or stained water for several different reasons. The clear water will warm faster and has higher oxygen levels than muddy, colder water. On most of the lakes I have had reports on, the water temperatures are around 53 to 56 degrees. In this range, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will move toward more shallow warm water. So if you’re looking for a place to fish right now then move from the stained muddy water and try to fish the more stable clearer water.
Sometimes the water in one end of the lake will be real muddy and the other end may have a nice green color to it. It is worth the time to check it out and fish the clear water. The fish will be much more active and will be more aggressive in the more stable water. Also, even in the warmer and more stable water the fish will also be affected by weather changes like cold fronts.
Check out the long- term weather forecast for stable warm weather and look for the clearest and warmest water. This will give you a big plus when looking for fish to catch.
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