How To Catch Bass In Muddy Water

Bass LOVE muddy water! Its not as tough as you think to catch fish when the water is murky. Anglers often lose confidence and begin to struggle when the water turns muddy and starts to rise but its all in their heads. Rising muddy water means more food and more food means aggressive bass. When the muddy conditions arrive this year, you'll be ready!

Don't let water color scare you. Whether your lake is crystal clear or chocolate milk the bass still need to eat. Its all about adaptation and recognizing changing conditions. Don't be afraid to fish aggressively in dark water. Matt's favorite bait in high, muddy water is a spinnerbait. There is no reason to slow down unless the bass won't cooperate. If that happens, we've got a handful of other techniques you can try with confidence.

Below is a breakdown of the baits discussed in the video. All of these are proven producers in stained to muddy water. Don't be afraid to get out there after the next big storm, you might be surprised how many fish are willing to bite.

Reaction Baits...

River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (Iced):

Revenge Double Colorado Spinnerbait:

Evergreen Jack Hammer Chatterbait:

Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig (Citrus Shad or Dirty Shad):

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless Crankbait (Chartreuse Shad):

Slow Moving Baits...

No-Jack Flipping Jig (Blackend Blue):

Man Bear Pig Creature Bait:

Brush Hog Creature Bait:

6"' Yamamoto Senko:

Preferred Rods For Muddy Water Fishing...

Rod- Zodias 7'5" Heavy or Extra Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid:


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Cold Muddy Water: 5 Baits That Still Work!

Muddy Water Bass Fishing can be a real challenge! Many of our lakes are full or flooding but Bass still need to eat. Fish these 5 baits with confidence and you'll begin catching fish again!

Bass will be in all stages as the water rises but focus on the bass that are moving up in the shallow water and flooded cover for your best chance at success. These fish will be actively feeding in cover and incoming water throughout the lake. Using our 2-pronged approach of agressive fast moving baits followed by a methodical approach to maximize your time on the water. 

Baits Shown In This Video...

1/2 oz Chatterbait:
1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait:
Keitech Swimbait (Size 4.3) as a Trailer:
1/2 Oz. Pitchin' Jig (Black/blue or Black/Blue/Purple):
Sweat Beaver Jig Trailer (Black/Blue):
Jig Rattles:
1/2 Oz. Tungsten Weight:
Rattle Bead:
5/0 EWG Superline Hook:
Zoom Brush Hog (Black/Blue or Junebug):
California Swim Jig:

Fishing muddy water is second nature to many anglers but if you're a Western fisherman these recent storms have completely changed the way you fish. Don't be afraid of the rising muddy water as our lakes hit flood stage. The bass are adapting to their new home and will continue to feed.