We all have our preferences when it comes to lure colors for northern pike fishing. But what is the theory behind all these colors? Is there a color for pike fishing that works best? Are these colors designed to catch more anglers then fish? Does it make any difference what color you use? Here are five things to consider when choosing a color.
1. Dark Lures
Did you know that a black lure is the most visible color underwater? In the stain Cobham River waters, black creates the most visible silhouette and stands out more from other colors. The silhouette of a dark lure has more of a natural appearance. Therefore black is often seen as the go-to natural color. When you scuba dive you can check this for yourself. Dark items in the water will create the best visible silhouettes.
2. Does Lure Detail Matter
Just imagine: You cast your lure out (a spoon, crankbait or jerk bait) and you start reeling it in. Jerking and twitching. The lure darts, shakes and slides through the water and passes a pike. Do you really think the pike is looking at the hand painted details on your lure? Of course not! Pike don’t care for details.
The most important feature in northern pike fishing lure is the shade of what you want it to represent. A lure with a perch or pike pattern will have a shade of a natural looking perch or pike. That is what triggers the pike, to strike. It is not in the lure details for the fish. Those details are made to catch you.
3. Colors for Surface, Top water Northern Pike Fishing
When you fish top water lures the pike is ALWAYS underneath you lure. Obvious you might say, why is this important? Well, we all know pike are visual predators. This means that a pike mostly hunts with his eyes. When a pike looks towards the surface, all colors look the same against the sky. They only see a black silhouette.
The only color that does pop out on the surface is reflective material. Shine not color is all that matters for top water bait.
4. Reflection is a Color for Northern Pike
If you look back at what your father or grandfather used for northern pike fishing, spoons and spinners were the lure of choice. Today lures are more complex but the spinner or spoon is a very effective lure.
There are 2 things that a spoon and a spinner have in common. Which is vibration and light reflection.
When we look at pike lures sold today we find the same lure in 50 different color options, manufacturers don’t use much reflective materials anymore. On brighter and sunny days this is however the hottest color to fish with! Even in deep water, there is still light penetration and a light reflecting lure can be very deadly for big pike. So don’t just choose color lures on these sunny days, but try something flashy!
5. Confidence is the best color you can fish with
Fishing with lures and lure colors that you trust, gives confidence. This will in return result in in a longer focus while fishing, you will be fishing harder and you will keep on casting. As long as there is confidence you will be creative and try new techniques such as spin stops, reel in a little faster, use more pauses etc. It keeps your productivity high. Once your confidence is gone, so will the focus on catching fish. So fish with the color you think will deliver fish. Your confidence is really important in the odds of catching a trophy pike!
If you take anything away from this article, remember this. Do not get snagged by the pretty colors! They are mostly designed to catch you, not the fish. There is no best lure color for northern pike fishing. The key in fishing is knowledge, presentation and location. Choose the color that fits in your presentation or fish with what gives you confidence. What gives you confidence is fun, and fun is what fishing is all about!