SOFT PLASTIC CRAWS
At times crayfish (craw’s) can be one of the most abundant food supplies for bass. Just like a bass a craw has different characteristics with different seasons. Craws will change colors by the season so it’s important to know which colors they are in your lake. Once the craw’s start to feed on the grass in the spring/summer they develop a red color on their belly and sides, though this slightly varies throughout the country. Once that grass dies off late summer and in the fall then these crayfish will start to turn blue. So adjust your colors of your craw imitators color accordingly. These craw imitators will be soft plastics shaped to imitate the look and motion of craw’s, these soft plastics can be used as jig trailers, flipping baits, or Texas rigged for the bottom. Something to always keep in mind is the craw’s habitat. This is usually rocks, boulders, and commonly in vegetation.
Where to use craw imitators:
No matter what rig you put a craw imitator on always keep in mind where you are putting it. If you are putting it somewhere a real craw doesn’t live then you shouldn’t expect excellent results. Put the imitator somewhere an actual craw is known to live (grass, rocks, gravel bottom) or somewhere you personally have seen them, that is when you are most likely to trick a bass.
Whenever a bass is not looking for baitfish it is most likely looking for craw’s. This opens the question “when do bass look for baitfish and when do they look for crayfish”?
Craw Style Jig Trailers
When to use craw imitators:
I consider crayfish as a secondary food source for bass. The primary being baitfish ( shad, herring, alewives, etc). But knowing when bass are focusing on just crayfish is tricky. I do not know a perfect system of figuring that out yet but what I do know is it can’t hurt to have a crayfish patterned bait tied on a rod next to a baitfish pattern. So trial and error can tell you what is working each day. Just remember the behavior of the fish can change daily. You can always have a craw (imitator or pattern) on a bait no matter what time of year it is. One thing that is known is that bass certainly feed on them year round (certainly more in some bodies of water than other).
What colors to use and when:
Remember: once the craw’s start to feed on the grass in the spring/summer they develop a red color on their belly and sides. Once that grass dies off late summer and in the fall then these crayfish will start to turn blue. So adjust your colors of your craw imitators color accordingly. But truly the best thing to do is to observe the body of water that you are or will be fishing because coloration’s can vary lake to lake.