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Bass Jigs: I Crafted 7 Stunning Bass Jig Colors

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Three weeks ago, I saw a picture that radically shifted my view on jig colors.

You see, I have always advocated that the simpler you keep things, the better.

Applying this to jig fishing (and jig building), I have kept my color choices simple, sticking to solid black or brown jigs with the occasional pop of blue or orange.

In many ways, I still maintain this philosophy that “simpler is better.”

Then three weeks ago, I stumbled across a picture of a jig made by 9K Elite Lures.

This jig was dazzling. “Ghost Crappie” it was called, and like a crappie it looked.

Made with silver, black, and blue iridescent colors, it remains the most stunning crappie jig color I have ever laid eyes on.

The Importance of Confidence

I knew this jig would catch fish.

Any fisherman can attest, the most effective baits are the ones they have the most confidence in.

Well designed jigs inspire confidence in anglers.

And confidence in a jig leads to more fish in the boat.

On this day, I realized this well designed jig inspired confidence in me.

Drawing inspiration from this, I took my jig color designs and went back to the drawing board.

What has emerged is a stunning array of seven colors that will catch fish under a variety of fishing conditions – seven colors that I have great confidence in!

Welcome back to Jig Is Up Lurecraft! Today, I will be introducing you to these seven stunning jig colors. In the process, I will be unveiling the best fishing conditions for each color, as well as how you can make these colors yourself!

Bass Jigs: 7 Stunning Bass Jig Colors

1. Black Eyed Craw

I designed the Black Eyed Craw pattern with versatility in mind.

Black and brown jig with a wood background
Black Eyed Craw

Consisting of classic black and brown colors woven together in a two-tone design, Black Eyed Craw can be fished with either a black trailer or a trailer with a natural color such as brown or green pumpkin.

This versatility allows me to fish this color design all year round, in both clear water and stained water.

With a black trailer, the jig takes on a dark profile perfect for dirty water.

With a brown trailer, the jig takes on a very natural, mottled appearance. This is particularly effective in clear water fisheries where fish can easily see their forage.

Although many jig designers are fond of perfectly symmetrical color designs, mottled color designs such as this more closely resemble how crawfish and other forage actually appear in the water. 

Below is a list of materials you can use to build this color pattern. Check out this article for a primer on how to build a bass jig of your own from scratch!

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Camo Craw

In contrast to the muted colors of Black Eyed Craw, Camo Craw consists of bold oranges and browns.

Orange and brown jig with a wood background
Camo Craw

These colors closely mimic the colors of crawfish during the springtime, when bass hone in on red- and orange-hued crawfish.

With that said, I keep this jig close at hand starting in the spring and all through the fall.

Like with the previous color design, Camo Craw is made to have a mottled appearance.

This is meant to make the jig appear more realistic, which I believe catches more fish.

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Dark Night

Dark Night is my take on a classic black jig. 

Black jig with a wood background
Dark Night

Black is one of the most popular jig colors on the market, and for good reason.

Anglers have been catching bass year-round with this color for years!

As a result, Dark Night is one pattern I kept very simple.

Although this color is remarkably versatile, I typically look for cloudy days or dirty water to throw this jig.

In both cases, black provides a strong, dark profile that fish can see in the water.

These fishing conditions are but my personal preference for black jigs. Truth be told, a black jig will catch fish in virtually any situation!

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Molting Lava Craw

Molting Lava Craw is another crawfish pattern that I designed for the spring bass spawn.

Orange, brown, and blue jig with a wood background
Molting Lava Craw

Showcasing a skirt with blazing orange and a pop of pale blue, this color pattern is the brightest and boldest in the color palette.

With such vivid colors, this jig gets bass’ attention!

Although specifically designed for the bass spawn, I’ve had surprising success throwing this jig on windy fall days in the place of a spinnerbait.

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Nuclear Night

Nuclear Night is the new kid on the block, the newest of all the colors I have designed thus far.

Jig with chartreuse head and black skirt material, with a wood background
Nuclear Night

It utilizes a chartreuse pepper jighead and a pitch black skirt to create a stark color contrast in the water. 

I anticipate this color contrast will stand out remarkably well in murky water.

As such, this color will be coming into play for me a lot this year on some of the dingy water lakes I frequent.

Stay tuned for a follow up on how this jig performs as the year progresses…

Materials Used To Build This Jig

PB

PB is another classic jig color, consisting of a coppermine jighead and a solid brown skirt.

brown jig with a wood background
PB

Like Dark Night, this color pattern can be fished year round in many different conditions.

PB is one of the first jig colors I designed and consistently fished. 

This color simply catches fish, in both creeks and lakes. Thus, it remains concretely in its place in my tackle box.

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Pumpkinseed

It is said that every jig maker’s bluegill pattern is different, reflecting their own personal style and preference.

A brown, green pumpkin, and blue jig with a wood background
Pumpkinseed

I took that concept a step further – I crafted a dynamite pumpkinseed pattern rather than a traditional bluegill pattern.

With its pops of blue and interwoven brown and green hues, this color pattern remains my favorite to date!

Since this jig is meant to be a natural representation of a sunfish, I steer away from using it in dirty water situations where bass may not be able to see it well.

But if the water is exceptionally clear or if sunfish abound in the body of water I’m fishing, this jig comes out.

Materials Used To Build This Jig

Conclusion: Bass Jigs – I Crafted 7 Stunning Bass Jig Colors

Finding color patterns you have confidence in is a critical part of jig fishing.

When you have more confidence in the jigs you are using, you fish baits more naturally.

This translates to catching more fish!

The 7 jig colors unveiled today are the colors that give me confidence out on the water.

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