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Best Colors for Plastic Worms

Top Plastic Worm Colors


Thrashing largemouth bass
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Plastic worms are probably the most common lure used for bass. They come in a bewildering array of colors. How do you choose?

Tom Mann changed the world of plastic worm color for me around 1970. Not only did his Jelly Worms come in lots of colors, they smelled nice. Although Mann sold millions of colored worms he is famous for saying "I will fish any color worm, as long as it is black." And Bill Dance, in his book "There He Is" says "Any color will work as long as it is blue."

What are the best worm colors? Everyone has their own preferences but here are mine:

  • Black
    I agree with Tom Mann - it is hard to go wrong with basic black. Black works well in all colors and clarity of water and looks like some favorite bass foods like leeches. When in doubt, I go to black.
  • Green Pumpkin
    Green pumpkin is another all-around color that works in any color water. It is a standard for lizards, finesse worms and other worms. Bass seem to love it and it looks natural in the water. Not sure what it looks like, but it sure does get hits from bass.
  • Junebug
    This dark purple color has green flakes in it to make it shine and it is especially good in clear water. I often use it rather than black when I want a little sparkle.
  • Pumpkinseed
    Pumpkinseed lizards from Zoom Bait Company took the fishing world by strom in the late 1980s and bass went wild over them for a while. That color is still great and was the basis for other colors like green pumpkin. The color was actually an accident in mixing colors but some fishermen got them and they worked great.
  • Watermelon
    Its hard to beat this clear green color in clear water. Although it blends in, bass find it easily. Adding some red glittler sometimes makes it even better. Glitter in worms can make a difference.
  • Black Grape
    This old color was my favorite for many years. A dark purple/blue color, it seemed to be a favorite for bass where I fished. I would use it most of the time back in the 1970s. I especially liked the old Creme Scoundrel Worm in this color.
  • Blue
    Bill Dance likes it so it has to be good, right? Basic blue is a good color in most water colors. Add a red tail and it really shines at times. A bright color tail on a worm, whether the worm comes that way or you dip it in dye, often makes the worm better.

    You can often make a worm better by dipping it in a dye to make a bright tail or accents. Most dyes also give the worms a strong scent, which can help. I especially like JJ's Magic, a dip and dye that comes in different colors and adds a strong garlic scent.

    Laminate worms are also good. These worms have one side one color and the other side a different color. My favorite is a NetBait T-Mac Worm in a color they call Bama Bug. It is green pumpkin on on side and Junebug on the other. I use it almost all the time on my jigheads now.

    What is your favorite color? Tell us about what color you choose and why in the reader's comments section below.

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