The temperature of the water is the first of 3 basic determining variables which dictate how bass will behave. Water temperature is easily established by checking your local fishing report or your electronics.
Select the correct water temperature range from one of the six seasons on your Pic-A-Lure chart:
Winter - 40 - mid 50s
Pre-Spawn - Mid 50s - 62
Spawn - 62 - High 60s
Post Spawn - High 60s - Mid 70s
Summer - 75 and above
Fall - Mid 50s - Mid 60s
Water Clarity is the second of three basic determining variables which are broken down by the Pic-A-Lure.
Clear - Stained - Muddy
Clear water is 4' or greater visibility
Stained water is 2'-4' of visiblilty
Muddy water is 2' or less visibility
Weather is the third basic variable which helps you to select the correct lure for your current conditions.
Pre-frontal - Cloudy weather and a dropping barometer triggers fish to feed aggressively. With the amount of light entering the water reduced, fish are more likely to leave cover and move into shallower water without fear of detection. These factors offer a very good fishing condition.
Stable - When the weather hasn't changed for several days and the barometer has remained steady, fish become accustom to the conditions and return to normal activity. This results in a consistent fishing condition.
Post frontal - After a front has passed through and the barometric pressure goes up, the increased light penetration in the water causes the fish flee to thick cover and deeper water. This results in a more difficult fishing condition.