Re: Color Variations HELP?
One thing that has not yet been mentioned is that most freshwater fish have the ability to change color in a short period of time to match environmental conditions. Fish in more turbid water tend to be lighter in color than fish in clear water. Fish in bright sunlight can be lighter than fish in shadow. Trout have less ability to do this than some other game fish, however. Bass, especially smallmouth, can change color within seconds, not only changing shade (darkness or lightness) but also pattern (they can change from having very prominent bars and blotches to being completely unmarked in just minutes or seconds. In fact, those beautiful dark bars you see so often on smallmouth bass are often a reaction to the stress of being caught--the fish is very often almost unmarked when not stressed. They can also be a result of excitement, especially during spawning activity.