Water color and clarity

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    Scotty MacFly
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    When it comes to bass, I have noticed that bass that come from down deep are not as colorful as bass that come from the shallows. I heard that it was due to the sunlight.

    I have two photos, each a brown trout from the same river roughly from the same depth, from different days, but they look different in color. I did notice the water color is different, so I wonder if that has something to do with it?

    Does water color or clarity have something to do with the color of trout? Or could it be the glare off the water? I have more photo’s of this with different fish, and the fish in the stained water is more brown than the one in the blueish clear water. And they were caught in different waters.

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    #7972

    Creek
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    That’s something i’ve never thought about Scotty.

    When I used to nymph I thought about nymph color at different depths. Dark for deep and light/sparkle for shallow, but never thought of fish color.

    #7973

    Grsdlnr
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    An excellent question. This is pure speculation – one of the factors in a trout’s coloration is camouflage – the fish that tend to survive predators take on the color of their surroundings, and their offspring inherit this trait. Light colored rocks = lighter colored fish?

    Diet likely has something to do with a fish’s color as well – look at pale, washed out stockers raised on Purina Trout Chow vs a well-fed wild trout from a creek rich in bug life.

    Hey, congrats on getting some fish!

    #7975

    Scotty MacFly
    Spectator

    That’s right Grs., they do take on a little camo don’t they? I completely forgot about that. And yes, diet does change the color of fish too, just like how a flamingo turns pink from the shrimp it eats.

    #7976

    Creek
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    If that was true of humans i’d look like an elk. 😀

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