To be honest, there is no easy way to determine color selection,
but here is what I do when faced with the three standard water clarity
Clear water. Light, pale colors (clear if possible). Small to medium
size. Use a fast retrieve.
Stained water. Light brown, green and maybe a little chartreuse.
Medium sized. Use a moderate retrieve.
Muddy water. Black, dark green browns and blues. (Larger rattles
if available) Medium to large size. Use a slow retrieve.
Remember to try and find out the color of the local baitfish
and the crawfish to aid you in your color selection.
Size and speed can vary dependent upon baitfish size and water
temperature. If the water is warm speed up retrieve, if cold,
In clear water I like a fast retrieve, as I do not want the bass
to get a good look at the lure and possibly reject it.