I totally understand that water color can change on a daily basis, especially during rainy periods and satellite imagery only gives us a small snapshot of our favorite fisheries. But over the years, I’ve learned that satellite imagery does, indeed, give us a good idea of where water color is most likely to change first.
I’m a shallow-water guy. I like to pitch a jig and throw some sort of a frog in the dirtiest water I can find. So whenever I’m researching a new lake or even my home lakes using satellite imagery, I’m trying to find the dirtiest water possible. Even if the images were taken in low-rain periods, you can normally still see slight water color changes that will become even more pronounced as precipitation increases.
I’ve actually been shocked by how two different river arms in the same lake can have such different water color. Of course, I’d prefer to go up a river and stay shallow. As I’ve studied onXmaps and scrolled around some of the different river arms, it’s crazy how some areas seem to get muddier than others.
They always say that shallow-water guys don’t need electronics. We may not always need ’em on our boats but by gosh, taking a few minutes to check out these maps on your phone or laptop sure can make a difference.