Water color and clarity, time of year, and preferred forage have alot to do with what color works and when. You'd be best painting up a few of each of the most popular colors. Shad will almost always bring some success, but chartuese, firetiger, and crawdad colors can be super effective when the conditions are right. I cant think of a more productive pattern than crawdad for smallies on quite a few major waters here in PA. Then again, chartruese and firetiger can really tear em up too when the time is right. For largemouths, my go to colors are shad and chartruese/white, especially in lakes and bodies of water that are more clear and higher visibility. I have just about a box full of each, and those are just about the only colors I ever use.
shootbowtech - You like crawdad colored minnow baits? I just have a tough time using a minnow that looks like a crawdad. Maybe it is all in my mind since I have caught fish on every color imaginable, many times with no consistent pattern.
Not stickbaits. Fat bodied floating crankbaits. Dredge the bottom with em, bounce em off rocks and logs, and right when you bang em off the bottom good, let em back up and float a second, then rip em right back into the bottom again. When that bait floats and backs up like a crayfish does, its game over. Bagley Diving B in Chartruese Crayfish. Bagley Bs are probably my favorite crank. Killer Bs and Balsa Bs with the square bills in heavy cover...magic.
I thrown mainly square billed short fat crankbaits usally in a pattern/color that mimics a crawdad you want the bait to hit the bottom and drap it over rocks bass can't say no, I use lucky strike/bombers/cotton cordells..
now when i throw jerk baits then I use minnow flavors like your standard silver and black