Fishing on the Potomac: Cast & crank!

Fishing on the Potomac: Cast & crank!
March 25, 2012, 10:44 pm
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Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Water temperatures around 60 overnight warming to around 65 or so this week after 70 last week! More daylight should get grass growing and stimulate bait activity! Water is getting clearer especially around submerged grass. Its still a good idea to cover water with moving baits to find aggressive fish in grass, on wood and on gravel banks.

Tides will be high around mid day, falling into late afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A windy Monday with highs in the upper 50s will be followed by warmer temperatures on Tuesday with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday and a high around 70. Cooling off for Thursday around 65 to 57 on Friday. It looks like a nice spring weekend with temperatures in the mid 60s.

Baitfish appear to be primary forage. At higher tides target shoreline wood cover with Lucky Craft GDS MR crankbaits in craw and chartreuse patterns. If water is clear, try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 or 100 jerkbaits in bright colors! With lower water, use lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LVR D-7 and LV-500 for deeper areas. In grass, contact vegetation and snap free. Lower stretch Gamma Fluorocarbon line is best.

Its a good time for Manns Classic spinnerbaits, 38-ounce, gold blades and white skirts and chatterjigs in blackblue, blackred and baitfish patterns. Use 14-pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line, less stretch makes hooksets easier. Best with either stained water, chop on the water or overcast skies. Work areas close to deeper water in depths from 2 to 5 feet. Slowly crawl, keeping baits near the bottom and cover! Sweep set, keep reeling!

For soft plastics, try MIZMO tubes and Swamp Monsters, on 30 Mustad tube hooks, soaked in Jacks Juice on 14-pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.