Fishing on the Potomac: Cover water!

Fishing on the Potomac: Cover water!
September 18, 2011, 10:55 pm

Sunday, September 18, 2011 6:41 p.m.

By Steve Chaconas
CSNwashington.com

Cover water!

Potomac River water will be in the upper 60s. Water clarity is nearly back to normal clear after the heavy rain a few weeks ago. Tides are low in early morning with high tides in the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Expect partly cloudy skies every day with temperatures around the mid 70s. Tuesday through the end of the week will bring along a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms!"

Its still a good bet to look for the clearest water you can find. Walking the Lucky Craft Gunfish will produce bites throughout the day when theres enough water over the grass.

For the rest of the day, start on the edge of the grass with three baits. Spinnerbaits with gold blades and white skirts slowly crawled through scattered grass. ColoradoIndiana blades in ounce size at the lowest tides, then moving up in size as the tide comes in to stay in touch with the grass.

Chatterbaits again in white with a HardNose jerkbait trailer. Also try darker colors with stained water or very cloudy skies. A slow presentation here too!

Swim jigs are on the deck as well. I like blackblue or blackbrown Manns Stone jigs with a HardNose craw trailer. Fluorocarbon line helps with hooksets on long casts. Slowly crawl this bait through grass and let the fish load the rod and set the hook with a sweep set.

Other lures that have been producing lately are the lipless crankbaits like the Lucky Craft LVR D-7 and LV-100. Gold and chrome patterns snapped out of the grass can get strong bites while covering water.

Also pitch dark colored Texas rigged soft plastic creature baits to pad edges and docks at the higher tides. Move in to take advantage of hard shoreline cover too.