Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer

Fishing on the Potomac: Dog days of summer
August 6, 2012, 1:01 am
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By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

Its as hot as it gets! Water temperatures are staying in the mid to upper 80s to just above 90! Fish are active early and slow down in the head of the day.

Tossing top waters until about 9 a.m. ET or so should produce. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cooler early in the morning as overnight lows are into the lower 70s, but things will warm up fast as 90 degrees will be reached every day with a chance of thunderstorms along with cloudy skies all week.

Water will be low with incoming tides all morning this week. For areas with matted grass, twitch Manns Super frogs on braid in areas with incoming currents. Around wood cover and along pad and grass edges, try buzzbaits and poppers. In clear water use a Lucky Craft G-Splash popped at a good pace or the bigger G-Splash 80 will work when water is a bit stained. Another topwater is the Manns Waker in RED worked on edges and along shoreline cover. This bait needs to be tossed on braid or GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. With fluorocarbon, keep it out of the water or it will make the bait dive. Braid is a good overall choice on a 7-foot rod with plenty of backbone.

As the tide comes in and the topwater bite slows, go to chatterbaits and Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits... in RED as long as the clouds are out. With a higher tide and sun, slow down and fish docks with Mizmo Tubes on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook again on Gamma Edge. With the mid day high tides, slowly swimming jigs and even swimbaits will bring the big bass out of the thickest grass or wood cover.