Fishing on the Potomac: Going lipless!

Fishing on the Potomac: Going lipless!
April 1, 2012, 7:34 pm
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Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNWashington.com

A cool week has kept water temperatures in checkstarting around 58 and getting up to 65. Grass is starting to take hold, still hard to find! But clear water and longer days should continue to promote growth. Fish are moving up and staying in preparation for the upcoming spawn.

Early high tides provide lower, warmer water around early afternoon. Fish shore cover with higher tides and move out to cover water as tides fall.
NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, This week well see overnight lows from the 40s into the low 50s and daytime highs in the mid 60s all week with a chance of a few showers on Wednesday. The weather looks great through the weekend!

Look for grass, find bass! These areas are especially effective at lower tides as fish retreat from shoreline cover to emerging grass. More developed grass beds are all-day targets with lipless crankbaits like Lucky Craft LVR D-7s at lower tides and LV-500 at higher tides to reach cover deeper than about 3 feet. Color selection: cloudy days red patterns or gold with stained water and some sun. For clearer water, try chartreuse patterns. If water remains relatively clear, crankbaits like Lucky Craft SKT Mini MRs in chartreuse patterns. Line is key. Gamma fluorocarbon will help to feel cover and setting hooks on longer casts. Also stronger line enables thinner diameter lines like 12-pound test.

Soft plastics and jigs are good now too! Texas rigged Mizmo tubes in green pumpkin patterns. Mizmos with orange tails and or blue tails soaked in garlic flavor Jacks Juice are good choices. Switch to 14-pound test fluorocarbon.

Chatter jigs in black with red strands and either a red or redblack trailer are also effective crawled over grass and around wood cover.