Fishing on the Potomac: Heat Wave!

Fishing on the Potomac: Heat Wave!
April 7, 2013, 1:15 pm

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac

Fishing picked up as water warmed into the 50s last week.

This week’s substantial warming should encourage crawfish to come out of hibernation. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Temperatures will be near 80 if not the mid 70s. Light winds and sunny skies until Thursday when a front moves through bringing a chance of thunderstorms and Friday looks like much cooler around 60 and a good possibility of rain. The weekend will be sunny and in the lower 60s.”

One key is using the wind. Wind activates the food chain and bass go into an eating frenzy. Fighting a trolling motor makes things tough. Power Pole shallow anchors allow anglers to take advantage of wind for non -stop action. Shallow cranks like the Mann's Baby X on 12 pound test GAMMA Copoly line can be cranked over gravel bottoms and wood cover. Try red, chartreuse and shad patterns. Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits on 10 pound Copoly allowed to sit in the clearest water will bring big bass out of cover. Baitfish patterns work best.

At lower tides, cover water a bit deeper, 3-4 feet to find retreating scattered fish. Lucky Craft LV 500 lipless cranks on GAMMA EDGE Fluorocarbon 12-pound test. Slowly crawl along gravel bottoms. Pitch black/blue Mann's Stone Jigs with MIZMO Swamp Monster trailers on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge to deeper ends of docks at low tide or along the entire dock at higher tides.

In grassy areas crawl Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks over the tops of grass at higher tides. At lower tides go a bit deeper with jigs and shaky heads. Fish slower in the morning and pick up the pace as water warms into the 50s.