Fishing on the Potomac: Hit the hard stuff

Fishing on the Potomac: Hit the hard stuff
March 12, 2012, 12:24 am
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Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Water temperatures are approaching 55! Longer periods of daylight should keep the warming trend advancing. Water is still a bit stained, but grass is emerging and fish are shallow. Cover water and focus on docks, trees and riprap.

Tides start low and rise into early afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Spring is here, at least for the foreseeable future! 70s all week, with a chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday and scattered showers on Friday but the warm trend continues through the weekend. Overnight lows near 50!

With the low water in the morning, find the clearest water and try crankbaits like the Lucky Craft GDS MR in craw patterns and chartreuse. Also, suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 or 100 jerkbaits in bright colors should work too! Cover depths and wider areas. This will work better as the week warms.

As the water rises, move into shoreline cover. For docks, try Mizmo Tubes on insert heads. Increase line size to 8 pound test GAMMA copoly and skip under docks. Green pumpkin patterns soaked in Crawfish flavor Jacks Juice are working. Also, try Punisher Hair jigs pitched on 12-pound test GAMMA fluorocarbon line. For this time of the year, beef up to the 38 ounce size. Use Punisher rattles and a soak in Jacks Juice.

The spinnerbait bite is still on, but you need either stained water, chop on the water or overcast skies. Manns Classic 38-ounce willowColorado combo with gold blades and white skirt can get fish to react. Cast and let go to the bottom on 14-pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line. Work areas close to deeper water in depths from 2 to 5 feet. Slowly crawl, keeping the bait on the bottom near cover! Sweep set and keep reeling!