Fishing on the Potomac: ICE blockade!

Fishing on the Potomac: ICE blockade!
December 20, 2010, 3:49 pm
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Monday, December 20, 2010, 10:49 a.m.

By Captain Steve Chaconas

Getting a boat into the water will be difficult, as they will be frozen well into later in the morning every day this week. While there might be a 3-4 hour window to get outstart around 11am, fish until around 4then get off the water. Its going to be very slow as the water temperature is going to be in the low to mid 30s! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says overnight lows will be in the low to mid 20s this week with daytime highs only in the mid to upper 30s. Reminder! Wear a PFD always! Dress warmly in layers.

Warm water discharge areas like Blue Plains and Four Mile Run are going to be the best spots with clear water, creating opportunities to use Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits in baitfish patterns. Long pauses, subtle twitches in the shallow edges. The docks are Blue Plains are loaded with Crappie and can be caught with small baits on 4-pound test line on an ultra-lite outfit with reliable Road Runners will cover every depth and speed. Count them down to get to the fish. Vertically jig this bait too!

If you fish in other areas, try steep drops out of the current. DCs bridge pilings, the coves above and below the Wilson Bridge, and Belle Haven Marina are the areas to use Silver Buddy lures and Manns Stingray grubs.

This is a great time of the year to check your gear to be ready for the next realistic opportunity to get on the waterwhich could be in a couple of weeks! Days are getting longer allowing water to warm a bit more, and cool less! Start with rod tips and guidesgo to Janns Netcraft for the right type and sizethey are easy to replace!