Fishing on the Potomac: Muddy Again!

Fishing on the Potomac: Muddy Again!
May 27, 2013, 10:45 am
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Winds made it unsafe to fish over the weekend and left the river muddy! Dock fishing should pick up this week.

Conditions will improve as the weather stabilizes. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Another warm up on the way with Monday getting up to 80 and by Friday near 90! A chance of thunderstorms Tuesday, but dry for the rest of the week. Diminished winds, about 5-10 out of the south all week.”

Find the clearest water cranking fire tiger Mann's Baby 1-Minus and chatter baits with HardNose jerkbaits (black/blue or black/red combos) over grass or wood. In stained water, slow presentations are better. 14-pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon line helps hooksets.

Mann's Stone jigs with HardNose Craws and Texas rigged MIZMO tubes can be pitched to dock pilings. Start at higher tides. Fish will hold tight to docks in muddy water or on sunny days, but will move to grass as tides fall.

Mann's Classic spinnerbaits with gold blades and white skirts work around wood, docks and grass. Best with clouds or chop on the water. Slow presentations in stained water. Use 14-16 pound test Gamma Edge for strong hooksets on longer casts or in heavy cover.

As water clears, try split shot rigs with 6-8 pound test GAMMA Copoly, a 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight and a 2/0 Mega Bite hook. Small soft plastics like creature baits, craws, or worms can be dragged for post spawn bass. Also try weightless floating or trick worms in white, pink or orange.

Try topwaters at lower tides and later in the day as water warms. Start slowly with walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish. If fish bite, and miss, keep the Gunfish moving. A follow-up weightless worm will pick off missed strikes.