Fishing on the Potomac: River Monsters!

Fishing on the Potomac: River Monsters!
March 18, 2012, 9:59 pm
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Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Water temperatures are holding above 55 overnight, over 60 in the heat of the day. We now have more daylight than dark, providing more activity through the entire food chain! Water clarity has improved especially in areas with submerged grass. Moving lures are the best choice around wood and grass.

Tides start high and fall into early afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, The spring-like weather continues! But, this unsettled pattern brings a chance of showers and even thunderstorms on Monday and Friday with clouds and possible showers during the week. Storms could continue into the weekend with sunshine returning on Sunday.

Fish are feeding on baitfish, 4-6 inch shad. With higher water early, start close to the bank. Throw crankbaits like the Lucky Craft GDS MR in craw patterns and chartreuse patterns around wood and docks. If the water is clear, try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 or 100 jerkbaits in bright colors!

Its also a good time for Manns Classic spinnerbaits, 38-ounce, gold blades and white skirts and chatterjigs in blackblue and baitfish patterns. For both use 14-pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line, less stretch and makes hooksets easier. Best when theres either stained water, chop on the water or overcast skies. Work areas close to deeper water in depths from 2 to 5 feet. Slowly crawl, keeping baits near the bottom and cover! Sweep set, keep reeling!

At lower tides, move deeper. If fishing in grassy areas, fish inside edges at higher tide and move to the outer edge as tides fall. Add Lucky Craft lipless LV-500 lures in craw (when cloudy) or baitfish (when sunny) patterns.

For soft plastics, try MIZMO tubes and Swamp Monsters soaked in Jacks Juice on 14-pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.