By Steve Chaconas
Water has warmed to the low 40s. This week similar patterns should work but rain might stain the water once again. Fish slowly with darker, bulkier baits with a lot of vibration.
Slow presentations targeting cover on drops is the strategy. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a bit of rain and possibly some snow by Wednesday with temperatures sliding from the upper 50s to the high 40s by Thursday under mostly sunny skies. Weekend temperatures dropping under sunny skies.”
One of the best tools to help slow presentations is an anchor. Power Pole hydraulic anchors enable slow and deliberate presentations by positioning close to drops for repeated casts to various depths. MIZMO chartreuse grubs on 1/4-ounce jig heads tied to 6-pound test GAMMA Copoly line can be fished slowly and stopped, then dragged. Fish 3-inch avocado Mann's Stingray grubs the same way. Cast Punisher hair jigs with Punisher rattles, ¼-ounce black/blue with plastic chunks, shake and sit. Soak baits in Jack's Juice Bait Spray.
Jig 1/2-ounce Silver Buddy lures down drops on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Short burps, following the bait down, watching for movement and paying attention to the weight of the bait when lifting. This bait can be used in every depth. Allow it to sit and burp again.
In clearer water, with 3 feet of visibility, use Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Long casts on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge. Reel down, allow it to sit, twitch and sit. Find a very slow cadence.
Fish are along drops. Warm-ups of just a few degrees can move fish to shallower water, 4-6 feet. Cooler water can push fish deeper. Note depth of fish. Cover all depths with the help of Power Pole anchors.