Fishing on the Potomac: Three good spots

Fishing on the Potomac: Three good spots
January 30, 2012, 3:28 am
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By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Wind and wet weather last week muddied the water. Water temperatures are holding steady in the mid 40s. Fishing will be tough, except in 3 places!

Tides are low to start the day with high tides coming in early afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A warm start to the week, getting into the low 60s before rain on Thursday. Getting back down into the mid 40s through the weekend! But overnight lows will range from 30 to the low 40s.

Finding clear water is key! Clear water this time of the year is also warm. The water treatment discharge at Blue Plains is one of the best spots. Next, Four Mile Run and in the afternoon, during the warmest part of the day, try the Spoils Cove above the bridge on the MD side.

Four mile Run is just below Reagan National Airport. A water treatment plant keeps water clear and warm to the mid 50s. 6-pound test line on spinning rods will launch Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Weightless stick worms on Gamma Fluorocarbon line will work. Try bridge pilings too! Water is less than 5 feet deep!

At Blue Plains, also in the 50s, jerkbaits are good. Go deeper with Punisher Hair jigs, but vary colorsGreen pumpkin and browns with orange and green with orange. Here again, 6-pound test line is best. Beef up with Carolina rigs and slowly drag along edges of the bowl.

Lastly, The Spoils area fishes closer to winter with water temps in the 40s. A dose of Silver Buddy lures and Punisher Hair jigs down drops. With the tide high during the warmest part of the day, try Lucky Craft Bevy Shad crankbaits. They suspend and if the water isnt too stained should work. Also try slow rolling spinner baits to cover more water.