Fishing on the Potomac: Time to burn!

Fishing on the Potomac: Time to burn!
September 25, 2011, 8:59 pm
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Sunday, September 25, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

FISHING ON THE POTOMAC

Potomac River water will be in the lower 70s. Water clarity is going to be a bit cloudy, clearing quickly toward the end of the week. Tides are high in early morning with falling water into the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Expect partly cloudy skies every day with temperatures starting the week in the upper 70s falling to the upper 60s by the weekend. Cloudy start with a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday and clearing for the remainder of the week.

With high water early, try topwaters including small buzzbaits around shoreline cover like wood and grass. Black skirts work well! Also, Lucky Craft walker Gunfish 80 creates a disturbance to bring up big ones. Stay with these baits as long as they produce.

After that, it really depends on water clarity. For stained water over grass and wood, try spinnerbaits. 38 sizes early with white skirts and gold Colorado blades and change to ounce with thicker grass at lower tides. Start with slow retrieve, then speed up if no reaction.

If water clears, try double willow nickel bladed 38-ounce size with chartreuse or firetiger skirts. Faster retrieve.

Also in clearer water try Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns. If water is higher go to gold colored Lucky Craft LVR D-7 and LV-100 lipless cranks. With these, contact the grass and snap free.

Chatterbaits in white with a HardNose jerkbait trailer in moderately stained water and crawfish patterns in clearer water. Slow presentation in stained and faster in clear water.

Swim jigs are on deck. Blackblue or blackbrown Manns Stone jigs with a HardNose craw trailer. Fluorocarbon line helps hooksets on long casts. Slowly crawl through grass and let fish load the rod. Set the hook with a sweep set.