Fishing on the Potomac: Too cold to fish?

Fishing on the Potomac: Too cold to fish?
December 13, 2010, 3:49 pm
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Monday, December 13, 2010, 10:47 a.m.

By Captain Steve Chaconas
CSNwashington.com

Its going to be very cold this week, but fish can be caught, especially in warm water discharge areas like Blue Plains and Four Mile Run. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says overnight lows will be in the low to mid 20s this week with daytime highs only in the mid to upper 30s. Be very careful! Ramps could freezemaking trailing hazardous! But worse would be a fall in the water! Wear a PFD always! Dress warmly in layers.

Beginning the week with water temp around 37dropping every day. Plan your day around the warmest time of the day around 2PM. Find steep drops out of the current. DCs bridge pilings, the coves above and below the Wilson Bridge, and Belle Haven Marina are the best spots! Silver Buddy lures and Manns Stingray grubs are the best bets. Keep in mind that crappie are biting now too! Using small baits, 4-pound test line on an ultra-lite outfit will produce a lot of fishing action. The reliable Road Runner will cover every depth and speed. Count them down to get to the fish. Vertically jig this bait too!

Warmer water at Blue Plains improves fishing conditions! Clear water, about 10 degrees warmer than the main river, creates a good opportunity to use Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits in baitfish patterns. 10-pound test line will allow baits to sit still! Long pauses, subtle twitches in the shallow edges. For the deeper areas, try Carolina rigs and even spinnerbaits. Drop shot with 6-pound test fluorocarbon line! The docks are Blue Plains are loaded with Crappie too!

At Four Mile Run, the Lucky Craft Pointer will work very well! This water is very clear, so you might want to use a spinning rod for greater distance.