Fishing on the Potomac: Warm up!!

Fishing on the Potomac: Warm up!!
April 15, 2012, 10:14 pm
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Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Last week cold nights and windy days affected the bite as main river spots were difficult to fish and water cooled to the low to mid 50s. This week, water will be back in the mid 60s! Fish will move up to spawn and grass is still the targetif you can find it! Otherwise, hard cover like trees and rocks will be the best locations.

Early high tides will leave lower water during the warmest part of the day. Start on shoreline cover and retreat to grass or scattered cover away from the bank. Also try docks at or near creek mouth points. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A very warm start to the week with highs near 90! Cooling but really nice as temperatures stay in the 70s and around 55 overnight. Wednesday a small cold front moves through, dropping highs to the mid 60s, bringing a chance of rain. Right now it looks like showers and 70s for the weekend!

The menu is the same, with one change. Add either a split shot or Carolina rig to the attack this week. Fish are still moving around not quite on beds. Covering water is key.

Otherwise, Lucky Craft lipless cranks like the LVR D-7 up to 4 feet deep and the LV 500 from there. As for colors, red works but try others when the sun is out and water is a bit clearer. For the shallow wood cover and around docks, try Lucky Craft SKT Mini MR crankbaits in chartreuse patterns.

Fish are moving into docks with warmer weather, close to shore at high tide and at the deeper part of the dock at low tide. Mizmo tubes are a good bet for soft plastics; otherwise moving baits are in order.