By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Fishing conditions are improving rather quickly! Water temperatures are rising to nearly 45! Fish can be caught a bit shallower while still fishing fairly slowly!
Daylights savings time and longer days are a sign of spring not being far off. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday could be the best day of the week with highs around 60 and light winds coming from the south, but Tuesday a weak cold from comes through
dropping temperatures down into the high 50s with a good chance of showers as the rest of the week gets a bit cooler into the upper 40s and a chance of rain on Friday.”
Start off looking for clear water at lower tides after the sun warms the water to 45 and slowly twitch Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Baby bass and aurora gold are two good colors. Using 10-12 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line allows baits to suspend deeper.
After that, Mann's Stingray grubs and 4 inch HardNose grubs on 1/4-ounce heads will work. Another good choice is MIZMO’s tube on 1/4-ounce insert tube heads. All of these should be fished on 6-8 pound test GAMMA Copoly line on spinning gear. On sunny days go to chartreuse. Cloudy days try green pumpkin.
Slowly crawl and shake Punisher Hair jigs. Allow this bait to sit as hair is activated and "breathes". Rattles help along with very small craws or chunks as trailers. Missile Baits Twin Turbo grubs make a very good presentation too! Spray all baits with garlic flavor Jack’s Juice.
Drop shot and split shot can be fished as well! The key is to work spots close to deep water with hard cover. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge...speed up a bit when water warms.