Fishing report: Muddy and Colder, tough week ahead!

Fishing report: Muddy and Colder, tough week ahead!
May 18, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Downpours last week have muddied the river! Lots of debris makes boating risky! Expect mid week clearing and warm up.

Water temperatures have dropped from the low 70s to the low 60s in just a matter of a few days. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A sunny start to the week with clouds coming by Wednesday. Daytime highs in the upper 70s and overnight lows in the upper 50s. A chance of thunderstorms from Wednesday into the weekend.”

Just when bass began to spawn, the brakes were hit! Fish are still shallow and a few are spawning, but the big move hasn't happened in most of the river. If water is muddy, try spinnerbaits on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Slowly retrieve these near cover, bouncing off wood and snapping out of grass. Chatterbaits in black/blue patterns also will produce.

Dark colored wacky rigged stickworms cast to grass and allowed to drop on slack line will produce. Work them very slowly! Pitch black Mizmo tubes with red flake, Texas rigged, with a 3/16-ounce weight on 12-pound test. Work on the bottom, slowly. Give drop shot rigs a try with a 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and a 4-inch worm. Start with a 1/8-ounce weight on 8-10 pound test GAMMA Copoly line.

As water clears, try walking the dog with a Lucky Craft Gunfish, especially at lower tides over grass beds and shallow wood. Keep the Gunfish moving even if fish miss it. Keep a weightless stick worm as a follow up bait for missed strikes. Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits work also! Work it over grass and wood, casting up to the bank. Vary speeds to find one that triggers strikes.