By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Water temperatures are inching upwards and should be between 45-50 by the end of the week. Water clarity is improving, but tides bring stained water at times. Grass beds are starting to come in and clearing the water.
It’s time to respool casting reels as fish are moving shallow and moving lures are starting to produce with regularity. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Rain to start the week with highs only in the low 40s. A bit warmer on Tuesday, but with a chance of showers. Wednesday looks nice but a bit windy. Cooling off into the lower 40s before rain returns for Friday. Low 50s and clouds for the weekend.”
It’s still a good idea to find clear water. If there is 2-3 feet of visibility, suspending jerkbaits like Lucky Craft Pointer 78s in aurora black, clown and opaque patterns will work. I prefer GAMMA Copoly, but some opt for a sinking line like GAMMA EDGE. Use 10 or 12 pound test. Slow down and give fish time to come and get it.
Jigs are a great choice. Punisher Hair 3/8 ounce jigs in black/blue patterns with soft plastic chunks or craw and a loud PUNISHER rattle will work well. Target fish on cover, either wood or grass. Shake and sit. Using Jack’s Juice garlic spray will encourage fish to hold on longer.
Slow roll Mann’s Classic spinnerbaits with white skirts and gold blades close to drops on 12-pound test GAMMA EDGE fluorocarbon line. As water gets closer to 50, try red lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LVR-D7 or the heavier LV-500.
Other baits still producing, Silver Buddy lures worked in 4-6 feet. In these same areas, try Mann’s Stingray grubs, drop shot and split shot rigs.