By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
Male bass are fanning beds in the shallow spawning areas. A few females have moved up! It's a mixed tacklebox this week.
Winds out of the East continue to create difficult fishing conditions.
NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Winds will shift to out of the NW bringing shower possibilities on Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs early in the week in the mid to upper 60s. Thursday thru Mother's Day, look for a warm-up into the mid to upper 70s with a few clouds.”
Lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LV 500 on gravel banks and LVR D 7 baits dragged in areas with grass will produce decent fish. Try red in stained water and cloudy days, chartreuse patterns in clear water on sunny days. Also drag Carolina Rigs with HardNose lizards soaked in Jack's Juice slowly in these same areas on 24-inch leaders. With wind, clouds or stained water, slowly retrieve Mann's gold bladed, white-skirted spinnerbaits on GAMMA Edge 14-pound test fluorocarbon line bumping cover or ripping from grass.
On shallow wood, try Mann's Baby 1-Minus. Downsize to 12-pound Edge.
And vary retrieve to get strikes. Slower in slightly stained water. Otherwise, cast drop shot rigs with 20 pound test GAMMA Torque braid and 12-pound Edge 8-inch leader. Use a 3/16-ounce weight or smaller and a size 1 Mustad Mega Bite hook, and a Mann's finesse worm. Shake and sit...watch line and feel weight, the set! Also try shaky head with the same worm on an 1/8-ounce head. The same braid/fluorocarbon line set-up will work. Also try split shot rigs.
Some fish are on docks and wood at higher tides. Weightless stick worms and Texas rigged MIZMO tubes work too, especially with sunny skies or faster current.