Fishing on the Potomac: Clearer water, post spawn bass fishing!

Fishing on the Potomac: Clearer water, post spawn bass fishing!
May 25, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Last weeks muddy water made fishing difficult. Tough conditions continued into the week. Combined with reluctant post spawn fish and it was difficult at best. But now, grab the topwaters!

Warmer 70-degree clearer water will make this week much better for fishing! Post spawn fish are starting to recover. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs in the upper 80s early in the week with unsettled weather resulting in clouds and some storms, typically in the late afternoon. Cooling mid week to around 80 with a lower chance of rain.”

Soft plastics are the best choice. Drop shot with light line. Use 6-8 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line on spinning gear. A 1/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook with a Mann's green pumpkin finesse worm and a 1/8-ounce weight can be fished in grass, around wood and on drops. Look for post spawners on the deeper docks too. Try green pumpkin Mizmo tubes with insert heads fished with the same gear in the same places. Weightless pink or white Mann’s HardNose Wonder worms on a 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook can cover water too!

As the water clears, it's time to use walking topwaters! The Lucky Craft Gunfish is perfect for post spawners. Walk the dog and try to keep it from advancing too fast but rather creating a commotion. Do not stop the bait, especially if a fish blows up and misses. Keep a weightless stick worm ready to cast to fish that expose themselves. 

Suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits slowly walked under the surface on 10-pound test Copoly works when the water is finally clear will bring fish out of cover. Try areas with cover a bit away from the shoreline cover.