Fishing on the Potomac: Cover Water

Fishing on the Potomac: Cover Water
August 22, 2011, 12:56 pm
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Monday, August 22, 2011 8:59 a.m.

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Potomac River water will be in the upper 70s! Tides are falling in the morning to a high around midday. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Mid 80s start to the week with cloudy skies giving way to sunshine and 90 degree days later this week as well as a chance of afternoon thunderstorms by Thursday with a break on Friday before storms run through over the weekend."

With falling water early, take advantage of the shrinking field with Manns Baby 1-Minus and Spinnerbaits. If water is clear, try topwaters like Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers and Gunfish walkersbaitfish patterns in clear water and darker in stained water situations. Fish areas with grass or pad edges. Locate hard cover too!

Since grass is all but gone in a lot of the river, you need to find scattered patches. See them at lower tides, and come back to those spots at higher tides too! Try swim jigs to run through grass. Ive been using different swim jig brands this year and lately one from Strike King. This has a thinner wire hook, thinner weedguard, and a slender head to swim through grass. But also has a skirt that wont come through the collar and a bait keeper, an advantage when ripping through grass. Attach HardNose Craws to match skirts. I like the Blackblue patterns in stained water and in slightly clearer water, try crawfish patterns.

As tides rise and the sun gets hotter, look for fish to bite well early and then look for bass under docks as they move to shoreline cover. Here, I like Mizmo Tubes Texas rigged with a 316-ounce weight to allow baits to drop into the target zone faster. Faster falls trigger strikes. Make sure baits fall vertically and watch line on the drop.