By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
This will be the coldest week of the season thus far as water temperatures only get to 40 and possibly cooler later in the week. Very cold starts to the day mean dangerous conditions. Dress appropriately and wear a PFD! However falling tides all day are favorable, bringing warmer water from DC.
Bass will be on hard cover on drops 6-10 feet deep. Slow presentations are important! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday looks like the best day with highs around 45 and light south winds with a bit of sun. More clouds, more wind, and still in the mid 40s until Wednesday with highs in the upper 30s remaining into theweekend with overnight lows in the upper 20s.”
The colder water temperatures will definitely put fish on drops and a bit deeper. Steeper drops the better. Half-ounce Silver Buddy lures on 10 pound test GAMMA Copoly worked down drops with a stop and burp action will locate fish while covering all depths. A Quantum KVD spinnerbait rod works for this lure.
Once fish are found, stay on them with Mann’s 3" avocado Stingray grubs, 3-inch MIZMO tubes with insert heads and drop shots. Also, give Punisher Hair jigs a shot, letting them sit to activate the hair. All of these presentations require 6 pound test Copoly or GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line on spinning reels. Using attractants like Jacks Juice garlic spray on all baits will encourage fish to hold on longer.
Look for the warmest clearest water, fish close to drops at the lowest tides with Lucky Craft Bevy Shad suspending crank baits. Slowly crawl them and pause using 6-8 pound test. Longer pauses are better. Look for warmer water at discharge areas, Blue Plains and Four Mile Run.