Fishing on the Potomac: Fish are Feeding!

Fishing on the Potomac: Fish are Feeding!
March 31, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Fishing is picking up! Water is warming into the upper 40s. Covering water with moving lures is key! Overnight lows dictate slower presentations, picking up as days warm. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like stable temperatures, not stable weather. Passing fronts from the West early in the week, highs in the low 60s. Remaining in the mid 50s, winds changing bring winds out of the South, switching from the north by Friday as a good chance of rain returns. Nice spring weather for the weekend.”

Cover water slowly with Lucky Craft LV-500 red or chartreuse patterns on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Slow retrieves on the bottom or tops of grass. Look for high tide locations with cover. Note tide changes and move deeper on lows.

Another good choice is the Mann's Baby X crankbaits on 10-12 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Again slow presentations in wood cover. Wood cover is best off the bank. Make repeated casts. Touch cover and pause a split second for strikes. A good piece of cover should produce multiple catches.

In all cases look for the clearest water. With very clear water...3 feet visibility...try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits on 10 pound test Copoly line. Let the baits sit close to cover as long as possible. Twitch and sit! Bigger fish tend to come up for these.

Follow up with 3/8 ounce Punisher Hair jigs with Punisher rattles. Shake and sit. Another choice, MIZMO tubes with 1/4-ounce insert heads. Use Quantum EXO spinning reels with 8-pound test Copoly or a braid with Edge Fluorocarbon leaders. Soak in Jack's Juice garlic spray.

As tides drop, choose spots close to deep water and remember, slow down with all presentations!