Fishing on the Potomac: Ice Cold!

Fishing on the Potomac: Ice Cold!
January 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The weather will be very difficult to fish in...for us and the fish as water temperatures will be dropping quickly into the upper 30s from the low 40s, making it tougher to catch fish.

If you get out, be very careful! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Expect the coldest weather of the season this week with 40 as a high on Monday before a blast of the coldest air leaves Tuesday with highs in the mid 20s and wind over 20mph. Back up near 40 by Friday with rain. Cold again for the weekend.”

With temperatures well below freezing overnight, boat ramps will be very icy! Take care to slowly back into the water. Park trailers in the sun to dry carpeted bunks. Taking boats out of the water can be treacherous as well. Again, slowly back trailers down into the water. It's best to launch and load during the warmest part of the day to be safe.

Try very, very slow presentations with Stingray grubs, Punisher Hair jigs, and Silver Buddy lures down drops out of the current. Attractants like Jack’s Juice garlic will help.

If you can make it to warm water discharges, with water temperatures in the mid 40s and possibly warmer, try Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits. Tap and let the bait suspend. 10 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line will cast further and enable baits to suspend deeper and have more action.

Otherwise, come to the Richmond Fishing Expo ( to meet pros...Ish Monroe, John Crews, Rick Morris and John Hutchins...seminars and tank demos, boats, lures, and more! I’ll be conducting a tank demo on Potomac River springtime tactics. Seeing the lures and fish reaction to them will improve understanding on their use.

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