Fishing on the Potomac: Spawn Time!

Fishing on the Potomac: Spawn Time!
April 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
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By Steve Chaconas

Warmer water and a full moon, shallow bass are spawning with several waves of males moving up fanning out beds, looking to bring females to them. Pay attention to shallow sandy areas!

Water temperatures are near 70 and fish are biting! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Rain for Monday and possible Tuesday and Wednesday with light winds and temperatures in the low to mid 60s. Dry into the weekend with a gradual warm up to 70 by Sunday.”

Three spawn presentations: drop shot, split shot and MIZMO tubes with an insert head. Drop shot leaders about 8 inches. Try a light 1/8-ounce weight and 6 or 8 pound test GAMMA Copoly with a Mustad size 2 Mega Bite hook and baits soaked in Jack's Juice. It's the same set up for split shot rigs, except a 3/16-ounce weight. These and the MIZMO tubes are best fished slowly! Some bites are just line movement!

Also, Carolina rigs with 3/4-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weights and 16 pound test GAMMA Edge with a 12-pound leader. Mustad 2/0 or 3/0 Mega Bite hooks depending on the size of the bait. Nothing much beats a Mann's HardNose lizard. Tip the tail in chartreuse dye. Slowlydrag and stop around grass beds, across flats and points.

Lipless Lucky Craft LV 500 crankbaits crawled over gravel flats will locate spawning areas. For grassy areas, try lighter LVR D-7s and snap free. Use 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon. KVD short shank triple grip hooks are a good replacement when the sharp Lucky Craft hooks wear out.

In grass beds, pitch MIZMO tubes and a beefed-up drop shot with GAMMA Torque 20-pound braid and a 12-pound test GAMMA Edge leader. Try shaky head presentations, with 1/8-ounce heads and 5-inch worms.