It was raw cold last week and most ramps were unusable, but this week brings a bit of sunlight at the end of the fishing tunnel!
Water temperatures start in the mid 30s, rising slowly. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Daytimes highs into the 50s for the beginning of the week with a slight chance of showers on Tuesday. Cooling to the mid to upper 40s the rest of the week. Overnight lows in the upper 30s. Later in the week just above freezing.”
With cold-water temperatures, it's still a good time for Silver Buddy lures. But you really have to slow down and fish out-of-the-current areas like the Spoils, National Harbor and Belle Haven Cove. There are other decent deep-water spots, but these are historically good locations. Other baits that work with slow presentations are Punisher Hair jigs. Using the lightest line possible, I like 6-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon on spinning gear for 1/4 or 3/8-ounce black/blue combinations. With a small plastic chunk and Punisher rattle, soak hair jigs in Jack's Juice Bait Spray. Shake jigs and let them sit. Pay close attention to line movement!
Feel for any weight increase, as bites will be very light.
Mann's Stingray and Mizmo curl tail grubs on ¼-ounce ball head jigsusing the same line can be effective as well. Keep hooks sharp, use bait spray and fish very slowly, stopping frequently.
In warm water spots, Blue Plains and Four Mile Run, Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits on 8-pound test work in clear water.
Check water temperatures...50-55, use Pointers. Colder, down to 45, slow roll spinnerbaits and work tight wiggle Lucky Craft Bevy Shads. Both in shad patterns.