Finding clear water is critical! Heavy rain and windy conditions muddied the river, but conditions continue to improve!
With water temperatures getting well into the 50s, fishing is picking up! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a chilly Monday in the 50s with rain, the rest of the week warms into the mid 60s. It will be partly cloudy and windy this week, but dry! Overnight lows will be in the low 40s.”
Until grass and calmer weather clear the water, finding clear water is where to find fish. Tides have been very high throughout the day. Fish are holding on cover just off the bank, holding tight to cover, whether wood, rock, docks or grass. Small crankbaits like Craw/red Lucky Craft LC RT on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly bumped against cover are producing. Small white-skirted spinnerbaits on 12-pound Edge fluorocarbon line are also working.
Lipless cranks work in 2 sizes. The Lucky Craft LVR D-7 is lighter and thinner, better for shallows, 2-4 feet, or in grass. For deeper gravel banks, the heavier LV-500 is better to crawl along the bottom. Use 12-14 pound test Edge Fluorocarbon. Darker red/craw patterns in stained water or cloudy days.
Chartreuse patterns work better when the sun is out.
Cast Mizmo tubes with insert heads, green pumpkin in fairly clear water to black in stained water, and black/blue Punisher Hair Jigs with bright blue small Swamp Monster craw trailers on 8-pound test Copoly spooled on spinning gear cast into and around cover and on gravel banks.
Fish are moving up and staying shallow. Look for fish to move into marsh clumps at higher spring tides. Here you might want to beef up line and tackle to pitch Texas rigged tubes.