By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
Last week just about every boating and fishing outing was cancelled.
Water will be a lot cooler this weekend, muddier too! Also look out for debris in the water!
The river has really cooled off! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like daytime highs will be around 50 with overnight lows in the low 30s until Wednesday when a cold rain comes through bringing wind and rain into Thursday. Friday warms and a nice weekend is on the way with mild 60s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.”
The river will be muddy, except in water treatment discharge areas and backs of creeks. Look for fish to hold very tight to cover (logs, docks and riprap) in areas with less than 12 inches of visibility. Water should still be higher than normal. Get tight to shoreline cover and pitch black/blue 1/2-ounce Mann's Stone Jigs, with heavy soaking in garlic Jack's Juice spray. Punisher rattles are perfect for plastic chunks. For other plastics Mizmos 4-inch Swamp Monster creates a lot of disturbance. Rattles and Jacks Juice here too! Fish very slow, staying in one spot for a while. Fish will eat, but are not chasing. Tie both to GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon 14 or 16-pound test.
Try Gold or painted Silver Buddy lures tied to 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly in colder water. Gently "burp" the bait a few inches off the bottom. Let it sit and repeat, tight lining to the bottom. Fish areas with a steep drop, out of the current.
Also, slowly retrieved Lucky Craft Red LV-500 lipless cranks on fluorocarbon across creek mouth points as water warms later in the day and by the end of the week.