Crankbaits and spinnerbaits cover water to pick off aggressive fish, but soft plastics can also be fished fast.
Water temperature is holding steady at 60 and hydrilla is getting easier to fish. Milfoil is still providing the best fishing opportunity. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warmer week toward Friday with almost no chance of rain. Mid 60s on Monday with a cool upper 40s start. Mid 70s by Friday with morning temperature around 60.”
Morning low tides might provide a sliver of a topwater bite. Clear, calm water is best. Use a Lucky Craft G-Splash popper. Pop, pull and try to taunt bass into coming to take a look. Otherwise take an aggressive approach. Start with Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Vary retrieves, but faster is going to trigger strikes. Rip from grass.
As the tide rolls in, use lures that go deeper. Lucky Craft 1.5 crankbaits and lipless LVR D-7 in shad patterns with sun and clear water or craw when cloudy or with stained water.
Speed pitch soft plastic Mizmo tubes. Stay away from very clear water. Pitch to hydrilla holes and to milfoil clumps. Texas rig green pumpkin tubes with 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks on 12-pound Edge fluorocarbon line. Target docks, especially when the sun comes up.
Start on deeper ends and move in. Take note of the depth in an area and how far from deeper grass.
Spinnerbaits are also a good choice. White skirts with double willow blades. One gold, one nickel. Tie to 12-pound Edge and burn across grass edges, ripping through grass.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com