Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com
A windy week left the water stained and colder. It also affected tides, blowing them out lower than usual and not allowing tides to come in as fully. Look for falling tides in the morning with later afternoon high tides. Last weeks 58 to 63 degree water will be much warmer this week as a warming trend is on the way!
Start with scattered offshore cover and drop-offs and move to docks following fish to shoreline cover as tides rise. Seawalls, marsh clumps and pads are high tide targets. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Highs will warm to 70 and rapidly get into the 80s by the end of the week with partly cloudy skies all week. A chance of scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday, but a great week overall before cooling to near 80 with some sunshine for the weekend.
Lighter winds should allow tides to return to normal. With the low tide start, fish Mizmo Tubes on drops and on the deeper dock pilings. River Craw and other green pumpkin patterns are fine. Also wind crankbaits like the Lucky Craft SKT Mini MR in chartreuse patterns on scattered shallow cover. Leading up to higher tides, move in toward shore with lipless cranks like Lucky Crafts LVR D-7 up to 3 feet deep and the LV 500 from there. For colors, red works but try others when the sun is out and water is a bit clearer. As water floods shoreline cover near seawalls or marsh banks, try crankbaits like the Lucky Craft SKT Mini MR crankbaits in chartreuse patterns.
As the water rises, move in toward shore with the tubes. With the highest tides, target lily pads, marsh clumps and shoreline cover with tubes and creature baits like Mizmos Swamp Monster.