By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Finally getting some clearing water. An early high tide will position fish near or on the bank. Moving lures early, soft plastics when the sun is high in the sky!
Water temperatures should be into the mid 70s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Thunderstorms and rain to begin the week as a big warm up is on the way. Monday starts around 80, but by Wednesday, look for temperatures to rise into the mid 90s before cooling to around 90 with a chance of thunderstorms on Friday.
Topwaters are a good early morning lure. With higher waters, use bigger and louder poppers like Lucky Craft G-Slash 80 and loud walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish. Loud wakebaits will work too. Work baits slowly at first to find effective speed. Also, buzzbaits will draw them out!
Dont hesitate to move to deeper running lures like Manns Baby 1-Minus and spinnerbaits. Cover water with Blackblue or darker craw patterned chatter jigs and swim jigs like Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose craw trailer on GAMMA fluorocarbon to cover various depths, moving a bit deeper as the tide drops. When the bite subdues, switch to plastics and jigs. The moving lure bite might be extended on days with more clouds than sun.
After the tide falls and the sun comes out, hit cover. Focus on the deeper ends of docks first. For grass fishing, try outer edges pitching jigs and Mizmo Tubes on 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. GAMMA Fluorocarbon line is perfect for sensitivity and strength to pull fish out of grass and from under docks.
Fish drops and deeper edges with drop shot and shaky head to find the depth fish are holding during the heat of the day.