Days are getting longer and water is warming very slowly. Presentations must be slow. Slightly stained water will make things a bit tough this week.
This week will be warmer so grab a few spinning rods and head out, but wear a PFD.
Water temperature will start the week in the upper 30s, likely to warm to the mid 40s by the weekend. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "An early spring week with Monday warming into the mid 50s and into the 70s by mid week. Staying in the upper 60s into the weekend. Mix of sun and clouds all week and warmer nights ranging from upper 40s to upper 50s.”
The beginning of the week will be tough, but things should improve dramatically by the weekend. Start with Silver Buddy lures, 1/2-ounce silver on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Also try Mann's Stingray grubs with 1/4-ounce heads on 6-pound test. Drop shot and shaky head will work too. Soak soft plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray.
Fish will move a bit shallower on the steep drops. They might also get more active after a few days of warm up. Try tight wiggle cranks like the Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in gold patterns and even lipless cranks like the LV RTO 150 in red patterns. Water is warmest by the end of the week, try Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Look for clear areas or warm water discharge spots. Vary pauses. In stained water areas, go with Mann’s 3/8-ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts and gold willow and Colorado blades. Cast along drops and slowly retrieve maintaining contact with the bottom. Very slow retrieve!
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org