Other than wind and cold snaps fishing is pretty good. Using moving lures on downsized line is key.
Water temperature is in the low to upper 50s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Showers and upper 60s for Monday, sun on Tuesday. The rest of the week highs will be in the 70s. Another chance of rain Thursday with scattered thunderstorms on Friday. Overnight lows begin the week in the 40s but stay in the 50s the rest of the week.”
Think red! Red lipless crankbaits like Lucky Craft LV 500 in water more than 4 feet or LVR D-7 for grass or shallower presentations. Slow retrieves on 12 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line and short snaps out of grass will trigger strikes.
In clear water around wood cover, try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 100 jerkbaits in clown patterns. Use 10 pound test Edge and make long casts. Slight taps and varied pauses will get bites.
Shaky head black stickworms on a MIZMO BarbWire head. Use 8-pound test Edge. Spray Jack's Juice garlic attractant on baits. Pitch to targets and shake. Another way to rig this bait is with the new MUSTAD Fastach X-Rig. The 3/0 hook and 1/4 ounce attached weight allows the bait to sit on one spot, shaking the worm to bring strikes. This is a bit beefier than the shaky head and requires 12 pound test Edge and a reel, feel and pull set. This all in one pre-rig also has a small swivel to prevent line twist.
Under cloudy skies or in stained water, slowly swim Mann’s Classic spinnerbaits.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org