Cold muddy water is very tough to fish. Finding clearer and warmer water is important this week.
Water is still very cold, 38 degrees, but will warm over the next few weeks. Mid March should provide much better fishing. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “What a week ahead. Mid 60s to start the week, but 30s and snow by Friday. Overnight lows in the 30s.”
Seeking warm water, locate Blue Plains, Four Mile Run, and Quantico Creek have warm water discharges and are in the upper 40s and into the low 50s. The closer to the discharge, the clearer and warmer the water.
In these areas, Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits will get somewhat active bass to bite. Longer pauses are needed. Light 6-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line on spinning reels enable longer casts and help keep baits down and suspending. Also try swim baits like Mann's NEW HardNose Reel N Shads. Try the smallest, 3.75" white on 6-pound test Edge. Again, long casts and slow retrieve. Cranking rods for both to allow fish to inhale baits.
For the rest of the river, it will be tough, look for deeper drops close to the bank in out of the current areas, like the Spoils, National Harbor, and Belle Haven Cove. Silver Buddy blade baits on 8-pound test Edge should be burped down the drops. Do not overwork! Gentle burps and pauses until fish are found. Follow up with Mizmo Tubes on 1/4-ounce insert heads and 3-inch Mann's Stingray grabs on 1/4-ounce ball head jigs. Soak all plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray. Use 6-pound test Edge and work baits very slowly with frequent pauses.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org