Cooler water temperatures and no hydrilla. Get moving with crankbaits and spinnerbaits, targeting hard cover.
Water temperatures will hover in the low 50s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs in the mid 60s this week with a cool overnight on Monday in the 40s to near 60 to start the rest of the week. Best chance of showers Thursday morning.”
Speed is key, a function of water temperature and clarity. Start with medium retrieves with Mann's Baby 1-Minus and squarebills like Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 crankbaits. Use 12-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line on a medium action cranking rod. Contact hard cover and fish along the sides of docks and rip rap edges. Sunken barges heat up too.
Low tide comes during the heat of the day this week opening the opportunity to try topwaters one more time with calm water and a few clouds. Make long casts with a Lucky Craft G-Splash on 10-pound test Copoly line. Pop and stop to wait for fish to come up. Pulls instead of pops work well too.
Pitch docks with Texas rigged green pumpkin Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Use 12-pound Edge line with a 3/16-ounce weight. Start on deeper ends of docks. Also target shoreline cover. If around milfoil grass, pitch to remaining live clumps.
Spinnerbaits work as well, tied to 12-pound test Edge. Try 1/4 or 3/8 ounce gold Colorado blades around milfoil grass or wood cover. If water is clearer with cloud cover or chop, use a willow/Colorado combo and increase speed. White skirts in stained water. White and chartreuse skirts in clearer water.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org