Fishing can get tough as grass gets very thick and choked out with hydrilla. But, fishing can be productive.
Water temperature is in the mid 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A stormy Monday in the upper 80s and then a mix of sunny and mostly sunny days with highs in the low to mid 90s with overnight lows in the upper 60s.”
Falling morning tides present topwater opportunities. Larger poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 on 30-pound GAMMA Torque braid are a good idea over thick grass. Hollow popping frogs handle the thickest surface grass. Look for edges close to deeper water. Avoid crystal clear spots. Also a buzzbait with a Mann's HardNose Frankentoad. Remove the skirt.
As the tide comes in, head to spots without grass and mostly hard cover targets. Texas rigged Mizmo blue craw tubes with a 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Mega Bite hook. Use 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line and a 3/16-ounce weight. Find vertical cover closer to shore. With any chop or cloud cover try chatter jigs with green pumpkin skirts. Use 14-pound Edge.
There's no question incoming afternoon high tides will be tough. Find areas without grass or probe defined edges with a 1/8-ounce shaky head. The Mizmo Barbwire holds 5-inch doodle worms. Skip under docks too. Also wacky rigged stickworms like Mizmo Quiver Stix on a 2/0 red Mustad Octopus hook can be fished slowly. Allow this bait to sit as long as you can, dead sticking. Using 20-pound Torque braid and a 10-12 pound test Edge leader will allow long casts and fluorocarbon will sink faster. This line system will enable subtle strike detection and better hook sets.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org