Stable and warmer weather has kept water clear and warmer setting up a moving lure bite.
Water remains in the mid to upper 50s which is a perfect fall temperature.
NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Near 70 to start the week with a few clouds Tuesday, falling to the mid 60s and then only around 50 on Saturday. Overnight in the mid 40s but freezing by the weekend.”
Target wood cover and grass remnants. Grass will be gone soon. If you locate grass fish it thoroughly. Fish are shallow so cranking depth can be controlled with rod position and model of crankbait. For deeper situations 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line will keep Lucky Craft 1.5 crankbaits in or over cover. Contact grass and snap upward to free the bait and to trigger strikes. Use rattling Lucky Craft crankbaits when water is stained and one-knockers or silent in clear water. Try chartreuse patterns or craw colors.
For shallowest situations Mann's Baby 1-Minus will cover water and come through grass and deflect off wood cover, using the same line. Firetiger is always a good choice.
The soft plastic bite is also pretty good now. Using a Texas rigged Mizmo tube on 12-pound Edge and a 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook, pitch to wood cover and grass. Vary presentations to dial in. Also working are Texas rigged stickworms. Try 1/8-ounce bullet weights and only go heavier if it's windy or the current is moving baits. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray.
Also try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 Jerkbaits. Use 10-pound test Edge. Upward pulls will keep it out of the grass with twitches and pauses to find fish triggers.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org