Last week pros fishing the Potomac demonstrated how good this fishery can be. Daily five fish limits 18-20 pounds show there are some big fish in the river! Fish the tides and weather conditions.
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A hot start to the week with 90s. Gradually cooling until Friday with highs around 80. A slight chance of rain this week. Lows in the upper 60s.”
With morning high tides, try topwaters like Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walking Gunfish. The prop bait Kelly J works too. Use these with low light and clear water over cover. 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly or 20 pound test Torque braid. Vary the retrieve. Use these as tides fall, but consider going a bit deeper if fish don't cooperate.
The next depth is well covered with Mann's Baby 1-Minus. Use 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. An aggressive cranking rod for good hook sets helps horsing them from grass. Change out the hooks for the very strong Mustad KVD short shank triple grips.
Also try Chatterbaits in craw patterns with craw trailers. Use 14-pound test Edge. Trim skirts and craws to make a small bulky target. Run this through grass. Snap free and pause. Go a bit deeper crawling swim jigs, same color and trailer patterns. Beef up to 16-pound Edge.
When the sun is up, regardless of tide, consider jigs in the same colors, or black and blue combos. 16-pound test Edge is preferred. Make shorter pitches into the grass, looking for clumps or holes. Look for a pattern. Also Texas rig Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com