Big fish are being caught and if the weather holds up, this could be one of the best weeks of the year.
Water temperature is in the upper 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a cloudy and rainy week, with highs on Monday around 80, slipping into the mid 60s on Tuesday and bouncing between 65-70 into the weekend.”
While aggressive baits like Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless crankbaits are good to snap free from grass and slow rolling spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits will also produce, it's soft plastics in the grass that will land the big ones consistently. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, green pumpkin with orange will be the best bet. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a 3/16-ounce weight with a 3/0 Mustad tube hook. Pitch to grass and shake. Locate groups of milfoil clumps of 3 or more and pitch into the center. Also pitch along side of the clumps with the current. Add a spray of attractants like Jack's Juice garlic.
Drop shot rigs with 6-8 inch leaders using a 20-pound Torque braid mainline and a 12-pound Edge leader. A 2/0 Mustad Megabite hook and a finesse worm will entice bedding bass into biting. Also a shaky head stickworm with a Mizmo BarbWire jig head will keep baits in beds to provide hits.
On wood, I still use the plastics, but add in a dose of Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 12-14 pound Edge. Crank these baits along lay downs and make contact. Pause and retrieve.
With boat traffic, lower Power Pole shallow water anchors and turn off electronics. Make repeated casts in an area before moving.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org