The best bet is to slow down and to pitch soft plastics into grass away from spawning beds. Take some shots around the bass beds as bluegill have moved in and a few bass are there to get even! Also a few snakeheads can be caught this way.
Water has reached the mid 70s and topwater action is slowly starting to be effective. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Mostly dry this week except Tuesday. Mid 80s until Wednesday slipping into the upper 70s. Back to the mid 80s by the weekend. Overnights mid 50s to 60.”
Texas rig Mizmo tubes, river craw and blue craw on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks. Use 14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line and 3/16 ounce pegged bullet weights. Bites are light, so watch line. Lift and drop and be ready to set the hook when lifting too! Pitch to grass clumps.
But this is also time to bring out swim jigs, chatter jigs and swimbaits. Use 16 pound test Edge on medium heavy rods. Reel these baits through the grass and try a lift and drop presentation. For the jigs, go to craw or black/blue patterns. Baitfish colors for the swimbaits. The Mustad 1/8 ounce weighted swimbait hook with a 1/8 ounce pegged bullet weight allows this bait to crawl deeper in the grass. Engage grass and snap free.
Topwaters are in play too! With low water, try Lucky Craft popping G-Splash or walking Gunfish. Use 12-14 pound Copoly line or Torque braid. Fish over cover in clear water. Don't put topwaters away during sunny days. With low water, try hollow frogs on 60-pound braid. Drag over grass and skip under docks.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com