High water, cooler temperatures, fishing is still pretty hot. Time to bring out topwater lures under the right conditions.
Water is getting back into the upper 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Upper 60s to start the week with mid 70s Wednesday into the weekend. Thursday and Friday include a chance of scattered thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s.”
Fish are coming off spawn and will take to top waters. With calm water, clear water, and cloudy skies, take advantage of wood cover or low tides to walk the dog with a Lucky Craft Gunfish or make short twitches with Lucky Craft Kelly J prop baits. Tie to 20-pound test Gamma Torque braid. Keep a weightless stickworm tied on for a second chance at fish that blow up and miss.
With a bit of chop, double willow spinnerbaits tied to 14-pound Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line are effective in, over and through grass. The clearer the water, go with faster retrieves and use chartreuse or fire tiger skirts. In slightly stained water, use white skirts.
It's also a good time to pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks. Use 12-pound Edge and target shallow wood or grass clumps. Make short pitches and watch line. Use a 3/16-ounce bullet weight and soak plastics in garlic Jack’s Juice Bait Spray.
Also using orange or bubblegum floating worms with a 3/0 Mega Bite hook and 12-pound Edge cast to fry guarding bass will get bites. Short twitches and pauses will work. Also try drop shots and shaky head, as fish will still be spawning. These are also effective for per spawn and post spawn fish.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org