For 20 years, my red Azaleas have shown their blossoms when Potomac Largemouth are spawning. Fish are shallow and water is warming. Spawn is just a few days to a week or so away! Target fish in grass or close to wood cover.
Water temperature starts the week around 60 and will get into the upper 60s by the weekend. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Nice week with 70s to upper 70s and a chance of thunderstorms on Friday. Otherwise a dry week. Overnight lows in the mid 40s to 50.”
If grass is thick, cover water with Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks on 12-14 pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line. A medium graphite Rod with some stiffness will snap baits out of grass. Focus on red patterns now, eventually switching to shad patterns when water is very clear.
Pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks on 12-14 pound Edge to Milfoil clumps of two to three plants. Also drop shot with braid and 12 pound Edge leader. I am also using the new Mustad Fastach X-Rig. It's a pre rigged with hook and weight, but customizable, Jika rig. Allows baits to sit in one spot for a while, like a drop shot or shaky head but with more action.
Also try a Mann's Classic spinnerbait. Use 1/4 ounce with white skirts, gold bladed on 12-pound Edge. Retrieve and snap free from grass or bump and deflect off wood.
Once fish are found, stay on them as the tide moves. If rising, move in. As it moves out, fish tend to scatter. Fish are remaining in spawning areas and not moving very far.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit PohankaChevy.com here.