For the first time this season, the water temperature is below 45 degrees. This changes the presentation of lures and location of fish.
Cold water will position fish on drops and slow the food chain. Use electronics to find the warmest water and to find baitfish near fishing locations. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cold week ahead. Daytime highs only in the mid 40s and overnight lows in the mid to upper 20s. A dry week with mostly sunny skies.”
The best spots are out of the current areas with steep drops. Silver Buddy lures are the first choice to cover water and to work baits down drops. Silver with sun and clearer water, gold with clouds and stained water. Cast to shallows on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon and allow to drop to the bottom. Gently make short burps and allow to drop on semi slack line. Work and stop down drops.
Punisher hair jigs soaked in garlic Jack's Juice Bait Spray should be fished slowly on 6-8 pound test Edge on Quantum EXO spinning reels. Barely lift or slowly drag and stop. Shake and let sit. Watch line for pick ups, hook sets are more a reel and pull. Mizmo tubes with insert heads should also be worked fished the same way. With the same tackle another winter staple is a 3-inch avocado Mann's Stingray grub on 1/4-ounce ball head jigs. This rig is fished with a lift, glide and stop presentation.
In the heat of the day in warmed areas with clearer water, Lucky Craft Bevy Shads on 10-pound Edge cranked and paused. It can be twitched and pulled as well. Warm water outflows are good areas.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River (email@example.com).