The river is cooling a bit and clearing too! Last weeks break in the heat and rain cooled the river, but hasnt made a muddy mess. Water temperatures around 80 in the early part of the day rising to about 85 as the week warms. Another moving bait week!
An early morning low tide and cloudy skies should make for an excellent topwater bite this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Typical July in DC! Highs in the low to mid 90s early in the week with afternoon thunderstorms a possibility. Cooling to upper 80s on Wednesday and Thursday under cloudy skies before the July pattern returns for Friday with the weekend looking good!
With low water early, topwaters like Lucky Crafts G-Splash and walkers like Lucky Crafts Gunfish worked over submerged wood and grass should produce. Try wake baits like Manns Waker tied to braid to snap this lure out of grass. Burn in clear water and slower in stained!
As the tide rises, and the topwater bite slows, Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a KVD cranking rod will pick off aggressive fish. BlackBlue chatter jigs and Manns Stone jigs with a HardNose craw in the same patterns will run even deeper as high tide approaches in the afternoon. If there are clouds, moving lures will continue to produce.
During sunny afternoons with higher tides, dock fishing and pad edges are good targets for pitching Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on a Mustad 30 Ultra Point tube hook. Soaking in Jacks Juice bait spray will get fish to hold on. Try swimming the tube in the pads and killing on the edges. GAMMA 16-pound test fluorocarbon line is best for the heavy cover.