Finally, stable warmer water temperatures have fish on the shallow flats near their deeper winter haunts. Water clarity will dictate approach in areas with grass or wood cover.
Looks like mid to upper 50-degree water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Let's say goodbye to the cold weather. Low 50s for Monday and upper 70s by Thursday. A dry week ahead with a Chance of showers and a slight cooling for the weekend."
In clear water, cast suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 100 jerkbaits in clown patterns on 10 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Slight taps and pauses to provoke strikes. With shallow areas downsize to the Pointer 78. Work over grassy areas or along sides of weed. Make repeated casts to wood.
Over grass, red Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks work well when snapped and paused over grass, in areas without grass, try slowly crawling Lucky Craft LV-500 lipless cranks along the bottom. Cast both on 12-pound test Edge.
Target dock pilings with shaky head stickworms. Try black ones on Mizmo 3/8-ounce BarbWire heads. Using 8 pound test Edge, pitch to pilings and shake. Let them sit, watching line for movement. Also keep Mann’s Stingray grubs on ¼ ounce ball head jigs tied on. Soak soft plastics in garlic Jack’s Juice Bait Spray.
Also give Mann's Classic spinnerbaits a try. Use willow/Colorado 3/8-ounce with white skirts for open flats, cast and slowly drag on the bottom. For cover, with cloudy skies or stained water, use a ¼-ounce gold Colorado/Indiana with a white skirt and slowly retrieve around grass or wood cover. Use 12-pound test Edge.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com