Shorter days and colder water is causing grass to disappear, but there's still a lot and that’s continuing to create difficult conditions.
Water is in the low 60s and slowly dropping. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Upper 50s for Monday with a warm up into the mid 70s by Thursday before cooling into the weekend. Lots of sun and dry conditions. Overnight lows in the 40s.”
With morning low tides, pitch grass edges with Texas rigged soft
plastics like Mizmo tubes and stickworms. Use 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Look for grass patches out from the edge. Lucky Craft 1.5 squarebill crankbaits are going to cover water. Cast along edges of grass and grass points. Use 12-pound test Edge and vary the speed. Snap out of grass and pause. Also try lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LV RTO in shad patterns unless it's cloudy or the water is stained. Then go to red patterns. Mann's Baby 1-Minus is also good over grass and around wood cover, try burning this bait when the water is clear. Before the tide rolls in, try buzzbaits on 30-pound test GAMMA Torque braid. Substitute a HardNose Reel N Shad for the skirt.
Spinnerbaits with willow and Colorado blades slow rolled in areas without grass can also be effective. Crawl spinnerbaits along the bottom as slowly as possible! Use 12-pound test Edge and a 7-foot rod to make long casts and to set the hook.
Fishing will be tough in areas with a lot of grass. Cover those spots quickly. Otherwise, choose spots with hard edges or no grass and where grass is in narrow bands near the shoreline.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org