Colder nights and shorter days will cool the Potomac River. Depth and speed are the keys. Time to slow down.
Water temperature is falling from the low 50s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A dry week ahead with a chilly start on Monday, highs only in the upper 40s warming up to the mid 60s by the weekend. Overnight low on Monday around 30. Friday the low will be in the mid 40s.”
Tight wiggle flat-sided crankbaits on 10-pound test GAMMA Copoly line are the best way to trigger strikes. Work areas with wood cover close to drops. Lucky Craft KJ 1.5 crankbaits are good to 3 feet. To go deeper, try a Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR.
Grubs like Mann's Stingray on 1/4 ounce or lighter ball head jigs tied to 6-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line can be worked shallow to deep. Also try using 15-pound test GAMMA Torque braid with Edge leader. This setup will be effective for drop shot, split shot and shaky head. For drop shot, try a 1/8-ounce with green pumpkin Mizmo Doodle worms. Same bait and weight for split shot rigs with a 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook. For shaky heads, use 1/8-ounce Mizmo BarbWire heads and the same worm. Keep baits on the bottom moving very slowly with frequent stops. Punisher hair jigs soaked in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray are also a good way to encourage bass to bite. Let jigs sit and shake occasionally.
Slow down and take note of the depth fish are holding. Work down drops and focus on staying on or near cover.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com