Less grass is a good thing, opening opportunities for all day bites! Lower tides are best.
Water temperature will slowly drop to around 80 and below. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Around 90 all week with a chance of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday as a cool front comes through dropping the temperature to the mid 80s. Overnight around 70 to start the week, 60 by the weekend.”
Hydrilla is dying back and creating isolated mats. Look for areas where grass has a thin top layer or many holes to enable fish to find lures. Hollow frogs like white Mann's Goliath frogs on 60 pound GAMMA Braid will work in most scenarios even in direct sun. Take time to punch these small mats, especially during sunny hot times of the day. Use 1/2-1 ounce tungsten weights on braid. Strong flipping Mustad hooks with keeper barbs can bring up big ones! Shake on mats, and then allow bait to fall, watch line. Fish will pull, pull back and hold on. For early morning topwater bites in clear water, try Lucky Craft G-Splash 65 in Shad patterns. Use 10-pound test Copoly and make long casts. Stained water, go with walking Aurora Black Gunfish.
Crankbaits and spinnerbaits too. For crankbaits, big-bodied buoyant Lucky Craft BDS4 work when pulled into grass. Edge 12-pound test fluorocarbon enables long casts and better snaps out of grass. Contact grass, hesitate, snap free and pause. Otherwise, Mizmo tubes, shaky heads, stickworms and drop shots will fill in during high tide periods. Also a good time to pull out the Texas rigged 10-inch ribbon tail worm. Make repeated casts to good-looking cover.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com