A few spawning fish, but most in post spawn! Look for deeper spots or cover away from shore.
Water temperature was 80, dropped to 65 last week, back to 80 again! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a summer forecast. The week will start in the mid 80s before reaching 90 by midweek. Late day showers and thunderstorms toward the end of the week.
Drop shot is the best way to target sluggish post spawn fish. Not only does it stay in the strike zone, but it can work every depth. Try a lighter weigh, 1/8 ounce BullShot, but move to 3/16 in wind or current. Keep leaders around 8 inches. Mizmo green pumpkin Doodle worms on a Mustad 2/0 Mega Bite hook.
Buzzbaits over grass or close to wood cover will produce hard strikes, any time of day. Tie to 20-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Also try crankbaits like the Lucky Craft 1.5 with rattles on 12-pound test. In areas with stained water or with a chop from the wind, try a Mann's Classic spinnerbait with gold Indiana, Colorado blades and white skirt. 1/4 ounce at lower tides, moving up to 3/8 with rising tides. Tie to 12-14 pound test Edge. Keep in contact with the grass or wood cover.
Fish will also fall for wacky rigged stickworms like Mizmo green pumpkin Quiver Stix. Use the wacky rig tool to place a rubber O-Ring in the center of the worm. Wrap some thin lead solder around the shaft of a 2/0 red Mustad Octopus hook for a faster drop. Tie to 12-pound Edge. Try bubblegum trick worms on a 3/0 hook for fry guarders.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org