Last week's storms have created tough fishing conditions. High muddy water and lots of debris in the river make fishing tough and a bit treacherous.
Water temperatures have fallen quickly into the mid 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cooler days but dry this week until Friday when there's a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime highs around 70 with overnight lows in the low 50s.”
Conditions will improve toward the end of the week and the best bet for getting out this week will be to target hard cover. Docks, wood and seawalls are going to hold fish. Lipless crankbaits like Lucky Craft RTO on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge worked around cover will entice fish out of cover. Also try these over grass remnants as water clears. Shad patterns.
Pitch Mizmo tubes Texas rigged on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks and shaky head BarbWire heads and 5-inch green pumpkin Doodle worms into cover and work repeatedly. Mann's Stone Jigs with craw trailers can also be pitched to hard cover. These tactics work even better under sunny skies.
This is also a good time to slow roll Mann's Classic spinnerbaits. Tie to 14 pound test Edge. Slowly retrieve the gold Indiana/Colorado combo with a white skirt over the hard cover, bumping and fading a bit. Deflection is key. Effective in grass remnants as well. Run spinnerbaits under the surface just out of sight.
Deeper cranking with baits that run 4-6 feet to contact cover. Over grass, try the Lucky Craft BDS4. For hard cover, crank a Lucky Craft LC 1.5. to run a bit deeper for shallow cover. Fish with 12-pound Edge.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com