After a nice spawn, it's time for Potomac River bass to eat! While a few spawning fish are around, the ones that spawned in the first week of May are recovering nicely and hitting a variety of baits!
The water is clearing and is near 80. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A high near 90 start to the week with more pleasant temperatures the rest of the week. Chance of thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday with a Chance of rain on Wednesday. Back into the mid 80s by the weekend.”
With a bit of chop on the water, cloudy skies or some stained water, spinnerbaits are effective! Tie to 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon on a 6'10" or longer rod. Use an Indiana/Colorado combo and a white skirt. Smaller 1/4-ounce baits are better at lower tides. Beef up to a 3/8-ounce bait for higher tides. In the same areas, try bladed jigs with a Mann’s Reel N Shad trailer.
Squarebill crankbaits are effective on 12-pound Edge test too! Try the Lucky Craft 1.5 in chartreuse patterns. Mann's Baby 1-Minus is very good over wood and grass. Vary the speed to trigger strikes.
It's also topwater time! Lucky Craft G Splash poppers and walking Gunfish are perfect for low tides, or low light conditions. Use the black Gunfish and more natural patterned poppers.
Pitch plastics like Mizmo tubes in green pumpkin patterns Texas rigged on a Mustad 3/0 Mega Bite hook on fluorocarbon line around wood and grass. A soaking in Jack's Juice will encourage fish to hold on longer.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com