The cold snap dropped water temperatures into the upper 50s! Muddy water and high winds made for a tough fishing week! That will change this week!
Water should get into the mid to upper 60s by the end of the week.
Spawn should start on Sunday! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Clouds start the week with 60 degree days before warming and clearing for the rest of the week. Highs into the upper 70s by Sunday!”
Muddy water will dictate slow presentations. One that worked well last week was a shaky head stickworm. Tie a 1/8-ounce Mizmo Barb Wire jig to a green pumpkin 5-inch Quiver Stix. The Barb Wire has a screw-on keeper. Cast on 10-pound test GAMMA EDGE on casting gear, or 10-pound Copoly on spinning gear. Shake or drag, moving bait slowly.
If water isn't too stained, try lipless cranks like craw patterned Lucky Craft LV RTO. Tie to 12-pound Edge and slowly crawl over gravel banks or over grass tops. Crank Lucky Craft 1.5 over wood cover.
Carolina rigs cover water with a 1/2 or 3/4-ounce egg sinker threaded on 30-pound GAMMA Torque Braid with a 12-pound test, 24 inch, Edge leader. Use a 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook with a HardNose Lizard. Drag slowly and stop. Use a sweep hookset. Soak soft plastics in garlic Jack's Juice Bait Spray.
For bedding bass, cast or pitch Mizmo tubes with an insert head or try a drop shot with an 8-inch leader. Keep baits in beds as long as possible to entice strikes. Beds will be hard to see with muddy water.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org