December 13, 2018....Mixed Dec 16, 2018 1:54:35 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Dec 16, 2018 1:54:35 GMT
D.C. AREA - Largemouth bass are holding on dropoffs in 10-20 feet of water throughout the area. Small plastic grubs, liberally doused with fish attractants are taking these fish. The slower the bait is fished, the more successful it will be. Letting the bait sit on the bottom motionless will often produce better than moving it. The outflow from Blue Plains is still a local hot spot, giving up stripers, bass and crappie. The Spoils is another area that is giving up fish. The steep dropping banks should be the target for bass anglers, while crappie fishermen should concentrate on the concrete islands and submerged brush. Better choice of crappie baits would be live minnows and small tube jigs in 1/16 or 1/32 oz. sizes. Anglers wishing the ultimate in action should rig ultra-light equipment with 2-4 pound line and 1/4 oz. Silver Buddies. Cast these into the discharge at Blue Plains, allowing the bait to fall, and lift the rod tip sharply. Almost every cast will produce gizzard shad, ranging from 1-3 pounds. Although some will be snagged, most of the shad take the baits on the fall, and have all three tines of the hook firmly embedded in their mouths. Allowing the bait to fall to the bottom and lifting it gently will produce both stripers and big yellow perch. Four Mile Run is giving up bass to anglers fishing crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the riprap. Remember that the riprap is covered with rat wire that loves cranbaits. Fan casting Senkos above Four Mile Run Park will also take some good bass. Long casts are required in the clear water.
BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Main river dropoffs are producing good numbers and sizes of largemouth bass for anglers patiently fishing small plastic grubs and jig 'n pig. Some of the better dropoffs are located at the mouths of most of the creeks, where the creek channel meets the main river channel. Fish these areas with lipless rattling crankbaits and swimming jigs or grubs. The main creek channel of most of the major creeks are also giving up bass for anglers patiently fishing small grubs or other plastic baits on banks dropping into 10-20 feet of water. Small, wide wobbling crankbaits, fished just fast enough to impart vibration to the rod tip will also take bass in the same areas. Best time is on the end of the outgoing tide and the beginning of the incoming tide.
UPPER RIVER - Some nice smallmouth bass are being taken from the mouth of the warmwater discharge canal at Dickerson Power Plant. Lots of big channel catfish are to be found at the same place. Fish small smoke grubs on 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jig heads in the current. Allow the current to sweep the grub downstream, keeping the line taut in order to feel a strike. Live minnows and nightcrawlers are also tempting the fish. The main river is cold, but clear. Deeper holes in the river will give up smallmouth, along with catfish. Try fishing small hair jigs, tipped with pork rind. Also try fishing small topwater baits slowly along the ledges. When the sun has warmed the water in the late afternoon, try a 1/8th oz. buzzbait along the sunny shoreline.