Went fishing Oct 10 and 12 in the river in and around DC using large shinner minnows. Here's the scoop. Find any area with a current or moving water and you can hook up with keeper sized rockfish in the range from 18 to 24in. I was using the shinner about 2 feet under a bobber with a couple of split shot. Over by the airport the rocks and bass are stacked in the tube when the conditions are right. Lots of hang ups there but the fishing can be great. The large shinners will also produce rocks, bass and monster cats in the Washington Channel behind restaurant row. I caught a 25lb Blue cat on a shinner and numerous cats in the 5lb range. The rocks are on their return trip to the bay and feeding like crazy. This is a great timeof year to fish the DC area.