Captain Dale Wilson's
Smith Mountain Lake Guide Service
June Fishing Report
OVERVIEW: Fishing will be good this month! Water temperature will be in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s. Baitfish will continue to spawn mainly at night this month. Most species of fish will feed actively this month. Best times will be early morning and after dark.
Largemouth Bass- Fishing for largemouth bass will be good this month. Best lures will be jigs, drop shot rigs, top water lures, Carolina rigs, buzz baits, Large Texas rigged plastic worms and shaky heads. Most largemouth bass will be caught near secondary and main points, brush piles, humps, ledges, rip rap shorelines and deep docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet deep. Most largemouth bass will have already spawned. Rocks, stumps and brush are key factors to finding bass this month. Please practice catch and release.
Smallmouth Bass- Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, humps, ledges, and main channel points. Best lures will be jig & pig, tubes, hair jigs and top water lures. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will be suspened this month near schools of baitfish. Cloudy days with light winds are good times to try your luck! Light line and smaller lures will increase your chances to catch smallmouth bass.
Striped Bass- Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the mid to lower sections of the lake and the larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, top water poppers, Thunder sticks, Red-fins and Zoom flukes fished on 3/8 to 3/4 oz. lead heads. The best depths will be from the surface to 40 feet deep. Baitfish will still be spawning near the shorelines at night. Live bait will work this month. Night fishing will be fair this month. Some schools of stripers will surface this month!
Crappie- Fishing for crappie will be fair this month. They will be found 5 to 20 feet deep. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, and brush piles in the mid to upper sections of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½ to 2 inch tubes or shad shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16 to 1/18 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month.
TIP OF THE Month: Most species of fish have spawned and moved into their summer feeding patterns. Some bait fish will continue to come to the main channel points late at night. The use of a black light at night will help you to see better after dark! Make sure you wear your life jacket. You can never be too careful when boating after dark! Remember to be courteous and obey all the boating laws. Please practice catch and release. Take a kid fishing!
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