Saturday, July 13, 2024

June Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Report by Captain Chad Green


June offers some great fishing. The Shad spawn will start winding down and summer patterns will start. Get out on the water when you can and enjoy the sunrises and sunsets. Practice catch and release as much as possible to preserve our great fisheries out there. As always, just make one more Last Cast as it could be the next trophy fish.
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Largemouth Bass/Smallmouth Bass
The Bass are moving in to their summer patterns starting in June They will be located on primary and secondary points that have transition areas near them. The depth range will vary each day this month depending on rain, sunlight and temperatures. Target rocky areas, flat points shallow drop offs and deeper docks. Topwater in the mornings can be productive this month and will produce some quality fish if you find the right areas with shad activity. Crankbaits can be a key player early in the morning and later in the evening as well. Primary baits in June are usually soft plastics producing the most bites. Shakey Heads, Plastic worms, Drop shots and Jigs in the 5-15 ft range. Night time fishing will be great this month as well while the shad spawn is in swing. Try topwaters on riprap banks from dark until whenever you don’t catch any more. This is a great opportunity to catch some trophy fish and multiples per night is very common. Smallmouth will still be found near humps, shoals and rocky areas using the same lures.

Striped Bass

Striper fishing will be great this month and the best way to catch a trophy fish is large topwaters on rip rap banks, main points, large flats, or shoals. They will travel in smaller schools searching for feeding opportunities. They will feed during this time even during bright sunlight in shallow water. Many times you can spot them cruising around and properly presented topwater will provide some exciting action. Bait on down lines pulled 10-30ft will produce a lot of fish as well pull some on float rigs as well. This month flukes, swimbaits, jerkbaits etc. in the 10-20 ft range will produce fish throughout the day as well. The lower end of the lake is where most of the action will be this month. Night time fishing is great this time of year in shallow water with topwater lures and will produce some trophy fish as well. Stripers will be surfacing this month in bigger schools on the lower end of the lake and can be fast and furious action. Larger topwater plugs and bomber long A’s, rapala stickbaits will be good lures to use as well. Captains Quarters Marina can provide you with a great selection of what you need.

Most of the Crappie have started their summer journey as well. Try deeper trees and larger docks with deep water in the 10-20 foot range.

Tournaments June
Basscast 6-3-23 Crazy Horse Marina
Tues night 630-1030pm and Friday night 8pm-2am Tournaments all summer at captains quarters marina
Saturday night Tournaments 8pm-2am Foxport Marina

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