June in Alabama Means Catching Fish Better Than Just About Anywhere Else
The sun is getting much stronger and the winds of spring have died back. The days usually show flat calm early morning and late evening conditions. If that doesn’t make you want to get on the water and catch some fish, then you may want to set up an appointment with your doctor because you’re just not feeling right.
The bass are finishing their spawning and the fish are coming off the beds hungry looking for something easy to catch and eat. Bream spawning is in full swing. Anglers looking for fast action can locate a bream bed and catch an ice chest full of great-tasting panfish in just a short time. Even the slab crappie can still be caught. Just look for crappie holding near deep structure and they’ll usually be close.
Of course, the occasional late afternoon thunderstorm of early summer may come along, but these June storms are usually short in duration. After they leave, the air feels much cooler and more pleasant. Of course, sunburn can be a problem and anglers always need to wear a good personal floatation device when moving in the boat.
Let’s see what some of the best anglers in Alabama can tell us about the June fishing on the wonderful lakes of the Cotton State.
Capt. Lee Pitts says that the great eastern Alabama lake, Weiss Lake, will be at full pool level this month after being lower last winter. The dam generating schedule will be on a normal level. Fishing will be better when water is being moving through the dam creating current in the lake.
“After a great springtime topwater bite, bass will still be found in shallow water.” — Capt. Lee Pitts
About the fishing, Captain Lee says, “After a great springtime topwater bite, bass will still be found in shallow water. The first wave of bass, both largemouths and spots, will be moving off the shorelines and out into deeper water. Weiss is known for open water bass fishing. Anglers should use their electronics to locate old house foundations and other hard structures in deeper open water.”
For crappie fishing, anglers will want to work docks. There will still be few late spawners holding under docks so anglers will have good luck shooting docks with jigs. Crappie will be breaking up from their spawning schools and going into a less concentrated pattern. The big crappie are still there, but they’re not found in big schools now.
The heavy grass of all kinds that make Lake Guntersville famous for its bass fishing should be greening up well and starting to form mats in June. Bass anglers won’t go far wrong by working soft plastics over the grass beds.
Capt. Jake Davis says, “The bass should be on shell beds in June. There will be a good topwater bite along the grass lines. Anglers can use jigs, crankbaits and swimbaits on these shell-bed bass.”
Spinnerbaits will be good early in the morning on Guntersville.
A very good bite for anglers on Guntersville in June will be shellcracker bream. They’ll be spawning in two to four feet of water. These extra-large bream will respond well to worms fished close to the bottom.
White bass, stripers and hybrids will be busting on shad in open water in June. Anglers can throw topwater plugs that resemble shad to attract these hard-pulling fish.
Captain Jake says, “The whole lake should be really good in June. There are no bad spots to look for fish.”
Our buddy, Capt. Sam Williams feels that this summer should be very good for anglers on Lake Eufaula,
He says, “If the weather and bite keeps on like this spring, it will be hot! Look for bass in and around cover. Hydrilla patches will be very good. After such a warm winter, the water is back up to full pool level and the grass is holding bait. Look for grass and you’ll find the bass.”
Anglers can find fish on early morning topwater lures and then use shallow-running jerkbaits. Frogs and buzzbaits will be good in June.
In June, the Eufaula crappie will be on ledges around brush piles. The crappie don’t leave the brush. Trolling for crappie in open water around the deep brush piles can be very good for big crappie in June.
Catfish will be red hot in June. Captain Sam says, “I like jug fishing using cut bait for big catfish in June.”
Anglers need to be aware that in June in case of stormy weather and heavy rainfall, the south end of the lake clears faster because of its sandy bottom, but the whole lake should be quite good.
Captain Sam says, “Shellcracker bream will be bedding, so get some pink worms and find the big shellcracker bream. You’ll stop fishing when you’re too tired to pull them off the hooks.”
Our expert on the fishing at Millers Ferry, Joe Dunn of Dunn’s Sports in Thomasville, tells us that in the month of June, water movement is crucial for fishing success on the lake. The water is going to be clearing up from spring heavy flows. When the dam is pulling water and making current in the lake, anglers can do very well.
Joe Dunn says, “Bass anglers will want to work major creeks and out in the main lake in June. Crankbaits, Carolina-rigged soft plastics and shaky head worms will work well. There will be a good topwater bite early in the mornings around grass and on the points. Look for green trees down in the water on the main lake. Bass will always be around these.”
“For crappie, anglers will want to look out in the main lake in deeper water.”
For crappie, anglers will want to look out in the main lake in deeper water. Most anglers troll for crappie using jigs, Road Runners and other weighted jig type lures tipped with live minnows in June. Jigs can be a bit larger in June than were used in early spring.
Bream anglers should have great luck on Millers Ferry in June. They’ll be bedding and feeding around the huge willow fly hatches that will start in June.
In fact, anglers won’t go far wrong on Millers Ferry in June by using bream pattern crankbaits when the willow flies start their hatches. The big bass love to eat the bream that are too busy eating willow flies to pay attention to the big bass coming up below them.
Capt. Brian Barton tells us that June can be a dynamite month for anglers looking for major catches of catfish below Wilson and Pickwick dams. It’s one of the best months for catching lots of eating size and bigger cats.
He says, “I like big chunks of cut skipjack or shad. Worms, chicken livers and even shrimp will work well for smaller catfish. My most memorable fishing trip was in early June about 10 years ago. I pulled to the wall of Wilson Dam. The catfish were schooling on the surface along the dam feeding on newly hatched shad minnows. We filled a 120-quart cooler with cats and were home by 9 a.m. That was a day that every cat angler dreams of.”
Lots of white bass, stripers and hybrids will gather below the dams when water is being pulled through it. Anglers can use live shad or large minnows in the water below the dams to have a ball catching these line pullers.
Smallmouth bass will be holding along steep rocky shores and along the sheer rock bluffs. Soft plastics in crawfish patterns can be deadly on these north Alabama brown bass.
Panfish anglers who work any of the major feeder creeks that empty into Wilson and Pickwick can fill up an ice chest in short order by working worms and crickets close to the bottom where the bream will be holding on their beds.
IMPORTANT GUIDE CONTACT INFORMATION
Capt. Brian Barton
Capt. Jake Davis
Mid-South Bass Guide Service
33356 Highway 43
Capt. Lee Pitts
Little River Marina and Lodge Pitt Stop
Capt. Sam Williams
Hawks Fishing Guide Service