Fishing in June      

                June is the month when many species of birds and fish propagate their own kind.  Water and air temperatures will continue to rise as well as the quality of fishing.  Fishing conditions will be pleasant and the longer days give the angler more daylight time on the water.

This June  inland  water levels will be up during the month due to the recent heavy wet weather. Trout fishing during the month should be excellent, only the dedicated trout fishermen remain and numerous daytime and evening hatches will occur..  The most noted of these hatches is the largest of mayflies, the Hexagenia.  The “Hex hatch” will begin on the  Wood River here in Rhode Island around the third week of the month and continue on into July.  Lesser “Hex Hatches” also appear on the Moosup and Pawcatuck Rivers..  The ” Hex  hatch” usually begisn to occur in slow water stretches shortly after sunset  and continues well into the darkness of night.  White Wulffs, White Millers and even small white popping bugs will take fish when they go on a feeding frenzy during this hatch.  These insects are large and imitations should be tied on about a No. 6-8 hook.  If you plan on trying this fishing into the dark of night it may be best to get situated in your spot prior to nightfall. Getting a feel for where obstacles are, where and how far you can cast without getting into trees and bushes is time well. Total darkness is not a good setting to learn the area. Small and largemouth bass will have spawned in May and will  head into deeper water in June.  Of course, most of Rhode Island’s lakes and ponds are man-made basins which are shallow, heavily weeded and don’t offer much variation in structure. The ponds and lakes that are  natural basins  offer a greater variation in depth,  structure and fewer weeds. Numerous members of the Sunfish family will be on their beds during the month. They are readily visible from shore and can be seen in the shallows guarding their nests.  These aggressive and scrappy panfish put up a good fight for their size and offers  excellent  chances to introduce a youngster to fly fishing using small popping bugs or dry flies. It should be noted that the bigger Bluegills and Sunfish are not found close to shore but usually nest in 4-6’ of water.

Down on the salt it’s business as usual for Mother Nature.  The tidal rivers and estuaries which seemed so barren just a few weeks ago are now bustling nurseries.   Most of their inhabitants will be in the reproductive cycle during the month.  Much of this activity will go unnoticed while some of it will be clearly evident.  Large schools of silversides can be seen along grassy areas, sometimes in such numbers that the milt from the males will turn the water milky.  Stripers take full advantage of this by charging into the discolored area and slashing into thsee preoccupied baitfish.  Clam worms can be seen streaking around near the surface  dark during their mating ritual.  These one and one half to three-inch “tracer bullets” swim about doing figure eights and dipsy doodles and draw the attention of striped bass at this time.  During the height of the “worm hatch”, stripers may selectively feed only on clam worms.  Horseshoe crabs  also mate during June.  These fierce-looking, prehistoric creatures move clumsily about the bottom like motorized armored tanks without a guidance system.  They can be felt banging into your boots while attempting to mate with their own kind or your boots.  In areas where they are heavily concentrated it is best to drag your feet while wading in order to avoid tripping over them.  While bass are gorging themselves on clam worms and silversides, bluefish will be entering our area in large numbers.  They will continue to live up to their reputation of chomping on anything less than twice their size.  Bluefish have been on the decline in recent years and the cause of this is uncertain. Let’s hope it’s a cyclic thing and not overfishing or disease.  Nothing wrong with an occasional big “Chopper” Bluefish to make sure you’ve got your act and tackle together.  In years gone by June was the month to get some nice Squeteague(Weakfish.) Locally, East Greenwich Bay, R.I. was perhaps the best area. They could be caught at all hours of the day. Often times feeding near or on the surface taking shrimp and anything else that was passing by. My favorite fly for them then was the simple Yellow Brooks’ Blonde. The Yellow Blonde remains as one of my favorite flies not only for Squeteague but also stripers and I always carry several. Unfortunately,  “Tide Runners” have been relatively scarce in southern New England waters for many years now. My last Squeteague was seven years ago in early September when for some unknown reason a bunch of 4-6 lbers spent several weeks in a local harbor. This time they were near the bottom and a Chartreuse/White Clouser w/ gold flashabou and a Yellow/White Clouser worked well. There’s another type of fishing that occurs for several weeks in June and that’s the crab hatch. The crab hatch is very similar in most respects with the worm hatch. It’s a  fishery that seems  little known and seldom talked about    Click here for my post/info on the “Crab Hatch.

June offers something for everyone, fresh and saltwater alike. The fishing is peaking, weather is pleasant and the days are longer. From Bluegills to Bluefish and Smallies to Stripers it’s a great time of year to try it all and I intend to do just that.—–Ray.

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***  In June  I might be inclined to try:****

Early June –Rome Pt./Hamilton No.Kingstown, RI

“              “     Bristol  Narrows, Bristol, RI

June 2nd & 3rd weeks Narragansett town Beach /Dunes club –evening tides, 2.5 Hrs +/- hi tide

Father’s Day to end of June>  Bass Rock/Black Pt & rocks North of Narrow River, Narragansett RI

Taylor Pt, Jamestown R.I. Third week crab hatch out going tides—shore or kayak

(c) Ray Bondorew June 2013

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