June Zone 6

Zone 6 – June

Strike King pro Kevin VanDam highlights his most used lures in Zone 6 during June.

“Determining the best approach during June for Zone 6 can be largely dependent on the size and depth of the body of water you’re fishing. The bigger and deeper the body of water, the longer it will take to heat up,” shares KVD. With such a wide range of water temperatures, VanDam expects that there will be bass in various spawning stages. “In June, you can expect spawning conditions on big bodies of water, and post-spawn on smaller bodies of water. Either way, this is one of my favorite times of year to fish,” KVD says.

KVD heads into the month of June with one objective – covering water. “Covering water as quickly as possible will be my primary objective as I look for concentrations of smallmouth and largemouth. The first three baits are ideal choices for the shallower, smaller lakes that warm up quicker, likely putting fish into a pre-spawn pattern,” shares VanDam.

KVD Elite 300 Jerkbait
KVD Elite 300 Jerkbait


BAIT 1: Strike King KVD Elite 300 Jerkbait


If the water is clear, VanDam prefers Pro Smelt. In stained water, he switches to Pro Gold. For muddy water, KVD will favor Pro Siren.

“I made the colors for the J300 Elite Jerkbait specifically for this region. I pretty much keep this tied on all year long. Match the forage hatch for making color selections,” says KVD. “One thing I have to mention here… a Siren-colored Caffeine Shad is my go-to for areas with thicker vegetation that makes it more difficult to fish a jerkbait. I don't go anywhere this time of year in this regional without extra bags of Siren Caffeine Shad,” he says. 

Tungsten Thunder Cricket
Tungsten Thunder Cricket Vibrating Swim Jig


BAIT 2: Strike King Tungsten Thunder Cricket Vibrating Swim Jig


KVD’s choice for clear water is Blue Craw, while he opts for Bruiser if the water is stained. Fire Craw is his main choice in muddy conditions.

“My next choice is the Tungsten Thunder Cricket. It catches both smallmouth and largemouth really well,” says KVD.

Tour Grade Spinnerbait 1/2 OZ
Tour Grade Spinnerbait 1/2 OZ


BAIT 3: Strike King Tour Grade Spinnerbait 1/2 OZ

He opts for Spot Remover in clear water, and switches to Chartreuse White if the water is stained or muddy. VanDam chooses Black Lab in muddy water.

“A 1/2 oz Tour Grade double willow spinnerbait is another great option as well for fishing in more stained water with vegetation,” KVD advises.


KVD Splash Jr.
KVD Splash Jr.


BAIT 4: Strike King KVD Splash Jr.

If the water is clear, he will throw Clearwater Minnow, while more stained water calls for Bone. 

“One of the major events going on right now that you’ll want to pay attention to is the mayfly hatch. This makes a popper-style bait absolutely deadly... This is when I work in the KVD Splash Jr. Dominant in clear to stained water,” shares KVD.



3X Baby Z-Too Soft Jerkbait
3X Baby Z-Too Soft Jerkbait


BAIT 5: Strike King 3X Baby Z-Too Soft Jerkbait

He opts for The Juice in clear water. If the water is stained, he will throw the Green Pumpkin, while he will switch to the Too Siren if the water is muddy.

“I always keep some sort of finesse bait tied on. I love a Ned head with Baby Z-Too. Keep in mind, fry-guarding bass just can't stand chartreuse! Always throw Siren if you are seeing spawning fish. Casting to color change edges & weed clumps. Great cleanup lure,” advises KVD.



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