Now that the kids are out of school, the weather is nice and the fish are hungry, here are three things you need to be doing outside in the month of June.


Striped bass, also known as Morone saxatilis, stripers, rockfish and linesiders, are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America from the St. Lawrence River into the Gulf of Mexico. They’ve also been introduced in to rivers and lakes all over the Lower 48.

Striper Fishing Outside

The state fish of Maryland, Rhode Island and South Carolina, May thru September is prime time for these incredible fish on the Eastern Seaboard. The striper fishing on Lake Texoma in Texas isn’t too shabby right now either.

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Catch ’em while you can! Despite the undeniable abundance of red snapper in the Gulf, sport fishing is only open to all snapper anglers this year for just nine short days. NOAA recently announced a very short season for harvesting red snapper in federal waters: Private-boat anglers may begin keeping red snapper (at least 16 inches long) at 12:01 a.m., June 1. Their nine-day season ends at 12:01 a.m., June 10.

Snapper Fishing Outside

However, since the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council adopted sector separation, charter-boat anglers may harvest red snapper for a considerably longer period. Their season begins June 1 as well but doesn’t end until July 17 at 12:10 a.m.

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Once the runoff subsides in the Rockies, there is often a two to three week window of magical fishing from mid-June to early July; the weather is good, big fish are dumb and hungry, and you get to throw big flies on heavy tippet. This is a very popular time for fly fishing, and guides tend to book dates fast as a result.

Fly Fishing Outside

This is a great time for float fishing because of the amount of water in the rivers, although some wading opportunities still exist. This is also the best time of year to chase the giant salmon fly hatch in Montana if you want to spend a day or two swinging for the fences and watching 28-inch browns eat size 4 dry flies.

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Robert Jones
About the Author

Robert handles Gunn&Hook's content marketing and is an avid bass angler and fly fisherman. He typically works remotely from the river bank.