Prowl the Canal – June Wrap-Up

Hard to believe that it is July already but that means that it is time for the June update from The Canal. A fair month but The Canal bass continue to get the best of me in 2023 compared to previous years. As my first ever Canal bass was landed on June 5, 2021, from here on out my monthly wrap-ups will have two years of stats to compare with 2023. Of note, all 2021 totals represent walking or biking as opposed to getting a boat on the water.

Top June Bass of 2023 – Carly on June 18 at 2-13 (19″) on a Senko (video clip below)

June Breakdown
June 2023 Totals: 24 bass in 15.75 hours (1.52 bass/hour)
June 2022 Totals: 37 bass in 11.75 hours (3.15 bass/hour)
June 2021 Totals: 11 bass in 3.00 hours (3.67 bass/hour)

June 2023 Top Bass: 2-4 June 20 Spinnerbait
June 2022 Top Bass: 2-15 June24 Spinnerbait
June 2021 Top Bass: 2-14 June 21 Crankbait

2023 Best June Top 5 Day: 8-2 (1-14,1-11,1-9,1-9,1-7) – June 19
2022 Best June Top 5 Day: 11-3 (2-15,2-10,2-3,2-1,1-6) – June 24
2021 Best June Top 5 Day: 3-11 (2-14,0-13) – June 21

2023 June Top 5: 9-2 (2-4,1-14,1-11,1-11,1-10)
2022 June Top 5: 11-9 (2-15,2-10,2-3,2-1,1-12)
2021 June Top 5: 5-5 (2-14,1-10,0-13)

It’s that time of year and the Senko wacky rig comes through

2023 June Lure Breakdown
Plastic Worms – 12 bass
Buzzbaits – 6 bass
Spinnerbaits – 4 bass
Propbaits – 1 bass
Swimbaits – 1 bass

June 20 – My Top June Bass of 2023 at 2-4 (18″) on a spinnerbait (catch video below)


Top 5 All-Time June Bass Weight: 12-14 (2-15,2-14,2-10,2-4,2-3)

2023 Overall Canal Stats
76 bass in 51.25 hours (1.48 bass/hour)
Top Bass: 3-2 Buzzbait – May 25
Best Top 5 Day: 10-4 (3-2,2-6,1-10,1-10,1-8) – May 25

Yearly Top 5 Totals
2023 Top 5 Canal Weight: 13-5 (3-2,2-14,2-8,2-7,2-6)
2022 Top 5 Canal Weight: 15-15 (3-5,3-5,3-4,3-2,2-15)
2021 Top 5 Canal Weight: 15-6 (3-6,3-4,3-1,2-14,2-13)


Family Bass – Julie and the kids also pitched in with some bass during a Father’s Day weekend camping trip along The Canal. Carly’s 2-13 catch on June 18 not only established her new personal Top Bass mark but also represents the Top Bass from this stretch of The Canal. As a group, the Jackson 5 (Julie, Helena, Carly, Jayce, and Zac) posted the Top 5 Total below from the eleven combined bass. Also included are the family stats for June and all-time.

Carly’s all-time Top Bass video below


Jackson 5 2023 Family Top 5: 6-13 (2-13,1-3,1-2,0-14,0-13)

Family Canal Stats (all six members catches included)
Family Top 5 All-Time June Bass Weight: 13-8 (2-15,2-14,2-13,2-10,2-4)
Family 2023 Top 5 Weight: 13-12 (3-2,2-14,2-13,2-8,2-7)

Poison Ivy – I had my first go around with my nemesis in a while. Fortunately, I can’t recall the last time I got poison ivy but this time around it was quite mild compared to several of my afflictions over the years. Just a few itchy strips of spots on my arms, legs, and side. In fact, I had more itchy welts from gnats than ivy. The Canal is lined with poison ivy, and I suspect my contact came from an ivy-covered slope where I launched my boat on one trip. No doubt, I should know better and certainly know the old “leaves of three, let it be” adage. However, an angler must throw caution to the wind when chasing a bite.

There you have it, and a July trip to The Canal is already in the books. That report and one more missing June report in the works so stay tuned. Talk to you later. Troy

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