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Brandon Hunter Professional Fisherman & Guide
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report

Cooler Nights, Cooler Water Temps
September 1, 2017- The dog days of summer seem to be over for the most part after an unusually cool August. The cooler mornings and even cooler day time temps are welcomed. The hot summer days are some of the toughest days of the year to fish, so with the cooler temps predicted over the next few weeks it looks as if fall could get here soon.

Lake Conditions and What’s Happening on the Lake
Water Temps Low 80s
Lake Level 355.9 Predicted to come up due to Flooding Rains
The lake has definitely been fishing tough for the last couple months. When the summer months of late July in to August get here, the fishing will usually get very tough on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel with the cooler nights and cooler water temps. The cool nights will get those water temps back in the 70s and make those fish want to get back into those active feeding patterns during the day. From the first of September through the fall months you should start seeing more activity on the lake. Bait will start to migrate towards the flats and creeks, and the bass will be right behind them. Look for the fall patterns to start working any day now and more activity on the water overall.

Techniques that are working
Topwater- One of the most productive baits in late summer and early fall will be a topwater bait. Specifically the walking style baits. Chasing schoolers and fishing shallow cover is key with the topwater this time of year.
Specifics- Lucky Craft Sammy 115, Lucky Craft Gunfish, Super Spook and Spook Jr, Whopper Plopper
Colors- Chart Shad, American Shad, Bone, Chrome Black or Blue, Black or Shad Colors
Spinnerbaits- Spinnerbaits are always a good choice in the fall when bait fish are the primary forage. A great search bait around shallow cover and docks. When fish start to show up on shallow wood, rock, or docks in the fall, the spinnerbait is probably my first choice to cover water.
Specifics- Nichols Pulsator 3/8 oz on shallow wood, 1/2oz on deeper cover
Colors- Chart Blue, Glimmer Blue
Squarebill and Lipless- The squarebill crankbaits are a must have in the fall months when fish are on shallow wood. The lipless is a great search bait when the fish start to migrate towards the creeks and feed on balls of bait.
Specifics- Lucky Craft LC1.5, Lucky Craft RTO150
Colors- Chart Black, Sexy Shad, Blue Chrome
Big Worms and Jigs- In the late summer fish will get around brush piles and the big worm or a jig is the go to baits for this. There have been more fish caught on Ky and Barkley lakes on a big worm than any other bait. Look for the brush piles in that 10-15’ range.
Specifics- 5” Yamamoto Senkos on Jigheads, Zoom Ol Monster, Berkley Power Worm
Colors- Plum, Black and Blue, Green Pumpkin

For those of you who are not familiar with my service, I have competed for the past 8 years on the FLW Tour. I am a full time Licensed and Insured Captain with First Aid and CPR certification. I offer one-on-one training for all times of the year, fun bass fishing trips, and electronics lessons on the ins and outs of the new technology. I would love the opportunity to share a day with you in my Ranger Z520C or in your own boat to get your electronics dialed in. I am here to help you and to help you become a better angler and to give you confidence in your equipment.

If you are in the area on the North end of Kentucky Lake be sure to stop by Kentucky Lake Outdoors in Calvert City.  Be sure to stop in and see Jack or Kevin and tell them I sent you. They are fully stocked with anything you read in my reports and if they don’t have it, they will get it for you. Also the guys at Jet-A-Marina in Calvert City are our local Ranger Boats dealer and these guys do a great job keeping us running throughout the year. Be sure to stop by and see the brand new service department. See Kerry or Clint and I promise you these guys will take care of you.

Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming fishing reports by video. I plan to write and do a video to follow each report throughout the year. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @brandonhunterfishing and @bhunterfishing for product tips and giveaways this year. Please visit and shoot me an email to book your next trip.  I’m looking forward to the season and sharing what I learn each day on the water with you!


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