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Brandon Hunter's Fishing Report

Dog Days of Summer

Published on July 13, 2023

Summer temps and humidity have set in for good. We have recently had some very nasty humid days and it makes those days on the water very uncomfortable.

A few hours in the morning and late in the afternoon and that's about all a guy would want. This is that time of year when the fishing starts getting tough for the most part.

A couple of things... one, the fish have been beat on all summer and two, those dog days have set in and it's making those fish want to move around.

This time of year, the fish will tend to find shade and/or start moving shallow. July and August, in my opinion, are the two toughest months on the calendar for bass fishing. Let’s dive into the details.

Lake Conditions and What's Happening on the Lake

Water Temps: High 80s

Lake Level : 358.8 Just below summer pool and fall drawdown will start

Water Color : Clean

The fish are starting to slow down a good bit. They are on the move with lack of water and those dog days setting in.

Several fish are starting to make way to brush piles in that 10-15’ range. A number of fish will start making way to the shallow flats along the main river with rock or stumps.

This happens when water temps start getting up there. Always remember, fish go shallow in the late summer months, not deeper. There are several fish up around shallow cover or docks as well. Look for the emerald shiner fry up around the docks and laydowns that are in the water.

If you can find a fresh lay down with some green on it, there will be fish on it because it's holding oxygen. It’s getting to be that time of year with water temps and air temps rising, there will be some sort of topwater bite early in the morning around rock or shallow cover as well.

Techniques & Where

DropShot - There are still a few fish hanging around those deep holes off the main river, but for the most part they are starting to move up on shallow flats and deep brush. If you have enough brush marked, you can put together a decent day with alot of bites on a dropshot around brush piles in 12-15’ of water.

Specifics - 6th Sense Glitch 3.8 Morning Dawn or Plum Dawn, 6” Roboworm Morning Dawn

Swimbaits - I have had more success the last couple weeks on a 5” Swimbait fished around bait balls, than I have all summer long. You can also get bites on shallow docks with a small swimbait.

Specifics - Ignite Frenzy 5” with ½ or ¾ oz heads, 6th Sense Fishing Divine Swimbaits in shad colors

SwimJigs - Fished around docks and shallow cover like lay downs.

Specifics - 6th Sense Divine Swimjig with Divine Swimbait on the back, Shad or white colors

Big Worm - Isolated structures offshore including brush piles and stumps

Specifics - TX RIg 5/16oz Weight with the 6th Sense Boosa Ringworm Plum or Blue Fleck

Frog or Buzzbait - Water willow grass or Docks

Specifics - 6th Sense Vega Frog, Accent Fishing Buzzbait Black or White

Blade Bait - This is a bait that you can tie on and throw it over open water or over the top of ledges. When the baitfish moves offshore, the fish will roam alot with lack of current and get up off the bottom. You can throw this bait and wind it, yo yo it, rip it, burn it, you name it. Throw it around schools of bait and you’ll catch bass, whites, everything on it.

Specifics - 6th Sense Fishing Slice Blade Bait, Shad Hammer or White

For those of you who are not familiar with my service, I competed for eight years on the FLW Tour and continue to compete in the MLF Toyota Series Events. I am a full time, licensed and insured Captain, with first aid and CPR certification. I offer one-on-one training, technique-specific trips, fun bass fishing trips, and electronics training in your boat.

I would love the opportunity to share a day with you in my Caymas CX21 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're in the area on the north end of Kentucky Lake, make sure to visit us at Hitec Outdoors. We are a full line boat dealership and marine electronics install center. We have lines from Caymas, Crestliner, Harris and Viaggio Pontoons. We also have a great selection of bait and tackle for your trip to the lake.

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Brandon Hunter's Bio

Brandon Hunter solely focuses on bass fishing on Kentucky Lake. He has traveled the FLW tour circuit and has been a professional tournament angler for several years. Brandon operates a bass fishing guide service as well.

His fishing report covers Kentucky Lake from Kentucky Dam to Paris Landing and Lake Barkley from the dam to the US 68 bridge.

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