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Brandon Hunter

Brandon Hunter
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With Days And Nights Heating Up, Fishing Heating Up

For May 30, 2017

Report for Kentucky Lake from Ky Dam to Paris Landing and Barkley north of US 68

The month of June is finally here and the bass are making their way offshore in search of deep water and big shad. If you live here on Ky Lake, it’s the time of year that most locals look forward to. Fishing offshore can be some of the best fishing you see on Ky Lake all season.

Lake Conditions and What’s Happening on the Lake

Water Temps Mid to Upper 70’s

Lake Level 358.9’ Basically Summer Pool at 359’

For the most part the majority of the bass population in the TN River System have spawned and the fish are making their way out to deep water. When the water temps hit the low 70’s a few fish will start showing up offshore. This time of year I will typically start looking at the mouths of the major spawning creeks. The bass will migrate from the shallows to the mouths of the creeks, it seems like overnight. They will typically get out on those creek channel drops that are close to that deeper water.

Most of the fish I find this time of year will get out in that 20-25’ range when they pull out and kind of recoup from the spawn before they really pull up and start feeding for the summer. The big shad on the main lake will start showing up and those big bass are not far behind them. When the fish start showing up at the mouths of the creeks, it won’t be long before they are out on the main lake or the river ledges.

General rule of thumb is you will typically find deeper ledges on the east side of the lake and shallower ledges on the west side of the lake. No one side is better than another, with plenty of offshore structure on both sides of the lake.

Everyone wants to know about the whole north vs. south area of the lake and which is producing the best. It seems that a lot of fish got out quicker on the south end this year with fewer schools showing up on the north end. There are still plenty out deep but fewer and far between is what I have found.  

Techniques that are working

Deep Crankbaits

One of my favorite ways to catch fish offshore is deep cranking. When you find a school that looks right on the graph, a deep plug is one of the first baits to try and see if you can get that school fired up.

Specifics - Lucky Craft 3.5XD and 6.5XD, Strike King 6XD and 10XD, Rapala DT Series, Profound Outdoors Z Boss

Colors - Chart Blue, Pearl Threadfin Shad, Sxy Shad


 Another good bait to throw on a ¾ or 1 oz Head is a swimbait of your choice. Fish feed on big gizzard shad and nothing looks more like a big shad than a swimbait.

Specifics - Ignite Swimbaits, Basstrix, Zoom Swimmers

Colors - Shad Colors

Nichols Ben Parker Spoon

Awesome big fish bait the looks just like a dying shad
Specifics- Nichols Ben Parker Spoon 6”-9”

Colors - Silver Chrome, Bombshell Shad

Big Worm

Probably caught more bass than any other bait on this lake. A staple for sure!

Specifics - Yamamoto 12” Worm, Zoom Ol Monster, Berkley Power Worm

Colors - Plum, Junebug, Redbug

Hair Jigs and Jigs

The Nichols Lures Hair Jig is always tied on in my boat. Something different in the rotation to throw in there. A lot of times will trigger a bite or two for those fish that are up off the bottom. You always have to have a football jig tied on if your fishing Ky Lake in the summer months.

Specifics - Nichols 1/2 oz Hair Jig, Nichols Football Jig

Colors - White, Black Blue, Grn 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 is our number one 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 brandonhunterfishing.com, shoot me an email to book your next trip.  I’m looking forward to the 2017 season and sharing what I learn each day on the water with you!

Brandon Hunter
FLW Tour Pro and Kentucky Lake Fishing Guide

Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.