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Guided fishing trips year-round at Lake Shelbyville in Illinois. Enjoy the day, fish your limit of white bass, crappie, and walleye while you learn more about fishing from professional fishing guide, Steve Welch.

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Lake Shelbyville 2016 (Weather Permitting)

July 14,21,22,24,25,26
August 2,3,4,9,10,14,18,19,21-24,28-31
September 1-4,6,7,8,11-15,17,19,20-30
October 1-19
November 1-4,6,7,8,10,11,13-17,20-30
December 1,2,4-15

Kentucky Lake

October 22,23,25,28

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1st place win at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament
Steve Welch won 1st Place at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament on Lake Shelbyville on May 10, 2008.

Lake Shelbyville
Fishing Report

Water temps have risen into the low 80’s and by mid day 86 so plenty warm. This has pulled the walleye/sauger out deep and bunched them up. We have boated 185 this past week with our best day of 51. The whites are busting the surface and chasing shad balls out on points on the north end.

We are pulling bottom bouncers on ledges and flats looking for a small school of white bass. Once we locate one we throw out a marker and keep trolling through them until we wear them out most schools hold about 25-50 nice sized whites. The walleye/sauger will be in these same areas so we are picking up both white bass and walleye plus several crappie. We use line counters so I tell clients how much line to let out and we are just hammering the fish and everyone is very happy. Wind is the key to bunching these fish up so everyday you need to re-locate them. We are fishing from Forest Bo-Woods over to the Eagle boat ramp on ledges.

We are also marking off points and throwing my Candystripers out off the drop and bouncing them back up. This is a real ball especially since I put on two lures to catch two at once. This year they are running two pounds plus so it is hard to land one let alone two.

For the crappie we are fishing over brush piles with a slip bobber and minnow. The post spawn crappie are getting bunched up on brush that gets a lot of wind blown by them out on the main lake. The wind pushes bait by them. We are setting the corks anywhere from 8-12ft. and fishing the tops of the big brush piles. The crappie fishing really is red hot right now with these post spawn crappie wanting to get fattened up. It is possible to catch 30 or more from one spot and catching is what we are doing. Most days we are boating over a hundred. This pattern will do nothing but get better all summer long so better get on my website front page and book a trip.

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Fishing Articles by Steve Welch

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Find our Fishing Products at These Local Retailers

Atwood Armory - 4mi N of Atwood on County Rd 1175N
Chip's Marine
- At the entrance to the Forest "Bo" Woods Recreation Area, 4mi S of Sullivan, IL on Rt 32
Coon Creek Castaways - 1643 County Highway 42, Shelbyville, IL
Crappie Pro Shop -
130 South Division, Carterville IL
Gregory's Resort - At the entrance to Lithia Springs Marina
Howie's Lakeside - South of Sullivan on Rt. 32 Bruce/Findley Rd. Crossing
L.B.s Outdoors - 2886 S. Mount Zion Rd., Deactur, IL 62521
Millrich Outdoors - 1059 E. Columbia St., Arthur, IL
Spillway Motel - Shelbyville Dam on Rt 16

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