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Lake Shelbyville 2015 (Weather Permitting)
Steve Welch won 1st Place at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament on Lake
Shelbyville on May 10, 2008.
I am back fishing on Lake Shelbyville and a lot has changed since I left three weeks ago. The water temps have fallen from 80 clear down to 62 and the lake has some stain to it due to last weeks rain. The lake is finally at summer pool after a four month high water ordeal. The bait is moving back into coves on south end and lay down trees in coves have nice sized crappie on them. So does the trees on the main lake. I am doing much better on down trees over brush piles.
We are fishing a minnow about twelve feet down right on the heavy branches of the down trees. I have been just vertical fishing them on twelve-foot B&M rods with a soft tip that allows the minnow to load up when you get a bite. This set up also allows me to fish it in the wind where as a slip bobber rig just drifts too fast and the waves are to much. I am doing much better on minnows over jigs but have been using both. A 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jig with some sort of chartreuse Midsouth tube on it.
The white bass are moving with the bait and I am catching them on points on the main lake as well as all the way back in the larger coves mid lake to south end. I have been getting them on one of my in-line spinners burned just under the surface in water no deeper than two-feet.
This weeks warm weather will bring that surface temp. back up and I am afraid we will see this pattern for a few more weeks. We need water temps to get down in the mid fifties and then the crappie bite on jigs will explode. This also the time all my white bass rods go out of the boat and we just concentrate on crappie until ice up.
I have but one day left in October but November is mostly open and that is your best crappie catching month anyway. So don’t wait to book.
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,
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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