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Guided Fishing Trips on Lake Shelbyville!

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.

Guided Fishing Trip Openings
with Steve Welch

Trips on Shelbyville
August 6,7,8,15,17,20,22,24,26-31
September 2-4,6-11,14,15,17-26,28-30
October 1-10,12-19

Trips on Kentucky Lake
October 28,29
November 3,4,5

Trips on Shelbyville
November 11-15,17-21,23-28,30
December 1-5,7-31

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Phone (217) 762-7257
Cell: (217) 840-1221

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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

The lake rose to 604.8 and is falling back slowly which is about four-feet over summer pool. It did not get dirty though so the fishing remained good.
Our water temps are running about 77-80 and still very clear on the south end and some stain on the north.

The fishing on the north end has slowed but you can still get some nice fish. I have been working the mid lake to south end just because you can catch far more fish from the deeper water.

I have been concentrating on the crappie that are just on fire and I have seen some real pigs this past couple of weeks. The numbers of fish you catch in a day are tremendous as well.

We are concentrating on channel banks mid lake to south end and using brush piles,ends of down trees, and standing trees, They need to have good branches down about 13-18 feet depending on which end of the lake you are using. The south end is much deeper and clearer so you fish deeper.

We use a special slip bobber rig with twenty-pound braid and a lighter leader so we can get into the deep thick brush and get our rigs back. Of course a lively minnow. We carry about fifteen dozen for four anglers and use a ton of them each day. I have a special system on my boat that brings in air to all my bait tanks for ample air.

I still have a ton of openings left for this deep summer bite and it will remain very good for the rest of the summer. Don’t worry about the heat we have a very nice breeze each day to keep you cool and this type fishing is a ball for all ages.

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Fishing Articles by Steve Welch

Visit the Fishing Articles page to read articles written by fishing guide, Steve Welch! These articles cover fishing tips and techniques for all seasons!

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Book your next fishing trip now! We are currently taking bookings for guided fishing trips! Fishing should be great and dates will fill quickly!

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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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