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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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Current Conditions for Shelbyville, IL

Temperature: 90.1 F

Relative Humidity: 48%

Dewpoint: 68 F

Wind: From the WSW at 4.0 MPH Gusting to 4.9 MPH

Today's percipitation: 0.00 in (0 mm)


Detailed Forecast for Shelbyville, IL.

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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 is dropping fast since it near summer pool. They should have it all the way to summer pool by Labor Day. The water temps fell to 73 with the cold mornings but now have bounced back up to 81 this week. The lake is still very clear since we have not had any rain.

I pulled crank baits for suspended crappie all last week and that is still working with all the current in the lake the crappie are scattered. We are pulling 300 series Bandits about 55-feet behind the boat or fishing them about 10-12 feet down at 1.5mph. Running these baits through schools of baitfish is the key and not just aimlessly trolling out in deep water. You must swing by points and target the fifteen-foot depth along ledges.

I decided to get ahead of the game this week and start running main lake brush in hopes that the highest branches on them might be up in the strike zone since the fish are still running about 9-14 feet deep over much deeper water. Trolling cranks is fun but there is no way you can catch as many crappie as running and gunning multiple brush piles with a slip bobber and minnow. The brush piles just have way more fish in them.

Currently I am running about twenty or more brush piles a day fishing down about 8-14 feet depending on how high the brush comes up from the bottom. We are using a slip bobber and minnow so we can stay back and not spook the fish. We just keep moving until we hit some larger fish. This past weekend we were catching about a hundred or more each day but only getting about 20-25 that were over ten-inches. This will improve once the Corp gets the lake closer to summer pool and they slow down the current.

I am also tight lining a 3/32oz. jig on my twelve-foot rod with a pearl colored tube on it. The crappie want to chase something so I am pendulum fishing it over the top of the brush.

As for the white bass the points and edges of flats on the north end has fish migrating out of the river and a jigging spoon or drop-shot rig with a minnow will get the job done.

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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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