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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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Website will be coming down as soon as I figure out how to retain my on-line store for jig sales.

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Current Conditions for Shelbyville, IL

Temperature: 35.1 F

Relative Humidity: 85%

Dewpoint: 31 F

Wind: Calm

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 best news I can give you is that the thermocline is forming and the bait is dropping from the surface and the crappie are set up on deep brush and we are starting to get some real nice ones. CRAPPIE ARE ON FIRE!!!!!

The water temps have risen back up into the mid eighties and with little rain it remains very clear. I am seeing a thermocline starting to form and this will drop everything to it very soon so target 15-17ft. deep all over the lake.

You need brush that is out in deep water on river channels or points in at least fifteen to twenty-five feet of water. The crappie will suspend right on top the brush as will bass and other predators so be ready for anything.

We caught over a hundred crappie every day last week and got our three or four person limit every day by simply drifting minnows on slip bobbers across deep brush using the southwest winds we always get. This lateral movement is key. The best spots are the ones just packed with crappie and just keep pulling the small ones off it then suddenly you will get a big one. The piles with few fish on them might have one good one then you need to move but the piles with a ton of fish on them give them a good half hour.

This style of fishing appeals to everyone who would not want to see their cork go down forty fifty times a day. Kids young and old love this and everyone can do it.

My boat is set up for this style of fishing with ample bait tanks and comfortable seating so you never have to get up or stand on a bass boat deck. This appeals to my older clients and small kids.

I still have July 25th, August 4,18,19,21-24,28-31 open for this red hot crappie action. They will disappear quickly so give me a call or shoot me an e-mail from this website.

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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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