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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
September 3,4,8,9,17,21,22,23,26,29
October 2,3,5-10,12,14-16,19

Trips on Kentucky Lake
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
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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 water temps have went up some into the 81-83 range and the color remains very clear.

The crappie fishing remains about the same very good with the mid lake to south end producing the best. On main lake channel banks out on the end of down trees in at least 15-30 feet fishing a slip bobber rig and lively minnow set at 12-15 feet even with branches on the down trees. This has been my pattern for two months and will be the same for another three weeks or so. Once the water temps start to fall things will change as the bait will move into the coves.

We have been fishing for white bass once we get our limit of crappie and doing very well on points and channel banks. I use my side imaging to scan these areas and I am looking for anything I see that is about fifteen-feet down on the drop and then extends at that depth some forty feet straight off the drop into the middle of the channel. Plus I am looking on my side imaging for the exact size of white dots. The bigger dots are all buffalo and we have been catching them as well since they are mixed in with the white bass.

To catch the white bass and buffalo we are using a 3/4 oz. Bomber Slab Spoon with one of Andy Roberts hand tied flies about a foot above the spoon. We get several doubles on the white bass doing this by just holding your rod once you get one and then in about ten seconds you will have a second. These are really big white bass that live their entire lives in deep water and all of them are pushing two-pounds or better. I am dropping the spoon right in the middle of the suspended school of whites and jigging it up and down watching for them to pick it up on the drop. Just on Sunday we caught about forty whites and our limits of crappie and about twenty buffalo from twenty to forty pounds.

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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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