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
Kentucky Lake 2015 (Weather Permitting)
Lake Shelbyville 2015 (Weather Permitting)
July 1,2,5,6,8,9,12-17,19-24,26-28,30,31 August 2-6,9-12,15,17,18,20-23,25,27-31 September 2,3,4,5,8,9,10 October 2,4-14,16,18-30 November 1-30
Steve Welch won 1st Place at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament on Lake
Shelbyville on May 10, 2008.
Much has changed since my last report. The lake is rising to 596 or two-feet higher than it was. We still are four-feet low, but more important the water temps have shot up to morning temps of 59 on the north end and 55 on the south end. With a full day of sun like we had over the weekend I saw water temps hit 64. This has brought the black crappies up in the shallows on the north end and I have even seen some females start to drop eggs. Now don’t panic and think you missed it. This lake is huge and different areas will be spawning for the next month. We need more water to really get the ball rolling but for now it isn’t too bad. We have got a four man or three man limit most of the week, definitely looking up.
When we get a calm wind and full sun we are throwing a slip bobber and minnow to down trees and brush piles and setting the corks about four to five feet. This allows us to stay back off the brush. These fish want to be on top of the brush to soak up the sun so getting right over them and tight lining a jig spooks them.
The minnow rig consists of 20lb. Fireline Crystal a 1/4oz. weight then down to a barrel swivel and a 15lb. leader and a number four light wire hook and a slip bobber big enough to hold it up. If we get hung up and you will this rig will straighten the hook and you can get it back.
When the wind is howling we have no choice but to tight line a jig over the brush and this has been better at getting big fish since you can bury the jig deep into the brush.
We are fishing in somewhat stained water with all the wind and rain we have had so we are using an orange 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jig or an 1/8oz. with a pink and chartreuse or orange and chartreuse Brush Pile Hammer.
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
Fishing Guide, Steve Welch - owner/operator
Fully licensed and insured fishing guide for Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois Eemail@example.com Phone (217) 762-7257 Cell: (217) 840-1221
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