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
Lake Shelbyville 2016 (Weather Permitting)
July 14,21,22,24,25,26 August 2,3,4,9,10,14,18,19,21-24,28-31 September 1-4,6,7,8,11-15,17,19,20-30 October 1-19 November 1-4,6,7,8,10,11,13-17,20-30 December 1,2,4-15
Steve Welch won 1st Place at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament on Lake
Shelbyville on May 10, 2008.
Water temps have risen into the low 80’s and by mid day 86 so plenty warm. This has pulled the walleye/sauger out deep and bunched them up. We have boated 185 this past week with our best day of 51. The whites are busting the surface and chasing shad balls out on points on the north end.
We are pulling bottom bouncers on ledges and flats looking for a small school of white bass. Once we locate one we throw out a marker and keep trolling through them until we wear them out most schools hold about 25-50 nice sized whites. The walleye/sauger will be in these same areas so we are picking up both white bass and walleye plus several crappie. We use line counters so I tell clients how much line to let out and we are just hammering the fish and everyone is very happy. Wind is the key to bunching these fish up so everyday you need to re-locate them. We are fishing from Forest Bo-Woods over to the Eagle boat ramp on ledges.
We are also marking off points and throwing my Candystripers out off the drop and bouncing them back up. This is a real ball especially since I put on two lures to catch two at once. This year they are running two pounds plus so it is hard to land one let alone two.
For the crappie we are fishing over brush piles with a slip bobber and minnow. The post spawn crappie are getting bunched up on brush that gets a lot of wind blown by them out on the main lake. The wind pushes bait by them. We are setting the corks anywhere from 8-12ft. and fishing the tops of the big brush piles. The crappie fishing really is red hot right now with these post spawn crappie wanting to get fattened up. It is possible to catch 30 or more from one spot and catching is what we are doing. Most days we are boating over a hundred. This pattern will do nothing but get better all summer long so better get on my website front page and book a trip.
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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