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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.

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Call or e-mail for lake guides running through this website. My cell is 217-840-1221 Home 217-762-7257 and you can e-mail from this site or use my home e-mail We now have three and possibly a fourth guide ready to serve you so getting a quality fishing trip on Lake Shelbyville is as easy as can be.

Don’t be fooled about high water or warm summer days our guides are used to this and are really catching a ton of fish right now.

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Current Conditions for Shelbyville, IL

Temperature: 72.1 F

Relative Humidity: 19%

Dewpoint: 28 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

As most of you know I am laid up with major shoulder surgery. I had to cancel all my spring guide trips and won’t be able to fish for some time.

I am however helping a new guide get going and doing some booking of trips for him and a couple others on Lake Shelbyville. All are very qualified and have been crappie fishing this lake for many years.If interested give me a call or e-mail me and I can get you set up for some great spring fishing action.

My cell is 217-840-1221
Home 217-762-7257
e-mail from this website or

Fishing Report June 18-24

The fish have adjusted to all the new water and the clarity is fine all over the lake. Currently the lake is about 9ft. over summer pool and will very slowly creep back down. This most likely will take most of the summer.But you should start to see the normal ramps being used this week.

This past week the sauger and white bass have been on fire. The sauger are very catchable since they live out on the edges of flats in and around stumps. Anglers are catching them with jigging spoons or jigging Raps my favorite and of course our 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig tipped with a minnow or crawler. Plus they are trolling bottom bouncers and single hook spinner rigs tipped with a minnow. 1 1/2oz. I have found is the best any heavier and the light wire used to hold up the weight will bend while dragging it on bottom. Then you experience a lot of snags. Troll these rigs at about .9-1.4mph and a number four Colorado blade in chrome, chartreuse or white with some pink on it seams to be the best.

Use your mapping on your electronics to track drop-offs on flats or end of points and target the stumps on them. Don’t forget where you caught a sauger because within an hour another will take it’s place. Wind pushes bait so be mobile.

The white bass are in these same areas and they tend to suspend out from the drop-offs and like the sauger they are nomads following the shad with the wind. Still too cool to see busts or jumps but that will start about middle of June. For now both casting and vertical jigging spoons is your best chance of getting into them.

Last week was the first reports of fish busting shad on the surface in the shallows. The white bass will push shad to either the surface out in the middle of nowhere just off a flat or push them right up into the shallows on a flat depending on wind speed and direction.

The fish are really biting and some of our guides have experienced several days last week with catches of a hundred or so whites and also days of fifteen to twenty good sauger.

The crappie have picked up this past week as well and will continue to get better as it gets warmer they bunch up over deep structure. Minnows and slip bobber rigs will be the ticket. This bite will really take off once the lake drops about four more feet.

Give me a call and I will get you in the boat with a very good guide. 217-840-1221 cell.

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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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