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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 4,8,9,17,21,23,26,29
October 2,3,5-10,12,15,16,19

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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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

Water temps are running 81 and pretty much everything is the same as last week. Food, Wind, Depth/ Thermocline & Clarity are all the factors you need to catch crappie during the summer months. Full sun helps with light penetration which helps in widening the strike zone and this also pushes the crappie into the thick brush so you can harvest numbers from a single spot.

On dark days I move more often only expecting a half dozen from each spot and knowing that few will be over ten-inches. Plus I fish up a couple feet shallower on my slip cork set up. Minnows are still what it is all about and you can catch ten to one right now over jigs.

On sunny days I use the biggest brush piles I know of and I expect to nearly limit out from one spot. Huge difference over cloudy days but you can still get them as we have limited out each and every day for weeks now.

Healthy, big minnows really helps so I have plenty of air on mine and always carry about ten to twelve dozen. The larger minnows are key in getting the bigger fish due to our bait in the lake being so large right now.

I am also getting some really big white bass on points and channel drops but only a few from each spot. We are using minnows or Bomber Slab spoons depending on the depth of the fish. Of course we are only fishing for the whites after we limit out on the crappie so I have not looked around much for them.

I still have plenty of open dates including September 4th this week. I also have September 8,9,17,26.

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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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