Crappie Really Biting on Kentucky Lake weather and all. The winter ledge bite is on fire!!!!

Shelbyville Best Bet Sauger and White Bass

By Steve Welch

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 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 fishing action.

My cell is 217-840-1221
Home 217-762-7257
e-mail from this website or SteveWelch@mchsi.com

Fishing Report October 22-28

The temps are falling and with this week temps they should fall into that magic fifty-five and below. From now on my guides will be really concentrating on crappie fishing since they love the cooler temps and will be very active from now until mid December.

No need for live bait just our line of Deep Ledge Jigs. I like the big 1/4oz. because of its huge profile and you can swim it back and forth trying to bump branches with it. This back and forth swimming action is much more like a real baitfish. So vertical fishing is the way to go for the rest of the year. Put in your double down seats then you and a partner hover over brush and yank them out as fast as you can.

This is the time of year that the bait is big so the crappie want something big. We partnered with Brush Pile Jigs and made a large profile bait called the Brush Chub. They have a big belly to give that huge profile but it also gives more plastic for the jig barb to grab a hold of. You can’t go wrong with chartreuse and another contrast color like black,red or white. If we don’t get much more rain and the water starts to clear then I like a plain head and either a light blue speckled bait or a shad colored bait.

For the next six weeks the crappie fishing is as good as it gets. The fish are bigger mostly because the white crappie have moved shallow and on Shelbyville they are the larger of the two species.

Sauger and walleye are being picked up speed trolling edges of flats. 3mph on big motor pulling cranks, Flickershads, Shad Raps, Thunderstick Juniors. Also catching some pulling spinners.

You can go to our on-line store and get these Deep Ledge Jigs or just stop in at Chip’s Marine or Howies. Both have recently been stocked.

If you want to get in the boat with one of our guides just give us a call at 217-840-1221 cell or shoot us an email at SteveWelch@Mchsi.com.