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

Shelbyville Best Bet Sauger and White Bass

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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 25- July 2

The fish have adjusted to all the new water and the clarity is fine all over the lake. Currently the lake is about 8ft. 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 have moved up into the upper ends of the reservoir to feed on the young shad. They are busting surface early in the day in the flooded willows. This is a ball and since you are so far up in the lake no ski boat traffic just a beautiful day of fishing for some real bruisers pushing three and a bunch in the two-pound range.

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.

For a more up to date daily fishing report refer to my Illinois Fish Talk Forum and feel free to join up.


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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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