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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 August 13-19

I have two guides working a ton right now and they are fishing very different but with the same success. One is slip bobber fishing and the other is spider rigging. Both are saying the crappie fishing right now is the best it has been all year. Both are hovering minnows slightly over the top of main lake brush. One told me they caught over 250 in the last two days. It is always August is what I told one of them this week. I don’t know if it is the cooler evenings we have had or just that they know very soon the bait will be moving towards the back of coves with feeder creeks.

The crappie have stayed constant all summer and are out on main lake lay downs or over brush in at least twenty-feet of water. A slip bobber set at fifteen-feet is the ticket. You can stay off the brush and not spook the fish up on top of the brush pile. Our Deep Ledge Baby Bug is deadly on them as well by casting it out and counting it down to fifteen-feet. I really hit the nail on the head with this lure.

The sauger can still be caught by pulling bottom bouncers and spinner rigs. Out on the edges of big flats very early in the morning before the big boats get out.

The white bass have moved out to their normal summer spots out off river channel drops and jigging spoons are the way to go after them. Once you find them you can put a bunch in the boat and boy are they big this year.

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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