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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 July 23-29

The fish have adjusted to all the new water and the clarity is fine all over the lake. Currently the lake is about 2 1/2 ft. over summer pool and will very slowly creep back down. This most likely will take most of the summer.

Now that the lake is down to a couple feet over pool some of the brush piles are coming into play and it is time to get out the slip bobber rigs and really concentrate on the summer crappie. This pattern will have them bunched up on big and I mean big brush piles. We have a special rigging on our slip bobber rigs that allows us to go down and get them. I have seen fifty or more from just one spot. This is a ball for anglers young and old. For those that simply love to fish jigs our Deep Ledge Baby Bugs have been doing very well. You simply pendulum it across brush down about 13-15 ft. They want it swimming. The best colors are our clear water shad imitators pearl and blue.

The white bass are coming out of the river and are on all points leading back towards the main lake. The best way to catch them is with our Candy stripers or Big Dudes and fish the edges of flats that had willows on them. Early and late in theday are best for this.

Many 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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