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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 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

Fishing Report November 26-December 2

The water temps are perfect for crappie fishing 46-52 and the jig bite is really on. 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. The new Fluorescent Pink can’t stay on the shelf. Our guides are using plenty of them.

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. I have a guide who told me the day after Thanksgiving he boated about seven limits and kept three very nice looking limits and it took almost no fuel to do it. I have others telling me the same stories. THEY ARE BITING!!!!!

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. Just stopped in on Saturday and restocked Chip’s yet again. He now has the elusive fluorescent Pink. Stopped in Howies just today and restocked him with over two hundred packs. He has more pink than anyone right now but that won’t last.

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

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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