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Crappie, Walleye & White Bass Guided Fishing Trips at Lake Shelbyville with Steve Welch

A guided fishing trip for crappie is $325 to split between 2 anglers. For walleye and white bass, it's $325 to split between 2 anglers and $50 extra for a third person. All consist of a full 8-hour day out of a fully-rigged 20-foot Yar-craft walleye boat.

The fee includes fishing rod, tackle, bait, and the cleaning of your limit as long as the fish cleaning stations are open and operable. All you need to bring is something to eat, drink, rain gear, if weather requires and a valid Illinois Fishing License. This is for either the day or the weekend.

You may now pay for your fishing trip online - click here for details.

Guided Fishing Trip Openings
with Steve Welch

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.

Fishing report for May 21-28. The floods has caused the lake to rise to 13ft. over summer pool so the crappie spawn kind of came to an abrupt hault. They are suspended down about fifteen feet in water as deep as fifty. They can still be caught and most are spider rigging with live bait. I have had good luck pulling bottom bouncers on line counters so we can actually fish them suspended and pull them right through standing timber. We make the single hook spinner rigs only about 18 inches long so they can be trolled through timber. We catch a ton of crappie doing this and many other species as well like what they are intended for walleye.

The normally very shallow flats all have scattered willows on them and anglers are both casting and pulling bouncers on the flats and the walleye and white bass are doing very well. Whites off the drops and walleye up on the flats.

Book Your Trip Now!
Online in Steve's Online Store

Phone (217) 762-7257
Cell: (217) 840-1221

Take fishing break and call Steve Welch at Lake Shelbyville Guide Service - (217) 762-7257 or (217) 840-1221, don't miss out on the year-round fishing fun!

"I've known Steve since he started guiding. I've heard him speak at least 20 times and learn something new every time. I've fished with Steve about a half a dozen times and was never disappointed. If Steve isn't catching fish, neither is anyone else. He'll put you on the fish."

-- Jerry Freadhoff, Fairbury, Illinois

When you book your guided fishing trip on Lake Shelbyville...

Steve Welch will call or email 3-4 days before your trip :

  • Reconfirm your trip
  • Discuss directions and a meeting location (differs depending on time of year, type of fish, and boat ramp location)

You will need to bring:

  • Something to eat and/or drink
  • A rain suit, depending on weather conditions
  • A cooler to carry your fish home
  • A valid Illinois Fishing License
  • Yourselves!

You need to know:

  • Steve Welch will clean your catch for you unless the fish cleaning stations are closed.
  • Fishing trips will go rain, shine, or snow but not freezing rain, as it's too cold.
  • Fishing trips start at sunrise and end around 3 p.m. or at the client's discretion if an earlier end time is desired.

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