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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.

Water temps are running between 65-70 and the male crappie have hit the bank all over the lake. Recent rains has the lake rising so the fish are pulling even shallower. Was about six-feet now catching them in about three-feet. Just look for clearer coves and the crappie are all over the shallows.

Jig under a cork or live bait under a cork. Just keep moving until you run into them.

I have been getting reports of the walleye/sauger being caught coming back down from the Kaskaskia after spawning so it won’t be long and they will be set up on points around wood on flats as well around scattered wood.

Blade baits like the Big Dudes will cover lots of water in the shallows as will a jig and twister tipped with an inch of night crawler. Then if you are real serious pull 1 1/2oz. Bottom bouncers and a single hook spinner rig right on drops of flats at about .9-1.4 mph. Chrome,chartreuse,white and pink are the best colors for either the blades or spinners.

We have plenty of guides to suit your needs so better contact us.

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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