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

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Steve Welch – I’m Back

After a long hiatus, I am back guiding on a part-time basis. Friday, Saturday and Sundays only, for now. I need two more years to officially retire and get my pension then I will guide more.

I still have my big tiller boat so very comfortable and have it outfitted with several new depth finders. I now have six units on this boat and it is loaded up like no other. I have four Lowrance units all networked to keep all my GPS locations straight and I have nearly 8000 waypoints on this system between Lake Shelbyville and Kentucky Lake. I like the Navionics mapping to keep me right on ledges to be able to troll, which is what we are doing now. I was not happy with Lowrance side-imaging anymore so I got a Hummingbird 15 in. Solex for side imaging and the Lake master mapping. It is very helpful on Kentucky Lake as it shows small secondary creeks in more detail. Anyway, now I have multiple mapping to look at because I also have a 12in. Garmin up on my nose for Livescope and if you haven’t seen this in action you really should. My wife says it is like playing Pac-Man. You can see fish approaching your bait and actually take your jig in real-time.

Like I said, there is no other boat rigged like this anywhere. I have seven batteries to power everything. Three onboard chargers all wired together– just plug in when you get home. Onboard air system with air lines run inside the gunnels and ports located all over the boat to plug in your bait tank anywhere you want to sit it. I run three tanks, two Engels, and a large shad tank that recirculates water through charcoal and filters on a timer that does this every five minutes. My bait can stay in the boat for several days and I can easily carry 30 dozen. No D-cell batteries for me and I have tons more air.

I will be putting a weekly fishing report out since we are in the summer months so patterns will remain the same for several weeks. I am looking for that first shad hatch and that is close. The walleye/white bass bite will get better then. The current pattern of beating the weeds early with blade baits will collapse if the lake starts to fall back towards normal summer pool. No worries because pulling spinners on line counters is fun and anyone can do it, young or old.

The one with the most waypoints wins this style of fishing because offshore stumps hold fish and you need to know what angle, time of day, and wind direction each stump works best at. I have spent years collecting these offshore stumps for just this style of fishing. I am glad I kept my Lowrance units. I have dumped 12,000 waypoints on it and it doesn’t slow it down at all. My new Hummingbird I tried to put the 8000 waypoints I currently have on my Lowrances and it turned it into a ninety-year-old man…very slow. So now I just use it for Mega side-imaging.

So hop in the boat with one of the lakes’ most knowledgeable guides who has been doing this for nearly 27 years and knows this lake from one end to the other. Has fished in nine Crappie U.S.A. Classics and cashed a check in three against the top teams in the country. Won several local and regional tourneys before turning his attention to just guiding. Been featured in several in-state and national magazines. Has given seminars at just about every fishing show in the state and has over 200 articles in print in several magazines.

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Fishing Trip Date Availability as of September 21, 2021

October 1,2,3,9,10,17,22,23,24,29,30,31

November 5,6,7,12,14,19,20,21,26,27,28

December 3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19

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I just had Friday the 17th open. Just email me at LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com or call me at 217-840-1221 cell. My Livescope is just tearing up the crappie on down trees. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

The crappie fishing is still very good. The north end is tough just due to the Corp pulling the lake down so hard back to summer pool. I am fishing mostly down trees , brush and cubes. Slip bobbers and minnows or casting to them with my small hair jig or Brushpiles Hammers on a 3/32oz. jig. Using my Livescope. Laydowns are just stacked with fish some have a hundred fish on them. Livescope shows you them swimming around. We target the biggest on the tree then move to the next plenty that are working.

The white bass have disappeared on me mostly due to the lake dropping a half foot every four days so I am back concentrating solely on crappie. Hundred plus a day still tons of fun.

I still have September 19th open but that is all in September. October and November is still wide open and boy does the crappie fishing get good then. Trees turning and the pleasure boats gone. Can't wait remember that line in Braveheart this is my island. Now go home pleasure boats been swamped by them all summer.

My website LakeShelbyvilleguide.com has an open dates section or just give me a call at 217-840-1221
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2 weeks ago

A 3-man limit of crappie, before lunch, with Ronald and Renee Brown. No minnows were harmed in this limit! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
A 3-man limit of crappie, before lunch, with Ronald and Renee Brown.  No minnows were harmed in this limit!

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I still have Sunday open! Call me 217.840.1221!

Nice job Steve , Ronald and Renée

Last two days I have fished more on the north end. Doing about the same thing. Scanning wood on river channels and casting my 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jig and a Sharp Outdoors Hammer in white and chartreuse and pearl and chartreuse. Client pulled out a shad colored bait today and really did well. My long trips down to the south end appear to be done. I like the north end anyway bigger fish more white crappie on that end. Need the lake to drop about another two-feet then it will be very good as the fish aren't really on brush yet. Today we targeted small schools of crappie just out roaming and cast to them and caught a bunch not near anything just suspended. Livescope has really changed everything I do. I can catch fish anywhere with it. I still have September 12,17,18,19,25 open and I will start doing some combo trips on crappie and white bass very soon. Starting to find schools of whites now. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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I think it is the Garmin 1242xsv touch. I know it is a 12in. screen and completely touch screen. Love it

What model livescope are you running? I’m looking at adding one to my rig

Yeah the daughter and I seen ya up their today.

Great information.

While guiding on Lake Shelbyville I glanced over and thought I must be in Normandy ready to storm the beaches. Never know what you will see. Pretty Cool though. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
While guiding on Lake Shelbyville I glanced over and thought I must be in Normandy ready to storm the beaches. Never know what you will see. Pretty Cool though.

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Interested in a trip do I dm you?

i have run many of them , but not off a lst.

That's awesome!

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Guided Fishing Trips depart from the boat ramp at Forest Bo-Woods in Shelbyville, IL.

GPS N 39′ 33.058′ W 088′ 37.498′ or 39.550111, -88.624861

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