Lake Shelbyville Guide

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

Steve holding his catch of Crappie for the day at Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville Guide

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

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.

Fishing Trip Date Availability as of January 15, 2022

Trips for 2022

March 5,6,12,19,20,26,27
April 2,3,9,10,17,23,24,30
May 21,28,29
June 4,5,9,25,26
July 1,2,3,9,10,17,23,24,30,31
August 6,7,13,14,21,27,28

Due to huge price increases on my end I am forced to change my pricing for 2022. It will be simply $400.00 for two anglers. $500.00 for three. Eight hour trips only. I only do two person trip from March until last week of April. Then again late October until end of the season in early December. Otherwise I can do three people the last week of April through late October.

Walleye trips start May 13 and run through June 12th. That is only 15 trips so don’t wait to get one. Be warned, these are not Canada trips, it is hard to find walleye but we mix in catching crappie and white bass with them.

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Guide trips pouring in after Collinsville show. Only have 8 trips available for May and June. You regulars better hurry or my entire spring will be booked. Just go to my website I have a calendar of open dates still available. Excited to see the boat totally rigged all Garmin and the new Livesweep system for scanning with my Livescope ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

Had a great show at Collinsville. Booked about 20 trips or roughly a quarter of my season. My calendar is emptying fast so you better not wait until warm weather or you will be left out. You can book from my website by sending an email from there or just give me a call at 217-840-1221.

Exciting new things for the boat this year. Back to one complete system in the boat. That way they can be linked to share all info including waypoints. So as soon as I can get two Lowrance Gen.3 twelves, two Gen.3 nines, structurescan box, side and down imaging transducer, Airmar 2-D sonar transducer, Hummingbird Gen 2 fifteen-inch Solex, side and down imaging transducer, 2-D sonar transducer and link cable that talks to a Minn Kota trolling motor out of the boat. All this will be for sale either independently or as one. Contact me these won't last long as I am doing research as to their worth right now.

I will be the first in the area to have the new Livescanner system to run your Livescope independently from your trolling motor. Lots of R&D has went in to this and I like how well it is built.

The boat is getting new carpet in it right now and as soon as I get it back tear down will start. All the pedestals and bases are being removed and powder coated as well. Plus minor bodywork to cover holes from moving electronics around.

I take pride in having a top notch boat for guiding and always keep it waxed up and clean not to mention regular maintenance. Now this year all the electronics will be the most current on the market. Thousands have been spent to insure your guide trip is one you won't forget.
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1 week ago

I have been busy with both my plumbing/ HVAC job and making jigs for the upcoming Collinsville Show. I have about 10,000 made and I know that won't be enough so my entire winter is get at least 15,000 ahead so all I need to do is fish.

My boat is getting new carpet installed as we speak and I am taking all ten pedestals out and having them powder coated. Should really make her look new. Put in a bunch of new electronics last year and I am quite comfortable with them now. My Garmin 12in. hi-def system sure came in handy last year. Livescope changes your whole ballgame. Teamed up with the Cornfield Crappie Livesweep and I can anchor the boat off to the side and watch all my clients cork set right in the fish. No fish move on really speeds things up.

I plan on qualifying for the Crappie U.S.A. Classic since it is at Paris Landing my second home. My qualification starts next month on Darbonne Lake in Louisiana. My partner now lives in Arkansas and he has fished this lake several times so we will use his boat and that means short rods and casting with Livescope. He has both Livescope and Active Target on the front of his boat so I will get to see them side by side.

I love flipping a small jig on my St. Croix Snap Jig rod and have some rigging secrets I use on Shelbyville that really put fish in the boat for me last summer. Livescope teaches you so much about colors and fall rate since you can see fish reaction live.

I will be booking trips at the Collinsville Show and once again I am primarily just fishing weekends. Too young to retire and have too good of a paying job to turn down the work. I love to fish so those that get the opportunity will really enjoy themselves. Last year at least 95% of all my summer crappie trips limited out and many so early that we spent the last few hours hammering white bass. My 28 years of guiding hasn't been wasted. I know this lake from one end to the other.

My calendar is taking trips now for 2022 and only going to take about 75 for the entire year so I wouldn't waste time on getting one reserved. Just give me a call at 217-840-1221 or go to my website at LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com and look at the open dates.

Tina and I look forward to seeing all of you at Collinsville Gateway Center. January 7,8,9
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2 weeks ago

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Good luck on your qualification I’m interested in how active target works out I’m a lowrance kind of guy

Congratulations 💪🏽💪🏽 #HVAC4Life

Tina and I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. We will be delivering Meals on Wheels Christmas Eve morning a tradition at our house. Nothing better than a bunch of God Bless You to start out your day. Ameren relieves the regular route delivery people on Thanksgiving and Christmas. One more thing they do for the community ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Merry Christmas to you and your family

My 2022 trips are already filling. The calendar is on my website at LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com. All I need is contact info no down payment is required. With the Collinsville Show approaching in early January I would get your favorite trip time set up since I will book twenty or more at this show. See you guys in 2022!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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