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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 June 14, 2021

July 2, 17, 18, 23, 25, 30, 31

August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 27, 28, 29

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We are off to the Tennessee River Fest. Four days of pulling up on the river and enjoying great bands. Headliners are Diamond Rio. Crappie fishing during the summer on Kentucky Lake isn't bad either. Hooking up with Alan and his wife haven't seen them in a while. Should be fun and maybe I can catch a few over two. ... See MoreSee Less

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Got six big crappie today and lots of fish. Six went 14-15inches

Sounds like a great time have fun

Would that be talon ?have fun


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My fishing report from this past weekend. Anglers are still catching walleye casting small jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers or leaches on hard bottom points. For me it is hard to crowd in and try and pull spinners and I have a lot of young and old clients that can't cast very well so I have put the walleye gear away and concentrating on the crappie. Boy are they biting the post spawn feed bag is on. I am looking for brush in the 15-25 foot range and catching them at all those depths. We are using a slip bobber set up that consists of fifteen pound braid and a 1/4oz. weight then a barrel swivel with a 12in. leader of 14lb. Fluorocarbon line and a small number four tru-turn hook and tons of minnows. Even in 100 degree heat this past weekend we got three man limits. As the thermocline forms this bite will get better as more fish start to use that 15-17ft. of depth. July and August are two of our better months for the slip bobber bite. I am only guiding Friday, Saturday and Sunday for now but still have seven open dates in July and nine in August. My website has open dates listed. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bruce and Steve Summers (Steve not pictured) and their 3-man limit of crappie from the Ville today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bruce and Steve Summers (Steve not pictured) and their 3-man limit of crappie from the Ville today.

Mark Metz and his son Luke with a 3-man limit. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark Metz and his son Luke with a 3-man limit.

Curt Cannon and gang with their catch of crappie and walleye. ... See MoreSee Less

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Curt Cannon and gang with their catch of crappie and walleye.Image attachment

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Darn near four limits on a day that we trolled spinners for three hours before switching to slip bobbers and minnows. I haven't caught that many crappie in a single day in years. We must of caught close to 200 and used 18 dozen minnows which we all know how Chip dishes them out so closer to 25 dozen. This was Saturday, Friday was about the same but Sunday with no sun the catching was pretty good but more small fish. Still was within five fish over ten of getting a three man limit. I am pulling spinners early in hopes of a few legal sized walleye. You get crappie and white bass doing this as well but about ten o clock we switch up to chasing the crappie on deep brush with wind on it using the Livescope. Lots of fish are just roaming looking for food so the sun, wind and boat traffic has some fish seeking cover. This slip bobber bite will get even better in July and August as more fish seek deeper shelter. I love fishing this style turn the boat to the side of a big brush pile and drift minnows across it while setting comfortably in a nice seat. Cork down is all you here as 100 plus fish days are the norm. If you want in on this go to my website at www.LakeShelbyvilleguide.com. I have my open dates listed.

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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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