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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

Take a Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Shelbyville with Steve Welch

Come fish with Steve as he’s been guiding on Lake Shelbyville since 1994 and fished it for over forty years. He’s gotten 27 tournament wins and won several Crappie U.S.A. and Crappie Masters tourneys, both locally and regionally, finishing in the top ten against the top pros in the country. He was the Region Three thirteen-state champion in 2006 and placed in the top 15 in 3 of the 9 National Championships. He was picked by In-Fisherman magazine as one of the top guides in the entire Midwest.

Steve Welch’s writing has been featured in several national magazines including In-Fisherman, Walleye In-Sider & Field & Stream, as well as local publications such as Illinois Fish & Game, Heartland Outdoors and Adventure Sports Outdoors to name a few. He’s written hundreds of articles over the years and currently writes a monthly column in Adventure Sports Outdoors. He’s done seminar speaking at just about every in-state fishing show during the winter months, drawing huge crowds.

Since retiring from the tourney fishing, gone is the 70mph bass boat. Steve wanted a better boat suited for guiding and multi-specie fishing. In 2013 Bass Cat purchased a company in Minnesota called Yar-Craft, a walleye boat with a stellar reputation. They heard he was looking for a walleye boat and they reached out. He ended up with their first-ever 2095BTX tiller boat. It was in several magazines with pros demonstrating its’ usefulness. When he heard that it only had three hours on it, he jumped at the chance and has had it ever since. It has a Mercury four-stroke Verado that just purrs like a kitten and runs flawlessly. It’s a great boat with lots of room and you don’t see many 200hp tillers on the lake.

This year the boat has gone through an entire facelift. New carpet, all the pedestals bases painted, and most importantly a total transformation on the electronics. It’s been totally brought up to speed. Five new Garmin depth finders, all networked to talk to each other. Livescope that can now be seen at any depth finder in the boat. The latest and greatest side imaging–all in full color–as is the down imaging and regular sonar with the industry’s best mapping. We’ll be able to search new areas much more efficiently and see the Livescope and side imaging working side by side from either the front or rear of the boat.

This boat is like no other. Bass Cat asked to see it back at the factory so they could see all the improvements. Air lines have been run up inside the gunnel and quick-disconnect ports were installed to plug in your bait tank anywhere you want to sit. Two twelve-volt giant air pumps provide more air than any d-cell battery could. That way we can run three separate bait tanks so you don’t have to leave your seat. There is also a huge bait tank that both aerates and recirculates every five minutes through several filters and charcoal to ensure we have the best bait that can last for days.

Pedestals have been rigged up on the front so three of us can sit on the nose when we are vertical jig fishing. Nobody has to crowd on the front deck and stand all day. That way we can all fish the same brush pile–no advantage for the guide. Then once slip bobber season hits, about late April on through the summer and early fall, we turn the boat to the side and cast at structure. You are still in a nice sit-down seat that only a big wide-open tiller boat can provide.

Steve is a multi-species guide so we do a lot of walleye and white bass fishing as well as the crappie by pulling bouncers and spinners or casting jigs with crawlers along sheer drops or points. We try and give you a day on the water like no other. Crappie are easy to catch in great numbers so once we get our limit rather than go in we just switch it up and go catch another species. Clients love this.

Go to our Book a Trip section and pick out an open date shoot us an email. Don’t wait as they won’t last long!!

Fishing Trip Date Availability as of July 1, 2022

Trips for 2022

August 13,14,21,27
September 4,5,10,24
October 16,22,23,29,30
November 13,19,20,26,27

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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Greg & Ted Minger, along with their dad Mike (not pictured), showing off their catch of crappie. All caught by 12:30p. ... See MoreSee Less

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Greg & Ted Minger, along with their dad Mike (not pictured), showing off their catch of crappie.  All caught by 12:30p.

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Ed, Allan and Patty with their catch of 57 crappie on 6/29.

Man I am on a great pattern. Josh Jones the Livescope guru would be proud. I am running full blast with my trolling motor on points or flats with Livescope out 55ft. In 20ft. of water. Looking for a stump, spot one start coasting pulling ever so slightly to the left side of it. Stop the boat where my clients can tightline a drop shot and minnow rig right off the starboard side with their 12ft. B&M BGJP. All the while I am pendulum fishing my 1/4oz. trolling sinker and 1/32oz. white hair jig on my fourteen foot B&M. Efficient and deadly no need for a buoy grab four or five crappie over ten inches move to the next one. Four limits in four hours boat traffic doesn't even bother us on this presentation. Setting under my fourteen foot umbrella to boot so not even getting hot. Great Garmin mapping really helps. I have July 3rd and 4th open get out early and quit early. After that nothing until August on weekends. My phone number is 217-840-1221 ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago
Man I am on a great pattern. Josh Jones the Livescope guru would be proud. I am running full blast with my trolling motor on points or flats  with Livescope out 55ft. In 20ft. of water. Looking for a stump, spot one start coasting pulling ever so slightly to the left side of it. Stop the boat where my clients can tightline a drop shot and minnow rig right off the starboard side with their 12ft. B&M BGJP. All the while I am pendulum fishing my 1/4oz. trolling sinker and 1/32oz. white hair jig on my fourteen foot B&M. Efficient and deadly no need for a buoy grab four or five crappie over ten inches move to the next one. Four limits in four hours boat traffic doesnt even bother us on this presentation. Setting under my fourteen foot umbrella to boot so not even getting hot. Great Garmin mapping really helps. I have July 3rd and 4th open get out early and quit early. After that nothing until August on weekends. My phone number is 217-840-1221

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You are the crappie master.

I like bass fishing

This crazy Internet. I have been lazy this year with pics and posts and really just guiding when I wanted to. I put up a fishing report some pics on this page and others and now I don't have any openings until August but for those that give me a few days notice I can get a day off during the week from my other job. I really like taking kids out during the summer slip bobber bite. Today we went through about 18 dozen minnows and caught close to 150 crappie. Lots of short fish but we did end up with 57 or three short of a four person limit. This lake has so many crappie that one was coming in about every few seconds all day long. Give me a call at 217-840-1221 and set something up even if it is during the week. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Lake Shelbyville my home lake has the best summer crappie fishing anywhere I know for sheer numbers and tons of action. About mid July we get an algae bloom and as it grows it gets dense and it will sink down to a thermocline. All the baitfish in the lake feed of this algae. So once they drop to the thermocline to feed all you need is a brush pile or down tree at that 15-17ft. depth where the hungry crappie are waiting. Drifting a slip bobber and minnow rig across the brush triggers a hungry crappie to hit it. A slight breeze is needed to get that drift going. Nothing better than seeing four bobbers going down at the same time. This pattern lasts on through August and September and of course it is going on now.

I have a few good dates left June 30, July 2,3,4,10,23 and plenty in August. Just give me a call at 217-840-1221 or go to my website and shoot me an email from LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com
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What’s your fall bite like when the water temperature gets around 50 degrees

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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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