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 January 24, 2023

Give me a call for 2023 I am taking reservations now!!!!! 217-840-1221. These are my tentative plans for next year since I am back guiding fulltime. Some dates have been taken so call me to see what is available. Soon before the upcoming fishing shows or they will be gone.

March 1-14,16-31
Ice Out Trips “Deep” two anglers only for crappie on Shelbyville

April 1-8,10,11,13,14
Catch and release trips on Clinton Lake chasing Stripers. Live bait, trolling, Livescope on jigging spoons.

April 16,17,18,19,21
“Deep” two anglers only for crappie on Shelbyville

April 25,26
Crappie spawning trips on Kentucky Lake. Might add week before if enough interest. April 16-22 “Big Fish”

May 2,4,5,10,11,12,14
Crappie spawning trips on Shelbyville

May 26,27,28,29
June 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,10
Walleye trips on Shelbyville

June 12-18
Stakebed beatdown on Kentucky Lake. Love this “Big Crappie”. Coincides with the Tennessee River Jam. That runs June 15-17. Fish during the day great music at night. Bands have yet to be announced.

June 20-30
Chasing white bass on Shelbyville

July 1-25,27-31
August 2-31
September 1-30
October 1-20,22-31
Combo crappie and white bass on Shelbyville

November 12,13,14,17,18 Kentucky Lake
Big Crappie on shallow stakebeds “Really Good Fishing”
Could add week of November 6-12 if enough interest

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The Chicago Bears are done for the year. So come on out to the Fishing show and book a guide trip and grab some Deep Ledge Jigs and BrushPile Jig crappie baits. We have a booth full of crappie catching goodies!!!!

Booth 113.
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The Chicago Bears are done for the year. So come on out to the Fishing show and book a guide trip and grab some Deep Ledge Jigs and BrushPile Jig crappie baits. We have a booth full of crappie catching goodies!!!!

Booth 113.

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Last time I went it cost 25 to park 😂

Have never been to. Is this a big show?

Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo January 26-29 is our next stop. Will have a booth to stop by and get your Deep Ledge Jigs and Brushpile Jigs plastics. Will also be booking guide trips for 2023. Many have been booked already so I would not wait until spring gets here as I am usually booked two months out.

I will be giving seminars on how to fish Lake Shelbyville for crappie, walleye and white bass as well as tips on Kentucky Lake for big crappie.

My times are Thursday 6:00, Saturday 1:00 and Sunday 10:00

Lee from Brushpile Jigs and I will be in the booth all weekend stop by and see us!!!!!
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1 week ago

The Collinsville Show behind us. Did very well booked a ton of trips. Now to an even bigger show. January 26-29. The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in Schaumburg. I have a booth in that show and doing seminars on Thursday Jan. 26th at 6:00pm. Then again on Saturday Jan. 28th at 1:00pm and lastly on Sunday Jan. 29th at 10:00am.

We are finalizing a power point presentation with all sorts of seasonal tips for fishing on Lake Shelbyville and Kentucky Lake.

Hope we pack the house since this is my first time doing this show and I need you followers to come out in droves. Then stop by the booth. Lee Sharpe from Brushpile Jigs is coming as is our wives to hold down the fort.

Our booth will have Deep Ledge Jigs as well as Brushpile Plastics to catch those hungry crappie. Two very good products.

From what I see on the show floor plan and seminar line-up we are about the only pan-fish guys up there.

All our LakeShelbyville family come on out and see us!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks for a great show! Good Luck at the next show!

Take a chair in with you to your seminar and sir down if you need to get off that knee. You're not a youngster anymore. Lol

Do you ever fish Clinton Lake for crappies? Thanks

I'll see you there buddy

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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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