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

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Steve Welch – Iā€™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 October 5, 2021

October 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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Water temps are running 67-72 and clarity on the north end is stained, south end still very clear. I am checking a lot of spots on the north end about half have fish on them so I am still making that run down to the deeper, clearer south end. My customers enjoy setting down and relaxing so we are using a simple slip bobber rig and minnow. I mark of the structure we are fishing then move off to the side and spotlock. With my Livescope I can see the fish, how deep they are and where your bait is in relationship to the fish. Clients are blown away by this technology. Since I am taking a lot of three person trips we will continue to fish this way until end of October. Limits are coming in the boat everyday, can't even remember last time we did not limit out on crappie. Bet we were white bass fishing. Once November hits the live bait is gone and the two extra pedestal seats will be put in to allow myself and two anglers to comfortably set up on the front deck. We will be tight lining jigs and plastics straight down into the brush. Love that thump of a big crappie. The very best crappie fishing we have for a big crappie is the whole month of November and early December. So you better come out and give it a try with me. I have thousands of GPS coordinates on Shelbyville to ensure you go home with your limit.

The white bass are on points with wind blowing into them. I only have a couple that are dependable. One day you get fifty or so next a couple. We are using jigging spoons and popping them of bottom then let it freefall back to the bottom. If it doesn't go back to the bottom hang on you got a bruiser and even might be a forty pound buffalo since we seam to hook about three or four a day. For this I am putting the boat about twenty feet from where the point ends and making a very short cast to the edge of the drop. Jigging spoons have trebles so snagging stumps happens all the time if you cast to far. These cooler nights might get them up on the shallow flats but so far I haven't seen it.

I have several dates left. October 30,31 November 5,6,7,12,14,19,20,21,26,27,28. December is wide open as well.

You can reach me at 217-840-1221 or e-mail me from my website at LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com. This is my 27th year of guiding so I think I got it down pretty good.
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I use 10lb. Suffix 832 on my reels. A Thill thread bobber stop that I cinch very tightly to about fifteen feet then I shorten the tag ends and cinch them with a lighter so they don't unravel any further. Then I use a Thill slip bobber big enough to hold up a 1/4oz. weight. Then goes on the twelve lb. Fluorocarbon leader about a foot long. A number 4 Tru-turn hook that bends easily. You can pull free just about every snag and believe me you will get a buch. I also use 8ft. rods which makes it easier to measure out your depth.

How do you setup your slip bobbers?

The crappie are on fire on Shelbyville and will be the rest of October and November. I am seeing brushpiles with Livescope that has forty to fifty crappie on them. We are setting off to the side and tossing a slip bobber and minnow into them and watching three or four at a time come in the boat. Rarely do you wait more then fifteen seconds. If you do then you are not in the brush. This is how we caught them for years back in the day. Until October 31st and I switch totally over to jigs I will take three person trips. Then the boat is set up for three of us including myself to set comfortably on the nose and fish vertically straight down with my Deep Ledge Jigs and Brushpile plastics. I quit a couple weeks after Thanksgiving for some me time on Kentucky Lake so you better grab what dates are left as of right now only October 30,31 available for those three person or two trips for the slip bobbers. November has 5,6,7,12,14,19,20,21,26,27,28. December 3,4,5,10,11,12. Shoot me an e-mail from my website or give me a call at 217-840-1221 ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

Me trying to take a selfie with a 14 1/2 inch crappie.....if you could imagine....found out my arms are too short! šŸ˜…

Released it to swim another day.
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Me trying to take a selfie with a 14 1/2 inch crappie.....if you could imagine....found out my arms are too short! šŸ˜…  

Released it to swim another day.

Sue and Mike Cardot with a 3-man limit of crappie and a few whites from their trip 10/9. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sue and Mike Cardot with a 3-man limit of crappie and a few whites from their trip 10/9.

One of the bigger things caught on Shelbyville! They do fight well! ... See MoreSee Less

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One of the bigger things caught on Shelbyville!  They do fight well!

Cindy Corrie, her husband and her son, Adam, with bucket full of white bass and crappie from the Ville on 10/08/21. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cindy Corrie, her husband and her son, Adam, with bucket full of white bass and crappie from the Ville on 10/08/21.
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Guided Fishing Trips depart from the boat ramp at Forest Bo-Woods in Shelbyville, IL.

GPS N 39ā€² 33.058ā€² W 088ā€² 37.498ā€² or 39.550111, -88.624861

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