About Steve Welch

Steve Welch has been fishing on Lake Shelbyville since its inception and guiding since 1994. He’s an accomplished writer and has written for Adventure Sports Outdoor, Heartland Magazine, the Decatur Herald & Review and Ilfishing.com. He’s been quoted and written about in the Bloomington Pantagraph, Peoria Journal Star, Effingham Daily News, Illinois Fish & Game Finder Magazine, North American Crappie, and Field & Stream’s ‘Best Fishing Spots in the Midwest’.

Fishing Report September 15 – 30, 2021

If I were to grade the fishing right now on Shelbyville I would say it is the best it has been since early May. The crappie are gorging themselves and so are the white bass. The lake level is 602.2 or roughly just over two-feet above normal summer pool. Lake is gin clear and water temps in mid to high seventies. I have been waiting all summer for my normal summertime brush piles to not be to deep to hold fish. Finally I can get out the slip bobbers and fish sizeable brush turn the boat to the side and [...]

By |2021-09-19T11:15:49-05:00September 19, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report September 1-15, 2021

Lake level is slightly below 605 or about five feet above summer pool. Water temps have cooled a little down to 79-80. Clarity is fine all over the lake. The Corp is pulling pretty hard some days then not the next St.Louis tells them what to do but eventually we will be back to summer pool. I imagine the amount they are pulling is affecting the trollers out on the main lake but I haven't been trolling at all this summer. I have Livescope and I am using it to my advantage every day. Here is what I am doing. [...]

By |2021-08-31T07:10:04-05:00August 2, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report July 15 – 31, 2021

Best Bet - CRAPPIE Another week goes by and we get another foot of water. The lake is at 609. Normal summer pool is 599.95. This has changed things from last week. The thermocline that was starting to show on the north end is gone but the south end has one at 20ft. I am still using a simple slip bobber and minnow and my Livescope to find fish on Laydowns, Shelbyville Cubes, Stumps, and Standing timber. Fishing anywhere from 15-18ft. down on the slip bobber. Water depth doesn't matter just depth of the wood. Still casting my hair jigs [...]

By |2021-07-18T19:27:18-05:00July 18, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report: July 1 – 15, 2021

Best Best ---- CRAPPIE are on FIRE!!! The lake rose to eight feet over summer pool last week with all the rain. Did not hurt a thing actually helped me. The north end had went a little stale so I was making that long journey down to the south end then putting fifty bucks in the fuel tank on every trip. Now I am fishing from the Coalshaft bridge over to the RR bridge down to the Eagle boat ramp. Using Shelbyville Cubes, standing timber ,laydown timber and of course brush. They must top out around 16-20ft. but on standing [...]

By |2021-07-07T20:14:52-05:00July 7, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report: June 15 – 30, 2021

The lake is holding about a foot above summer pool and if we get the rain they are calling for June 24-30th. They are calling for as much as five inches. The lake will go up a couple foot or more. The south end will remain clear though. Water temps are in the low eighties and clarity is about three-feet so very clear. The crappie are already set up on their summer patterns and recovering from their spawn quite nicely. We are using the Livescope to search out huge schools of crappie then pull off to the side and drift [...]

By |2021-06-23T17:48:46-05:00June 23, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report: June 1 – 15, 2021

Water level is holding at about three feet over summer pool. The surface temps took a nosedive with this past weekend's cold front but it didn't slow anything down. It will rebound soon and be back to more summer-like weather. The north end has more stain than last week from all the rain but it is very fish-able.

By |2021-05-31T16:07:16-05:00May 31, 2021|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report: October 14-28, 2018

Best Bet...Crappie


Fall is quickly approaching and the water temps took a big nose dive this week and now our guides are seeing 63-66. This is moving crappie away from main lake areas and pushing them into coves and up feeder creeks in search of even cooler water temps and their food.
By |2021-06-04T12:59:15-05:00October 15, 2018|Fishing Report|

Fishing Report: October 1-14, 2018

Best Bet...Crappie


Sorry the report sounds the same week after week but until this heat let’s up and we really get into fall the fish will remain in their same patterns. Soon very soon things will change up big time.

The lake is at summer pool and gin clear from one end to the other. Water temps are running mid-seventies on the main lake and low to mid-sixties up in the feeder creeks and very back of big coves.
By |2021-06-04T12:59:15-05:00October 1, 2018|Fishing Report|

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