Book A Fishing Trip2022-01-05T10:35:31-06:00

Guided Fishing Trip Openings
with Steve Welch

Book Your Trip Now!
fish@lakeshelbyvilleguide.com
Phone (217) 840-1221

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

Season Done

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Guide Trips – Pricing & Information

Fishing Guide Rates

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

A guided fishing trip for crappie is $400 to split between 2 anglers. For walleye and white bass, it’s $400 to split between 2 anglers and $100 extra for a third person. All consist of a full 8-hour day out of a fully-rigged 20-foot Yar-craft walleye boat.
Note: Due to huge price increases pricing has changed for 2022 (see new pricing above).

The fee includes fishing rod, tackle, bait, and the cleaning of your limit as long as the fish cleaning stations are open and operable. All you need to bring is something to eat, drink, rain gear if weather requires and a valid Illinois Fishing License. This is for either the day or the weekend.

Take a fishing break and call Steve Welch at Lake Shelbyville Guide Service – (217) 840-1221. Don’t miss out on the year-round fishing fun!

  • Eight hour trips only.
  • 2-person trips are only available from March until the last week of April, and again late October until end of the season in early December.
  • 3-person trips are available the last week of April through late October.
  • Walleye trips start May 13 and run through June 12. (Note: Walleye can be hard to find, so we also catch crappie and white bass.)
Kiera with her first Sauger

When you book your guided fishing trip on Lake Shelbyville…

Steve Welch holding up a line of fish

Steve Welch will call or email 3-4 days before your trip to:

      • reconfirm your trip
      • discuss directions and a meeting location (differs depending on time of year, type of fish, and boat ramp location)

You will need to bring:

      • something to eat and/or drink
      • a rain suit, depending on weather conditions
      • a cooler to carry your fish home
      • a valid Illinois Fishing License
      • yourselves!

You need to know:

      • Steve Welch will clean your catch for you unless the fish cleaning stations are closed.
      • Fishing trips will go rain, shine, or snow but not freezing rain, as it’s too cold.
      • Fishing trips start at sunrise and end around 3 p.m. or at the client’s discretion if an earlier end time is desired.

Find our Fishing Products at These Local Retailers

Chip’s Marine – At the entrance to the Forest “Bo” Woods Recreation Area, 4mi S of Sullivan, IL on Rt 32
Crappie Pro Shop – 130 South Division, Carterville IL
Gregory’s Resort – At the entrance to Lithia Springs Marina
Howie’s Lakeside – South of Sullivan on Rt. 32 Bruce/Findley Rd. Crossing
Sharp Outdoors – 920 E. Mound Rd, Decatur, IL

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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