Bouncers and Spinner Rigs Sure Has My Name on It

I started guiding back in 1994 on Clinton Lake and when we needed to cover water and catch a variety of fish we got out a presentation that had long been used up north. A bottom bouncer to get your presentation down and a simple single hook spinner rig to put on a crawler or minnow. We would troll this up in front of the power plant on the underwater dykes. We would catch everything that swims but it was the big walleye we were after. The big stripers and catfish would not stay off it. Then 9/11 came and they closed it for boat traffic. This was a big part of my summer fishing so I just moved the guide service down to Lake Shelbyville and naturally I brought my old habits with me.

By |2018-04-10T11:26:04-05:00July 15, 2016|Fishing|

Summer Time Slabs

Lake Shelbyville has got to be the best summer crappie fishing in the state due to its depth and ample width to get the southwest breeze we need to move the bait. Once we get into July, the lake starts to create a thermocline and this forces all the fish to live in the 15-18 foot range all summer.

By |2018-04-11T13:50:39-05:00May 26, 2016|Crappie Fishing, Fishing|

Winter Crappie Fishing Kentucky Lake

Most of you know that I spend a lot of time on Kentucky Lake and guide down there for two months a year now. I try and time it when Shelbyville is slow like during the up and down water levels and cold rains of early April or the lake turnover period of late September to early October.

By |2018-04-11T11:30:57-05:00May 26, 2016|Crappie Fishing, Fishing|

November Jig Crappie Fishing, Feel The Thump

I wait for it all year that thump of a hungry crappie that knows winter is coming so he better fatten up quick. All my rods for slip bobber fishing are gone so are my white bass rods. It is time for my favorite rods to come out. My custom made Norm’s jig rods. They are stiffer than what you can buy and I need them stiff so I can fish my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig.

By |2018-04-11T11:31:11-05:00May 25, 2016|Crappie Fishing, Fishing|

March on a Flood Control Lake

Every year is so different fishing on Lake Shelbyville an Army Corp of Engineer flood control-lake. Most years they have drawn the lake down from 599.9 ft. above sea level or summer pool down to 594 ft. or roughly six feet.

By |2018-04-10T11:53:17-05:00May 23, 2016|Fishing|

Walleye/Sauger Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville has really turned into the prime spot to catch walleye and sauger these last few years. Raising the fry up to a decent size in the rearing pond has insured a healthy population and last year with a mild spring they harvested the biggest crop ever and put about 350,000 in the lake.

By |2018-04-11T11:31:52-05:00June 1, 2015|Fishing, Walleye Fishing|

Walleye & White Bass

Mid May until mid-June is by far the best time to walleye fish on Lake Shelbyville. The shad have two or three successful spawns during that time frame and the walleye/sauger and white bass go on feeding frenzies.

By |2018-04-11T14:08:27-05:00June 1, 2015|Fishing, Walleye Fishing|

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