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Guided fishing trips year-round at Lake Shelbyville in Illinois. Enjoy the day, fish your limit of white bass, crappie, and walleye while you learn more about fishing from professional fishing guide, Steve Welch.

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October 16

Trips on Kentucky Lake
November 5

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November 10,11,17-21,23-28,30
December 1-5,7-31

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1st place win at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament
Steve Welch won 1st Place at the Crappie USA Qualifying Tournament on Lake Shelbyville on May 10, 2008.

Lake Shelbyville
Fishing Report

Water temps are running about 71 and the north end is stained to almost dirty. The south end has some color but for the most part is still clear. There is still a thermocline on the south end running about 28 feet deep.

The weather is turning cold this week and this will move the crappie into coves and shallower everywhere on the lake in general.

We are still drifting minnows over down trees and brush down about 12-15 feet deep in much deeper water. Anywhere from Eagle Creek on down to the dam. Back in August the fish were more stacked up and you could get twenty or more from just one spot. Now you get a half dozen you better move on.

We are doing well on jigs in areas that has some wind or color and at low light periods. My best color has been an orange Deep Ledge Jig with an orange and chartreuse Midsouth tube. I have tried several other colors and the fish just nip at it but this color they inhale it.

Anywhere it is dead calm the minnows are still working much better so we are staying back about thirty feet and working the brush with the slip bobbers.

I am waiting on the surface temps to hit about 60 then the official jig bite will take off. I will then totally rig my boat for jigging comfort with three seats up on the nose and this set-up will remain the way we catch them the rest of the season. One of my favorite ways.

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Atwood Armory - 4mi N of Atwood on County Rd 1175N
Chip's Marine
- At the entrance to the Forest "Bo" Woods Recreation Area, 4mi S of Sullivan, IL on Rt 32
Coon Creek Castaways - 1643 County Highway 42, Shelbyville, IL
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
L.B.s Outdoors - 2886 S. Mount Zion Rd., Deactur, IL 62521
Millrich Outdoors - 1059 E. Columbia St., Arthur, IL
Spillway Motel - Shelbyville Dam on Rt 16

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