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Guided Fishing Trips on Lake Shelbyville!

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

Guided Fishing Trip Openings
with Steve Welch

Trips on Shelbyville
July 2,3,5-15,17,18,20-25,28-31
August 1-15,17,18,20-22,24,26,29,30,31
September 2-30
October 1-19

Trips on Kentucky Lake
October 23,24,27,30,31
November 3

Trips on Shelbyville
November 5-7,9-15,17-21,23-28,30
December 1-5,7-31

Guided Fishing Trip Openings
on Second Boat
(without Steve Welch)

Please call or email to check on 2nd boat availability!

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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

The Corp has the lake rising to 596 and presently it needs about 4-inches. They will raise it to summer pool of 599.99 in May.

The water temps I saw this past week were running from 54-56 with it spiking up to 61 on calm sunny days. The entire lake has cleared up quite a bit. The wind keeps it stirred up but over all color isn’t a problem.

The stained water from the wind has the fish suspending high in the water column. We caught fish down anywhere from 6-10 feet over deeper brush and heavy trunks of down trees. Water depth doesn’t mean as much as a branch in the 6-10 foot range. Remember this time of the year fish are seeking warmth and heavy trunks of down trees provides more so brush might only have small fish in it.

Many anglers are spider rigging for suspended fish in bays on the north end and really doing well. Talked with one such angler who caught almost two hundred fish in two days this past weekend.

With the current water color we have my best colors on dark rainy days have been a 1/8 or 3/16oz.Deep Ledge Jig in either orange, black or chartreuse with a chartreuse glow Midsouth tube or an orange and chartreuse tube. On sunny days I am using a white head and a Bass Pro Crystal Minnow or my Brush Bugs with a white head, pearl tensile and glow legs. Since we aren’t fishing that deep I have downsized from my typical 1/4oz. jigs and got out my twelve-foot rods so we can stay back.

On windy days we have been drifting slip bobber rigs over brush with plain minnows and keeping an eye on the surface temps. Most afternoons we are getting our fish shallow once the water temps warm to sixty or more.

The north end has some signs of spawning crappie but the south end the fish are still deep enough that my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge jig will work better and we have caught fish twenty feet deep or more this past week. The south end spawn won’t start for a couple of weeks but the north end is going on right now if you find the right spot.

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Fishing Articles by Steve Welch

Visit the Fishing Articles page to read articles written by fishing guide, Steve Welch! These articles cover fishing tips and techniques for all seasons!

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Book Your Fishing Trip Today!
Book your next fishing trip now! We are currently taking bookings for guided fishing trips! Fishing should be great and dates will fill quickly!

You can purchase your Guide Trip Online at Steve's Online Fishing Store

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
Gregory's Resort - At the entrance to Lithia Springs Marina
Spillway Motel - Shelbyville Dam on Rt 16
Atwood Armory - 4mi N of Atwood on County Rd 1175N
L.B.s Outdoors - 2886 S. Mount Zion Rd., Deactur, IL 62521
Howie's Lakeside South of Sullivan on Rt. 32 Bruce/Findley Rd. Crossing
Crappie Pro Shop 130 South Division, Carterville IL

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Our Online Store!


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