I have returned to Lake Shelbyville and have been guiding since Friday April 22nd. Here is what I have seen.
The lake is coming up fast with the rain over the last few days and water temps. remain in the mid sixties. The color is still fine on most of the lake. Only way above Bo-Woods up towards the Kaskaskia is muddy.
We are only crappie fishing at this time. We have been fishing a slip bobber and minnow rig on a plain number two Tru-Turn hook. The north end has fish from the bank out to about six-feet range on any kind of wood. The south end we are fishing on points over deep brush that comes almost to the surface but we are still fishing about the same depth six-feet or so but the overall water depth might be twenty-feet or more. They are suspended around the brush. Now with the rising water the fish are getting on the bank all over the lake and in the coves mid lake to south end. So just take your pick shallow or deep they are biting everywhere.
I still break out my 12ft. BnM rods and fish my Deep Ledge Jigs black 3/32oz. on a Brushpile Brush Chub in chartreuse. Depends on how close I can get to them or the type of cover we are fishing. The catching is very good these past few days and now we are seeing some bigger fish as I predicted with the lake coming up. Won’t be long and we will be at summer pool.