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Fishing Report for Shelbyville April 20-26

Lake Shelbyville Best Bet…Crappie

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Wow is the word for crappie fishermen on Shelbyville this week. Water temps have pushed up to 59-65 and the crappie have moved in to the banks. It does not matter what pattern you like to fish. Deep or shallow they are just plain biting. The last couple of days I have only put in three gallons of gas for a whole days guide trip. We have caught close to three limits off just one brush pile.

The north end has cleared back up and producing fish around Wilborn and the south end has the fish pushing back into coves and setting up on anything shallow. We have been fishing both minnows and jigs under a cork over brush that almost reaches the surface. We are setting the corks at 18-24-inches and the crappie are coming up to hit it.

We have been using a Brush Pile Hammer in white and chartreuse on sunny days and orange and chartreuse on cloudy days. Fishing this under a cork on shallow spots and tight lining it on deeper ones. We are putting them on one of my 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jigs.

We are also using a slip bobber with a lively minnow under it and you better buy a bunch when you are at Chip’s because we have been going thorough 8-10 dozen a day for my clients and I am not using them since I like to tag team each brush pile.

This week we have cooler temps pushing in so watch the temps to drop somewhat but the crappie are committed now so should not be a problem.

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