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Fishing Report June 27- July 3

Lake Shelbyville Best Bet… CRAPPIE!!!!!!

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The lake has fallen back to summer pool and with no rain and extreme heat the water temps are running about 86. This has taken the walleye/sauger much deeper and very dormant during the day. From now on if you fish for them you will do better at night.

The white bass are feeding on suspended schools of bait fish so trolling crank baits will be the most effective. Also try casting a two-jig rig out over drop offs and count them down until you find them. My Candystripers work very well too.

I have put all my trolling rods away and went back to crappie fishing. We are bouncing from one brush pile and stump field to the next and catching crappie all day long. Most days we are catching over a hundred so the action is very good.

We are using a slip bobber and lively minnow since I don’t like to put the boat over brush in clear water. We are fishing them anywhere from 8-15ft. down over big brush and stumps on edges of flats.

Once we get a strong thermocline the bait will drop down to it and so will the crappie. This congregates them and this is the best crappie action most of you will ever see. I still have plenty of open dates for this so just look at my front page of my website.

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