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Lake Shelbyville Illinois fishing reports by Don and Barb Satterfield Fishing Guide Service

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LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT FEB. 22, 2002


The Lake Level stands at 595.23 which is 1.23 above winter pool and falling about a foot a week.

As we all know the winds have been howling the past two weeks and with the bare banks and wave action, from point 6 north the rivers are murky to stained. Main lake from point 6 south is stained to clear. Coves and creeks are clear.

Water temperature on the main lake is runnng about 38 degrees and 42 degrees in the backs of the coves.

We are still using the same techniques to catch our fish and crappie fishing is good. Once the water level stabilizes it will get better.
We've been catching these crappie deep and shallow throughout the lake. For deep fish we've been favoring the non windy high clay banks, and fishing points and drops 20-30 foot deep on the south end, and 10-20 on the north end. A lot of our fish have been coming half way back in the coves around standing timber 12 - 15 feet deep about a foot off the bottom. For shallow fish we are fishing any king of wood structure in a foot to 3 foot of water in the backs of timbered coves. For the deep and the shallow fish we are using an 1/8 lead head with a two inch tube. We are vertical jigging for the deep fish after we find them on the locator. For the shallow fish we are using the same jig and adding a bobber and varying the depth to what works best and fishing it around any wood structure. Because of the clear water, the jig and bobber lets you keep your distance from the structure you are fishing. Big crappie in shallow water can get spooky if you get too close. Whether deep or shallow we are watching the seagulls, to find large concentrations of shad. Find the bait and you will find the fish!

There are muskies being caught shallow on the lake back in the timbered coves and below the dam.
Channel Cats are being caught north of the route 32 bridge on the Kaskaskia river arm using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. also anyplace where the moving water meets still water.
Because the corp has been dropping the lake all winter to achieve winter pool, fishing below the dam has been good. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.

Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Also let me warn you the boat ramps can be extremely slick due to falling waters and moss and muck on the ramps. If you should have trouble pulling your boat out, let your buddy in the boat push with the boat motor to help you get a good start. If you should happen to fall in below the dam and you are on the concrete, go with the current till you reach the rocks to be able to get out. Remember you do not have a lot of time in cold water. You need to act fast, stay calm, have a plan and be safe.
We are still seeing the Bald Eagles! Mostly in the point three area.

Due to the fact that the lake is almost at winter pool be extremely careful of shallow water through-out the lake, especially point three north.

Check out the 2002 picture page for our most recent crappie catch!

Thanks for visiting and good luck!
Don and Barbara






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT FEB. 14, 2002



The Lake Level stands at 596.57 which is 2.57 above winter pool and falling fast.
Because of the falling water the lake is stained on the north end and the backs of feeder creeks and coves and clearing fast.
Very clear water on the main lake, and NO ice!

Water tempurature on the main lake is runnng about 37 degrees and 40 degrees in the backs of the coves
We are still using the same techniques to catch our fish and crappie fishing is good. Once the water level stabilizes it will get better.

We've been catching these crappie deep and shallow throughout the lake. For deep fish we've been favoring the non windy high clay banks, and fishing points and drops 20-30 foot deep on the south end, and 10-20 on the north end. For shallow fish we are fishing any king of wood structure in a foot to 3 foot of water in the backs of timbered coves. For the deep and the shallow fish we are using an 1/8 lead head with a two inch tube. We are vertical jigging for the deep fish after we find them on the locator. For the shallow fish we are using the same jig and adding a bobber and varying the depth to what works best and fishing it around any wood structure. Because of the clear water, the jig and bobber lets you keep your distance from the structure you are fishing. Big crappie in shallow water can get spooky if you get too close. Whether deep or shallow we are watching the seagulls, to find large concentrations of shad. Find the bait and you will find the fish!
We have not fished for other species at this time, not that they can't be caught because we have caught bass and white bass in with the crappie. Fishing for the other species of fish at this time of the year can make for a long boring day.

Because the corp has been dropping the lake all winter to achieve winter pool, fishing below the dam has been good. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.

Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Also let me warn you the boat ramps can be extremely slick due to falling waters and moss and muck on the ramps. If you should have trouble pulling your boat out, let your buddy in the boat push with the boat motor to help you get a good start. If you should happen to fall in below the dam and you are on the concrete, go with the current till you reach the rocks to be able to get out. Remember you do not have a lot of time in cold water. You need to act fast, stay calm, have a plan and be safe.

A rare and beautiful sight to see on Lake Shelbyville that we have been seeing almost every trip is bald eagles.

Good Luck!

Don and Barbara








LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT FEB. 7, 2002


The Lake Level stands at 598.29 which is 4.29 above winter pool and rising due to recent rains.
The Lake is muddy to stained on the north end and the backs of feeder creeks and coves.
Clear water on the main lake, and NO ice!
Water tempurature on the main lake is runnng about 35 degrees and 40 degrees in the backs of the coves
Because of the mild winter and open water there are still a lot of seagulls on Lake Shelbyville. Just like in the spring and fall, these seagulls are telling me where to fish.

Crappie fishing has been excellent all winter and will continue through the spring! We've been catching these crappie deep and shallow throughout the lake. For deep fish we've been favoring the non windy high clay banks, and fishing points and drops 20-30 foot deep on the south end, and 10-20 on the north end. For shallow fish we are fishing any king of wood structure in a foot to 3 foot of water in the backs of timbered coves. For the deep and the shallow fish we are using an 1/8 lead head with a two inch tube. We are vertical jigging for the deep fish after we find them on the locator. For the shallow fish we are using the same jig and adding a bobber and varying the depth to what works best and fishing it around any wood structure. Because of the clear water, the jig and bobber lets you keep your distance from the structure you are fishing. Big crappie in shallow water can get spooky if you get too close. Whether deep or shallow we are watching the seagulls, to find large concentrations of shad. Find the bait and you will find the fish!

We are only fishing crappie at this time because they are excellent to eat and the action is fast. We catch over 100 per day to get our 20 keepers, and we are only fishing 4 - 5 hours.
We have not fished for other species at this time, not that they can't be caught because we have caught bass and white bass in with the crappie. Fishing for the other species of fish at this time of the year can make for a long boring day.
Because the corp has been dropping the lake all winter to achieve winter pool, fishing below the dam has been good. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.
Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Also let me warn you the boat ramps can be extremely slick due to falling waters and moss and muck on the ramps. If you should have trouble pulling your boat out, let your buddy in the boat push with the boat motor to help you get a good start. If you should happen to fall in below the dam and you are on the concrete, go with the current till you reach the rocks to be able to get out. Remember you do not have a lot of time in cold water. You need to act fast, stay calm, have a plan and be safe.

Good Luck!

Don and Barbara

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MARCH 28, 2002


The Lake Level stands at 595.12 which is 1.12 above winter pool and rising due to flooding down south, they're holding back the release rate.

Because winter waited till March to get here, surprisingly the water temperature on the main lake is still runnng about 40 degrees, you may find warmer water on a sunny day in the backs of the coves.

The water is clear to stained on the south end, and murky to muddy on the north end due to recent rains, snow and wind.
Fishing is a lot tougher due to the drastic weather changes from day to day - week to week.

We are still catching fish but we're having to work a lot harder. We are still using the same techniques to catch these fish.
We've still been catching these crappie deep and shallow mostly on the south end of the lake, due to the north end being muddy. The deep fish seem to be holding better than the shallow fish. For deep fish we've been favoring the non windy high clay banks, and fishing points and drops 20-30 foot deep on the south end, and 10-20 on the north end. A lot of our fish have been coming half way back in the coves around standing timber 12 - 15 feet deep about a foot off the bottom. For shallow fish we are fishing any king of wood structure in a foot to 3 foot of water in the backs of timbered coves. For the deep and the shallow fish we are using an 1/8 lead head with a two inch tube. We are vertical jigging for the deep fish after we find them on the locator. For the shallow fish we are using the same jig and adding a bobber and varying the depth to what works best and fishing it around any wood structure. Because of the clear water, the jig and bobber lets you keep your distance from the structure you are fishing. Big crappie in shallow water can get spooky if you get too close. Whether deep or shallow we are watching the seagulls, to find large concentrations of shad. Find the bait and you will find the fish! We're having to work a lot harder don't settle for not catching, keep moving till you find the fish.

We know we have bass tournaments coming up soon. The weekend of April 7 being the first from the ITT trail. Right now it would be a very tough day to catch a limit of bass on Lake Shelbyville, next week we will be fishing for bass and hopefully we'll have better news for bass fishing. Right now your best bet is slow crankbaits, spinner baits, and jigs fished on rocky points and banks. You may also find bass holding on wood in shallow water using the same baits.
The only muskies we have heard of being caught this week were below the dam.

Catfishing has been even better with the recent rains and run offs, they love incoming water.Channel Cats are being caught north of the route 32 bridge on the Kaskaskia river arm using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. also anyplace where the moving water meets still water.

Fishing for crappie, white bass and walleye below the dam should pick up with the warming waters. Live bait below the dam will also produce some big catfish. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.

Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Also let me warn you the boat ramps can be still be extremely slick due to falling waters and moss and muck on the ramps. If you should have trouble pulling your boat out, let your buddy in the boat push with the boat motor to help you get a good start. If you should happen to fall in below the dam and you are on the concrete, go with the current till you reach the rocks to be able to get out. Remember you do not have a lot of time in cold water. You need to act fast, stay calm, have a plan and be safe.
We're not seeing the bald eagles on the lake, but don't be surprised if you see some pelicans out there!
Due to the fact that the lake is almost at winter pool be extremely careful of shallow water through-out the lake, especially point three north.

We have Our Old House ready and still have openings for rentals, and there are still availability's for guide trips open. So, don't forget to call and book your fishing trip and/or reservations while there are still openings!

Thanks for visiting and good luck!
Don and Barbara








LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MARCH 15, 2002



The Lake Level stands at 594.34 which is .34 above winter pool.
As we all know the winds have still been howling and with the bare banks and wave action, from point 6 north the rivers are murky to stained. Main lake from point 6 south is stained to clear. Coves and creeks are clear.
Water temperature on the main lake is runnng about 40 degrees, you may find warmer water on a sunny day in the backs of the coves.

We are still using the same techniques to catch our fish and crappie fishing is good. Once the water level stabilizes it will get better.
We've been catching these crappie deep and shallow throughout the lake. The deep fish seem to be holding better than the shallow fish. For deep fish we've been favoring the non windy high clay banks, and fishing points and drops 20-30 foot deep on the south end, and 10-20 on the north end. A lot of our fish have been coming half way back in the coves around standing timber 12 - 15 feet deep about a foot off the bottom. For shallow fish we are fishing any king of wood structure in a foot to 3 foot of water in the backs of timbered coves. For the deep and the shallow fish we are using an 1/8 lead head with a two inch tube. We are vertical jigging for the deep fish after we find them on the locator. For the shallow fish we are using the same jig and adding a bobber and varying the depth to what works best and fishing it around any wood structure. Because of the clear water, the jig and bobber lets you keep your distance from the structure you are fishing. Big crappie in shallow water can get spooky if you get too close. Whether deep or shallow we are watching the seagulls, to find large concentrations of shad. Find the bait and you will find the fish! We're having to work a lot harder don't settle for not catching, keep moving till you find the fish.
We are starting to see some largemouth bass activity deep and shallow. Of course, we are fishing for crappie, so they are coming on crappie jigs. If you are looking to catch largemouth bass, I am sure they can be caught on spinner baits, crankbaits and jig and pig.

There are muskies being caught shallow on the lake back in the timbered coves and below the dam. Muskies below the dam is your best bet if you are looking for muskies.
Channel Cats are being caught north of the route 32 bridge on the Kaskaskia river arm using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. also anyplace where the moving water meets still water.
Because the corp has been dropping the lake all winter to achieve winter pool, fishing below the dam has been good. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.
Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Also let me warn you the boat ramps can be still be extremely slick due to falling waters and moss and muck on the ramps. If you should have trouble pulling your boat out, let your buddy in the boat push with the boat motor to help you get a good start. If you should happen to fall in below the dam and you are on the concrete, go with the current till you reach the rocks to be able to get out. Remember you do not have a lot of time in cold water. You need to act fast, stay calm, have a plan and be safe.
Due to the fact that the lake is almost at winter pool be extremely careful of shallow water through-out the lake, especially point three north.

We have Our Old House ready and still have openings for rentals, and there are still availability's for guide trips open. So, don't forget to call and book your fishing trip and/or reservations while there are still openings!
Check out the 2002 picture page for recent pictures!

Thanks for visiting and good luck!
Don and Barbara


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT April 26, 2002



The Lake Level stands at 600.49 which is .50 above summer pool and rising, they are releasing a lot of water, so it shouldn't get too high.

The water is murky to muddy through out the lake but very fishable.
The water temperature on the main lake is running in the upper 50's and in the coves the temperature is in the upper 60's! The warm weather sure warmed the water!

Fishing was improving every day until the recent rains and high water.

Crappie fishing is still very good, but you have to work harder to catch your keepers
We are catching lots of spawning males on the shallow shore lines around stumps, mostly on points and around brush. If you want the big females, back off and fish a little deeper. Some days these females are relating to the bottom, other times we are using a count down method and finding these fish suspended. Whenever we find spawning males we have to experiment to catch the females. But they are always close by and usually in deeper water. They are still fishing the standing timber, but most of the standing timber we were fishing is muddied up. If you can find clear water in the coves, you will be able to catch crappie, and when I say clear ...... if you can see your jig 8 - 10 inches deep, that is good enough. we are still using 1/8 ounce jigs, tube jigs or 3 inch twisters or shad bodies. These crappie are also starting to move on the rip rap and you will be able to catch these crappie shallow to deep on the rip rap.

The rest of our report is still about the same as last week, we have been only crappie fishing. We have been catching at least 100 or more a day!

White bass fishing will improve with the weather conditions warming the waters. When the wind blows, check the wind blown sand bars with 2 jig rigs or your favorite white bass baits. If the wind is not blowing you may find these fish in deeper water on the same sandbars. Be sure to check the drop off's 20-30 foot deep where the sand bars meet the channels, if your locator shows fish ..... TRY it!

If you are looking for bass it is going to get better.they can be caught on jigs, spinner baits and shallow running crankbaits around rip-rap, stumps and down trees. Jerk baits, rattle traps on rocky points and banks are going to produce with the warming waters.

Walleye are starting to show up on points and sand bars, 4 - 12 foot deep. Jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers are your best bet, but crank baits are working also.

Muskie fishing on flats and drawls using rattletraps, spinner baits, crank baits or whatever your favorite muskie bait might be. There are some big fish to be caught. Also try the standing timbered coves on the south end of the lake, we have seen them chasing our crappie as we reel them in to the boat.

Catfishing has been excellent with the recent rains and run offs, they love incoming water.Channel Cats are being caught around bridges, anywhere where there is incoming water, using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. Also try anyplace where the moving water meets still water. These catfish can be found in a foot of water.

Fishing below the dam still remains very good for all species because of the high release rate/incoming waters.
Because of the rapidly rising waters, let us warn you of the floating debris on the lake. Kepp your eyes open and stay SAFE!!


Thanks for visiting this report and good luck!
Don and Barbara









The Lake Level stands at 597.07 which is 3.07 above winter pool.
The water temperature on the main lake is running in the upper 50's and in the coves the temperature is in the upper 60's! The warm weather sure warmed the water!
The water is murky to clear through out the lake but very fishable.
The fishing is improving every day.

Crappie fishing is excellent right now. We are starting to catch spawning males on the shore lines. But if you want the big females, back off and fish a little deeper.

&4 inch shad so we know they will hit big baits. You can also use a bobber and adjust the depth, but casting and reeling with a slow retrieve has worked best for us. You can still catch fish on the points and drop offs deep by letting your bait fall to the bottom, bumping structure and retrieving slowly. Don't sit on small fish, keep moving till you find the keepers, there are schools of keepers to be found, just as easy as it is to find the smaller fish.
White bass fishing will improve with the weather conditions warming the waters. When the wind blows, check the wind blown sand bars with 2 jig rigs or your favorite white bass baits. If the wind is not blowing you may find these fish in deeper water on the same sandbars. Be sure to check the drop off's 20-30 foot deep where the sand bars meet the channels, if your locator shows fish ..... TRY it!

If you are looking for bass it is going to get better. The fish that were caught in the tournament last weekend, were caught on jigs, spinner baits and shallow running crankbaits around rip-rap, stumps and down trees - mostly on the north end. Jerk baits, rattle traps on rocky points and banks are going to produce with the warming waters.
We still have not heard of any walleye being caught and we'll let you know as soon as the walleye pick up.
Muskie fishing on flats and drawls using rattletraps, spinner baits, crank baits or whatever your favorite muskie bait might be is getting better. There are some big fish to be caught. Also try the standing timbered coves on the south end of the lake, we have seen them chasing our crappie as we reel them in to the boat.

Catfishing has been even better with the recent rains and run offs, they love incoming water.Channel Cats are being caught north of the route 32 bridge on the Kaskaskia river arm using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. also anyplace where the moving water meets still water.

All still holds true for fishing below the dam. Fishing for crappie, white bass and walleye below the dam should pick up with the warming waters. Live bait below the dam will also produce some big catfish. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.

Fishing is only going to get better and if you watch our picture page we'll show you what we are talking about!

Take grandpa fishing, you know he'd love to go! Thanks for visiting this report and good luck!
Don and Barbara








LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT April 10, 2002


Sorry for no update last Thursday, there was nothing to update.
The Lake Level stands at 597.94 which is 3.94 above winter pool.
The water temperature on the lake is running around 50 plus degrees.
The water is murky to clear through out the lake but very fishable.
The fishing is improving every day.

Crappie fishing is excellent right now.
The same techniques are still working to catch these crappie, but we have been doing best in standing timber through out the lake, with 1/8 ounce tubes, twisters or shad bodies, casting into the standing timber and counting it down 3 - 10 foot depending on what works best. You have to try and experiment, the fish will be holding at different depths through out the lake and this changes from day to day. When we clean these crappie they are full of 3 & 4 inch shad so we know they will hit big baits. You can also use a bobber and adjust the depth, but casting and reeling with a slow retrieve has worked best for us. You can still catch fish on the points and drop offs deep by letting your bait fall to the bottom, bumping structure and retrieving slowly. Don't sit on small fish, keep moving till you find the keepers, there are schools of keepers to be found, just as easy as it is to find the smaller fish.
White bass fishing will improve with the weather conditions warming the waters. When the wind blows, check the wind blown sand bars with 2 jig rigs or your favorite white bass baits. If the wind is not blowing you may find these fish in deeper water on the same sandbars. Be sure to check the drop off's 20-30 foot deep where the sand bars meet the channels, if your locator shows fish ..... TRY it!

If you are looking for bass (even though we didn't do any good this past weekend) it is going to get better. The fish that were caught in the tournament last weekend, were caught on jigs, spinner baits and shallow running crankbaits around rip-rap, stumps and down trees - mostly on the north end. Jerk baits, rattle traps on rocky points and banks are going to produce with the warming waters.

We still have not heard of any walleye being caught and we'll let you know as soon as the walleye pick up.
Muskie fishing on flats and drawls using rattletraps, spinner baits, crank baits or whatever your favorite muskie bait might be is getting better. There are some big fish to be caught.

Catfishing has been even better with the recent rains and run offs, they love incoming water.Channel Cats are being caught north of the route 32 bridge on the Kaskaskia river arm using shad guts and night crawlers. Fishing the river bends some days in the channel and some days on the sand bar flats. The best way to find out which is working is to anchor your boat on the edge of the channel, fish one pole in the channel and one pole on the sand bar flat. This will give you a chance to find out which is working best. also anyplace where the moving water meets still water.

All still holds true for fishing below the dam. Fishing for crappie, white bass and walleye below the dam should pick up with the warming waters. Live bait below the dam will also produce some big catfish. If you are looking for walleye, below the dam is your best bet. Try jerk baits such as Bomber Long A's or Rapala, twitch them slowly just under the surface, if you can't get the fish to come up to these baits, try deeper running crank baits, or lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies fished just off the bottom. After dark is your best bet.

Be sure and take a buddy with you when fishing cold water. Be extremely careful, the lake is low and very dangerous. Due to the fact that they are still pulling water, be aware that the boat ramps are still slick.

We're not seeing the bald eagles on the lake, but don't be surprised if you see some pelicans out there! As a matter of fact there is about 200 pelicans on the lake that we seen this past weeken on the north end.

Fishing is only going to get better and if you watch our picture page we'll show you what we are talking about!
We have Our Old House ready and still have openings for rentals, and there are still availability's for guide trips open. So, don't forget to call and book your fishing trip and/or reservations while there are still openings!

Thanks for visiting this report and good luck!
Don and Barbara


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT May 31, 2002

The lake level as of May 23 is 616 and falling. Water temperature is running around 65 to 70 degrees, and with the warm days and nights it will continue to rise.

The water is still clearing up and the fishing has been fantastic for us as you can tell by our recent pictures.

We're catching white bass and walleye on two jig rigs (2 1/4 ounce lead heads with twister tails and shad bodies) We're catching these fish on the flooded flats around willow trees and vegetation. Some of the white bass are even busting on the surface. Watch for the seagulls because they will tell you where the fish are feeding.

Bass and crappie are spawning, but because of the high water - they are hard to find. Check in the backs of the creeks because they are clearing up - around willow trees or any other kind of structure in the water. Little points and pockets in the backs of these creeks are the place to look. Keep your eyes out for the little jumping silver side minnows with boils underneath which represent crappie chasing these minnows. You have to move around a lot but once you find an area with spawning crappie you should catch your limit. If you are not catching keepers - keep looking till you find them. Not only are these crappie in the backs of the coves, but you may find them also on deep clay points and channel breaks 15 - 35 foot deep. Watch your locator and believe it. If you see fish, put your favorite bait in front of them, if you don't get bit keep looking.

Right now white bass and walleye are your best bet - they are very active. We are catching most of our fish on two jig rigs anywhere from a foot to 20 foot of water all in the same day. You have to let the fish tell you where they are at by trying different depths and retrieves. One ounce jigging spoons on points and drop offs are also producing fish and will get better with the clearing waters.
Bass fishing is still a tough bite but is improving. Spinner baits - buzz baits - shallow running crankbaits around flooded vegetation is your best bet. Also fishing rip rap with deep running crankbaits and jigs are catching fish. We will be the first to admit that the bass fishing is tough but it will get better. We'll be glad to tell you how - when it does.

Muskies have been in the shallow water. We have had several sightings of the muskie chasing our fish to the boat. We have heard of many catches by bass fishermen fishing for bass.

Because of the high release rate - fishing below the dam remains very good - if you can find a place to stand!

THE LAKE AND BELOW THE DAM ARE STILL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
We have had many calls and emails asking us if the lake is closed. NO - it is NOT closed! There are high water ramps that are easy to use through out the lake. We still have some openings for guiding and house rentals if you are interested call us or email us anytime! Until next time, take care and good luck fishing!

Don and Barbara






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT May 23, 2002

The lake level as of May 23 is 617.36 and falling. Water temperature is running around 60 degrees.
The water is clearing up and the fishing has improved tremendously as you can tell by our recent pictures.
We're catching white bass and walleye on two jig rigs (2 1/4 ounce lead heads with twister tails and shad bodies) We're catching these fish on the flooded flats around willow trees and vegetation. Some of the white bass are even busting on the surface.

With the warming trend we have coming, be sure to check the backs of the coves for spawning crappie and bass.

Fishing below the dam will remain very good with the high release rate trying to drop the lake to summer pool. 1/8 ounce jigs with short casts are catching lots of crappie in the eddys. You can locate these eddys by the foam in the water. Usually a 6 count with a slow retrieve will catch these crappie. For white bass and walleye 1/4 ounce jigs with 3 inch twister tails on long casts - bumping the bottom seem to work best.
We are happy to bring you a good fishing report and we can tell you that is is going get even better as the water clears more.

THE LAKE AND BELOW THE DAM ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS RIGHT NOW. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. Until next time, take care!


Don and Barbara





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT May 15, 2002


The lake level is at 614.82 as of Tuesday morning May 14th and rising. The water temperature is running on an average about 60 degrees.

Watching the upcoming weather report, it sounds like we have more rain on the way and the lake will continue to rise - possibly to a new lake level record! Fishing will suffer with the rising muddy water, but the fish will do very well.

Anytime Lake Shelbyville floods into the vegetation, it is probably one of the best things that could happen for fish growth and survival rate of the fry.

Because the lake is into the vegetation, the water will tend to clear up very fast once the rains stop. When the water is in the vegetation, so are the fish and no matter what species you are fishing for, the flooded willow trees are the place to look. Bass, crappie, walleye and white bass will all be in the flooded vegetation in the backs of the creeks and on the main lake flats. Bass and crappie are still spawning, and with the muddy water, they will get tight to the banks as the water rises.

Another way to catch fish during high water is to fish the high clay points close to the bank because it gets deep fast. One ounce jigging spoons will catch white bass, walleye and largemouth. Fishing is tough on the lake at this time due to the water conditions and as it improves and we get on fish again we will be more detailed on how to catch the fish you are looking for. Sorry for the delay on this report, but the only thing to report was high water, rain and bad weather in general. Be extremely cautious of the floating debris, with the rising waters.

If you are looking for a mess of fish to eat, below the dam is your best bet at this time. Hopefully we will be back with a good fishing report soon! Until next time, take care!

Don and Barbara

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 20, 2002

The lake level as of June 14 is 615.14 and holding and should start falling.
The water temperature is in the mid 70's and rising.

If you want fish to go home with - fishing for white bass and walleye should be your choice.

Fishing is holding steady and last weeks report is accurate and still working for us. We will be updating next week unless something changes before then.

Don and Barbara




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 14, 2002

The lake level as of June 14 is 615 and rising.
The water temperature is in the mid 70's and rising.
If you want fish to go home with - fishing for white bass and walleye should be your choice.

We are still doing the same things as the last week to catch our fish and it is working as you can see by the recent pictures.

We're catching white bass and walleye on two jig rigs (2 1/4 ounce lead heads with twister tails and shad bodies) We're catching these fish on the flooded flats around willow trees and vegetation. Some of the white bass are even busting on the surface.

Due to the recent heavy rains, 3-5 inches in Shelby county, the lake is once again on the rise! There may be a few fish left spawning, but the majority have spawned out. With the high waters, and the flooded vegetation survival of the fry, should make for a great spawn this year. Up to this point largemouth bass fishing has been fairly tough for most people. The bass are done with the spawn and they are on the feed. They are in the shallow flooded vegetation and there are some large fish being caught! Spinner baits, jigs, worms, rattle traps and crank baits are all producing. Favor the wind blown banks if it is windy - they are not on all the banks so don't waste a lot of time if you are not getting bit. Keep looking and keep your eyes open because these fish are showing themselves when feeding in shallow water - you'll see the bass busting the bait fish jumping for their lives. Muskies are also right in the same area's. We have had close calls with big muskies trying to take our white bass and walleye away from us! Due to the rising water, once again we have muddy water on the north end andin the backs of the feeder creeks. You will want to stay on the main lake and coves without feeder creeks.

Right now white bass and walleye are your best bet - they are very active. We are catching most of our fish on two jig rigs anywhere from a foot to 20 foot of water all in the same day. You have to let the fish tell you where they are at by trying different depths and retrieves. One ounce jigging spoons on points and drop offs are also producing fish and will get better with the clearing waters.

Crappie fishing is still slow - you can catch lots of small ones but keepers are very hard to come by. Fishing jigs off of main lake clay points - 5 to 20 foot deep, is one way to catch crappie. Drift fishing with jigs or minnows in the mouths of creeks or coves. Set your baits 10 - 12 foot deep and watch your locator and when you see fish on your locator slow your boat down with your trolling motor to stay on top of the fish. Also trolling small crankbaits will help you locate these schools of fish that are suspended in open water. We can't tell you any more than this because we are struggling to find keeper crappie ourselves and when it gets better we will let you know.

Those that are looking for catfish - they will start their spawn soon and some sure places to start looking is under Route 32 bridge and the rip-rap along the road. Also the railroad bridge along the rip-rap. Every year during the June spawn - these area's produce some large catfish. They can be caught on slow crankbaits or your favorite catfish bait under a bobber.

Blue Gill can be caught anywhere there is rip-rap. Boat ramps, bridges, around marina's. A kid can keep you real busy taking off fish and baiting your hook. You can expect to catch keeper size fish. Every year we are seeing bigger blue gill come out of this lake. Set your bait under a bobber 2 foot deep and fish close to the rocks.

Fathers day is coming up, take your dads fishing if you can - we know they took you!

The release rate has been slowed below the dam, but there are still fish being caught.

We know on the weekends the high water ramps are crowded. Please take the time to prepare your boat - have everything ready to go when you reach the ramp so you don't hold up traffic. If you should get caught in a serious thunderstorm with the crowds at the boat ramp, take your boat to the closest non windy bank and wait out the storm. Don't try to fight the high winds and waves in open water and take a chance on getting hit by lightning.

Until next time, safe boating and good fishing!
Don and Barbara




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 7, 2002

The lake level as of June 7 is 614.09 and falling.
The water temperature is in the mid 70's and rising.
If you want fish to go home with - fishing for white bass and walleye should be your choice.
We are still doing the same things as the last week to catch our fish and it is working as you can see by the recent pictures.

We're catching white bass and walleye on two jig rigs (2 1/4 ounce lead heads with twister tails and shad bodies) We're catching these fish on the flooded flats around willow trees and vegetation. Some of the white bass are even busting on the surface.

Bass and crappie are spawning, but because of the high water - they are hard to find. Check in the backs of the creeks because they are clearing up - around willow trees or any other kind of structure in the water. Little points and pockets in the backs of these creeks are the place to look. Keep your eyes out for the little jumping silver side minnows with boils underneath which represent crappie chasing these minnows. You have to move around a lot but once you find an area with spawning crappie you should catch your limit. If you are not catching keepers - keep looking till you find them. Not only are these crappie in the backs of the coves, but you may find them also on deep clay points and channel breaks 15 - 35 foot deep. Watch your locator and believe it. If you see fish, put your favorite bait in front of them, if you don't get bit keep looking.

Right now white bass and walleye are your best bet - they are very active. We are catching most of our fish on two jig rigs anywhere from a foot to 20 foot of water all in the same day. You have to let the fish tell you where they are at by trying different depths and retrieves. One ounce jigging spoons on points and drop offs are also producing fish and will get better with the clearing waters.

Bass fishing is improving every day. Spinner baits - buzz baits - shallow running crankbaits around flooded vegetation is your best bet. Also fishing rip rap with deep running crankbaits and jigs are catching fish. Also try plastic worms off clay points shallow.

Muskies have been in the shallow water. We have had several sightings of the muskie chasing our fish to the boat. We have heard of many catches by bass fishermen fishing for bass.
Fishing below the dam remains very good - if you can find a place to stand!

Because of the falling water and the slow release rate below the dam, you still always need to be careful, but it is not as dangerous as it was a week ago.

Take Mom and Dad fishing - you'll be sure to get smiles!

We still have some openings for guiding and house rentals if you are interested call us or email us anytime!

Thanks for visiting!
Don and Barbara


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JULY 26, 2002

The lake level is 9.26 over summer pool and still falling.

This fishing report has not changed since last week. All that we report is still working.

White bass fishing is excellent and best on the North end of the lake. Flats and points anywhere from 1 foot to 20 foot deep. You may find schooling fish busting shad all over the lake in open water and in coves. Seagulls are starting to show up on the lake and they will just keep coming as the shad get bigger. Keep your eyes open for seagulls eating shad that are chased to the surface by white bass. If you see seagulls flying tight circles and diving on points and flats, you can bet the whites are there. If they are on the surface or in shallow water, the two jig rig with your rod held high and a fast retrieve is working best. Rooster tails and Little Georges will also produce. If you see fish on your locator in deeper water, jigging spoons are your best bet.

Crappie fishing has picked up a little, fish main lake willows next to a river channel with jigs or minnows. Also try deep points and drop offs where the flats meet the channels. If those things do not work for you, try drifting live bait in open water 6 - 12 foot deep no matter what the water depth is. Idle the river channels and watch you locator, when you find a lot of bait and fish on the locator, you probably will find crappie and white bass.
Walleye fishing is still good. Crank baits and jigs on flooded roads, humps, rocky points and off the flooded boat ramps will produce. The live bait fisherman using jigs tipped with minnows, night crawlers or leaches fished 6 - 12 foot deep on flats and points are also catching walleye. The bigger walleyes seem to be coming on crank baits & jigs.

We are still catching lots of largemouth bass just about any way you want to fish for them. Top water baits around submerged vegetation or any kind of wood structure early and late is producing some nice fish. Crank baits, jigs and worms on main lake and secondary points is still working for us. Spinner baits and buzz baits around flooded vegetation such as willow trees on flats is also working.

The catfish spawn is about over, but drift fishing on flats with cut shad or live shad will catch these fish. If you are not sure what a flat is, on Lake Shelbyville, as you go down the lake, you'll notice flat shorelines with willow trees. These willow trees represent the sand bars on Lake Shelbyville. Try different depths in front of the willow trees until you find what is working best.

Blue gill fishing will always be good around rip rap area's. Set your bait 2 - 4 foot deep under your bobber and you will catch fish.

Muskie fishing is doing well on Shelbyville, we have caught several by accident fishing for bass, both deep and shallow mostly on the south end of the lake.

If you are looking for a new ranger boat or a good used boat, or any kind of baits or tackle, give the folks at Midwest Marine in Rantoul Illinois a chance to help you out.

Until next week, good luck, good fishin' and B-Safe.

Don and Barbara






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JULY 18, 2002

The lake level is 11.60 over summer pool and still falling.
The water temperature due to cooler nights and some rain is in the mid 80's. The water is green with algae bloom, but fairly clear.

White bass fishing is excellent and best on the North end of the lake. Flats and points anywhere from 1 foot to 20 foot deep. You may find schooling fish busting shad all over the lake in open water and in coves. Seagulls are starting to show up on the lake and they will just keep coming as the shad get bigger. Keep your eyes open for seagulls eating shad that are chased to the surface by white bass. If you see seagulls flying tight circles and diving on points and flats, you can bet the whites are there. If they are on the surface or in shallow water, the two jig rig with your rod held high and a fast retrieve is working best. Rooster tails and Little Georges will also produce. If you see fish on your locator in deeper water, jigging spoons are your best bet.

Crappie fishing has picked up a little, fish main lake willows next to a river channel with jigs or minnows. Also try deep points and drop offs where the flats meet the channels. If those things do not work for you, try drifting live bait in open water 6 - 12 foot deep no matter what the water depth is. Idle the river channels and watch you locator, when you find a lot of bait and fish on the locator, you probably will find crappie and white bass.
Walleye fishing is still good. Crank baits and jigs on flooded roads, humps, rocky points and off the flooded boat ramps will produce. The live bait fisherman using jigs tipped with minnows, night crawlers or leaches fished 6 - 12 foot deep on flats and points are also catching walleye. The bigger walleyes seem to be coming on crank baits & jigs.

We are still catching lots of largemouth bass just about any way you want to fish for them. Top water baits around submerged vegetation or any kind of wood structure early and late is producing some nice fish. Crank baits, jigs and worms on main lake and secondary points is still working for us. Spinner baits and buzz baits around flooded vegetation such as willow trees on flats is also working.

The catfish spawn is about over, but drift fishing on flats with cut shad or live shad will catch these fish. If you are not sure what a flat is, on Lake Shelbyville, as you go down the lake, you'll notice flat shorelines with willow trees. These willow trees represent the sand bars on Lake Shelbyville. Try different depths in front of the willow trees until you find what is working best.

Blue gill fishing will always be good around rip rap area's. Set your bait 2 - 4 foot deep under your bobber and you will catch fish.

Muskie fishing is doing well on Shelbyville, we have caught several by accident fishing for bass, both deep and shallow mostly on the south end of the lake.

If you are looking for a new ranger boat or a good used boat, or any kind of baits or tackle, give the folks at Midwest Marine in Rantoul Illinois a chance to help you out.


Until next week, good luck, good fishin' and B-Safe.

Don and Barbara






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JULY 4, 2002


The lake level as of July 4 is 613.95 and falling.

The water temperature is in the low 90's and don't let the hot water stop you from fishing because the fish are feeding!

Bass fishing is excellent, the best it has been this year so far. You can catch these fish just about anyway you like to fish for bass. They can be caught on top water baits in shallow water to as deep as 30 foot. the things that have been working best for us is jigs and worms fished on points, secondary and main lake. You need to keep moving, because when you find a point with fish you are going to get bit. Fishing spinner baits and buzz baits behind the willows on the flats will also produce. It has been taking 15 - 20 pounds plus to win the tournaments on the lake.

Congratulations to Mike Black for a 20 pound stringer last Sunday.

Crappie fishing is improving, your best bet is fishing suspended fish in creeks and river channels 10 - 15 foot deep no matter what the water depth might be. Drift fishing with live bait - trolling with small crank baits or casting jigs and counting down to the level of the fish and retrieving slowly will also catch these crappie.

If you want to keep the kids busy fishing, try wax worms , red worms or crickets around rip rap areas, flooded boat ramps, with a bobber set 2 - 3 foot deep. They will catch lots of blue gill and some will be big enough to eat.

If you are looking for white bass and walleye, points and flats where they meet the channels is where you want to fish. Fish anywhere from 5 - 30 foot deep. All in the same day you can catch deep and shallow fish. If you are looking just for walleye, try jigs tipped with live bait off main lake points. Because of the high water these points drop to deep fast. You need to fish close to the bank until you figure out what depth these fish are holding at. Once again, for the white bass and walleye - keep moving till you find them. The thing that has been working best for us is 2 jig rigs shallow and one ounce jigging spoons (mann-o-lure) deep. Vertical jigging with the one ounce spoon has been good for catching walleye.

Catfish are spawning on the rip rap right now, and can be caught on just about anything - even lures - or your favorite catfish bait. 20 pound plus catfish are not uncommon.

Muskie's are extremely active in shallow water around flooded vegetation through out the lake.

With this being a holiday weekend be sure you have your boat ready before it is your turn to back down the ramp. With the high water ramps you have to have more patience and be extra sure to be ready when it is your turn.

We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend - and most important a safe one.

Thanks for reading our reports, we appreciate your business.

Don and Barbara

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT August 22, 2002


The lake level is 602.19 which is 3 foot over summer pool and still falling.
The water temperature is 80 degrees.

As you can tell by the recent pictures fishing has been extremely good even though we have falling hot water.

All species are biting and are being caught many different kinds of ways. We are going to tell you what is working for us at this time and hope it works for you. There are still some bushes, willow trees, smart weeds etc.... on the edges of the water. Fish are relating to sand bar flats very shallow on windy days. You'll find bass and crappie shallow in the vegetation - a foot of water or less. White bass and walleye are hanging on the edges also in very shallow water. We have even seen muskies in these same area's and had some on. On the calm non windy days, you want to back off and fish a little deeper. What you need to do is watch for the schools of shad that are gathering on the surface and they'll let you know where you need to be fishing.

Bass fishing is still very good and they can be caught deep and shallow. Congratulations to Tim and Ron who won our last Illini Team Trail with 4 fish that were caught deep and weighed almost 18 pounds. We took second place with 5 fish caught shallow, but just didn't have enough weight to take first place. We have been catching our bass pitching jigs in the bushes, spinner baits, buzz baits and rat-l-traps around the bushes in shallow water. If you like fishing deep, worms and jigs on points and drop offs are working well also. If you are a top water fisherman - the bite is on! The bass fishing should continue to get better as the water starts to cool down.

White bass and walleye fishing is your best bet for fish to go home with. We are using two jig rigs - two 1/4 ounce lead heads/3 inch tails - tied about 18 - 24 inches apart in the shallow water. One jig or whatever your favorite white bass bait would be will also work, and any color will do. We are finding these fish in large schools on sand bar flats and the seagulls are helping to show us where the fish are at. Don't settle for one fish here or there, keep moving till you find those big schools. The walleye are right with the white bass and some big ones are being caught very shallow. You may also find white bass and walleye on drop offs where the sand bars meet the channels in deeper water. One ounce jigging spoons are working very well.

Crappie are still scattered but are being caught using a lot of different methods such as - jigs, minnows around standing trees or downed trees off of high clay banks. You can also catch them trolling small crank baits in open water. You have to work hard to catch a limit right now, and this will get better as the water cools down. This fall we should have fantastic crappie fishing because of the recent high water this summer which created lots of food and cover for these growing crappie. Keep checking back - as soon as it gets better we will be updating this part of the report.

We have seen people catching some nice blue gill - big enough to clean - around rip rap areas such as boat ramps and bridges with worms and crickets or small jigs. It is nice to see the high water has fattened up these blue gill!

We really want to warn everyone about the changes out there on the lake right now. All summer everyone got used to running where ever they wanted to out there, but now with the falling waters, there are several islands that are now shallow enough on top to run a ground. We are still 3 foot above summer pool, but this weekend, it will be very serious. If you are unaware of where these places are at, you need to check your maps. The high water was great for the fish and any time we get extended periods of extremely high water, we always see tremendous growth rate in all species of fish. The high water not only creates excellent spawning conditions as it did this year, but also gives good survival rate of the fry. We can put up with the high water when we know it is doing our fish good.

Till next time .....take someone fishing!
Don and Barbara





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT August 8, 2002


The lake level is 6.60 over summer pool and still falling.
The water temperature because of the last two cool nights, is 80 - 82 degrees.

Because of the water pulling out of the vegetation, the fish are becoming easier to catch. Fish are still relating to the willow trees and you can expect to catch all species shallow on flats, especially if the wind is blowing in.

For white bass and walleye, the two jig rig is still our bait of choice. In shallow water, keep your rod high and reel your baits fast. If you don't find these fish shallow on the flats, then you need to work towards deeper water, watching your locator and trying different depths and varying the speed of your retrieve till you find what is working best. You can also find these fish by trolling crank baits. A lot of fish are being caught trolling small crank baits in open water across creek and river channels. There is also a bunch of seagulls on Lake Shelbyville right now. By watching where the birds are feeding, you will definitely find fish. Whether it be in the middle of the lake or on the shallow banks. These birds are good at finding feeding fish. Jig and night crawler or jig and minnow on points and flats 6 - 12 foot deep are still producing walleye. Jigging spoons on points and drop offs are producing white bass and walleye. Once again, let us remind you to keep moving till you find fish, no matter what you're looking for.

Crappie fishing has really picked up the past couple weeks. Your best bet is 8 - 12 foot deep in standing timber fishing jigs or minnows. With jigs, use the count down method, and 1/8 ounce jig on and 8 pound line will fall a foot a second and by trying different counts and reeling around standing timber, you will find the right depth for that area to catch crappie. If you are not catching keepers you want to keep moving. You can catch small fish everywhere, but don't be afraid to leave small fish and keep looking for the keepers. I hear people complaining every day about catching 100 9 - 10 inch fish and only had 2 keepers. If you keep looking, and trying different places and depths, you will find the schools of keepers, and have something to go home with. Also, trolling small crank baits in open water, or drift fishing with jigs and minnows can produce some nice crappie. Our favorite way to catch these crappie is deep on points and open lake drop offs. We throw 1/8 ounce jigs with 3 inch tubes, twisters or shad bodies. If it is a windy day we may even go up to a 1/4 ounce lead head with these bodies. We fish for the structure that is found on almost every point and drop off in Lake Shelbyville. If you can bump the stumps and there is fish on them you will catch them. If not ...... move to the next one! We still have some fall openings for house rentals and guide trips and if you like crappie fishing, you need to call us for a booking.
Bass fishing is still good and getting better. With the water pulling out of the vegetation it is getting easier to catch these fish.

Because of all the high water, all the fish are healthy as can be! Buzz baits, spinner baits, rattle traps and crank baits will help you find these fish fast in shallow water on flats and points. Once you locate an area holding fish, with these fast fishing baits, then pick up your jig or worm and slow down, pitch to the heavy cover. In the middle of a hot sunny day you can find these fish in a foot of water or less. You can also find bass on deep points - main lake and secondary - fishing deep diving crank baits, worms or jigs. They are not on every point, and after you've bumped a stump or two if you have not got bit keep looking! If you talk to the guys at the weigh-ins of the bass tournaments on the lake, you'll find that they all did something different to catch these fish on different baits. So, take your favorite bass bait and go looking, because all the baits are working! Good luck to all who are fishing the upcoming tournaments on the lake.

Muskies have been active all year and we have a great population of big fish. We have caught ours by accident fishing for bass and do not land most of them. they can be caught on the flats, in the backs of standing timbered coves, or trolling open water. If you are looking for muskie, you need to come to Lake Shelbyville.
For catfish, drift the sand bar flats with shad or your favorite catfish bait. There are lots to be caught and you can expect to catch some big ones!

If you have kids, take them blue gill fishing and they will keep you busy! Try rip rap area's, with your bobber set 2 - 4 foot deep. If you do have a boat, try standing timber and adjust your depth accordingly. Once again because of high water these fish are thick and healthy and big enough to clean.

We hope this information will help you catch some fish, if we can be of help, give us a call! Please ....... take someone fishing ...... till next time,

Take care, good luck, and stay safe.
Don and Barbara




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Sept 26, 2002



The lake level is 600.3 which is just under 1 foot above normal summer pool.
The water temperature is 72 degrees and falling with the cool nights.

Fishing in general for all species is good to excellent. Fishing deep and shallow through out the lake is producing some great catches. This will only get better as the water continues to cool down.

Crappie fishing is very good deep and shallow and you need to keep moving till you find the keeper size fish. You can catch lots of crappie through out the lake, but don't make the mistake of sitting on little fish. For shallow fish check wood on the banks or any kind of brush - jig or minnow and bobber will catch these fish 2 - 4 foot deep. Our favorite thing this time of year is to fish for the deep fish on main lake and secondary points, down trees on high clay banks and drops off where the flats meet the channels. We've had a lot of people ask us - "what are the flats" - Well, as you sit in the lake, you look to one side and you'll see high clay banks, those are the channel banks - the deep water banks. Look to the other side of the lake and you'll see the flat shallow water banks usually represented by green vegetation and willow trees. Those banks are the sand bar flats that we talk about. If you idle toward these flats you'll always find a sharp drop off into the creek and river channels. On the edges of those drop offs you will find stumps, that were left when the lake was built. Keep a marker bouy handy to mark the spot you caught your first big fish, or to mark a stump if you should snag one. Fishing around stumps on drop offs will usually produce some big crappie along with other species. We're using 1/8 ounce weedless jigs and 3 inch twisters or tubes. Color seems to make no difference when you find the fish.

Muskies are extremely active, you cannot hardly fish for bass without catching them - especially on the south end of the lake.

White bass fishing has been and still is excellent. We're fishing shallow water with two jig rigs, twisters and shad bodies on 1/4 ounce lead heads tied 24 inches apart. When the wind blows, you can find these fish in a foot of water or less. You must keep your rod tip high and reel it VERY fast to keep your baits close to the surface to catch these fish. If the wind is not blowing, back off and fish a little deeper, watch for shad and seagulls, they will help you find where to fish for these deeper white bass. We have also been catching largemouth bass and walleye doing the same thing.

Bass fishing has been good shallow and deep and whatever your favorite way to catch these fish is - it is working. We've been throwing rat-l-traps, shallow running crank baits, and top water baits in the shallows to catch our bass. For deep fish try jigs, texas rigged or carolina rigged worms off main lake and secondary points.

Muskies are extremely active, you cannot hardly fish for bass without catching them - especially on the south end of the lake.
We have had a very busy two weeks and apologize for not updating this report. We would like to congratulate Donnie Dill and Bill Leasher who were the winners of a new ranger boat at the Illini Team Trail Classic Tournament.

Until next time take your mom fishing or at least tell her you love her.
Don and Barbara




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Sept 4, 2002


The lake level is 601.21 which is 1.63 over summer pool and still falling.
The water temperature is 78 degrees.

Thanks for checking this fishing report. We have to say that the all the techniques we have been using for all species are the same and the only thing that has changed since the last report is the crappie fishing has improved and getting better as the water cools down. The crappie are also being caught 2-4 foot deep around any wood in the water with a jig and bobber or minnows.
We want to let everyone know that we are happy to change the fishing report when necessary, and if the report seems the same, it is only because the fishing has remained the same and there are no changes in our techniques to report.
Read the August 22 report below for what is still working today.

Check the new pictures, they have been updated.

The red and white Ranger model 520 you have seen Don out there in is soon going back to Midwest Marine for sale. If you have any questions or want a ride in this boat .....don't hesitate to call! 217-774-2419.

The water is still falling, there are still hazard area's, if you are unsure, check your map before you leave. Don't get caught high and dry like in the pictures!

Take care and good luck to all!
Don and Barbara


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Oct 25, 2002

The lake level is 599.46 which is .24 foot below summer pool.
The water temperature is 60 degrees and falling with the cool nights.

Crappie fishing is very good deep and shallow and you need to keep moving till you find the keeper size fish. You can catch lots of crappie through out the lake, but don't make the mistake of sitting on little fish. For shallow fish check wood on the banks or any kind of brush - jig or minnow and bobber will catch these fish 2 - 4 foot deep. Our favorite thing this time of year is to fish for the deep fish on main lake and secondary points, down trees on high clay banks and drops off where the flats meet the channels. Fishing around stumps on drop offs will usually produce some big crappie along with other species. We're using 1/8 ounce weedless jigs and 3 inch twisters or tubes. Color seems to make no difference when you find the fish.

White bass fishing has been and still is excellent. We're fishing shallow water with two jig rigs, twisters and shad bodies on 1/4 ounce lead heads tied 24 inches apart. When the wind blows, you can find these fish in a foot of water or less. You must keep your rod tip high and reel it VERY fast to keep your baits close to the surface to catch these fish. If the wind is not blowing, back off and fish a little deeper, watch for shad and seagulls, they will help you find where to fish for these deeper white bass. We have also been catching largemouth bass and walleye doing the same thing.

Bass fishing has been good shallow and deep and whatever your favorite way to catch these fish is - it is working. We've been throwing rat-l-traps, shallow running crank baits, and top water baits in the shallows to catch our bass. For deep fish try jigs, texas rigged or carolina rigged worms off main lake and secondary points.

Muskies are extremely active, you cannot hardly fish for bass without catching them - especially on the south end of the lake.
Thanks for checking this report, we have been fishing every day and still have availabilities. If you don't mind putting on your warm clothes we'd be happy to take you. Fishing is fantastic!

Coming soon we will have a recipe page to tell you how to cook these fish!

Until next time we hope to see you on the water!
Don and Barbara
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