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2003 Fishing Reports



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

This fishing report is free and presented by Don and Barb Satterfield Fishing Guide Service. The fishing report will be Updated on Thursday's ONLY when necessary to change the report. If the report has not changed by Friday, then read the last report because the fishing conditions are consistent with that fishing report!

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LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Jan 16, 2003

The lake is at winter pool,froze over and the ice is not thick enough to ice fish yet, but will be soon with the cold weather predictions. This is a great ice fishing lake for crappie and blue gill and should be a great winter for ice fishing. Normally winter fishing below the dam is very good, but because the lake is at winter pool the release rate is at a minimum. Without any current below the dam, it has ice also. There are lots of power plant lakes in the area that offer some fine winter fishing!

The north end freezes before the south end and crappie and blue gill can be caught in very shallow water through the ice. To catch these north end fish try this: tube jigs work good for crappie and ice jigs tipped with wax worms work for both blue gill and crappie. Because of the recent years of high water, and excellent growing conditions, the blue gill and crappie are extremely healthy and a very good size. Fishing around any kind of wood structure such as stumps, standing timber, downed trees will produce. Always vary your depth until you find what works best.

If the ice gets thick enough to be safe on the south end of the lake for ice fishing try this: 20 to 40 foot deep on points, and down trees on high clay banks were producing very well before the ice came on for crappie with tube jigs. We were using 1/8 ounce jigs with 2 & 3 inch tubes and catching our limits with no problem.

Check with us again next Thursday and hopefully we will have some good ice fishing to report. Make sure the ice is safe, if you decide to go and take a friend along.Always prepare for the worst and hope it doesn't happen and be safe!

We are starting to book fishing trips for the coming year and to be sure to get the dates you want - call early! We have openings right now for house rentals and fishing guide trips! Thanks for checking our report - Good luck and good fishing in 2003!

Don and Barb Satterfield

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LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT March 20, 2003

The lake level is at 594.10 just barely above winter pool.

The water temerature is running around 40 degrees. The water is clear on main lake and south end, stained on the north end and up some of the creeks.

We are happy to see signs of spring and hope everyone had a good winter! We will be updating this report on a regular weekly basis now.

The ice is off and the crappie fishing is on and is as good as it gets! You can catch these crappie just about any way you like to fish. The methods we're using are jig and bobber shallow about 3 foot deep with a boober and an 1/8 oz tube jig. We're fishing around any wood structure no matter how deep the water. Even in 20 foot or more we're still fishing an average of 3 foot deep with a jig and bobber around standing timber. If you don't get bit close to the timber try reeling it back at a slow pace. We're taking a lot of fish in open water between the trees. If you're a deep water fisherman, the 1/8 oz jig fished on points and drop offs into the creek and river channels are also giving us nice limits of fish. If you're a bank fisherman, it's real easy from the bank with a jig and bobber to catch a limit. Back in the creeks, the big coves, anyplace you can find wood structure. These fish are averaging 10 - 12 inches and as thick and healthy as you've ever seen them.

Large mouth bass and muskies are very active on rocky points and shorelines, main lake and back in the big coves and can be seen chasing shad in shallow water. Rat-l-traps, shallow running crankbaits and spinner baits will catch these active fish for you. If you like to fish deep, fish jigs off main lake points 15 - 30 foot deep will catch some big bass also. When the sun comes out and the water is warm in the shallows, that's where you wanna be looking for fast action.

White bass can be caught deep on the main lake and shallow in the backs of big feeder creek coves. If the wind is blowing you will also find these fish on wind blown sand bars and the two jig rig or whatever your favorite white bass bait is will work. For deep fish, one ounce spoons are your best bet. These fish are schooled up, and you have to keep moving till you locate a scholl of fish, either deep on your locator or shallow against the banks.

Fishing below the dam, is always good in the spring for crappie, white bass, and walleye. Don't forget, last year the state record Muskie came from below the dam. After dark is your best bet for BIG walleye!

With the lake at winter pool, you want to be especially careful of running aground on shallow humps and points. One nice thing about being low right now is you have a chance to mark structure that normally doesn't show.

We have openings for Our Old House and there are open days for fishing trips available so call now to get the days you want! Be sure and take somebody fishing! Be careful and good luck!

Don and Barb Satterfield


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT APRIL 24, 2003

The lake level is at 594.40 which is 5.30 below summer pool

The water temerature has fallen from what it was because of the cool nights and days back to the mid 50's on main lake and upper 50's in the coves.

The water is still very clear on the south end, and much clearer on the north end than it was, but still stained.

In general the fishing is still as good as it was in our last report. We'd rather say this than to just repeat everything we said last week. The same techniques are still producing, the crappie are still spawning, lots of limits of fish are being caught every day. These fish we are seeing are mostly 10-12 inch fish, and healthy!

So, thanks for checking and may we suggest you scroll down and read the April 17, report if you have not had a chance to read it. All remains the same! Be sure to view our most recent pictures, the lake and our clients have been a lot of fun and we know there is more to come ---- we'll keep you posted ......

Till next week - hope you get a chance to take someone fishin'!

Don and Barb Satterfield








LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT APRIL 17, 2003

The lake level is at 594.32 which is 3 inches above winter pool and rising slowly

The water temperature is 60 degrees on the main lake and 62 degrees in the main coves.

The water is still clear on the south end, but due to the high winds for the last two weeks, it remains murky from mid lake north.

Crappie fishing still is the best we've seen in years. The fish are extremely healthy and limits of fish are being caught. We want to mention some things about the noticeable quality of our fish we see today, and something we have noticed since the lake has been here. We sometimes hear people complain about the high water we've had in the previous years. The years we have had high water, has in fact resulted in a tremendous excellent quality fish population. This is attributed to the high water providing food and cover for successful spawns and growth and also attributed to the excellent management of our lake biologists who our always working to make this lake a great lake to fish. They have done many things to improve our fishing, and the walleye stocking program is an example of one that is working very well. We have heard there are more great things in store for the future.

Now, let's talk about how to catch these crappie. Crappie are starting to spawn as well as bass. This should go on for the next month or so. The males are dark in color and can be caught on wood structure in 3-6 foot of water on the south end and much shallower on the north end, due to the murky water. We've been finding these fish on points, main lake and coves, and you have to cover a lot of water to find these schools of keeper fish. If you find the males in shallow water, back off and fish a little deeper to catch the big healthy females. You can also still catch fish in standing timbered coves. These fish are usually suspended 4-8 foot deep, no matter how deep the water is. We're still using 1/8 ounce lead heads with 3 inch tubes, twisters, or shad bodies, any color will do. If you're a minnow fisherman they will work also. You can eliminate non productive waters a lot quicker with jigs than minnows. We use a count down method in standing timber to determine the depth we need to fish. On the points for deep fish, we work it about a foot off the bottom and try to bump wood structure that holds the fish. Remember to keep moving to look for the schools of large fish and don't settle for the small ones, they tend to school according to size.

White bass are feeding on the flats and wind blown sand and gravel banks. Two jig rigs or your favorite white bass bait will work best for these fish. If you don't mind fishing shallow waters up the rivers from the banks you can catch spawning white bass and walleye. Jigs and small crank baits are your best bet. Try the bends, and sand bars for best results.

Musky fishing has been very good with many fish over 40 inches being caught. These fish are being caught deep and shallo from the backs of coves to the middle of the lake. A lot of big fish are being taken by trollers, but if you want to have fun, try throwing 1/2 to 1 ounce Rat-l-traps and you'll pick up a combination of large mouth bass, white bass, walleye and muskies.

Bass fishing is very good right now, and can be caught on a combination of spinner baits, crank baits, jerk baits, Rat-l-traps, jigs and worms - texas or carolina rigged. We fished the Illini Team Trail tournament last weekend, and there were 254 pounds weighed in and big bass was over 7 pounds! Congratulations to Alan Hingson of Atwood and his team partner, Harold Warner of Danforth won the first 2003 Illini Team Trail Buddy Circuit Bass Tournament on Sunday, April 13, 2003 on Lake Shelbyville. Competing with a total of 85 teams, they managed to bring four bass to the scales weighing 17.54 lbs., caught on a cotton candy colored Zoom lizard with a chartreuse trail in 2’ - 6’ of water. Winning a total of $3,080.00 for 1st Place; $410 for Big Bass of 7.35; and also qualified for the Ranger Cup check for another $500.00 bonus. There were a total of 108 bass weighed in that weighed a total of 254.22 lbs. We caught lots of bass, but only managed to have 3 nice keepers that put us in 10th place of an 85 team field. That is how we know that the fish are biting on all these different baits. Everyone that weighed fish caught theirs on different baits. If your interested in fishing a fun team tournament that is very well ran circuit, call - Lake Shelbyville Buddy Circuit Mike and Penny Black at 217-923-3098.

Fishing in general is great on Shelbyville and is only going to get better as the waters warm. If you're interested in a guide trip, we still have days available and we'd be glad to book you for a fun and informative fishing trip!

The lake is still low and extremely dangerous if you're not aware of the shallow spots. If you get a chance, to visit Lake Shelbyville during low water time, it would greatly improve your knowledge of great fishing area's at normal summer pool. Be safe and good luck and remember to take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT APRIL 4, 2003

The lake level is at 594.10 just barely above winter pool.

The water temerature is running around 48 - 50 degrees on the main lake and mid 50's in the back of the coves. The water is clear on main lake and south end, stained to muddy on the north end and in the backs of large shallow coves and creeks.

The crappie fishing is still excellent! These fish can be caught any way you prefer to fish for them, deep or shallow on jigs or minnows. These fish are not everywhere, but they are schooled up. If you want to go home with a limit of keepers you need to move, try different depths and different techniques until you find the keeper size fish. We limited out in 2 hours today in the back of a standing timbered creek. We found that casting our 1/8 ounce jigs, counting 3 - 4 seconds with a slow steady retrieve worked best for us today. We also caught some on a jig and bobber set 2 - 3 foot deep around the standing timber. Yet, on top of that we also caught some 15 - 25 foot deep off main lake points with stumps or down trees for structure. So, that is why we are saying that right now you can catch these fish any way your favorite way to catch them is. The key is to keep moving till you find the keeper size schools.

With the warming waters, white bass, largemouth and walleye, can be caught on wind blown sand and gravel shore lines. Try fishing with a two jig rig, a rat-l-trap or a shallow running crank bait in a foot to three foot of water. Also on main lake channel banks (that is your high clay banks) jerk baits should produce some big fish, and especially on the south end where the water is clear. Once again, you need to move to locate the schools. With two or three people in the boat, it doesn't take long to eliminate non productive waters. Main lake flats and flats in large creeks, especially on North banks are your best bet.

Muskies have been a tough bite for most, but we ran into a few in the backs of coves in shallow water. One ounce rat-L-traps seem to work well.

If the weather holds steady and the waters continue to warm, fishing for all species will greatly improve and we know we're looking at a great year ahead for some more great fishing on Lake Shelbyville.

Remember, the lake is still at winter pool and can be very dangerous because of shallow water, rocks and stumps. Give the flat banks and points lots of room, be careful and be extra sure to wear your kill switch and life jacket. Be sure and take somebody fishing and good luck!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MAY 30, 2003

The lake level is at 599.83 which is just about at normal summer pool.

Because of the cool days and nights the water temperature is still holding in the mid 60's

The lake is very clear on the south end, and stained from mid lake north, and murky on the north end.

Crappie fishing is still very good. We are using the same techniques to catch our fish. There hasn't been much change from last week except some days you do have to work harder to get your limits. We've been most of our keeper crappie deep anywhere from 10-25 foot deep mostly on the south end of the lake where the water is clear on points, and drop offs. We are still using an 1/8 ounce lead head with a 3 inch tube jig. You can also find suspended fish in open water. Try drifting with jigs or minnows and adjust your depth, most are being caught is 6-12 foot in open water. Trolling small crank baits will work also.

Your best bet for a large mess of fish to go home with would be white bass. They are spawning right now, deep on sand bars 15-30 foot deep through out the lake. You can locate these fish with your electronics. The fastest way to catch them is with a jigging spoon fished on the bottom by vertical jigging. Don't be surprised to pick up some walleye doing this!

If you don't mind working hard the walleye fishing is still very good. Jig and minnow, jig and night crawler are catching nice walleye out there. Some of the larger catches of walleye are being caught on crank baits and rat-l-traps on points and sand bar flats. Trolling crank baits will also catch these fish. Try trolling along points and drop offs where shallow water meets deep drop offs.

Most bass are on the beds at this time. You can catch the males back in the coves shallow and the females on points 4-12 foot deep. Just about any bait will do.

We haven't seen any muskies this week, nor have we heard of any big catches.

Blue gill fishing is excellent at this time. Fishing small jigs and live bait around stumps and standing timber and rip rap anywhere on the lake.

If you haven't visited our new dicussion board yet, please take a moment and visit. We would like everyone and anyone to feel free to add to the board by sharing any tips and/or techniques of ways that you catch your fish on Lake Shelbyville. This information you could have may benefit all of us and it is fun to swap idea's! Our fishing report is just general information of how we are catching our fish, but we know there are many other ways to be successful at fishing. If you had a good catch this past week and did it a different way then we have been catching them, please let everyone know by posting this on the discussion board. You can find the entrance to it by clicking the link above the report.

Till next week, good luck and stay safe and by all means take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield







LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MAY 22, 2003

The lake level is at 599.90 which is .02 above summer pool.

Because of the cool nights the water temperature is holding in the mid 60's

The lake is very clear on the south end, and stained from mid lake north, and murky on the north end.

Crappie fishing is still very good even though the spawn is almost over. We've been catching our fish in 8 - 35 foot of water on the south end of the lake. We are using 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs with 3 inch tubes, twisters or shad bodies. Minnows will also work. On the north end we're sure these fish are going to be found in shallower water 5-10 foot on points and drop offs. Fish any kind of wood structure to locate these fish, and as always keep moving till you find them. There is a tremendous population of crappie this year and if you aren't catching keepers, you just need to keep moving and spend your time looking for fish - not changing baits. This is because when we find them, they have been hitting on anything you put in front of them - any color will do.

If you're looking for a lot of fish to go home with and more fun than a fisherman should have, the white bass are what you want to fish for right now. The white bass are schooled up on deep sand bars, close to drop offs anywhere from 15-30 foot deep. One ounce jigging spoons, vertically jigged will catch them. This will catch not only the white bass, but will also catch walleye and a variety of other species of fish. To locate these fish, use your locator and when it says they're there, believe it! We're using a one ounce Mann-o-lure made by the Mann's bait company, again any color will do. These baits are hard to find, but if you're in the Wolf Creek State park area, stop at the bait shop on the left hand side of the road before you enter the park, he does carry these baits, and lots of other baits you may be looking for. As you can see by our recent pictures, the white bass have really turned on this week.

Bass fishing is also very good on the lake at this time. There are bass on the beds and also on the points going into the shallow coves. Bass can be caught many different ways right now, anywhere from top water to 25 foot deep. It's never easy fishing for bass, but there are some big ones biting and you can catch the trphy of your life!

Musky fishing has slowed somewhat, but there are still some nice fish being caught. Casting points, pockets or trolling open water will catch these fish.

Walleye fishing is very good with lots of limits being caught. Most fisherman are using jig and night crawler or jig and minnow fished just off the bottom, on sand bar flats and points. Most are being caught in 4-8 foot of water using this method. Crank baits and rat-l-traps will probably catch bigger wlleye on these same places. In the past years, I have always had great luck on Memorial Day weekend for big walleye in shallow water with rat-l-traps and shallow running crank baits. It is usually best in the middle of the day when boat traffic is at its peak.

We hope everyone enjoys their weekend out there, stay safe and good luck!

Don and Barb Satterfield


 

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MAY 15, 2003

The lake level is at 599.01 which is .69 below summer pool

The water temperature is 65 to 68

Even with the heavy rains the water is still clear on the main lake and the south end. It is clearing quickly on the north end but you will still find some murky water north.

Even though the lake has rose 4 foot, the fishing remains excellent and we're still catching fish using the same techniques as last week, only we are fishing a little deeper. The crappie and bass are still spawning and limits of crappie are being caught and also some nice bass.

Walleye fishing is great.

Please read the techniques for catching these fish below on last weeks report, and if the ways we are catching these fish change we will be sure to let you know in next weeks report.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next week, take care and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MAY 10, 2003

The lake level is at 595.25 which is 4 foot below normal summer pool.

The water temperature is in the mid 60's throughout the lake and rising fast.

The water remains still clear on the main lake south but recent wind and rains has muddied up the coves, big creeks and the north end. Still in all very fishable.

Fishing for all species has greatly improved and will continue to be good as the waters warm.

The crappie fishing has slowed somewhat, but if you work hard you can still take home linits of nice fish. We have been doing better by fishing deep on points and drop offs with 1/8 ounce jigs and 3 inch tubes or twister tails. Any color will do. Most of our fish have been coming 15-25 foot deep. Some of these fish have already spawned out, but there are still a lot full of eggs. They'll probably finish spawning within the next week or two. With the slowly rising water, we should see another good spawn this year. There are still some shallow fish to be caught, but you will have your best luck getting the keeper size fish by fishing deep. We have been fishing mostly the south end of the lake, so if you fish the north end, deep is 8-12 foot.

Bass fishing is very good and some large fish are being caught. Congratulations to Gene for weighing is an 8.1 ounce bass last Sunday in the ITT tournament. That is a good fish anywhere! Bass are being caught deep and shallow on main lake and secondary points with jigs, worms, lizards, crank baits and spinner baits.

If you are looking for walleye, they are starting to bite real well. If you are a live bait fisherman, jig and night crawler or jig and minnow fished on the flats in 4-8 foot of water are producing 14-20 inch walleye! If you don't mind working a little bit harder and throwing crankbaits or rat-l-traps, you may come up with some bigger ones. Try main lake flats, sand and gravel chunk rock points on the wind blown side of the lake. The walleye fishing will steadily improve and get better each year because of the new stocking programs they have been using for the last 8 years. We should see lots of walleye 5 pounds plus this year.

Muskies are still active and have seen and heard of many caught and we have caught many fishing for bass. Most have been caught shallow on crankbaits and rat-l-traps. The guys trolling for muskies are saying that they are doing well also.

White bass fishing is also starting to pick up and the key to catching them is locating the depth they are feeding at. Trolling the sand bar flats can help you locate these fish.

Blue gill fishing is always good on the rip rap around bridges, marina's wing dams and boat ramps. Try live bait set 2-4 foot deep. You'll be surprised at the size of some of these fish.

As the weather warms, the boat traffic will increase. Remember, everyone has the right to use the water as they desire. Some of the best walleye fishing I have ever had on Lake Shelbyville was in the middle of the day, n high traffic weekends, fishing shallow water that was muddied up by boat waves. Don't ever think that the fish stop biting when the ski boats are on the water, try shallow running crankbaits or rat-l-traps on the mud lines created by wave action.

Until next week, take care and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield









LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT MAY 1, 2003

The lake level is at 594.48 which is 5.22 below summer pool and rising very slowly, but this is good because the fish are spawning.

The water temperature is in the low to mid 60's throughout the lake

The water remains clear to slightly stained on the north end.

Just when we thought the crappie fishing couldn't get any better, the big ones have moved to the bank to spawn. We are still catching limits of 10-12 inch fish with lots of fish over 12 inches. Look for any kind of wood in shallow water and fish whatever your favorite bait might be. You are bound to catch lots of fish. We're still using 1/8 ounce jigs with 3 inch tubes, twisters or shad bodies in any color, you just need to keep moving till you find the fish and they will bite!

Bass fishing has been a little tough for keeper size fish, but some big ones are being caught by fishermen who don't give up, and keep throwing baits on any shallow wood on points and sand/gravel and chunk rock banks. Throwing Rat-l-traps, crank baits, spinner baits, jigs and worms, you can catch LOTS of small fish but keepers are hard to hook.

Walleye fishing is starting to get better and will improve every day! Try fishing wind blown points that are close to deep water drop offs, chunk rock and rip rap with crank baits, rat-l-traps, and jigs. Jig and minnow, jig and night crawler will also work.

White bass are still scattered throughout the lake in open water, try 2 jig rigs with the count down method if you should see these fish feeding on the surface. The 2 jig rig will also work well on wind blown sand bar flats.We have picked up a few white bass on one ounce jigging spoons, 20-30 foot deep off points and drop offs on the main lake. As the white bass fishing improves, we'll tell you what to do to catch them. Right now, we are still looking ourselves.

Muskies are still very active and are being caught by casting the shore lines and/or trolling in open water. We've heard of many fish over 40 inches caught this past week. Bass fishermen fishing for bass have caught a lot of them.

With the lake staying low and the vegetation starting to grow on the banks, this will produce great habitat and survival of the fry and should be another great year of fishing!

See ya out there! Thanks for reading our report, take care, and have fun!

Don and Barb Satterfield


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 26, 2003

The lake level is at 599.96 which is .26 above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the 80 degree range.

The water is very clear throughout most of the lake with stained to murky water on the north end.

We are updating this fishing report as far as the lake level, temp and clarity, but we see from reading our last weeks report that there has been absolutely no changes to report in the methods we are using to catch our fish, nor has the fishing conditions changed from last week. So instead of repeating all, we will ask you to review last weeks report for information.

Also, there has been new messages placed on the discussion board that are very helpful and we welcome everyone to add to the board with any tips or information that is working for you. Remember, you do not have to tell everyone the exact spot you caught your fish at, just give general information on techniques that are working for you. When you do this, it seems to loosen everyone else up to share their techniques and soon we'll have a great variety of idea's that will help you also. So don't be afraid to share the types of baits, the depth of water and points, drop offs, open water etc.... We like to see everyone catch fish and there is enough fish out there for everyone to catch. The lake is in great shape and loaded with fish, due to the past years of high water. The more idea's we share, the more things you'll be able to try with confidence, when looking for fish, knowing these things worked for someone else on this lake.

Fishing remains very good for all species and if things change we will be glad to update.

Due to some recent cancellations we find we have a couple weekend openings at Our Old House, feel free to contact us about when these openings are.

The lake is becoming extremely crowded on weekends with lots of novice boaters. Take extra care and be safe.

Till next week, thanks for visiting!

Don and Barb Satterfield






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 19, 2003

The lake level is at 600.55 which is .85 above summer pool.

The water temperature is mid to upper 70's and rising fast due to no wind and hot days.

The water is clear on the south end and mid lake north is slightly stained.

If you are looking for crappie and don't mind working for them, they can still be caught. try main lake and secondary deep points, deep drop offs where flats meet channels, and you can still catch these fish on 1/8 and 1/4 ounce jigs with 3 inch tubes, twisters, and shad bodies. You more than likely won't catch a limit off one spot, but if you keep moving and trying different places, you can get a limit in a day of fishing. You can also catch crappie in open water drift fishing with jig, jig and minnow or trolling small crank baits in the 8 - 12 foot range no matter how deep the water is.

White bass fishing varies from day to day. Some days this past week were great for us and some were very, very tough. Most of our fish caught this week were coming on one ounce jigging spoons 20-30 foot deep on sand bars, where the edges drop off into the deep channels. We're starting to see white bass chasing shad fry on the surface and this is going to improve as the shad get bigger. Most of these fish are in the 4-6 inch range at this time because the shad fry are so small. As the shad grow, the bigger fish will start to feed on them. It is easy to see by the amount of shad fry, we had a great spawn this year. That means, we'll have some nice fat fish to fish for coming up this season. The best way to catch these schooling fish on the surface is a 2 jig rig. This is two 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch twisters and shad bodies fished very fast with your rod high - keep your baits just under the surface with your retrieve.

Walleye fishing is still very good on live bait or lures, whatever your choice might be. We have caught walleye as deep as 30 foot on one ounce jigging spoons and as shallow as two foot on rat-l-traps and crank baits. If you are a live bait fisherman, try jig and minnow - jig and night crawler on points and sand bars and vary your depth till you locate fish.

Bass fishing is good and they are being caught deep and shallow, main lake and coves, flats and points. Use your favorite bait for the depth you want to fish. These bass are not waiting for a particular color or kind of bait, they are biting any bait that gets in their strike zone. Once again, don't give up, keep looking, the next cast could be the bass of your life!

We've seen a lot of muskies this week on crank baits and rat-l-traps fishing for bass and walleye. They've been on main lake and secondary points, in 4-8 foot of water. We've also seen some in deep water that's tried to take our white bass away from us on jigging spoons.

If you would like a mess of blue gill, they're biting! You can find them through-out the lake on rock and wood using live bait and/or small jigs. Most are big enough to clean, and if you are catching small one, move till you find the bigger ones. You can also find blue gill on the beds at this time in 1-4 foot of water in the backs of coves.

If you are a cat fisherman, you need to be fishing the next couple of weeks with whatever your favorite catfish bait might be on any of the rip rap area's of the lake. The big cats are starting to spawn and a lot of big fish are caught 2-6 foot deep on rip rap around bridges, marina, and boat ramps. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate for a great weekend, we hope you enjoy it and catch lots of fish. Remember everyone has a right to enjoy Lake Shelbyville, and we are not all fisherman. Every year the lake gets more and more crowded so be careful and show respect for your fellow boaters.

We still have some available days open for guide trips and our old house rental, feel free to call us to check abailabilities left! If anyone has any good fishing reports on how you caught your fish this past week or wants to help other fisherman, please don't forget to enter the discussion board and you can find the entrance above this report. Thanks for your visit, hope you come back next week and let us know if we can help you.

Don and Barb Satterfield




LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JUNE 12, 2003

The lake level is at 600.07 which is .27 above summer pool.

The water temperature is 68 to 72 degrees.

The water is clear on the south end and mid lake north is slightly stained.

Crappie fishing is getting a little tougher, but we are still bringing in limits, you just have to work a little harder. Most of our fish have been caught 15 to 25 foot deep, on main lake and secondary points on wood structure. We have also heard that fish are being caught on the rip rap through out the lake. 1/8 ounce jigs with 3 inch twisters, shad bodies or tubes is catching our fish for us.

White bass fishing is excellent from deep to shallow on any given day. Jigging spoons for deep water and 2 jig rigs in the shallower water works best for us. White bass are also busting on the surface chasing shad and in the days to come this activity will increase. We have a tremendous population of white bass this year as it has been in the past years. The average size is 9-12 inches, which is an excellent size for eating.

Bass fishing is also very good and fluctuates from day to day, but with a good population of large mouth, fishing remains very good. Try main lake and secondary points with whatever your favorite bait might be - top water, crank baits, jigs, worms, spinner baits and rat-l-traps (any of the 107 colors will do) - they all will work.

Walleye fishing remains very good. These fish are being caught deep and shallow also with a combination of lures and live bait. Jig and minnow or night crawler, vertical jigged on points and sand bars will produce your best numbers of fish. For bigger fish try casting or trolling crank baits.

Muskies are still active and being caught casting and trolling and the bass fisherman are catching lots of these fish, fishing for bass on regular bass baits.

We appreciate all the comments, questions and answers on our new discussion board. The link to the discussion board is above, where you can enter and join in! As you can tell be reading some of the stories, fish are being caught all kinds of ways by different fisherman. This is kind of like a fishing report in a fishing report. We hope you drop in and visit, and feel free to add your experience on the lake, and/or help out a new fisherman on our lake. This area can help all of us be more successful and have more idea's and techniques to try to catch more fish!

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a great week of fishing ahead!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JULY 24, 2003

The lake level is at 599.37 which is a little below summer pool

The water temperature is in the low 80's

The water is still very clear south end, stained north end.

My techniques for catching fish are still the same as they were in my last report. This pattern will last most of the summer until the water starts to cool down. Fishing is good one day and tough the next, but there are some big fish being caught. Trolling techniques seem to be working for crappie and walleye. Troll small crank baits along the drops and channel breaks When conditions change I will be sure to update. Be sure to check out the discussion board, these guys are telling it all which really helps us all.

Until next week be safe - good fishing!








LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT JULY 10, 2003

The lake level is at 599.03 which is .400 below summer pool.

The water temperature is in the low 80's on the main lake and warmer in the shallower water.

The water is very clear throughout most of the lake with stained to murky water on the north end.

Even though the water is warm, the fishing is still very good for all species. Fish are being caught deep and shallow, main lake and in the coves and creeks.

Crappie are being caught on jigs around standing timber and stumps on points and drop offs. You may find them as shallow as 3-4 foot, or as deep as 20-30 foot all in the same day. You can also catch crappie trolling small crank baits or drift fishing with jigs and/or minnows in open water suspended 8-12 foot deep.

If you are looking for white bass, keep your eyes open for schooling fish busting shad on the surface. If you don't find these fish on the surface, look for deep fish by watching your locator, look on sand bars where they drop off to the channels, and also humps and points. We've been mostly fishing for these white bass the past couple weeks and we have been using 2 jig rigs in 15 foot of water or less, and one ounce jigging spoons in 15 foot plus water. Some days we've had to work harder to catch them, some days not so hard, but the main thing is to keep moving, try different depths, and just keep trying and don't give up. You can find them. You may even want to try trolling to locate them. The sea gulls are starting to show up and there are many signs that it is going to get better than it already is!

Large mouth bass fishing is excellent, use whatever your favorite bait may be to catch these fish. All techniques are working. Every bass fisherman we talk to, has caught fish on a different bait and doing something different than everyone else. That tells us the bass are biting! If you are not catching none, keep moving till you find a spot that is holding fish. We tend to use fast moving baits searching for bass. Once we locate an area, we may slow down with jigs and worms. We've seen many muskies these past 2 weeks fishing for bass, and someone didn't tell them it was too hot to bite!

Walleye fishing is still very good and the same techniques are still working.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion board, it all has been a big help, we're sure, to us all!

Due to some cancellations we have a few extra openings at Our Old House, please call to inquire if you are looking for a place to stay.

Good luck to all and be safe, drink plenty of water on these hot, hot days!

Till next week, thanks for visiting!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT AUGUST 6, 2003

The lake level is at 599.16 which is a little below summer pool

The water temperature is holding around 80 degrees

The water is still very clear south end to mid lake, slightly stained to murky on the north end.

First of all we would like to thank everyone for their interest in our discussion board, it has been a great help to not only us, but to everyone else! Being a guide on the lake it is hard to experiment with different techniques, not knowing for sure if it is going to put fish in the boat for your clients. When we take people fishing, we try to make sure they catch lots of fish and the techniques that we use are very successful for us. But, it is nice to see that there are many other ways to catch these fish. Thanks again for sharing your information and answering the questions asked by fellow fishermen. That is what makes this Lake Shelbyville board so great.

The fishing has been keeping us extremely busy and we apologize for not being "on time" with the fishing reports recently. There has not really been a lot of changes, and if there were, we would certainly update on time. The fishing is getting more consistent and here we are to tell you what is working for us! Thanks for visiting!

If you are looking for crappie, 1/8 ounce jigs on points and drop offs, anywhere from 10-30 foot deep are working very well. There is also a lot of these fish suspended on the channel banks 8-12 foot deep and trolling small crank baits or throwing 2-jig rigs with the count down method will catch these fish for you. When we talk about the channel banks, we're referring to the high clay banks that drop off into the creek and river channels.

If you want to have fun and catch a lot of fish, the white bass are your best bet. We're catching these fish on 2 jig rigs in a foot to 3 foot of water on wind blown sand bars and flats. If the wind is not blowing, you need to back off and fish a little deeper, pay close attention to the sea gulls, they will tell you where these shallow fish are feeding. You can also find white bass 20-30 foot deep, on points and drop offs, with one ounce jigging spoons.

Walleye are still being caught casting and trolling crank baits on points and flats and as the water cools it will get better!

If you're looking for large mouth bass, they can be found deep and shallow with top water baits, crank baits, jigs and worms and you can expect to catch some nice fish.

Muskies have been extremely active and are also deep and shallow. We've seen some big fish very shallow, but most of ours were caught 12-15 foot deep on humps and points.

Catfish are biting real well and we have caught some big ones on lures, 10-20 foot deep. Your best bet is drifting shad 8-10 foot on sand bars from mid lake north.

There are some nice blue gill to be caught on Lake Shelbyville these days. They can be caught shallow on rock or wood. We have caught some big ones using one ounce jigging spoons while fishing for white bass. So, you might want to try your blue gill bait on the edge of the drop offs 15-25 foot deep.

Just because it is hot summertime, does not mean the fish have slowed down and quit biting! There are lots of big fish, along with numbers of fish being caught every day regardless of the air or water temperature. Bring lots of cold water to drink and put on your sunscreen and be ready for some great summertime fishing! Till next week.........

Don and Barb Satterfield


LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Sept 24, 2003

The lake level is at 599.6 which is .26 above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the low 70's and falling.

The water is clear on the south end and stained to murky on the north end.

Fishing is still excellent, and the same techniques are still working for us. The only exception is the crappie are still scattered and suspended in deep water. Trolling or drifting is your best bet for those fish. This shall change as the water cools down with the prediction of cooler weather in the forecast.We'll keep you updated and if you know of any good methods of catching crappie at this time, please post it on the discussion board. We appreciate all the posts on the board. We hope you have checked out the new chat room, and hope you can find a fellow fisher friend on line the same time as you, to have a live discussion!

White bass are your best bet for a bucket of fish to go home with as your can tell by our recent pictures. These fish are being caught deep and shallow and mid lake north is your best bet and the sea gulls are telling you where to fish. We noticed on the discussion board, someone mentioned what do you mean by watching the sea gulls. We watch for active sea gulls that are flying tight circles and hovering in the same general area. Depending on the water depth the sea gulls are feeding on the shad that the white bass are driving to the surface, determines the method we use to fish for them. One ounce jigging spoons work best in 10 foot or more, vertically jigged on the bottom. For fish in 10 foot of water or less, we use the 2 jig rig, and find it to be the most productive way to catch shallow fish. If you just see large groups of sea gulls bobbing on the water, you can bet there are white bass in the area. Trolling crank baits and watching your locator can find these schools of fish for you.

Large mouth bass fishing still remains a little slow, your best bets are fishing shallow on wind blown banks with spinner baits, buzz baits, rat-l-traps, baby one minus, and/or your favorite top water bait. You can also catch these fish on deep points on jig or worm.

Muskies are being caught by everyone trying to catch bass, deep and shallow whether they want them or not. If you are a musky fisherman and you're not on Lake Shelbyvile from now until the lake freezes over, you're going to miss out on some big fish and a lot of action. We do have a very strong population of Musky on Lake Shelbyville, and try to release these fish unhurt, so they can give someone a thrill another day!

Blue gill and catfish remain very good here, and will continue, to be caught just about any method you want to fish for them.

Please check out our most recent pictures to find out exactly how good fishing has been. Last week, a client was fishing for white bass with a one ounce jigging spoon and had a big surprise! It was a flathead that pegged a 50 pound scale. The picture is posted and tells it all. This fish was released unharmed.

Some of the best days of fishing are still ahead, don't miss out. We still have some days available if your interested in a guide trip. Call quickly, the days are being taken fast!

We hope to see you on the water!

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Sept 3, 2003

The lake level is at 600.34 which is .64 above summer pool

The water temperature is in the upper 70's and falling with the cooler nights.

The recent heavy rains has muddied up the creeks and rivers feeding into the lake but the lake is still clear on the south end and murky on the north end. This has not effected the fishing, the lake is very fishable everywhere.

We want to start by saying that we apologize for not updating this report for the last few weeks. Don had pneumonia and we could not get out on the lake for a couple weeks. He is now recovered and we want to thank all those who helped us out on the discussion board by posting their fishing info. This past week, things are normal again and we have been fishing daily and the fishing is as good as it could get!

If you are looking for LOTS of fish to go home with or just to catch for LOTS of fun, the white bass fishing is excellent! We have catching our white bass deep with jigging spoons and shallow with 2 jig rigs. We have been watching the sea gulls, as they are telling us where to find these schooling fish. The bigger fish seem to be coming from the deeper water at this time, but that will change as the water cools down. On windy days you want to fish the wind blown sand bar flats with a 2 jig rig, cast toward the bank, hold your pole high and use a fast retrieve to keep your bait toward the surface. Keep moving till you find a bank holding fish. We are finding the deep fish on the edges of sand bars where they meet the channels, anywhere from 12 - 25 foot deep.We are using one ounce Mann-o-Lures, and vertical jigging to catch these fish. Drop your bait to the bottom, snap it up a foot or two and follow it back to the bottom. This is the fastest way we know for catching deep fish. Keep your eyes open for schooling fish through out the lake, deep and shallow and the sea gulls will tell you where these fish are schooling. When you find them chasing shad on the surface, throw your 2 jig rig, hold your pole high, with a fast steady retrieve. When you get the first fish, slow down and you might get two!

If you're looking for crappie and walleye, your best bet is to troll crank baits along the channel breaks, and in the mouths of coves and creeks. Jigging spoons and 2 jig rigs are also picking up crappie and walleye while fishing for white bass. As the water cools down, look for the crappie fishing to get better. They will start relating to wood, drops offs and points. As we start catching these fish in the near future, we'll let you know.

The bass fishing remains the same, a little on the tough side, some days better than others. You can catch these fish on just about any bait you want to throw, deep and shallow, finding them is the problem. As the water cools down the bass fishing should get more predictable.

Everyone we talk to that is fishing for bass has a musky storie or two to tell, including us! Muskies are very active and are also being caught deep and shallow, on the main lake humps, points and drop offs 10-15 foot deep, and in the backs of coves and creeks as shallow as a foot. These fish are aggressive and you can expect to catch some big ones! Also, trolling will work to catch these fish.

Catfish are biting very well. Try drifting shad, live or cut in 8-12 foot of water on the sand bar flats. These fish are also being caught on humps and with the recent rains creating a current, in the backs of creeks is also a good place to catch these fish.

Blue gill fishing also remains good, deep and shallow.

Feel free to add to the discussion board, it is a great way to share your sucessful techniques with fellow anglers. Also, thanks for donating to keep this site pop up free.

We hope to see you on the water!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Oct 29, 2003

The lake level is at 600.6 which is 3 inches above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the mid to upper 50's

The water has cleared considerably since the last report. It is very clear on the south end and slightly stained mid lake and stained to murky on the north end. All are very fishable.

White bass fishing still remains the best bite on the lake. These fish can be caught deep and shallow. Sea gulls are still helping us find the places where these fish are feeding. If the water is 10 foot or less, throw the 2 jig rig, if it is deeper than 10 foot, one ounce jigging spoons are working the best. There are a lot of other baits that will catch these fish. These are the ones that are working for us. We've had a lot of fish in the 12-15 inch range the past couple of weeks.

We're finally starting to see some crappie action. These fish are relating to wood and rock anywhere from 2 foot of water to 20 foot of water. Jigs and/or minnows are working well to catch these fish. You have to move around a lot, catching a few fish here and there, but it will get better as the water keeps cooling down.

If you're looking for bass, walleye or muskies, try rat-l-traps or crank baits on points, lay downs, and wind blown flats and you should be able to catch some of these fish. Also trolling crank baits along the drop offs are producing muskie and walleye.

We have got some fishing trip openings available still for this fall and also some openings to stay at Our Old House for hunters or fisherman. We are open all year round and we will fish till the ice comes on! Be sure to see our recent pictures of fish caught these past couple weeks. We have been extremely busy you'll see!

If you don't mind dressing for the cold weather, the crappie and white bass fishing can be at its best when the water temperature hits the 40's, and stays good till the ice comes on.

For more fishing reports, check our discussion board, they are really putting some good, interesting information up.

Till next time.......thanks for visiting!

Don and Barb Satterfield






LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Oct 18, 2003

The lake level is at 600 which is .37 above summer pool.

The water temperature is 58-62 degrees and falling.

Due to the recent turnover, the water is clear to stained through out the lake.

The cool nights and cooler days are cooling down the water and the fish are really relating to food being the shad. No matter what species you're looking for, find the bait and you'll find the fish.

White bass still remains your best bet for lots of fish to go home with or fishing fun, if you're catch and release. We are seeing lots of white bass in the 12-15 inch range and some bigger. This lake has been the very best white bass lake we've ever fished and this year has probably been one of the better years for big fish. These big white bass are also excellent to eat, if you take care of the catch by keeping them alive or on ice and then clean them properly by leaving the red meat on the skin or skimming it off the fillet. We're catching them deep and shallow. For active feeding fish watch for the sea gulls that are feeding on the shad, chased to the surface by schools of white bass. 2 jig rigs work best for us in shallow water and suspended fish in open water. One ounce jigging spoons are still producing in deep water.

Crappie fishing is improving day by day, but still not as good as it will get. These fish have just not schooled in tight groups yet, they are still suspended through out the lake and relating to the abundance of bait (shad) through out the lake. The fish that are being caught are deep and shallow and relating to wood. Jigs and/or minnows are working well. We'll keep you updated on the crappie fishing in the weeks to come.

Bass fishing has improved and these fish are being caught deep and shallow, main lake and in the back of coves on a variety of different baits. Top water, buzz baits, baby one minus and rat-l-traps are working well for the shallow fish. Try deep points and humps, drop offs, with deep diving crank baits, jig and pig, texas and carolina rigged worms or lizards, 10-30 foot deep, depending on what part of the lake you are fishing.

We have seen a few walleye in the past week, and they have been caught on 2 jig rigs, and/or jigging spoons deep and shallow. Trollers are still picking up walleye trolling crank baits 8-12 foot deep on the flats and trolling the drop offs.

If you're looking for the muskies, try the wind blown flats, in the point 3 to point 5 area, we have encountered several big muskies taking our white bass and/or our white bass baits, the 2 jig rig. We have had them grab our white bass 12-13 inch fish and also take our 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch tails. So that tells us, that these fish will take big baits and little baits but they're definitely on the wind blown flats right in with the white bass and schools of big shad. The sea gulls will also help you find these muskies, because they find the bait.

As the water cools down be careful, if possible take someone along and you might consider a change of warm dry clothes in case the worse should happen.

Till next time..........

We hope to see you on the water!

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Oct 3, 2003

The lake level is at 600 which is about a half a foot above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the 60's and falling.

The water is starting to turn over which discolors the water and you can see this through-out the lake. It is still clear on the south end and murky on the north.

The fishing is still as it was in last weeks report, crappie fishing is improving a little, but very slowly.White bass are still your best bet. Our techniques have not changed since our last report so we will let it ride until we feel the need to change our techniques to catch fish. If you have not read last weeks report, check it out, the same things are still working.

Watch the sky, you may see a surprise, such as a bald eagle or two, and also keep watching the shoreline, the fall colors are starting to show. In the next couple weeks it should really get pretty out there. This is the greatest time of the year for the fishermen to enjoy the peace and tranquility out there, and especially during the week, you will see very few boats! Not to mention that the fishing is great and will only improve as the water cools down. You might want to check the discussion board for tips and techniques for what is working for other anglers on this lake. We wish we could tell you the crappie fishing is great, but it is still kinda tough for us, so if anyone has any success stories, please share them with everyone. You don't have to share your spots, but just share your techniques, water depth, lures used, etc.... Also, if anyone has any items they want to sell, or items they are looking for, feel free to post these things on our board at no charge. This could be fishing related items or anything that may be of interest to all our readers.

If you should need a guide, we still have available days and would be happy to teach you our techniques. There are still some middle of the week openings at Our Old House, if you should need a place to sleep while you are here. We offer reduced rates on the house rental at this time of the year. To book a guide trip or reserve the old house call toll free at 1-866-458-4442.

Be sure to view the recent pictures of fishing success on Lake Shelbyville this past week.

We appreciate your visit and continuing support of our web site, all you people make it fun for us to keep it going!

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