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2004 Fishing Reports



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

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Here it is, 2004! If the lake doesn't freeze up with this cold snap, the crappie are still biting! We haven't had a chance to do much fishing ourselves, but our friends on the discussion board are catching crappie deep and shallow on jigs or jig and bobber. The jig and bobber is working good in shallow water around standing timber. You need to move around and adjust your depth to find your fish. If this cold spell freezes the water in the standing timbered coves, then move to the main lake and fish the channel banks on down trees or deep stumps and once again keep moving till you find these fish.

With all the rain the fishing below the dam should remain very good as long as they continue to release a high volume of water. For walleye try after dark with jigs or crankbaits and watch out for the big muskies, they like these baits also.

If anyone has tried to email us in the past few months and we didn't answer, it wasn't because we didn't want to. We have had trouble with our email server, but are accepting mail at another domain, thanks to some seem to be nice folks that gave us some free email space to use temporarily. Hope you all like our new website, we plan on adding a lot more this upcoming year! ALL the links to the email work.

We've added some new sections to our domain, and one in particular is a recipe section! PLEASE, if you have any recipes to share, fish or other, email them to us and we'll post them right away! We need to get some on there! Thanks!

Be careful out there in the cold and take a friend fishing with you!

Illinois fishing can be fun when you visit Lake Shelbyville. Till next time.......thanks for visiting!

Don and Barb Satterfield
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LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT MARCH 27, 2004

The lake level is 594.44 which is a little over 4 foot above winter pool.

The water temperature is in the mid to upper 40's and rising.

Due to the recent heavy rains and wind, the north end and the backs of creeks and coves are muddied up. The rest of the lake is murky, but fishable.

Crappie fishing is your best bet, these fish can be caught deep and shallow on jigs and mnnows. Your best bet with the a=water rising and the muddy conditions is to fish deep points and drop offs from mid-lake south. Look for any kind of wood structure in the water. You can also look for structure with your locator or feel for it with your bait in 15-30 foot of water depending on what part of the lake you are fishing. You can also try a jig and bobber in the standing timbered coves for suspended fish 2-5 foot deep. Adjust your bobber to find what's working best.

Largemouth bass can be caught fishing jigs and crankbaits on main lake and secondary points. Muskies are also being picked up the same way.

Walleye fishing is a little slow, but will improve, try a jig with a 3 inch twister or crankbaits on wind blown sand and gravel shorelines.

If you want catfish, don't miss out on the rising water which is producing lots of current in the water. This makes an excellent opportunity to catch these fish, and lots of them. Be sure to fish where the current is strong. From the bank is your best bet. Such creeks as wolf creek and sand creek, are good when there is strong current.

This report will now be updated on a weekly (when needed) basis, thanks for visiting and till next week......

Don and Barb Satterfield
LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT April 30, 2004

The lake level is 596.36 which is 2.64 feet below summer pool and slowly rising.

The water temperature is in the upper 50's and low 60's in the backs of the coves.

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

Crappie fishing is very good and getting better every day. You have to work for them and move around a lot right now, but lots of limits are being caught. Because of the extremely windy conditions, we have found that 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch tails works a little better than 1/8 ounce. No matter what your choice of bait, you can find these fish on the points and secondary points and/or down trees and /or stumps on high clay banks. We are catching males that are black in color because the spawn is getting closer in 2-4 foot of water and the females in 10-20 foot of water on the same points/places. You can also cast and reel for these fish by giving a 3 or so count in the coves across any structure you may find, keeping your bait close to and just above this structure.

White bass are being picked up on flats deep and shallow, casting and trolling. You can try 2-jig rigs on wind blown sand bars, or trolling crank baits along the edges of the drop offs. If you find you're catching fish on these drop offs with a crank bait, you may want to try using a one ounce jigging spoon to save on gas!!

Bass fishing is still tough, but getting better and a lot of big fish are being caught. There have been many over 7 pounds taken over this past week. Try crankbaits, jerk baits, rat-l-traps, and spinner baits on main lake and secondary points. For the deeper fish, carolina rigs and jigs are producing also. You'll have to work hard and cover a lot of water, but when you find a point holding fish, you'll know it because they are biting.

Musky fishing is still excellent with a lot being caught, trolling and casting, mainly on the south end of the lake.

Walleye fishing is still slow, not much to report, but we promise it will get better soon.

Be sure to check out the recent pictures to see the size of the crappie we have been catching!

Also, don't forget to view the Lake shelbyville message board at www.ouroldhouse.net! Thanks to all of the members, it is so much fun to read and participate on it.

We'll be back next week, until then we'll be fishin'!

Don and Barb Satterfield






LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT April 22, 2004


The lake level is 596.42 which is 2.82 feet below summer pool.

The water temperature is in the upper 50's and because of these cool days, it is holding steady through-out the lake.

The water is clear on the south end and still stained on the north end due to the high winds.

The crappie fishing is improving and limits of crappie are being caught on a regular basis. We're still catching our fish on deep points and drop off's 10-25 foot deep. Because of the wind, we've been using 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch bodies. If you're fishing without the wind, 1/8 ounce works fine. We are noticing more color change in the males so we know the spawn is not too far away. We've seen a lot of crappie 12 inches plus, and thick and healthy as can be.

White bass can be caught deep and shallow or by trolling. Fishing shallow, the 2 jig rig is working best, for deep fish - one ounce jigging spoons and for trolling, crankbaits work good on the flats and drop off's.

Not much to say about the walleye fishing, but it should be improving soon.

Bass fishing is still tough, but some big fish are being caught. Your best bet is to cover a lot of water with rat-l-traps, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish on main lake and secondary points.

If your looking for Musky, they are VERY active and lots of huge fish are being caught. Mostly trolling on the south end of the lake and also bass fisherman are catching them by casting the banks. They seem to be being caught all over the lake.

Be sure to check the message board to get the most recent fish catching stories and leave yours, until we return next week.

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT April 8, 2004


The lake level is 599.76 which is 5.76 feet above normal winter pool and falling.

The water temperature is in the low to mid 50's.

The water is clearing up fast because of the release rate. You'll find clear water on the south end all the way to Findlay bridge. Murky to muddy from Frindlay bridge north. The backs of creeks and coves are clearing and very fishable.

Fishing is improving and will only get better as the waters warm.

Crappie are your best bet for a mess of fish to go home with. We're still catching most of ours deep, on points and drop offs 15-25 foot deep. You can catch fish shallower, with a jig and bobber around standing timber, or use the count down method without a bobber and a slow retrieve. We are using 1/8 oz lead heads with 3 inch tubes, twisters or shad bodies, but minnows will also catch these fish. Once again, we want to tell you, you'll need to move around until you find the keeper size fish. You may have to fish lots of places to get your limit. We have not found these fish in big schools yet. 3 or 4 fish off a spot, then move.

White bass fishing is also starting to improve. You can catch these fish on wind blown shore lines with a two jig rig or on deep points and drop offs with spoons and jigs.

Bass fishing looks promising for this year. We are catching lots of bass that are fat and healthy, most by accident fishing for crappie on main lake and secondary points. Anywhere from 2 foot to 20 foot deep. Your bass baits in these same areas should produce for you.

Casting the banks and trolling is catching muskies.

Walleye fishing is still slow, but will improve as the waters warm.

Thanks for checking our report and good fishing till next week!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT May 26, 2004

The lake level is 600.19 which is about 5 1/2 inches above summer pool and rising quickly with the recent rains.

The water temperature is in the low to mid 70's

The water is still clear on the south end and getting muddy fast on the north end because of the rains.

Some crappie and bass are on the beds and some are spawned out.

To catch your crappie right now try jigs and/or minnows on shallow wood on the main lake and in the coves. We still prefer to fish the deep main lake and secondary points 10-20 foot deep with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs. We locate these by casting the bank with our bait and when we find the black males, we find the first drop off and fish deeper to catch the big females. There are a lot of huge ones being caught. They are thick and healthy and fun to catch. Some days you have to work hard to get your limit, but limits are being caught. The best tip we can give you is keep moving till you find them.

White bass fishing is excellent, we are catching fish from 5-15 inches and catching 100's a day. If you do not know how to fish the one ounce jigging spoons or the two jig rig, then you can catch some trolling crankbaits. We are catching our fish right now using one ounce Mann-o-Lure jigging spoons 20-25 foot deep on the sand bars. Check out our pictures to see our recent catches! The white bass fishing will remain good through-out the hot summer months.

Walleye are active and being caught on crankbaits, jigs and twisters, the one ounce jigging spoons, or jig and live bait. We have picked up a few while fishing for white bass using the method above.

Large Mouth Bass are still tough to catch, but should improve once the spawn is finished. There are some big fish being caught by those who work hard at it. Jigs, worms and crankbaits off of main lake and secondary points are producing. As the waters rise and flood into the vegetation try spinner baits and buzz baits.

Musky remain very active, mostly being caught by trolling your favorite Musky baits in open water. You can also find these fish on the banks and in the backs of coves.

If you are looking for catfish you want to go where the moving water meets the still water. With the rising water and the creeks running hard, this should be easy to do!

Blue gill can be caught on wood or rip rap, using small jigs or live bait at just about any reasonable depth.

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Don and Barb Satterfield








LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT May 12, 2004


The lake level is 597.09 which is about 2.5 feet below summer pool and slowly rising.

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

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

The fishing has greatly improved for all species with the warming of the water. Some crappie and bass are on the beds and some are pre-spawn.

To catch your crappie right now try jigs and/or minnows on shallow wood on the main lake and in the coves. We still prefer to fish the deep main lake and secondary points 10-20 foot deep with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs. We locate these by casting the bank with our bait and when we find the black males, we find the first drop off and fish deeper to catch the big females. There are a lot of huge ones being caught. They are thick and healthy and fun to catch. The fish are moving and the best tip we can give you is to not settle for smalll fish, keep moving until you find the keeper size.

White bass was good today and will only improve from this point on. We are using 2 jig rigs with 1/4 ounce lead heads and 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies, color does not matter. Cast the banks of the wind blown flats. Hold your rod tip pointed high and reel fast to keep your bait off the bottom in shallow water, (1-3 feet). If this doesn't produce fish, back off just a little and let your bait sink just a little and use a stop and go retrieve. The best thing you can do is keep trying different retrieves and depths, and keep moving, until you find a school of the white bass. Trolling on these flats sometimes helps you find these schools faster.

Walleye fishing has also improved with some nice ones caught today. These fish were caught on 2 jig rigs in shallow water on flat wind blown banks while looking for whte bass. This can happen on any of the wind blown flat banks while fishing for white bass using our techniques above. You can also catch thes walleye with live bait rigs or trolling crank baits. Ours were caught in 2 foot of water.

Another option you could try is casting rat-l-traps or crankbaits, and then don't be surprised if you catch some nice bass or musky!

Large Mouth bass can be caught using your favorite bass bait deep and shallow on main lake and secondary points with wood and/or chunk rock.

Musky remain very active, mostly being caught by trolling your favorite Musky baits in open water. You can also find these fish on the banks and in the backs of coves.

We have some fantastic picture of fish caught these past two weeks and will post them tomorrow ...... we are out of time tonight.

If anyone reading this report has a family pet, will understand this. Our dog Duke who has been with us for many years was hit by a car and instantly killed early this morning, so it has been a long day for us and a lot of sadness in our home. If you have a family pet take a moment to give him a little attention because you never know when they will be taken from you. Duke will be missed by many people, he was a gentle dog that loved everyone, and everyone loved him.

our dog Duke

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Don and Barb Satterfield
LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT June 17, 2004

The lake level is 602.25 which is 2.55 above summer pool and rising.

The water temperature is in the upper 70's to lower 80's depending on the sun, and time of day.

The water is still clear on the south end and stained from mid lake north and muddy in the creeks and rivers.

Crappie have slowed but can be caught from a foot of water in the weeds to 20 foot of water on the points. You can also pick up crappie drift fishing in 8-12 feet in open water or trolling small crankbaits.

White Bass fishing is still excellent. Fish are being caught all over the lake deep and shallow and you'll even see large schools busting shad fry on the surface. We are using 2 jig rigs and one ounce spoons to catch these fish. To locate the deep fish, watch your locator on the deep sand bars next to the creek and river channels and the way we are catching them is by using our one ounce spoons and vertical jigging or using our 2 jig rigs and letting them sink and working it with a slow stop and go retrieve. To catch the fish busting on the surface, watch for them and the way we are catching them is by using our 2 jig rig and holding our pole high and reeling very fast. Blade baits, rooster tails, and crank baits are also working for these fish.

Large Mouth Bass fishing has greatly improved and lots of fish are being caught deep and shallow. With the water flooding into the vegetation, spinner baits and buzz baits are good for catching shallow fish. You can also fish deep on main lake and secondary points with crank baits, jig and pig, or plastic worms - texas or carolina rigged.

Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat but are still being caught on points or humps casting or trolling crank baits. You can also fish your jig and live bait in these same places to catch these walleye. If you don't find them on the points and humps, try 6-12 feet on the flats.

Muskies are also being caught by trolling on points and humps. Also casting the banks will produce.

Don't forget to visit our discussion board for day by day fishing reports by lots of good fisherman. There is a lot of information shared and a lot of questions answered.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT June 4, 2004


The lake level is 601.03 which is 1.3 foot above summer pool and rising slowly.

The water temperature is in the low to mid 70's.

The water is still clear on the south end and stained from mid lake north and muddy in the creeks and rivers.

For the most part the crappie have finished their spawn. You may find a few fish on beds, but the females we've been catching are spawned out. Crappie fishing has improved since last week and can be caught in many different ways - deep and shallow. We're still catching ours on main lake and secondary points 10-20 feet deep. We're using 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs with 3 inch twisters or tubes. Vary your speed of retrieve and/or your depth to find what's working best, it changes from spot to spot and day to day.

White bass are still your best bet for catching large numbers of fish. We have seen some 2 pound plus white bass these past couple of weeks. We are still catching our fish using one ounce Mann-o-Lure jigging spoons 20-25 foot deep on the sand bars. If you do not know how to fish the one ounce jigging spoons or the two jig rig, then you can catch some trolling crankbaits.

Walleye are still active and being caught on crankbaits, jigs and twisters, the one ounce jigging spoons, or jig and live bait. We have picked up a few while fishing for white bass using the method above.

Large mouth bass fishing has improved with a lot of small fish being caught shallow and deep and using a variety of baits.

Musky remain very active, mostly being caught by trolling your favorite Musky baits in open water. You can also find these fish on the banks and in the backs of coves.

If you are looking for catfish you want to go where the moving water meets the still water. With the rising water and the creeks running hard, this should be easy to do! This is the time of year that the catfish spawn around the rip rap at bridges and marinas or boat ramps, so may want to check these area's also.

Blue gill can be caught on wood or rip rap, using small jigs or live bait at just about any reasonable depth.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville Illinois fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT July 23, 2004




The lake level is 600.33 which is about 7 inches above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the low 80's.

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

The fish are STILL on the summer pattern and will probably stay this way for a little longer.

White Bass fishing is still excellent, but you may have to work a little harder to find the schools. Look deep and shallow. You'll see large schools busting shad fry on the surface, or you can rely on your locator for deep fish. Every day we are seeing more and more seagulls, so keep an eye on them because they will show you feeding fish. We are using 2 jig rigs and one ounce spoons to catch these fish. To locate the deep fish with your locator, look on the deep sand bars next to the creek and river channels. The way we are catching the deep ones is by using our one ounce spoons and vertical jigging or using our 2 jig rigs and letting them sink and working it with a slow stop and go retrieve. To catch the fish busting on the surface, watch for them and the way we are catching them is by using our 2 jig rig and holding our pole high and reeling very fast. Blade baits, rooster tails, and crank baits are also working for these fish.

Crappie can be caught, but you'd have to work hard for them because they are suspended through out the lake following tremendous schools of shad fry. Trolling small crank baits, casting a 2 jig rig using the count down method and/or drift fishing with minnows set 6-12 foot deep will produce fish.

Large Mouth Bass fishing has greatly improved and lots of fish are being caught deep and shallow. With the water flooding into the vegetation, spinner baits and buzz baits are good for catching shallow fish. You can also fish deep on main lake and secondary points with crank baits, jig and pig, or plastic worms - texas or carolina rigged.

Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat but are still being caught on points or humps casting or trolling crank baits. You can also fish your jig and live bait in these same places to catch these walleye. If you don't find them on the points and humps, try 1-12 feet on the flats.

Muskies are also being caught by trolling on points and humps. Also casting the banks will produce.

Don't forget to visit our discussion board for day by day fishing reports by lots of good fisherman. There is a lot of information shared and a lot of questions answered.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville Illinois fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT July 16, 2004


The lake level is 600.92 which is 1.22 above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the low 80's.

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

The fish are STILL on the summer pattern and will probably stay this way for a little longer.

White Bass fishing is still excellent, but you may have to work a little harder to find the schools. Look deep and shallow. You'll see large schools busting shad fry on the surface, or you can rely on your locator for deep fish. Every day we are seeing more and more seagulls, so keep an eye on them because they will show you feeding fish. We are using 2 jig rigs and one ounce spoons to catch these fish. To locate the deep fish with your locator, look on the deep sand bars next to the creek and river channels. The way we are catching the deep ones is by using our one ounce spoons and vertical jigging or using our 2 jig rigs and letting them sink and working it with a slow stop and go retrieve. To catch the fish busting on the surface, watch for them and the way we are catching them is by using our 2 jig rig and holding our pole high and reeling very fast. Blade baits, rooster tails, and crank baits are also working for these fish.

Crappie can be caught, but you'd have to work hard for them because they are suspended through out the lake following tremendous schools of shad fry. Trolling small crank baits, casting a 2 jig rig using the count down method and/or drift fishing with minnows set 6-12 foot deep will produce fish.

Large Mouth Bass fishing has greatly improved and lots of fish are being caught deep and shallow. With the water flooding into the vegetation, spinner baits and buzz baits are good for catching shallow fish. You can also fish deep on main lake and secondary points with crank baits, jig and pig, or plastic worms - texas or carolina rigged.

Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat but are still being caught on points or humps casting or trolling crank baits. You can also fish your jig and live bait in these same places to catch these walleye. If you don't find them on the points and humps, try 1-12 feet on the flats.

Muskies are also being caught by trolling on points and humps. Also casting the banks will produce.

Don't forget to visit our discussion board for day by day fishing reports by lots of good fisherman. There is a lot of information shared and a lot of questions answered.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield




LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT July 1, 2004


The lake level is 601.95 which is 2.25 above summer pool.

The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's due to the cool days and nights we had the past couple weeks.

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

The fish are on the summer pattern and will probably stay this way for the next month or so. If things change for us we'll let you know.

Crappie have slowed but can be caught from a foot of water in the weeds to 20 foot of water on the points. You can also pick up crappie drift fishing in 8-12 feet in open water or trolling small crankbaits.

White Bass fishing is still excellent. Fish are being caught all over the lake deep and shallow and you'll even see large schools busting shad fry on the surface. We are using 2 jig rigs and one ounce spoons to catch these fish. To locate the deep fish, watch your locator on the deep sand bars next to the creek and river channels and the way we are catching them is by using our one ounce spoons and vertical jigging or using our 2 jig rigs and letting them sink and working it with a slow stop and go retrieve. To catch the fish busting on the surface, watch for them and the way we are catching them is by using our 2 jig rig and holding our pole high and reeling very fast. Blade baits, rooster tails, and crank baits are also working for these fish.

Large Mouth Bass fishing has greatly improved and lots of fish are being caught deep and shallow. With the water flooding into the vegetation, spinner baits and buzz baits are good for catching shallow fish. You can also fish deep on main lake and secondary points with crank baits, jig and pig, or plastic worms - texas or carolina rigged.

Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat but are still being caught on points or humps casting or trolling crank baits. You can also fish your jig and live bait in these same places to catch these walleye. If you don't find them on the points and humps, try 1-12 feet on the flats.

Muskies are also being caught by trolling on points and humps. Also casting the banks will produce.

Don't forget to visit our discussion board for day by day fishing reports by lots of good fisherman. There is a lot of information shared and a lot of questions answered.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville Illinois fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT Aug 20, 2004

The lake level is 597.97 which is about 8 inches below summer pool.

The water temperature is in the mid 70's

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

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. Don't expect to catch a lot of bass, but some you could catch a big one.

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.

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.

Be careful on the boat ramps with the falling water, they are slick and dangerous.

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Don and Barb Satterfield





LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT Aug 6, 2004




The lake level is 599.21 which is about a 1/2 of a foot below summer pool.

The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's with the past cool nights we have had.

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

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 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.

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.

With the lake below summer pool use caution in the shallow water area's or you could end up like this:

Lake Shelbyville fishing



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Don and Barb Satterfield

LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT Sept 16, 2004



The lake level is 599.33 which is 4 inches below summer pool

The water temperature is mid to upper 70's

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

Fishing is improving as late summer and early fall aproaches and will get better as the water cools down.

white bass fishing is your best bet for a lot of fun and some fish to go home with. These fish fish can be caught deep and shallow, some days you have to work hard to find concentrated schools of them, but other days are excellent. For shallow fish try two jig rigs, rooster tails and or gay blades on wind blown sand bars. For deep fish check the edges of the drop off's where the sand bars meets the creeks and river channels.These fish can be caught on one ounce jigging spoons or trolling crank baits. Watch for seagulls feeding on shad that are being chased to the surface by feeding white bass. You can also expect to possibly catch walleye while fishing like this for white bass. This will get better as the water cools down.

Crappie fishing is still slow, but will improve. There are a lot of non-keeper fish being caught deep and shallow with jigs and minnows around wood.

Large Mouth bass fishing has been tough this year and remains the same. They can be caught deep and shallow and you will work hard to get a bite.

Musky fishing is fair and a few are being caught. Try half way back in the bigger creeks and coves on secondary points and pockets. You'll find these fish shallow. 1/2 ounce rattle traps and top water baits can produce, but again, you will have to work for them.

We will update this report again if anything changes. The past few weeks, all has been consistent with our last report.

Be careful on the boat ramps with the falling water, they are slick and dangerous.

Thanks for visiting our Lake Shelbyville Illinois fishing report!

Don and Barb Satterfield
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LAKE SHELBYVILLE ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT NOV 5, 2004

The lake level is 601.79 which is 2 foot above summer pool

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

The water is still clear on the south end and stained to muddy from mid lake north.

White bass fishing has been and still is good. 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 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.

Crappie fishing is improving. There are a lot of non-keeper fish being caught deep and shallow with jigs and minnows around wood. 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 1/4 ounce weedless jigs and 3 inch twisters or tubes. Color seems to make no difference when you find the fish.

Large Mouth bass fishing has been tough this year and remains the same. They can be caught deep and shallow and you will work hard to get a bite.

Musky fishing is fair and a few are being caught. Try half way back in the bigger creeks and coves on secondary points and pockets. You'll find these fish shallow. 1/2 ounce rattle traps and top water baits can produce, but again, you will have to work for them.

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

Don and Barbara Satterfield

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