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

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report March 31, 2005

Lake level is a little over 594 which is 3 inches above winter pool. Water temp is in the mid to upper 40's and rising with the rising. The water has cleared tremendously since the last report and very fishable throughout the lake.

Because of the recent high winds the past couple weeks, we have been somewhat limited as to where we fished. But, don't let that ever stop you from fishing on Lake Shelbyville. You can always find places that are not too windy to fish. Even with the extremely windy days we have managed to find plenty of area's of the lake that have been semi out of the wind,or even completely out of the wind such as high clay banks and coves. It all depends on what the direction the wind is out of.

We have only been fishing for crappie at this time, but have picked up other species while fishing for these crappie. We know crappie are being caught throughout the lake, deep and shallow from reading our message board postings by anglers fishing from the banks and on the lake. We have been catching ours from point 3 south, deep and shallow also. We are catching our deep fish on main lake and secondary points and drop offs 15-25 feet, and target the ones that have down trees and/or submerged structure. Most of these fish are coming about a foot off the bottom, but don't get too hasty reeling up because we have caught some suspended. We are using 1/4 ounce jigs and 3 inch tubes or twisters, any color is working. We have to move a lot and are catching a few here and a few there. We are catching crappie of ALL sizes, plenty of keepers to make us happy, and the keeper crappie we have caught were thick and healthy and we even had a 14 inch one yesterday (credit goes to Barb)! The 14 inch crappie was caught in 4 foot of water around standing timber with a 1/4 oz jig and bobber set 2 foot deep. The wind was out of the south at about 35mph, but the location we chose still allowed us to go home with a nice mess of fish for the frying pan.

Large Mouth Bass fishing is improving as the waters warm. They also can be caught deep and shallow. We have caught quite a few with our crappie jigs while fishing for crappie, so we know they are biting! Use crankbaits, rat-l-traps, spinnerbaits, jig and pig fished on main lake, secondary points, chunk rock and gravel banks.

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

Walleye fishing is still slow and will improve about mid April and get better from there on. We will let you know as soon as we know. You may want to try below the dam for walleye, there are a few being caught. Your best bet is after dark.

We have no report for Musky as of yet, but it should improve. Try fishing the flats and coves or trolling in open water.

Catfish are being caught on the river channels on the north end of the lake with your favorite catfish bait.

With the lake being at winter pool, be extremely careful of shallow areas especially from point 3 north. The docks have been put in at the boat ramps, and we are guessing the fish cleaning stations should be opening any day now.

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

Thanks for visiting and good luck!
Don and Barbara Satterfield





Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report March 13 2005


Lake level is at 600.0 ft.which is 1.4 ft. above summer pool. Release rate is 33600 per. second. Water temp is holding around 40's. The water is clearing, but still stained throughout the lake.
We are working hard to find and catch our crappie and so far that's all we have fished for. We have been fishing the south end trying deep and shallow and the fish we have caught have all been 10 to 25ft. deep on points. We are using 1/8 and 1/4 oz. lead head jigs with 3" tubes and twisters in any color. We are using the bigger baits because when we clean these fish and see that they are feeding on last years shad that are 3 to 4" we know our 3" baits will work. As the waters warm up in the days ahead we start fishing for other species also.
Fishing below the dam is improving for walleye and should get better. Your best bet is after dark and it seems 1/4oz 3" jigs are working best. Seems like the Musky are are being caught by everyone on all types of baits.
We appreciate all the post on our message board and if you are looking for the latest on any kind of fishing and on many other lakes you can find it here. Thanks to all for their input and keep up the good work.


Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report April 28, 2005

The lake level is at 596.5 which is over 3 feet below summer pool and rising slowly.

The water temperature is holding in the upper 50's to low 60's in the backs of the coves on a sunny day. The water is clear on the south end, and stained to muddy from mid-lake north.

Due to the recent cool weather, crappie fishing isn't as good as we thought it would be by now but it has improved somewhat. We are still catching fish deep and shallow on jigs and the males are starting to show color. Once we get some warmer days the spawn should start and then maybe we'll see what we have for keeper crappie in the lake this year. There are a few limits being brought in, but it is still tough for everyone.

White bass fishing is still very good. We have had a few slow days with the strong north winds, but still managed to catch some nice white bass. Most are being caught from 1-10 feet of water with 2 jig rigs from mid lake north.

We have had a few small walleye, but not any keepers yet. Hopefully with the upcoming warmer weather predicted it will get better also. Try crankbaits or rat-l-traps on wind blown sand and gravel banks.

Largemouth bass fishing is still slow but some big fish have been taken on jerk baits and jigs. This is the time of year you could get a trophy. Try main lake and secondary points with wood structure.

Musky activity is picking up and we have heard of several nice one's being caught. Recently on the lake one over 50 inches weighed at 35 pounds was caught casting the banks with a jerk bait. We have talked to several bass fisherman that have caught some Musky while fishing for bass. Casting the banks or trolling open water is producing.

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check our recent fishing pictures while fishing on Lake Shelbyville.

Don and Barbara Satterfield







Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report April 14, 2005


The lake level is at 595.01 which is 4.7 feet below summer pool and rising slowly.

The water temperature is in the upper 50's to low 60's in the backs of the coves on a sunny day. The water is clear on the south end, and stained to muddy from mid-lake north.

We have fished every day this past week and found the fishing in general to be slowly improving.

Crappie fishing is looking a little better than last week. Numbers of small fish are being caught deep and shallow. Catching keeper crappie is still a challenge to say the least! We are expecting (hoping) this to get better in the upcoming weeks. These fish are being caught on jigs and minnows, from the backs of the coves to the deep points on the main lake around wood structure. Don't make the mistake of sitting on small fish, you have to keep moving (despite the gas prices) to find the keeper fish.

If you want to put fish on your dinner table and you can't find the keeper crappie, check the wind blown banks for white bass. Once you find a bank holding these fish, you can expect to catch some nice one's. Try casting 2 jig rigs, rooster tails, crank baits and rat-l-traps.

Large Mouth bass fishing is still slow. We fished a bass tournament last Sunday and out of 65 teams only 32 teams weighed fish and only one of the 32 teams weighed in a 5 fish limit. Most of those fish were caught on crank baits, jerk baits and rat-l-traps on rocky shorelines. We caught ours on jigs. Spinner baits will also produce. With the lake being low you may want to target lay downs and stumps from the backs of coves to main lake points to catch these fish. You will work hard for each bite, but you could catch a big one like a local fisherman we talked to this week. He told us while he was fishing for Musky he caught a 9 pound Large Mouth Bass and had a picture to back it up!

We do not have any good walleye stories yet, we have caught a few small ones ourselves on the lake. Your best bet for walleye is still below the dam after dark.

Some Musky's are being caught by casting the banks and trolling. Another Musky just missed the state record caught below the dam this last week - a 53 incher!

Catfishing is still good fishing the north end on the river channels. Fish the bends and the curves. Keep moving till you find them.

We have seen an abundance of carp on the lake, especially in the backs of the coves. If you like carp - you would not have a hard time getting your fill here.

Looking for mushrooms? They are coming up! We have talked to several people who have found them these past few days.

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check our Message Board for a day by day report from the local anglers on what is happening on Lake Shelbyville! Don't forget to add your report to the board on how you did out on the lake.

Don and Barbara Satterfield





Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report April 7, 2005


Lake level is 594.37 a little over 4 inches above winter pool.

The water temp is in the upper 40's to low 50's. The water is clear on the south end, and stained to muddy on the north end due to the high winds we've had here.

We have been out on a daily basis this past week and have fished for all species. The fishing in general has been slow and we have had to work hard for all that we did catch. Some days were better than others.

When we fished for crappie, we used the same techniques as last weeks report, but found it to be a lot tougher and we hope it gets better in this upcoming week. We will be out there every day and will let you know. Sorry we can't say that it is better than last week, but that's fishing!

We have been catching a lot of small bass, but keepers are far and few between. If you want to fish for bass try deep and shallow with crankbaits, rat-l-traps, spinner baits and jigs. Any of these baits are producing, but be prepared to move a lot and work hard and don't miss a bite if you get lucky enough to get one. Fish places like main lake and secondary points with gravel, chunk rock and stumps. Also the wind blown flats could produce.

White bass and walleye are slow, but can be caught on wind blown sand and gravel shorelines with 2 jig rigs, small shallow running crankbaits and rat-l-traps. If you have no wind, try the edges of the drop off's where the flats meet the channels with one ounce spoons or trolling crankbaits.

Catfish are being caught on the river channels on the north end of the lake with your favorite catfish bait.

For the best walleye and musky action, check below the dam, we have heard of some good catches down there recently, mostly after dark.

The lake is still low and still dangerous, so be careful, good luck and let everyone know how your last fishing trip went on our Message Board
If enough of us are out there trying and sharing information, we may get these fish figured out for this spring because so far it has been a rough start for all of us.


Thanks for visiting and good luck!
Don and Barbara Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report May 12, 2005

The lake level is at 596.93 which is over 2.77 feet below summer pool and rising slowly.

The water temperature is holding in the upper 60's and rising. The water is clear on the main lake, but due to the recent rains a little murky in the coves, but still fishable.

Our crappie fishing has finally improved and will only get better from now until about mid-June. These fish are relating to structure all over the lake on points, drop off's and in the coves. The spawn has started. When you find the males shallow, back off a little deeper to find the big females. These fish are thick and healthy as can be and it is nice to see we still have a lake full of crappie. Any of your favorite crappie baits will work, including minnows. What is working for us and always does is using tube jigs and twister tails with 1/8 and 1/4 oz lead heads (depending on the depth we are fishing and the intensity of the wind). If it is windy and/or the water we are fishing is deep we like to use the 1/4 oz. We cast our baits and let them fall to the bottom. The way you can tell your bait is on the bottom is by watching your line where it enters the water. You can tell you are on the bottom when your line drops slack. This is why we prefer using a highly visible line. We vary the speed of our retrieve to enable us to keep our bait within a foot or two off the bottom. They are fun to catch and good to eat!

White bass fishing is still excellent and always fun to catch. Try casting the wind blown sand and gravel banks. These will bite on just about any bait that you choose to use. We prefer throwing two jig rigs. We are also starting to find these white bass on the deeper sand bars 10-25 feet, using one ounce Mann-O-Lure jigging spoons and these white bass are also starting to spawn.

Walleye fishing is still slow but we are starting to pick up a lot of small ones while fishing for white bass and casting for large mouth. Trolling crank baits can also produce these walleye. The walley fishing will only improve in the next few weeks.

Large Mouth bass fishing is very good right now. We have been catching a lot of small one's, but also have picked up some keepers. You can catch them by fishing with any of your favorite baits by casting main lake and secondary points, wind blown gravel and chunk rock banks or pitching jigs and worms on down trees and stumps. The bass are also starting to spawn, we have seen males fanning beds.

Musky fishing is good and are being caught shallow by casting and deep by trolling.

If you are camping with the kids and want to keep them busy catching fish, go blue gill fishing. Try fishing worms set 2-4 foot deep under your bobber around wood or rocks.

Remember the lake is still not up to summer pool, so be careful of the flats and sandbars. You could run aground where you least expect it!

We've added a few interesting links to our website for you to enjoy if you have a few minutes extra to visit some of them!

If you are thinking about hiring a fishing guide and want to know what we offer as fishing guides, you can also visit our fishing guide information page. We still have some openings left in May.

Don and Barbara Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report June 29, 2005

The lake level is at 599.48 which is 2 1/2 inches below summer pool.

The water temperature is in the low to mid 80's. The water is clear to slightly stained on the north end of the lake.

The fishing still remains excellent on Lake Shelbyville even though the daily temeratures have been blazing hot into the 90's with little or no wind.

We have been mainly fishing for white bass because most people that use our fishing guide service want lots of action and fish to go home with. The Lake Shelbyville white bass fishing is and has been excellent. We are still catching our fish using the same techniques mentioned in our last report - nothing has changed.

The Largemouth bass fishing is still good. These fish are being caught deep and shallow on whatever your favorite bass bait might be.

Crappie fishing remains slow which is typically normal for this time of the year. If you want to try to catch crappie, we have talked to some people catching theirs shallow 1-5 foot deep on the banks.

Muskies are always active at this time of the year and can be caught deep and shallow. There have been many bass fisherman catching these fish while fishing for bass.

Walleye fishing is good right now. Try using a jig and night crawler - the depth you need to fish can vary from day to day. We have caught quite a few nice walley the past couple weeks while fishing for white bass with our 1 ounce Man-O-Lure jigging spoons! We had one that was 5 pounds!



We still have some openings for Lake Shelbyville fishing guide trips available, so call us and book one soon!

217-774-2419

The best time to reach us is between 8pm and 10pm

It looks like our weather is going to stay hot as is the fishing on Lake Shelbyville!

Don and Barb Satterfield





Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report June 15, 2005


The lake level is at 598.85 Which is .85 below summer pool, so you still need to be careful.



The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's. The water is clear to stained through-out the whole lake because we have not had any rain to speak of.

The game fish spawn is over and the carp, buffalo, gar and catfish spawn has started. These fish, when they spawn, provide a rich food source for small fish and fry to feed on. The hatch also provides food for preditor fish.

If you have kept up with our daily fishing report journal you will see that we have been mostly fishing for white bass. The white bass fishing has been excellent on a daily basis. We have been catching them deep on 1 oz Man-O-Lure jigging spoons and 2-jig rigs. Keep your eyes open, we have also seen schools feeding on shad fry on the surface. When we see these fish surfacing we cast our 2-jig rigs and hold our poles high and retrieve fast to keep our baits just under the surface where the fish are feeding. Any of your white bass baits will work. Be sure to check out our recent pictures to see pictures of our fishing guide trips. Lake Shelbyville still remains one of the top white bass fishing lakes in Illinois. These fish can be caught through-out the fishing season. A lot of people call and want to know if the white bass are running. On Lake Shelbyville we can find and catch white bass almost everyday! As fishing guides, we take time to teach you our techniques on locating and catching these fish no matter what time of the year. In 35 years we have never seen a decline in the numbers or quality of these fish and today it is as strong as ever if not even better.

We have not fished for crappie, but have talked to people catching crappie. Most of the people we have talked to are catching there fish in 2-4 foot of water around rip rap and wood. In general we are safe to say that crappie fishing is still slow for keeper size fish on the lake. We will be mostly fishing for white bass and largemouth bass from now until fall. At that time will try our luck on our crappie again. Hopefully it will be better than this spring was, because this spring we caught plenty of 9.5+ inch fish.

Largemouth bass fishing is excellent right now and numbers of nice fish are being caught. Try fishing main lake and secondary points with crankbaits, plastic worms and jigs. They are being caught deep and shallow and even some on top water!

Musky's are always very active this time of the year. These fish are being caught by lots of bass fisherman fishing for largemouth bass. We have caught some big Musky while fishing for white bass on our 1 ounce Man-o-Lure jigging spoons and have seen Musky take our white bass off our hooks while reeling them in. Casting and/or trolling will catch Musky for you right now.

If you are looking to catch walleye, they are on the points and flats. The depth varied through-out the day. Try jig and night crawlers - casting or drifting. You can also try casting crankbaits on the flats. Trolling crankbaits on the flats and edges of the drops are also producing.

If you are looking to catch some big catfish, they are spawning on the rip-rap around bridges, marina's and boat ramps. Set your favorite bait 2-4 foot deep and fish the edges of the rocks. You can also catch these fish on crankbaits. Drifting on the sandbars with shad is also catching catfish.

Bluegill fishing is always good on Lake Shelbyville. It may not be the best bluegill lake in Illinois because they are not very big, but you can catch a lot of them. Try fishing 2-4 foot deep around rip-rap or wood anywhere on the lake with your favorite bait!

We still have some openings for fishing guide trips available - so call us and book one soon!

Don and Barb Satterfield







Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report June 2, 2005


The lake level is at 598.4 Which is 1.3 foot below summer pool, so you still need to be careful.

The water temperature is in the low 70's. The water is clear to stained through-out the whole lake because we have not had any rain to speak of.

White Bass, Largemouth Bass and Crappie are all spawning at this time.

We wish we could say more for the Crappie fishing, but it remains slow. You can catch a lot of short fish but numbers of keepers are much harder to come by. All crappie can be caught deep and shallow around wood structure and rip rap. If you get lucky you can get a few keepers off a spot you find holding fish. We are still using our 1/8 or 1/4 oz lead heads with 3 inch tube jigs.

White Bass fishing is excellent and we have had lots of big white bass daily! Most of our fish are being caught 10-20 foot deep on the drop off's vertical jigging one ounce spoons or casting 2 jig rigs. The secret to catching numbers of these fish is to keep moving till you find some. Watch your locator and trust it. When you find these fish holding on these drop off's it doesn't take long to load up your live well. Keep them alive or on ice till you clean them, these fish are very good to eat!

The walleye are biting and walleye fishing is very good right now. You may want to try a jig tipped with a night crawler or minnow. Main lake sand and gravel points 2-8 foot deep seem to be producing well. Fishing crankbaits and rat-l-traps on the same area's can also catch these walleye. We have been catching some nice keepers while fishing for white bass using our methods mentioned above.

Largemouth Bass fishing is good. Try main lake and secondary points with crankbaits, rat-l-traps, plastic worms and jigs.

Musky's are still active in the shallow water.

Thanks for visiting! We have decided to start writing a daily fishing journal of how we do daily, on Lake Shelbyville. We are on the lake nearly every day whether it be with clients that use our fishing guide service, or if we are just fishing together. Along with this daily journal and our discussion board you can find out a lot of information until we update this main fishing report again!

Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report July 15, 2005


Lake level is at 599.26 which is .44 below summer pool.

The water temp due to the rain and cooler weather has fallen back to the upper 70's.

The water is nice and clear till you get on the upper ends of the river arms and then you'll find it to be stained to murky.

As you can see by our daily journal we have had some good trips and some not so good. This time of the year fish are starting to feed on the new shad fry and there is so much of this food in open water throughout the lake that you can have a hard time finding fish. We have found fish deep and shallow and shallow, they are moving a lot and every day you will have to move and try to find them.We have seen schools of whites feeding on the surface and the sea gulls will help you find those fish. If you are looking for white bass they are moving a lot and you could find them anywhere. For the deep fish we are still using the 1 oz. man-o-lure and vertical jigging it. We use the 2 jig rig (which is two 1/4 oz. lead heads with 3 in. shad and twisters tied about 20 ins. apart) for fish on the surface or in shallow water. When you fish the 2 jig rig for surfacing or shallow fish you need to hold your rod tip high and wind it fast enough to keep your baits just under the surface. On the days we don't find those whites deep or shallow we've been finding them on the flats anywhere from 4 to 12 ft. using the 2 jig rig with a stop and go retrieve keeping it close to the bottom. Trolling crankbaits across the flats can also find those fish.

Crappie fishing is better try fishing 1/8 and 1/4 oz. lead heads with tubes or twisters. You can find fish deep and shallow on wood. You'll catch lots of small fish and a few keepers.

The bass fishing has slowed some what, but can be caught on top water, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and worms. Fish the points and drops deep and shallow, you may even find some bass in the backs of coves on wood. Don't expect a lot of bites, but you could catch some big fish.

Walleye are still good on points and flats 2 to 20 ft. deep. Try jigs tipped with live bait or crankbaits casting or trolling. They are found at different depths so move around and try to find what's working for you.

As you can see by our pictures the Musky are still being caught. We even had a 36 in. on the 2 jig rig... in a foot of water. We've caught them on crankbaits, 1 oz. man-o-lures, and bass jigs. In this hot weather try to get these fish back in water as soon as you can and work with them till they are able to swim up right on there own.

Catfish on live bait are always good this time of the year. Try drifting the flats for cats with shad, and wood or rocks with worms for gills.

The dog days of summer can be good fishing on Lake Shelbyville we still have openings for fishing trips and the fish are biting, be sure and check our daily fishing report journal to see for yourself.

There are lots of boats on the lake this time of the year and not all are good at it, so be careful show respect and give help to those in need, it could be you next time.

As full time guides we have found the boat traffic can make for good fishing because of the mud line it makes on the shore lines. It also seems to keep things active, true it can get rough to ride and stand up in your boat to fish, but it is that time of the year.

Till next time take care and good fishing and take someone fishing.

Don and Barb Satterfield.

Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report Aug 18, 2005


Lake level is at 598.73 which is about 1 ft. below normal summer pool. Water temp is in the mid 80's and clear to stained on most of the lake.

Fishing is very good right now and getting better every day. We've been catching lots of whites both deep and shallow. For the shallow fish it helps if the wind is blowing, fish the wind blown sand bars with a 2 jig rig or what ever your favorite bait might be. The 2 jig rig works best for us and we hold our rod tips high and reel it very fast to keep our baits close to the surface. For the deep fish check on the sand bars with your fish finders, we have found them in 10 to ft. of water where the bars drop into the channels. The 1 oz. man-o-lure jigging spoon is working very well for the deep fish. Once you find fish with your electronics you need to hold your boat on top of them and vertical jig the spoon on the bottom. Not all the fish you find will be whites so if you don't get bit right away you need to move till you find those whites, because they will bite.

If you are looking for bass try deep and shallow, the bite is slow. We caught ours 5 to 25 ft. deep on the points and drops with jig and pig or a worm. Crankbaits and rattle-traps have also caught us some fish.

We've caught a few walleye fishing for whites with the 2 jig rig very shallow and this should get better as the water starts to cool down. Trolling along the drops with crankbaits or jig and live bait is your best bet for walleye right now.

Crappie are still slow for the keepers and we have not fished for them yet,nor have we heard of any good reports. If you have had any luck for crappie make a post on our message board, you don't have to tell your spot just let us know their biting.

Live or cut bait drift fishing on the sand bars is working well for catfish. Try 6 to 12 ft. on the main lake on in the big creeks.

Musky are on the flats with the whites and on the drops, we've had them take our whites. You can also cast or troll for them with your baits from mid lake south.

With water falling you need to be very careful on the ramps they are slick!!! we have seen many people slip and fall. If you find yourself unable to drive your truck out just put your boat on the trailer and push with your boat motor it will get you out.

Thanks for checking and good fishing.




Don and Barbara Satterfield







Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report Aug 2, 2005



Lake level is at 598.97 which is about 2 in. below summer pool.With the rain and cooler weather the water temp. is in the low 80's.

Fishing has improved this past week and we are starting to catch fish in shallow water and on top. We've been catching most of our white bass on the 2 jig rigs on the wind blown sand bars throughout the lake. If you don't have any wind try the same places just back off and fish a little slower. When we find these fish in 1 to 3 ft. of water we want to keep our baits close to the surface and you do this by holding your rod tip high and reel fast enough to keep the baits just under the surface. For the fish in 3 to 10 ft. of water we are using a stop and go retrieve to try and keep our baits about a foot off the bottom. You can still find some deep whites and the 1 oz. man-o-lure jigging spoon is your best bet for them. Trolling crank baits on the flats will also catch fish, just try different depths till you find what's working. You always have to keep moving and looking and watch for the sea gulls there are a lot of them on the lake now.

You can catch walleye doing the same thing we're doing to catch the white bass. Live bait is working also,but once again you have to find them and they move every day. There have been a lot of big ones caught by trolling crank baits on flats and points.

Large mouth bass are moving shallow and to the backs of coves and creeks. You can catch them on top water,spinner baits, crank baits and rattle-traps. You can still catch some deep fish on jigs and worms off the points and drops. We have picked up bass and walleyes on 2 jig rigs in shallow water fishing for the whites.

The musky are biting deep and shallow on your favorite baits casting or trolling. From this time of the year till the ice comes on you can catch a lot of nice fish shallow on the main lake sand bars, so give them a try no matter what kind of fish your looking for.

We have not been crappie fishing,but talking with others it's still hard to find any numbers of keepers. We'll let you known when it gets better and we start fishing for them, it should be good this fall.



Good luck be safe and take someone fishing.

Don and Barbara Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report Sept 29, 2005

Lake level is at 997.7 which is 2 foot below summer pool.

Water temp is in the mid 70's and clear except on the far north end where it is stained to muddy.

White bass are your best bet if your wanting to catch a lot of fish and have some to go home with. On the days the wind blows you'll find fish of all kinds, bass, walleye and whites in less then 3 ft. of water on the windy banks. You want to look in the big coves and creeks, as well on the main lake flats where the wind is blowing in. You can catch those fish on a lot of different baits such as small spinners, blade baits ,shallow running crank baits and rattle traps. Our bait of chose is the 2 jig rig fished on ten pound test and a 6 1/2 ft. med action rod. The 2 jig rig is something we've been fishing for years and it always works when fished the right way. Our 2 jig rig is two 1/4 oz. lead head jigs and 3 in. twisters and shad plastic bodies. We tie them about 18 to 24 in. apart and use the twister on the top and the shad on the bottom jig. With this rig and shallow fish you HAVE to reel it fast with your rod tip almost straight up to keep the jigs just under the surface where shallow fish are looking. When you cast it is very important to be reeling when the baits hit the water so you can keep the baits off the bottom and close to the surface. When there are fish feeding in shallow water and they hear the baits hit the water they swim fast as they can to that spot looking up not down because they hear something on the surface, not the bottom. Many of our shallow fish are caught within the first crank or two after our baits hit the water. To find shallow fish you have to fish to see if they are there, watch for bait or any activity and move fast till you find a bank that is holding fish. All that works if the wind is up, but if you have little or no wind you will want to back off and look deeper. Trolling and watching your fish finder (LCR) and trying different depths till you find them .

Crappie fishing is picking up and should only get better as the waters cool down this fall. Try tubes or twisters on led head jigs around wood in 2 to 10ft. of water mid lake north and deeper if your fishing mid lake south. As of yet we have not been fishing for crappie, but that is going to change and we'll let you know in the daily journal how we are doing.

This time of the year you want to try buzz baits, spinner baits, and rat-l-traps to find the banks that are holding feeding bass and they are feeding. Once you start catching them on a bank , then you want to pick up the jig or worm and fish the cover for the big ones. We have caught lots of bass on the flats fishing for whites. Find a bare bank with just a stump or two and you'll most likely find a bass on it.

Walleye are slow but it should get better as the water cools down, we have caught some small ones in shallow water while fishing for the whites. Try jigs or crank baits on wind blow flats and points with chunk rock, gravel and sand. If you are looking for Musky try shallow on the flats in the bigger coves and as the water cool these fish get hot.

Drift fishing on the flats with shad, cut are alive will catch some nice channel catfish. Worms fished 2 to 4ft. deep around rip raft or wood well catch the bluegills.

The lake is 2 ft. low so be very careful and the boats ramps are slick.

Don and Barb Satterfield.





Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report Sept 9, 2005



The lake level is at 598.10 and that is 1 ft. 7 in. below summer pool. The water temp is in the mid to upper 70's The water is clear till you get on the north end where you'll find stained to muddy.

Fishing for the most part is very good and getting better as the water temps fall with the cooler nights. You can catch white bass deep and shallow. When the wind blows try the 2 jig rig which is what we use for the shallow sand bars to catch all kinds of fish. Rooster tails, small crankbaits and rattle-l-traps will also catch those shallow fish. For the deep fish check the main lake sand bars near the dropoffs, you can find them with your electronics or by trolling deep baits. Once you locate the deep fish the 1 oz. man-o-lure is a fast way to catch them. Whether your looking for deep or shallow fish you have to move to find them and the fish are moving a lot too. They are schooled up and easy to catch you just have to find them.

If you want to catch Bass try top water shallow or fish the points and drops with jig or worm. You can catch small fish everywhere, but the keepers you'll have to work for them. Deep crankbaits on the edges of the flats will catch some big fish. but you'll have to cover a lot of water to get the bite. Most of the fish are in 1 to 12 ft. of water on rocks, lay downs and stumps.

Walleye and crappie are still slow at this time , but should improve as the waters cool down. If you check the message board there are some good posts on how to catch walleye. When we start catching these fish we'll let you know how we're doing it.

Musky are always good in this lake and it will get better as we get closer to fall. We have not fished for them, but have had them fishing for other fish deep and shallow.

If you are looking to catch catfish try drifting shad on the flats and very your depth till you find the fish.

Bluegill are on the wood and rocks, fish worm 2 to 4 ft. deep under a bobber. The lake is low and the boat ramps are slick so be very careful out there and take some one with you.

Good fishing and good luck.



Don and Barbara Satterfield
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Lake Shelbyville Illinois Fishing Report Nov 10, 2005

The lake level is at 597.57 and that is 1 ft. 10 in. below summer pool.

The water temp is in the mid 50's

The water is clear till you get on the north end where you'll find stained to muddy.

At this time fishing is good to very good for whites, crappie, bass and musky , the walleye are hard to find. If you are looking for whites try back in the creeks and coves with jigs or spinners right on the banks in 1 to 3 ft. of water. You'll find these fish on the sand and gravel banks with or without the wind, just look for the shad. You'll have to move a lot and cover a lot of water ,but once you find the fish you can work back and forth and catch lots of them. We have been using the 2 jig rig with 1/4 oz. lead heads and 3 in. twisters and shad bodies, but as the water cools we'll drop to 1/8 or 1/16 so we can fish them slower and still keep them of the bottom in that shallow water. We have caught lots of bass and musky back in the same water we've been catching the whites. If your looking for bass and musky try rattle traps , crankbaits , spinnerbaits or even top water will work. Once again you need to find the coves with the shad, then fish the wood, rocks and points. You may also find those fish on main lake points and rocky banks.

If you want to catch crappie try 1 to 5 ft. of water on the north end and back in the coves. You can also catch some deep fish on points and drop offs with wood ( stumps or laydowns ) 10 to 25 ft.deep depending on what part of the lake your fishing. Tube jigs in all colors are working. For the shallow fish the jig and bobber around wood is working well. You will have to work hard to get your limit, but don't give up try different depths and spots till you find the keepers.

This time of the year you have to dress warm and be safe.

Good luck and good fishing.

Don and Barb.
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