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

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 4-27-2009

We’d like to start out by telling you that the lake level is still below summer pool at 597.8. Therefore you could run aground easily on unsuspected places if you are not familiar with low level water conditions. We cover this topic very thoroughly on our new Lake Shelbyville Fishing Blog.

The water temperature is at 55-58 and hopefully rising with warmer days. The water is stained all through-out the lake, but very fishable.

Fishing this week in good to excellent for all species, especially crappie and Largemouth Bass.

If you are looking for crappie, try wood structure in 2 -20 foot of water, main lake or in the coves either one. Lately, our strategy has been hiding from the wind on the high clay banks. Jigs and/or minnows are working very well. Casting or vertical jigging. The main thing is to keep moving till you find your fish. The males are starting to turn black and it won’t be long until you find them piled up on the banks.

Bass fishing is also excellent at this time, it took over 20 pounds to win last weeks tournament. Fish are being caught deep and shallow, the males are shallow and they should start making beds any day now. Just about any bait is working, use your favorite and have fun!

We have not been white bass fishing yet but we have heard of some being caught up the river from the bank. We have also heard of some white bass being caught along the banks of the main lake.

A few walleye are being caught on the chunk rock and pea gravel banks with crankbaits, jig and minnow or jig and night crawler. Walleye fishing should get better as the waters warm and will stay good through out the summer. Once again, vary your depths and keep moving till you find them!

Muskies are slow but some are being caught casting the flats and trolling the open water. Look for the schools of bait fish and you should find those area’s to be productive no matter which species you are looking for.

Blue Gill can always be caught off any rip-rap area. Worms and a bobber will work, adjust your depth until you find what is working best.

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield




Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 4-15-2009

Lake level is at 598.21 which is 2.89 feet over winter pool.

Water temp is around 50 and will be rising with the warmer days coming.

Water is murky to stained through out the lake, but very fishable.

Do to the high water in the past years, we feel this year will be a very good year for fishing. High water conditions is always good for the growth rate and reproduction of all species of fish. When the lake is over normal summer pool it floods into the vegetation and that gives lots of food and increases the survival rate of the fry. We have had excellent spawns in the past years and the high water made for good growing conditions and that's why we think the fishing will be great.

Already this year we are seeing lots of healthy Bass and Crappie. We have only fished for Crappie so far, but we have caught a lot of nice Bass on tube jigs fishing for the Crappie. Try the wood in the coves or on the main lake deep and shallow with your favorite baits, we are using 1/4oz tube jigs in any color and fishing lay downs,stumps and bush. If we find fish shallow 4ft or less we are using a bobber above the jig,and if we are fishing deep we are swimming the jig with a stop and go retrieve trying to bump the structure and keeping our bait close to the bottom. You do have to move a lot and everyday is different, but the fishing is good and don't give up till you find them. With the water warming up the males will be moving shallow to start the spawns and it will only get better.

The Bass fishing is very good right now and you can catch them deep and shallow also. We have picked them up fishing forcrappie with tube jigs. Try crank baits, spinner-baits, rattle-l-traps, and jigs on points and rocks. If the wind is blowing fish the wind blown rock and pea gravel banks. Once again move till you find the right spot it may be in the coves and on the main lake.

We have not fished for the White bass as of yet, but we will start soon. If you are looking for white bass try windy banks with jigs and twisters or small spinners and blade baits. When the rivers above the lake clear up you will catch White bass,Walleye and Crappie on jigs. They are also catching these fish below the dam.

With the lake being low be very careful on the lake and on the boat ramps, they are very slick.

Be sure and take someone fishing with you.

We couldn't keep up with the bad spam on the message board, but we started a fishing blog that you can use for posting and chatting if you want to.

Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 5-18-2009

The lake level stands at 610.8 which is a little over 10 foot over summer pool and rising rapidily.. unfortunately. It appears that we are in for another summer of high water. The water temp is in the upper 60’s and with the prediction of warmer weather this will change quickly. The water is clear on the south end, and murky to muddy in the backs of big creeks and up the rivers, but for the most part very fishable. The fish are still spawning.

High water ramps are now in use on Lake Shelbyville and the beaches are flooded and closed.

Fishing has changed but they can still be caught, you just have to work a little harder and cover a bit more water than last week.

Your best bet is to fish the flooded vegetation for all species. Whenever the water gets into the vegetation, so do the fish.

If you are looking for crappie try jigs and/or minnow with or without bobbers in the flooded vegetation in the coves and on the main lake.

If bass is what you want, spinner baits jigs or worms fished in or around vegetation will work. You can also still find fish deep on the points.

Walleye are being caught with crankbaits off of rocky points and vegetation. If you prefer jig and minnow or jig and night crawler, you are in luck because that technique is also working.

As of yet we have had little luck with white bass but this should improve. When it does, we will let you know and if anyone is having luck, feel free to post it on our fishing blog

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield







Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 5-04-2009

The lake level is at 602.8 which is almost 3 ft over summer pool and still rising, please visit our fishing blog for more information on the rising water. Water temp is in the upper 60’s lower 70’s and fish are starting to spawn. The water is stained to clear on the south end, and murky to muddy on the north end but still very fishable.

If you are looking for fish to go home with, crappie are still your best bet. You can find these fish in the coves and on the main lake relating to any kind of wood structure from right on the banks to as deep as 25 foot. Jigs and/or minnows will produce. Folks this is as good as it gets on Shelbyville for crappie, get out and get them while the getting is good. If you are not getting bit then move until you locate fish. Our fish this past week were caught on 1/4oz tube jigs and twister tails, any color, deep and shallow. Most of our bigger fish, 11 inches plus were caught on the deep points, 15-20 foot deep. Now because the spawn has started, you will find big fish shallow also.

Bass fishing is still very good, they are starting to spawn, and can be caught on your favorite bass baits deep and shallow.

Walleye fishing should start to pick up on the sandbar flats and drop offs, rock and gravel points. Casting crankbaits and rat-l-traps is our favorite way to fish for these fish. They can also be caught by trolling crankbaits and fishing jig and minnow or night crawler. The walleye fishing will get better as the water gets warmer. It should be a good year for walleye as we saw a lot of small fish last fall.

White bass should start spawning on the deep sandbars. With the lake level up, you may find these fish as deep as 30 feet. You can find these fish by using your locator. Our favorite way to catch these deep white bass is using one ounce manolure jigging spoons. If your locator shows a lot of fish on the bottom, and you don’t get bit right away using those spoons, then it is probably not white bass so move until find white bass.

We have not heard any musky stories or talked to anyone that has caught any, but they should be biting, everything else is.
If you enjoy catching catfish, with the incoming water, fish the creeks and rivers where they meet the lake. Use your favorite catfish bait and you will find them stacked up.

Blue Gill fishing is always good as usual on the rip-rap or chunk rock around the lake.

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-15-2009

The lake level is at 611.73 which is still 12.3 foot over summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70’s. The water clarity is clear on the south end, stained to murky on the north end. The lake is very fishable.

This past week we have found the white bass fishing to be excellent. We are catching them deep and shallow, main lake and in the backs of the creeks. Watch for schooling fish on the surface. If you don’t find any on the surface, watch your locator on the sandbars and deep points anywhere from 15-25 foot deep. For the deep fish the one ounce man-o-lure has been working for us. For the shallow fish and the schooling fish on the surface, we always use our 2 jig rigs, (2 quarter ounce lead heads with twister tails and shad bodies). If you are not having any luck, don’t give up, move till you find them. We do not have seagulls yet to show us these fish, they will be around in a few weeks. Until then you have to use your own eyes.

Crappie are still biting if you can find them. Your best bet is to troll crankbaits to locate suspended fish that are feeding on the new shad fry.

Walleye fishing still remains good. It is a little tougher then it was but they are still being caught. To catch these fish try throwing crankbaits, or jig and live bait on points, flats and rock. On the weekends when the boat traffic is heavy and creates a mudline on main lake and secondary points you’ll find white bass, walleye and largemouth all relate to the mudline.

Bass fishing is also still excellent. Lots of fish are being caught using your favorite baits deep and shallow. Shallow in the vegetation and deep on the main lake and secondary points. We have also seen some big bass busting on shad, shallow.

We have not have not heard and good musky stories or seen any musky yet this year. If anyone has anything good to report, pease post it on our new fishing blog..

June is always an excellent month to catch catfish during the spawn, Try fishing any rip rap areas on the lake. Boat ramps, marina’s or anywhere you find rip rap on the lake. Crankbaits and spinner baits wil catch these fish, but your best bet is to use live bait.

With the lake steadily falling, fishing will only improve. We hope this fishing report this week has helped you. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please visit us and post on the blog. We do check it daily. We still have some openings for guided fishing trips and there are a few vacancy’s left at Our Old House for the summer of 2009!

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield






Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-01-2009

The lake level is at 612.3 and falling. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70’s. The water is clear to stained on the south end, murky to muddy on the north end. Most of the lake is very fishable. We have fished from mainly point 6 south to the dam. If anyone has done any good north of point 6 or anywhere on the lake, please feel free to post any information to share on our new fishing blog!

Fish are still biting if you can find them. You have to work harder to find them due to the high water.

The white bass are scattered, we have seen some back in the coves and also suspended on the main lake. We should start seeing the fishing picking up for the better on these white bass as they start relating more to the new shad hatch.

Crappie can still be caught scattered in the bushes on the main lake and in the coves. Once again you do need to locate them to fish for them and it has not been easy.

Walleye have been active and we have caught ours by casting crankbaits and 2 jig rigs on main lake points and rip rap. You can also catch these walleye by trolling crankbaits or using jigs tipped with live bait on main lake flats and points.

Largemouth bass fishing is very good. The spawn is over. These fish can be caught deep and shallow by using any of your favorite baits on main lake and secondary points. We have caught largemouth this past week using jigs tipped with plastic trailers and plastic worms in the area’s mentioned, again deep and shallow.

With the lake steadily falling, fishing will improve. We hope this fishing report this week has helped you. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please visit us and post on the blog. We do check it daily. We still have some openings for guided fishing trips and there are a few vacancy’s left at Our Old House for the summer of 2009!

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-27-2009

The lake level is at 611.90 which is almost 12 foot over summer pool. The water temperature is still in the mid 80’s and the water is clear to stained and very fishabe through-out the lake and up the rivers.

We know there is a lot of controversy about our high water. This is our second year in a row we have had high water and we disagree with any negative comments about the water being high. All we have seen is excellent fishing and healthy fish and fish populations the past 2 years. We can attribute a lot of these suberb fishing conditions to the high water. Because we have had high water we can now expect the fishing to stay excellent in the upcoming years. We say that because the high water creates excellent spawning conditions, and gives lots of food and cover for the fry,

Fishing is still excellent for all species, and if you are looking for a lot of meat to go home with you can’t go wrong with the white bass.

We are fishing 2 jig rigs in flooded vegetation, points and flats and even in the backs of the coves. You just need to keep moving until you find schools of fish and then have fun loading your boat. Watch for fish feeding on the surface and also keep an eye out for seagulls.

Crappie are also being caught in flooded vegetation, in and around standing timber, deep and shallow. Whatever your favorite bait may be can be used, jigs or minnows. Once again, keep moving till you find fish.

This has to be one of the hottest bass fishing lake we have seen in years. They are also being caught in flooded vegetation. Use whatever your favorite bait is, it will work. We might also add that the top water bite is on.

Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat but are still being caught in the flooded vegetation with crankbaits and/or live bait.

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield







Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-13-2009

The lake level is at 612.8 which is 13 foot over summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s. The water clarity is clear on the south end, stained on the north end. The lake is very fishable.

Fishing is excellent for all species at this time. No matter what kind of fish you are looking for, fishing the flooded willow bushes and vegetation with your favorite bait will work.

White bass have been busting on the surface and using a 2-jig rig has been working well. This 2 jig rig has also been catching walleye and crappie. The seagulls are starting to show and they will help you find the bait and schooling white bass.

You can also catch your fish deep on the drop offs, but fishing the flooded vegetation is a lot easier!

If you need more info, pease post your question on our new fishing blog and we will do our best to answer!

Stay safe and take someone fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield
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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 9-14-2009

Fishing conditions have changed on Lake Shelbyville and as promised we have a new report. We will continue to change the weekly fishing report as needed and only if something changes that we feel would benefit all of our fishing friends. We appreciate you checking back!

The lake level is at 600.38 which is a half of a foot above summer pool. The water temperature is in the low to mid 70's. The clarity of the water is clear to stained and the lake is very fishable through-out.

The water is no longer in the vegetation and neither are the fish.

White bass remain your number one species for lots of action and fish to go home with. They can be found deep on jigging spoons or shallow of 2-jig rigs. On windy days look for the white bass on the wind blown sand bar flats, shallow with a 2 jig rig. We are also finding white bass on the edge of the drop off's where the river channels and creek channes meet the flats. One ounce jigging spoons are working best to catch these fish in 8-20 feet of water. We prefer the mann-o-lure one ounce jigging spoons.

Crappie fishing is good and you can find those fish on any type of wood structure deep and shallow. Jigs or minnows are working. You have to move a lot because these fish are scattered and you won't find very many in one spot.

Walleye fishing has been good all year and remains good. You can catch these fish on wind blown shore lines and points or where the flats meet the drops in deeper water. Jigs, jigging spoons and crank baits are all working.

Bass fishing also remains good as it has all summer. Most are being caught on deep structure, points and drop off's. We encourage you to use whatever your favorite bait might be.

We have not heard of much Musky activity. This years seemed slow for Musky. The one's we have seen have been shallow with white bass.

Stay safe and take someone fishing! We still have a few weekday opening for guide trips in Sept.

Don and Barb Satterfield
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