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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 3-28-2010

The lake level is at 594.48 which is 6 inches above winter pool. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 40's. With the recent forecast of warm weather coming, the water temperature will rise rapidly. The water is stained on the south end and very fishable. It is murky to muddy on the north end. The lake is close to winter pool right now and because of this, the wind and rain tends to muddy up the water worse than normal conditions. So,.... if the wind stays blowing, the north end will stay murky.

We predict fishing for this year to be excellent and better than it has been in several years. Our prediction is based on what we saw last year. There were a lot of quality fish of all species caught throughout last season. We saw more keeper walleye last year caught on a consistent basis. We also caught and released many undersized walleye that should be close to keepers or better than keepers this year. We feel that many benefits will arise because we had high water conditions the last couple years on Lake Shelbyville. The high water creates excellent food source and survival rate for the fry, walleye and musky fingerlings that are released into the lake every year. We give our marine biologists lots of credit, they are doing an excellent job of keeping this lake very well stocked.

If you are looking to catch fish this time of the year, your best bet is going to be crappie. The crappie fishing has been good. Recently we had a pretty good cold snap that dropped air temperatures below freezing. We also had quite a bit of rain. This did tend to move and scatter the crappie. With the prediction of the warmer weather coming, we feel they will be back on big time. You can catch these crappie on any kind of wood or rock structure. Your best bet on warm sunny days, especially later in the day you will find these fish following bait back into the coves and creeks, in the shallower water. A jig and bobber or jig and minnow work very well for these shallow fish. Early in the morning and late in the evenings you will find these fish relating to the deeper structure anywhere from 8-15 feet and sometimes deeper, depending on what part of the lake you are fishing. Once again, look for the bait fish and target the wood structure. Move a lot until you find/locate a good area that is holding fish and you should catch your limits without any problem.

If you are looking for white bass, your best bet is to walk the river bank up from the fish hook area to up around Allenville (and maybe a bit further) on the north end of the lake. Chances are you could find some walleye up there too. You can try throwing twister tail jigs for these fish. You will find lots of schools of these fish this time of the year up there.

Want walleye? The river once again is your best bet, and also below the dam. Speaking of below the dam, the fishing has been very good down there. They are catching walleye, sauger and crappie and it won't be too long before the white bass fishing gets good.

We have not heard of too many white bass being caught at this time, but will be coming on in the near future.

Largemouth Bass fishing on Lake Shelbyville this time of the year can be a hit an miss and sometimes a bit tough, but you can catch some very nice fish if you want to work for them. Target the chunk rock and pea gravel banks on the main lake. Jerk baits work well this time of the year. If you can't get fish to react to jerk baits then you can go to your favorite plastic bait and work the drop offs on the same chunk rock and pea gravel banks. If you catch the wind blowing into these banks, you may even want to throw shallow running crank baits, rat-l-traps or spinner baits up against the bank on the mudlines created by the wind. Boat traffic and wind tend to muddy up the shorelines and the fish do relate to these mudlines.

If you are looking for musky, find the bait fish. Musky's tend to hang with bait fish in the mouths of the creeks and coves and then back into the coves. As the sun warms the waters these bait fish tend to move closer to the surface. Match what your bait to these bait fish as far as the depth that the bait fish are showing. If you are seeing your bait fish out there suspended in deep water at 15 foot, try to match baits that are going to run in that 12-15 foot range.

Catfish are abundant in Lake Shelbyville. Check the bends of the river with whatever your favorite catfish bait might be. If you get a lot of rain and the creeks run full, the fish can be found at the mouths of the creeks where they meet the still water. Shad guts, chicken livers and night crawlers will work well for catfish.

With the lake being at winter pool, be extremely careful and cautious. It has been several years since we have seen it this low. You could run aground and hit obstacles on this lake that you normally would not hit when the lake is at normal summer pool. On the other hand if you are looking to find what you are fishing when the water is at normal summer pool, this is an excellent time to go out there with your camera and a pad of paper or your gps. You can get some good pictures right now. The thing that we always target no matter what time of the year it is, no matter what species of fish we are looking for, is the sand, gravel, and chuck rock type of banks. You can get a good idea right now of where these banks are at! If you fish these types of bank, we can guarantee you will catch a lot more fish, no matter what species you are looking for.

Be sure to stay safe out there and it is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.


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Fishing Report for 4-30-2010

The lake level stands at 596.23 which is 3.4 foot below summer pool. The water temperature is in the upper 60's and the water is stained, especially after all the high winds we have had the last few days. There is a lot of pollen on the water surface. It looks worse than it actually is, the lake is very fishable, and yes the fish are still biting.

We are still catching fish all the same ways as the last report. The only difference is you may start finding the crappie looking shallow for spawning beds. The male bass are also moving in to the coves for spawning. When you find shallow crappie you can catch them with tube jigs, jig and minnow or with a bobber. When you find the black males on the bank, back off to the first drop or first main point in that area and you will find the bigger females a little deeper. By deeper we mean deeper depending what part of the lake you are on. They will be on the edge of the drop off, where it falls from the shallower water into the creek or river channels. You can still catch these fish deep on the points and that is what we have been doing to target the bigger fish whether it be bass or crappie. White bass and walleye are still on the pea gravel, chunk rock and sandy shorelines. We have been throwing the 2 jig rig to catch them but you could use whatever your favorite bait might be.

Be sure to stay safe, the lake is rising, it is a little easier to get around, but you also have to be careful. It is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 4-23-2010

The lake level stands at 595.46 which is about 1 foot above winter pool. They have slowed the release rate and the lake is rising. The water temperature is in the mid 60's. The lake is stained but very fishable. The fishing is as good as it can get. It has been several years since we have seen fishing like this. A lot of this due to the early spring high water and muddying up the water and scattering the fish. Right now if you are wanting to catch fish and you are not fishing Lake Shelbyville, you are really missing out on the best fishing ever. With the lake being low, it has the fish concentrated on points, chunk rock, gravel, sandy shorelines, and drop offs and also any kind of wood structure.

Crappie are also biting real well, the big fish are easy to come by, we are getting limits within a few hours. Sometimes we are struggling to get our limits of undersized fish!! We are throwing 1/4 ounce lead head jigs with twister tails or tube jigs. Either one works and the color does not seem to matter. We have been fishing main and secondary points with submerged stumps or brush. We have also seen people going back in the coves, they are catching fish deep and shallow. You can fish jigs or minnows, it really does not matter. If you are not catching fish on the spot you re in, don't bother changing all your baits to different colors, just move and keep looking until you find them. They are biting.

White bass fishing is very good. Look for wind blown, chunk rock, pea gravel banks either on the main lake or in the bigger creeks back in the coves. If the wind is blowing good, they are up on the banks and we are fishing anywhere from the bank back. We are using two jig rigs and throwing up about 2 foot from the bank and cranking it fast the first few feet coming off the bank and then just stopping it and letting it fall and going with a stop and go retrieve. We are picking up white bass, walleye and largemouth by doing this. We have also seen a lot of white bass activity on the surface out there. We have even seen largemouth and crappie busting shad on the surface.

Catfish and bluegill are biting also. Blue gill are always on the riprap around boat ramps or bridges. When you find the riprap, set a bobber 2-4 foot with your favorite blue gill bait and you will be very busy. It is hard to get real big blue gill but if they are big enough to eat you will be doing the lake a favor by taking them out. There are a ton of small blue gill in Lake Shelbyville!

We still have not really heard much on Musky fishing, we have seen fisherman trolling, but have not seen anyone catch one yet. We personally have not seen or caught one yet but we do know they are in the lake and fisherman are catching some below the dam. If you are looking for river fish, go up the river above the lake. You will find white bass, walleye and crappie up there. It is also the same below the dam along with sauger.

If you like bass fishing and you are not fishing Lake Shelbyville right now, you are missing out on some of the best bass fishing we have seen in years. You can catch these fish on your favorite bait. They are deep and shallow, in the coves, on the main lake. Concentrate on pea gravel, chunk rock and any kind of wood structure that you may see.

Be sure to stay safe, the lake is STILL low. Watch out for submerged stumps and sandbars. Be sure to give the flats lots of room. It is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.

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Fishing Report for 4-16-2010

The lake level is at 594.84 which is about 7 inches above winter pool. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 60's and continuing to warm fast. You may even find some in the 70's, especially later in the day and back in the shallow coves. The water is stained due to the wind and the pollen that is blowing into the lake. When the wind blows it muddies up the shorelines which tends to keep the lake stained.

The lake is very fishable and fishing is excellent right now just about for any species you want to catch.

For crappie fishing, the best thing to do right now is put on a twister tail or a tube jig and fish the down trees. You will find them at different depths on different trees. We suggest using a count down method and a slow retrieve. Keep moving, try different depths, they are kind of scattered out. You may find some bunched up later in the day back in the coves. Some of the males are starting to turn black so they are definitely thinking about spawning. When you find them you will be able to catch some really nice ones pretty quick.

White bass fishing is very good right now. They are on the wind blown gravel and chunk rock banks and points. You can catch them anywhere from 2 foot to about 10 foot deep. Try throwing a twister tail or a two jig rig. We have even been catching some two at a time. When you find a bank holding these fish you will catch white bass, largemouth bass, crappie and walleye!!

We have finally been picking up some walleye and have heard of other fisherman doing the same. All these fish are relating to wind blown chunk rock and sandy gravel banks and points. Find one where the wind is blowing in, adjust your depth, throw to the bank, reel a few turns, let it fall to the bottom, and pick up and go with a slow retrieve or a stop and go retrieve, letting it fall down the drop offs. If you are not hitting fish on a bank, we have a simple solution for you.....move. When you find a bank holding the fish, you are going to catch a bunch fast.

We have not heard of and musky being caught yet, but are sure they are active also. If you want to go for Musky target the bait. Look for the bait and then fish in the bait. We are seeing a lot of Musky fisherman trolling for Musky in the mouths of the coves and down the high clay river channel banks

Be sure to stay safe, the lake is STILL low, still dangerous. Watch out for submerged stumps and sandbars. Be sure to give the flats lots of room. Don't try to run into the timbered coves like you were used to doing when the water was up. It is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.

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Fishing Report for 4-11-2010

The lake level is at 594.7 which is about 6 inches above winter pool. The water temperature is in the upper 50's on the main lake and in the afternoons in the coves it is hitting in the mid 60's. With the prediction of the warmer week coming up, we are certain that the water temperatures will rise fast. As this happens, fishing is only going to get better! The water is stained on the south end and as you move north is is murky to muddy. We have been fishing the south end from the dam up to about point 4 and doing very well.

If you are looking for crappie, which is your best bet right now, try the main lake and secondary points in the larger coves. As the water warms up you will even find these fish moving up especially in the afternoons after the sun has warmed the water. A jig and bobber fished on any kind of wood structure you see works great for the shallow fish! Most of our fish are the big females. We have been catching them anywhere from 8-15 feet deep on the main lake points. We have been swimming tube jigs, throwing a short cast, letting it fall to the bottom, and slow swimming it back towards the boat. Now, you do have to hunt for these fish, they are not just jumping in the boat!! Every now and then we will pull up to a point and catch several really quick. Keep moving till you find them, they are active! We have had more trouble catching the undersized fish then the ones over 10 inches. All the fish we are catching are thick and healthy. See the pictures! If you are not out there catching crappie right now, you ought to be!

If you are looking for bass, the bass bite is very good right now. Largemouth Bass can be caught anywhere from main lake points to back in the flat shallow coves. Most of these fish are relating to wood, or wood and rock. Any bait that you like to use will work for you. We have caught quite a few bass on crappie jigs deep and shallow.

We have not fished for white bass yet, but we have been picking them up by accident throwing tube jigs for crappie. Most of the white bass are coming from the main lake points, or wind blown main lake points, casting up shallow. If you don't find them up shallow, watch your locators. If you see them sitting out there in 15-20 feet, don't be afraid to drop a bait to them. If what you see on the locator is white bass, you will get bit right away. If they are un-catchable fish, move on, don't waste your time just because you see fish.

We have not heard of any walleye being caught on the lake yet, but they are catching walleye up the rivers and below the dam. They are also starting to pick up a lot of white bass and a few crappie below the dam. So if you are looking for walleye, check the rivers, either above the lake or below the dam. Try twister tail jigs. Use whatever ounce weight you may need to combat the current.

We still have not heard any 'musky' stories yet! It won't be long though and this will change. They will be following the bait fish. The bait fish tend to rise towards the surface as the water warms. This is what you want to target.... large schools of bait.

Catfishing is always good on Lake Shelbyville. Right now you want to target running water where ever it meets calm water. The lake is low, so that is kind of a hard thing to do right now. You really can't get up the rivers with a boat, but if you want to walk the river, try the bends in the river with whatever your favorite catfish bait may be.

Be sure to stay safe, the lake is still low. Watch out for submerged stumps and sandbars. Be sure to give the flats lots of room. Don't try to run into the timbered coves like you were used to doing when the water was up. It is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.

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Fishing Report for 4-05-2010

The lake level is at 594.09 which is 11 inches above winter pool. The water temperature is in the mid 50's and the water is stained on the south end and murky to muddy on the north end. The high winds and the low water with the clay banks exposed is keeping the water a bit dirtier than it ought to be. It is very fishable on the south end.

Crappie fishing has slowed somewhat from last week. Limits of crappie are still being caught by those who want to work hard for them. We found our fish in 8-12 foot of water on main lake and secondary points. We are using 1/4 ounce lead head jigs. Minnows would work too. The main thing is you have to move a lot until you find a point that is holding these fish. You also may want to check any wood along river channel banks and the high clay banks with down trees. The fish we found in these places are nice and healthy. We are catching more fish over 10 inches than under 10 inches.

The largemouth bass are active and plenty are being caught right now. We did not go fishing for bass alone this past week, but caught several by accident with our tube jigs while fishing for crappie. The bass are on the same kind of structure the crappie are on. Some were caught shallow and some deep, as deep as 20 foot. We did not catch any keepers, but it is nice to see a good number of fish being caught.

While fishing for crappie we did pick up some white bass in 18-20 feet of water on main lake points going into the coves. We could see them on the locater but we were targeting crappie. If a person was to target white bass we feel they could be caught right now. Look for schools of white bass on deep points.

So far we have not heard of any walleye or musky being caught on the lake, but it should be soon and we will have walleye reports for the lake. They are catching walleye on the river above the lake and below the dam. So, if you are wanting walleye, the river is the place to look right now.

There are a lot of fish being caught below the dam this week. They are releasing a good amount of water which always improves the fishing below the dam.

Be sure to stay safe, the lake is still low. Watch out for submerged stumps and sandbars. Be sure to give the flats lots of room. It is always a good idea to take someone with you! Good luck out there.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 5-28-2010

The lake level is 599.46 which is 2.4 feet below summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 70's. The water clarity is stained but very fishable throughout the lake. Fishing remains very very good for all species except Musky.

Crappie are biting deep and shallow and all in-between. Some are spawned out and some are still spawning. We are catching our crappie on 3 inch twister tails with 1/4 ounce lead heads. We are throwing to the bank and swimming the bait back at different depths. They are not necessarily relating to wood, they are relating to bait. We are catching these fish throughout the lake.

White bass fishing is very good. Our fish have been coming from humps and sandbars along the creek and river channels anywhere from 10 foot to 25 foot deep. A lot of fish we have caught have been suspended. 2 jig rigs work good for these fish right now. Trolling with crankbaits is also working for these fish right now.

Walleye fishing is HOT! We have been catching keeper walleye while bass fishing by throwing crankbaits on main lake and secondary points. We have been targeting any kind of point with the wind blowing in with chunk rock or gravel. We have mostly found them in 2-6 foot of water and we were astounded by the number of walleye we have been catching. They are not all keeper size, but all in all we have been catching enough keeper size to get excited. The best we have seen it is many, many years. We have also caught some walleye on 2-jig rigs and have seen a lot of people fishing live bait and catching them just as well. Jig and minnow or jig and night crawler across the same kind of points.

Bass are still biting, a lot of bass are on the beds right now which makes them a little tougher to catch. We have been catching our share deep and shallow. You can use whatever your favorite bait might be. We know we have been saying this every week, but have to say it is the truth. If you like fishing plastics, do it. If you like throwing spinner baits or crank baits, do it. All techniques and baits are working.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 5-21-2010

The lake level is at 597.79 which is just a little over a foot below normal summer pool! We have had cooler, rainy weather, so the water temperature did not go up any this week. The water temperature is right around 70 degrees. The water is stained but very fishable until you get way up on the north end and then you will find murky to muddy water.

Fishing is very good for all species except for the Musky, We only have heard about one Musky caught on our fishing blog. (Thanks Mark)!! If anyone has caught any Musky, please let us know!

The spawn has started! We are finding crappie and bass on beds, carp are in the weeds spawning. It is all happening out there right now.

We have been fishing for crappie and still catching ours on the deep points using 1/4 oz lead heads and 3 inch twister tails or tube jigs. We are using all colors and all colors are working well. We are targeting wood structure on main lake and secondary points. That is where we are finding our bigger crappie. You can also catch crappie on jig or minnow under a bobber around lay downs and shallow wood.

White bass fishing is excellent. We are finding them on wind-blown gravel shorelines shallow, catching them on 2-jig rigs and then also finding them 20-25 foot deep depending on which end of the lake you are on. The white bass are spawning on the deep sandbars. You can catch the deep fish by vertical jigging with a one ounce spoon or a jig and minnow.

We are catching quite a few walleye out there throwing crankbaits on sand and gravel or chunk rock banks and also on our jigs. You can also catch walleye by trolling crankbaits.

If you are looking for largemouth bass, bass fishing has been unbelievable. You can catch them using whatever your favorite bait might be. The bass are deep and shallow. The bigger fish seem to be coming off the deeper water on main and secondary points. You can catch smaller fish any way you want to fish for them, anywhere on the lake.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report for 5-14-2010

The lake level is 596.83 which is about 3 foot below summer pool. Our water temperature is in the mid to low 70's, especially in the back of the creeks and coves. There are places on the main lake that it is in the high 60's.

Fishing has changed somewhat, it is not quite as good as it was a couple weeks ago, but we still consider it to be very good.

Our crappie are coming off the deep points on any kind of wood structure. We are throwing 1/4 ounce lead heads and 3 inch twisters or tube jigs. We are going with a stop and go retrieve and keeping our baits close to the bottom. The big females are sitting in about 8 - 15 foot of water depending on what part of the lake you are on. The males are turning dark and can be found up shallower against the banks. The spawn is getting very close. The shallow fish can be caught on a jig and bobber, jig and minnow or which ever way you want to fish for them. Remember if you are looking for the bigger females, back off to the nearest drop off away from the males and try as described above with the 1/4 ounce jigs.

White bass and walleye have backed off the banks a little. You can catch them from 4-5 foot and deeper, as deep as 18-20 feet! Try on the sandbars and along the chunk rock and gravel banks. You can find the deep fish with your locator, a jigging spoon and a 2 jig rig works well. You could also use crankbaits to catch them. Trolling crankbaits on the drop offs and sandbars have been catching white bass, walleye and even crappie! Vary your depth until you figure out what's working best. Locating the bait fish helps. When you can see bait fish hanging in say 10 feet of water and you are sitting in 20 feet of water, take a crankbait that will run that depth for you, try trolling through there and we can just about guarantee you will pick up some fish.

Largemouth Bass fishing is still very, very good. We have been picking up a lot of bass by accident on our 3 inch twister tails. Most are coming shallow in 2-4 foot of water, off any kind of wood structure. We have also picked up some walleye this week on the 3 inch twister tail and 1/4 ounce lead head fishing for crappie on the main lake points and drop offs. Like the white bass, the walleye have also backed off. They are in the same area's as they were on the banks, just backed off a bit deeper.

Still no word of Musky fishing, if anyone has any Musky stories, drop us a line here and tell us!

Catfish or Bluegill remains the same as last week. They will be moving up shallower and you can catch them on cut bait or whatever your favorite bait is.

Until next week, be sure to stay safe and take someone with you, Good luck out there.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report for 5-07-2010

The lake level is 596.32 which is 3.8 foot below summer pool. The water is stained but fine for fishing all over the lake until you get way up on the north end, and then you will get murky to muddy water. The water temperature is in the high 60's and you may even see 70's back in the coves.

Fishing is still excellent for all species, although we have not personally heard of anyone catching Musky.

Crappie fishing is still excellent. We have been using 1/4 ounce lead heads and 3 inch twister tails or tube jigs. We are fishing 8-15 feet deep on the main lake and secondary points with any kind of wood structure. If you want, you can also catch some crappie shallow with jig and minnows. A lot of crappie are moving shallow and into the coves, especially later in the day. Our choice is still to fish deep on the points and drop offs for the larger fish.

White bass, walleye and large mouth are all chasing bait up and down the shorelines. They are relating to chunk rock, pea gravel and sandy shoreline with any kind of wind blowing in on them. Or, if you don't have wind, keep your eyes opened for them chasing shad on the surface. When you spot this happening, you can catch them on crankbaits, 2 jig rigs, rat-l-traps, or just about any bait you want to throw.

Bass fishing is excellent right now on Lake Shelbyville. You can use whatever your favorite bass bait might be. You can catch them deep, shallow and all in-between.

Walleye are being picked up with schools of white bass. Anytime we are fishing for white bass with crankbaits or 2 jig rigs with 3 inch twister tails and 1/4 ounce lead heads we are catching walleye.

As always, the blue gill and catfish fishing is excellent on our lake. There are a ton of small blue gill but you can catch some that are big enough to clean. You can help the lake by taking these fish out.

Until next week, be sure to stay safe and take someone with you, Good luck out there.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-25-2010

The lake level is 607.45 which is 7.75 feet above summer pool and rising! Hopefully the rain has quit. The water temperature is in the upper 70's to low 80's depending what part of the lake you are on. With all the rain we have had you would guess that is would be muddy out there, but it is not. Because of the green vegetation on the banks the water is just stained until you get way up north, then you will see muddy. The lake is very fishable and fishing is still very good.

White bass is still your best bet if you are wanting to take fish home. The white bass are schooling on the surface chasing the new shad hatch. When you see the fish on the surface try using 2 jig rigs, rooster tails or whatever your favorite bait might be. We are using 2 jig rigs and holding our rod high and reeling fast. We are also finding large white bass on the drop offs and sand bars deep. Try catching these deep fish with jigging spoons, vertical jigging, 15-25 foot deep. You can use your locator to find them. If you see them on the locator and you drop a jigging spoon down there and don't get a bite, then what you are seeing are not white bass. If you see fish on the locator, and if they are white bass, you will get a bite when dropping that spoon.

We are still picking up crappie on any kind of wood structure. You can catch them deep and shallow. Don't be afraid to fish the vegetaion, especially now with the water into it.

Largemouth Bass fishing is still very good. Your favorite baits will still work. You can catch fish deep and shallow and once again don't be afraid to fish in the vegetation. Top water baits, spinner baits, buzz baits or swimming a plastic worm or jig through this type of cover can produce fish.

Walleye fishing has slowed down. We are not saying you cannot catch them, it has just changed. If you have been catching any, you can catch them on the same places you have been catching them on, just try fishing a little deeper. Try fishing points with any kind of chunk rock, sand or gravel and close to creek and river channels. The walleye also relate to weeds so you can try fishing the vegetation too.

Catfish are still very active, they are still on the rocks around marina's, bridges and boat ramps.

Bluegill fishing is always very good on Lake Shelbyville, they are just small. Try any kind of bluegill bait on rip rap. Set a bobber 2-4 foot deep to catch as many as you want.

Because of the rising water, beware of floating debris.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-18-2010

The lake level is up due to the recent rains and stands at 602.65 which is almost 3 foot above summer pool. It is expected to continue to rise about another foot by the 20th and if we do not get any more rain, that is as high as it should get. The clarity of the water is mostly stained.

Fishing has changed somewhat for this week. Your best bet for a lot of action and a lot of fish to go home with is white bass. White bass are feeding on the new shad fry. Look for them feeding on the surface to locate schools of fish. You can also find fish deep by using your locator on the sandbars along the river and creek channel drop offs. There are some people also trolling to locate these fish. We are using one ounce mann-o-lures or the 2 jig rig. If they are up on top the 2 jig rig will get them, and if they are deep use the spoon and vertical jig for them.

Crappie fishing has slowed down a bit, try catching them along the edges of the vegetation along the banks. We are talking about the smart weeds that grew when the water was low and now the water is into them. You can also target any kind of wood structure. You can still get them deep and shallow, you will just have to work harder for them. There are some crappie being picked up by the trolling fisherman trolling crank baits on the ledges and drop offs.

If you are looking for walleye, it has also gotten a little bit tougher to catch them. We have found them backed off a little deeper, but if the wind is blowing, don't be afraid to fish the weed lines. Walleye do relate to vegetation. You can use crank baits, rat-l-traps, jigs, and also jigs tipped with minnow or night crawler. Vary your depth until you find where the fish are holding.

The Large mouth bass bite has also toughened up out there, although they are still being caught. Most of them are being caught deeper on the points and ledges using plastic worms, jigs, or deep diving crank baits. Once again with the water into the smart weeds, don't be afraid to fish the wind blown smart weed shore lines. Top water baits, spinner baits, buzz baits or swimming a jig through this type of cover can produce.

Catfishing remains the same and the only Musky stories we have heard are on our fishing blog.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-11-2010

The lake level stands at 600.24 which is .54 feet (about 6 inches) above summer pool. The water is stained throughout the lake but extremely fishable. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's.

The fish are still biting. They are biting as good as they have been, but their patterns have changed a little bit. You can catch all kinds of fish doing all kinds of things out there.

We have been finding crappie on any kind of wood structure, deep and shallow, jig or minnow will work. You can also find crappie at the edge of the smart weeds with the water being up and into the vegetation. You can set a jig and bobber about a foot deep and fish along the edge of the weeds and you will find some fish.

If you are dreaming of a fish fry or looking for a lot of fish to go home with, it is really hard to beat the white bass. We have been finding white bass deep and shallow, but mostly deep on the sandbars next to the river channel and creek channel drop offs. Depending on what part of the lake you are fishing on, we have been finding these fish anywhere from 10 or 12 foot to 20 foot. We have been using the one ounce Mann-o-Lure jigging spoons which you can get them at the Spillway Motel in Shelbyville. We have also been throwing 2 jig rigs, letting it fall and then going with a stop and go retrieve. If you want to, you can also locate the white bass by trolling crank baits. You can also see schools of white bass chasing the new shad fry on the surface. The fish chasing shad on the surface are mostly small fish right now but they can tip you off to where the fish are located out there. When you see this busting on the surface you can usually go to the bottom under those fish and catch a combination of white bass, yellow bass, drum perch, large mouth and walleye.

We are still catching walleye, but the walleye bit has slowed down. We are not getting limits as easily like we were, we are having to work harder for them. You can find them deep and shallow. We have found them in 2 foot of water along the edge of the smart weeds on the points and as deep as 20 foot while fishing for white bass. You can use live bait, jig and minnow, jig and night crawler, cast crank baits, lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails, or you can troll for them.

Large mouth bass fishing is still excellent and catfish fishing is also still the same as the last report.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 6-04-2010

The lake level stands at 600.31 which is just barely above normal summer pool. The water is stained throughout the lake but very fishable. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's.

At this time fish are spawning or spawned out. We are catching crappie and white bass with eggs still in them and we are also catching the same fish without any eggs.

We hate to keep saying the same thing over and over every week, but we are seeing the same fishing conditions day after day. Fishing remains excellent for all species except musky. Fishing is better this year than it has been in many years.

You can get your limits of crappie deep and shallow using jigs or minnows. They are relating to wood structure. We have also see fishermen picking up crappie trolling crank baits. If you decide to troll with crank baits you will pick up white bass, largemouth bass and walleye. You can troll across flats and points, creek channels drop offs and river channel drop offs.

The white bass fishing is at its best out there,we are catching huge white bass. On the average our white bass have been 12 inches and up. We have also found schools of smaller white bass which is nice to see. You can catch these fish on jigging spoons deep, 2 jig rigs when the wind blows and they are shallow, casting crank baits or however you like to catch them. While you are fishing for white bass, don't be surprised if you pick up walleye and largemouth bass!

If you want to target walleye, don't delay! Our walleye fishing is a good as we have seen it in many, many years. It is not uncommon right now to catch your limit of walleye out there. We have seen an increase in size and numbers of walleye caught this year. We have been catching our walleye by casting crank baits or jigs along wind blown shore lines. On high traffic weekends we have been finding fish by targeting the mudlines created by boat traffic. When you see mudlines running across points and mouths of coves, throw a crankbait that runs about an average of 6 foot (any kind, any color) to catch walleye, white bass and large mouth bass.

We have not gone out to actually target largemouth bass, but have caught many fishing for the other species. All baits are working for catching largemouth. Because of the low water this year, the vegetation was able to grow on the bare banks. Now the water is into that vegetation (smart weeds) along miles of shoreline and this provides excellent cover for the large mouth bass and all other species too.

This is the month catfish spawn on the rip rap around marina's, bridges and boat ramps. Fish along the rocks and rip rap using whatever your favorite catfish bait may be.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-30-2010

The lake level stands at 606.24 which is 6.54 feet above summer pool. Hopefully we won't get any more rain so we can get back to normal. The water temperature is in the mid 80's. Because of the green vegetation on the banks the water is stained but very clear and fishable. The fishing is still very, very good.

White bass is still your best bet if you like catching a lot of fish! The white bass are schooling on the surface chasing the new shad hatch. These fish are pretty easy to locate. When you see them on the surface, you can catch them with 2 jig rigs, rooster tails or whatever you like to fish with. We are throwing our 2 jig rig, holding our rod high and reeling fast. We are also finding large white bass on the drop offs and sand bars, anywhere from 15-25 foot deep. We are using our locator to find them. When we see them on the locator we are using a jigging spoon to vertical jig, or our 2 jig rig. If we go with the 2 jig rig for the deep fish, we use a stop and go retrieve technique. When we see fish on the locator and drop our spoons down, we do not give it much time. We either get a bite right away and if we don't we move because the fish we were seeing on the locator were not white bass. There is not time we can recall that we put a jigging spoon in front of a white bass and it did not take it.

Crappie can still be caught on any kind of wood structure deep or shallow. They can also be caught in the vegetation.

Largemouth bass fishing is still very good, your favorite baits will still work. You can catch them deep and shallows. Once again, with the water still into the vegetation, don't be afraid to try spinner baits, buzz baits or any kind of top water or shallow running bait. The fish get into the vegetation and are very easy to catch.

Walleye fishing has slowed down somewhat. Fishermen are still catching them. Look for points close to river and creek channels with any kind of sand, gravel or chunk rock. As mentioned about the bass relating to the weeds, you can find walleye and crappie the same way.

Catfish are still active on the rocks around the marina's, bridges and boat ramps.

No word on musky fishing and blue gill fishing remains the same.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-23-2010

The lake level is 606.24 which is 6.54 feet above summer pool. After all the rain we do speculate it getting a little higher. The water is stained to murky through-out the lake. The water temperature is in the low 8o's. Even with the rain and hot weather fishing remains good.

Your best bet right now if you want to catch a lot of fish and be able to clean them to take them home is still white bass. There are large active schools out there and once you locate them it does not take long to catch them quickly. Keep your eyes open for the seagulls to tip you off. If you do not see seagulls, fish shallow on the wind blown flats with a 2 jig rig or whatever bait works for you. If you have no luck fishing shallow, or do not see any seagulls, back off to the edge of the weeds which is about 6-7 feet right now and then work your way to deeper water. One more way to locate these fish is to troll across the flats. Once you find some trolling, you can toss out a marker on them and then use a one ounce jigging spoon and vertical jig for them. The white bass we have been catching have been a good size and plentiful!

The crappie are still scattered. Fishing for them has been a bit slow. You can still catch them, you just have to really work hard trying. You will need to move around a lot, check any kind of wood structure, fish the water where it is into the vegetation. You will probably do more fishing then catching!

The walleye fishing is the same as it has been the last couple weeks. Slow. There are people catching walleye trolling crank baits across the flats next to drop offs where the flats meet the channels. These fishermen are not only catching walleye, but are also catching large mouth, white bass and some big crappie.

Large mouth bass fishing is still good. We are catching them deep and shallow. You can go fishing for large mouth bass out there right now and use whatever you want to use to fish for them. All baits are working to catch them.

No musky reports yet. We have not caught any.

Catfish fishing and blue gill fishing is the same as always. Try for catfish around any kind of rip rap. For blue gill, try any kind of bluegill bait on rip rap. Set a bobber 2-4 foot deep to catch as many as you want. They will be small one's for the most part. This is great for kids!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-16-2010

The lake level is 605.99 which is 6.29 feet above summer pool and falling. the clarity of the water is clear to stained. The water temperature is in the upper 70's to low 80's.

The weather has been hot....... and so has the fishing. If you can take the heat (bring plenty of water) read the report below, get out there, and catch some sun rays along with a bunch of fish! The only thing that has changed since our last report is the seagulls are starting to appear!! They will tattle on where the fish are at, so be on the look-out for them.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-09-2010

The lake level is 607.59 which is 7.89 feet above summer pool and going back down. The water temperature is in the low 80's and we consider the clarity of the water throughout the lake to be clear to stained this week. The rain did not have an adverse effect on the clarity because of the vegetation. The fishing is fair to good, depending what you are fishing for!

If you want a lot of fish to take home to cook and eat, try going for the white bass. Smaller white bass are being caught on the wind blown flats up in the vegetation. We are getting ours throwing a 2 jig rig but you could use whatever bait you have confidence in. The larger white bass tend to be deeper and relating to the creek and river channels drop offs where the flats meet the channels. We are using our locator to locate these fish in 12-25 feet depending what part of the lake you are on. We are using a one ounce jigging spoon and vertical jigging, or throwing a 2 jig rig, letting it go to the bottom and then reeling with a stop and go retrieve. As mentioned in previous reports, you want to keep moving until you find them. They are not everywhere nor are they in the same spots every day. It changes from hour to hour, day to day. Soon the seagulls will be here and they will be tipping us off as to where the schools of fish are feeding on the surface. If you get lucky and happen to see these fish on the surface, throw into them, hold your rod tip up and reel really fast, keeping your bait just below the surface.

Crappie fishing has slowed. They seem to be scattered throughout the vegetation due to the high water. They are also scattered out feeding on the new shad fry in open water suspended. Anytime fish are suspended in open water they tend to be harder to target. Your best bet would be to fish anywhere from 2-3 foot to 15-20 feet using jigs or jigs and minnows along the flooded vegetation, standing timber or lay down trees. You do have to work hard and move a lot to get your limits.

Bass fishing remains good. You can catch them deep and shallow. Use the vegetation to your advantage, especially when you see surface activity. Try buzz baits, spinner baits, or any kind of top water bait. If you are having zero luck in the vegetation, then try deeper targeting the drop offs and points. For this kind of fishing try a deep running crank bait, jig or plastic worm.

Walleye fishing has slowed considerably, but still being caught. The most productive method being used out there right now is trolling crank baits on points and flats and along weed lines especially on windy days. Try using jigs tipped with minnow or night crawler or shallow running crank baits up into the weeds.

Catfishing is always good on our lake. Your best bet to catch them right now is to drift your favorite catfish bait on the sandbar flats. Vary your depth of water you are fishing in while fishing close to or on the bottom.

Don't forget to drink a lot of water, take a lot of water with you out there, it has been very hot.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 7-02-2010

The lake level is 608.23 which is 8.53 feet above summer pool. The water is stained but still very fishable. The water temperature is in the upper 70's to low 80's.

Fishing remains very good even with the high water into the weeds. It is a little tougher to find fish because of the conditions, and fishing in general is not a hot as it was, but you still can do real good out there.

High water is the greatest thing that could ever happen for the fisheries in Lake Shelbyville. Anytime the water floods into the vegetation, the fish have an opportunity for excellent growth and survival rate because of the additional cover they get.

With the water being into the weeds any species you are looking to catch right now can be caught along the green grass shorelines and around the willow trees. All species relate to the green vegetation. Keep your eyes open for feeding fish on the surface because they are chasing the shad. The shad are getting bigger! It is not that hard to locate these schools of fish and when you find a school of white bass you will find the other species right in there with them because they are feeding on the same shad.

You can also find all the species of fish relating to the edges of the drop offs on the sand bars. You can look for these fish with your locator or by trolling crank baits. We have been catching fish with one ounce jigging spoons and 2 jig rigs along the creek channel ledges and river channel edges on the sandbars. The depth we have found them in has varied depending on what part of the lake we were on. We are finding them anywhere from 10 feet to up to 30 feet of water. We were glad to have found our fish these past few weeks for our 4th annual July 4th fish fry! If you are around, stop and say hi. We hope everyone has a SAFE July 4th.!

Because of the high water, beware of floating debris and submerged structure.

That is all until next week. Find some time to get out there and catch some fish! The boat ramps will be crowded this weekend, so remember to exercise boat ramp etiquette!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 8-27-2010

The lake level is 600.14 feet which is .44 above summer pool. The water temperature is in the upper 70's to low 8o's. The water is clear to stained.

The white bass are biting like crazy as they have been all year. We are sure it will be this way for the rest of the season. We are catching our fish shallow on 2 jig rigs on the wind blown flats/shorelines. Top water baits, blade baits, spinner baits, you name the bait and they are going to hit it! There is an abundance of white bass in Lake Shelbyville! We are catching all sizes from little to large!

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Largemouth bass fishing has slowed down a bit. Anglers fishing the deep main lake and secondary points are still managing to land some throughout the day. They are using plastics or deep diving crankbaits. If the wind is blowing against the sandbars, you can have some luck finding these fish too with rat-l-traps, buzz baits and spinner baits. Top water baits on the river channel banks on down tree limbs that come up close to the surface can also produce fish.

We are seeing an increase in the crappie fishing and the crappie being caught out there. You still need to work hard to get a limit, but it can be done. We are predicting an excellent fall fishing season coming on due to the fact the lake has been stable.

Walleye are being caught occasionally by other fishermen trolling crank baits on drop offs. They are also fishing live bait to catch walleye, but it is still a bit slow. We have not caught any walleye while fishing for white bass this past couple weeks. Normally we do find them in with the white bass, so this could change.

No word on Musky, but catfish have been coming on strong. We have accidently been catching some on lures. They can also be caught on cut bait or live shad and drifting on the sandbars.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 8-12-2010

The lake level is at 602.94. Which is 3.24 foot above summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's due to extreme heat. The water is clear to stained through-out the lake.

White bass fishing is good. You have to look for them, but when you find them, there are large numbers of them schooling together. The white bass are now relating to the sand bars. There are a lot of seagulls out there and the seagulls will sit on the points and you will also see them circling and diving on white bass feeding on shad. We have been catching our white bass from mid-lake north on the sand bar flats. We are finding them anywhere from a foot of water in the weeds to 15 foot of water on the edges of the drop offs where the sand bars meet the river and creek channels.

Crappie fishing is slow but they can still be caught. You can use a jig or jig and minnow if you prefer. Try 8-10 feet of water around standing timber or lay down trees. We also see people trolling for white bass and walleye picking up crappie. You can troll with crank baits and pin point area's holding fish like mentioned in our last report.

Walleye are still being caught, but considered a slow bite. Try trolling the crank baits or using jig and night crawler or jig and minnow. Your best luck would be fishing on the points and drop offs.

Most people tend to think that largemouth bass fishing slows this time of the year, but that is not true. Largemouth bass fishing is very, very good right now. You can, but do not have to fish deep for them, you can go shallow with shallow baits like buzz bait and spinner baits along the weed lines on the flats. Either way, you will catch fish.

Catfish are being caught be drifting on the sand bars. Try to vary your depth. Make a pass at 6-8 foot and if that is not good then try 10 or 12 and so on and so on until you locate the depth they are holding at. We have seen them relate to the edges also, where the sand bars meet the river and creek channels.

Once again, no word on Musky.

Blue gill fishing remains the same.

It is predicted to be another hot week coming up, so be careful!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 8-06-2010

The lake level is at 604.77 which is 5.07 feet above summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 80's. The water is stained to clear and fishing is very good throughout the lake and up the rivers.

We are still catching a lot of white bass and it has been fun! This lake is just loaded with them. You do have to move and look for them. Once you find them you can load up. These are great for summertime backyard fish fry's! The smaller fish seem to be real shallow on the wind blown flats up in the weeds. The larger fish seem to be mostly on the outside edge of the weeds on the same flats along the river and creek channels. We are using a 2 jig rig to catch ours and using a stop and go retrieve in water 6-8 feet. A lot of different baits will work for catching fish this way. A couple other types you could use would be little george's or gay blades.

Crappie fishing is a little slower than the white bass fishing. You can still catch some crappie 8-10 foot deep along the shore lines. Try around any kind of wood structure with whatever your favorite crappie bait might be.

A method of fishing that is successfully being used to catch walleye crappie and white bass is trolling. You can troll crank baits across the flats and along the edges of the drop offs. If you get into an area where you keep picking up fish, you can try the following suggested method. Stop trolling and throw a marker out to mark the area, try fishing for them by using a jig or jigging spoon.

Large mouth bass fishing is excellent right now. We are seeing the bass busting on the flats up in the weeds. Try catching them by throwing any kind of top water bait like buzz baits, spinner bait, zara spooks or any shallow water bait. You can also flip a jig or a worm into the vegetation. If you are not catching any large mouth bass shallow, back off a little on the main lake points and fish a little deeper with a jig or plastic worm.

Catfish and blue gill fishing remain the same and still no reports on Musky.

No word on musky fishing and blue gill fishing remains the same.

If you can take the heat, we would be happy to take you fishing, we still have a couple openings. We could also book a trip with you for earlier or later in the day. It is predicted to be a hot week coming up, so be careful!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 9-10-2010

The lake level is 600.68 feet which is just about a foot above summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 70's. The water is clear to stained.

Fishing remains excellent for white bass. They are relating to wind blown sand bars. They are right up on the banks very shallow. You can catch them just about any way you like fishing, we are catching our with 2 jig rigs. Once you locate them, it is not uncommon to get 100's of these fish within a very short time. Along with the white bass we are catching an occasional largemouth bass and walleye. Those who do not remember or know how to tie on a 2 jig rig can now view an instructional video on our FaceBook! page!

If you want to catch crappie, check the wood structure like standing timber, fallen trees or stumps on the high clay banks. Minnows, jigs, jigs and minnow whatever you prefer will work. Vary your depth until you find the depth they are holding in a particular area.

You can catch bass on the main lake and also back in the coves. You can try top water baits or go deep, as deep as 25 feet with plastics.

Walleye fishing has been a little tougher than what we feel it should be for this time of the year. Jig and crawler, jig and minnow, or trolling crank baits across the flats on the points and trying different depths will possibly land you walleye right now..

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 10-29-10

The lake level is at 599.49. The water is in the mid to upper 60's and falling. The lake is clear to stained throughout.

We are still catching fish the same way as our last reports. The only thing to report different this week is the crappie fishing has improved. We were catching crappie right before the windy days came along. They were suspended on wood - standing timber or lay downs. It did not matter how deep the water was, we were catching them 3-5 foot deep. We caught them several ways. We used a jig and bobber a jig and minnow and also were swimming a jig slowly past any kind of wood structure. You could also find fish on the deeper drops and points, but the shallow fish were the easiest to catch.

White bass, walleye, largemouth bass fishing is still good on the wind blown flats. We have had lots of wind, so it has not been a problem finding these fish, and we have caught plenty.

There are still openings for this year and the crappie fishing is only going to get better!

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 10-23-10

The lake level is 599.57. The water temperature is in the upper 60's to low 70's. The water is stained but fishable throughout the lake.

Our last report (scroll down to enjoy) is still dead on as to what the fish are doing out there and what we are doing to catch the fish. There has been no change. Fishing is still excellent. Crappie fishing is still a little slow but will improve as the water temperatures tend to cool down.

If you get a chance to fish before winter be sure to do so. We still have openings in November, and November as a rule is an excellent month for fishing, especially crappie fishing.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 10-8-10 through 10-22-10

The lake level is 599.69 which is right at summer pool. The water is stained to clear. The water temperature is in the upper 60's or low 70's depending on the temerature of the day. Fishing in general is excellent.

We are catching large numbers of white bass deep and shallow. The easiest fish to locate and catch right now are the ones on the wind blown sandbars. Find any sandbar on any part of the lake and fish with your favorite white bass bait to catch them. We are using a 2 jig rig and holding it high and reeling fast. These shallow fish are in a foot of water or less. Once you find a bank that is holding them, you can catch as many as you care to clean. If you do not have any wind or are having trouble finding these bank fish, back of one some of those sand bars and try a little deeper. You can even troll crank baits to locate schools of deeper white bass. You can load the boat once you find them.

Largemouth bass fishing is very good. We have been catching a lot of largemouth while fishing for white bass. They can also be caught on the points and drop offs in deeper water. Plastics, jigs and worms are producing as well as crank baits and rat-l-traps.

Crappie fishing is starting to improve, as soon as the weather cools down a bit more we speculate the crappie fishing will get better. We are looking forward to catching a lot of big crappie this fall. We will let you know when it gets hot. If you want to try for them, try any kind of wood structure, deep or shallow.

We have been catching some walleye fishing for white bass in 2-4 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been spotty, but should improve as the weather cools down.

There are some reports of musky being caught out there. Most are being caught by casting the shorelines. Target the wind blown sandbar flats. If you can find the bait and white bass, you can succeed in finding some musky.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 9-24-2010 through 10-8-10

The lake level stands at 599.92 which is just above summer pool. The water temperature is in the low 70's and with the cooler nights predicted it will surely be falling. The water is stained to murky depending on where you are fishing and how windy it is. Don't let the wind bother you though, we are picking up a lot of fish very shallow on wind blown shore lines.

The fish are turned on, all species are worth fishing for right now but white bass is still your best bet if you want a lot of fish. We are catching them deep and shallow but the easiest fish to catch right now are on the wind blown sand bars. You can try these sands bars on the main lake or in the big creeks and coves. Go to the flat shallow banks and throw a 2 jig rig or whatever you like to fish with. Cover a lot of water until you find a bank that is holding fish. We are working our way up the lake from south to north. No one place is holding them, it varies day to day.

Crappie fishing is improving and will be getting better and better! We are predicting an excellent fall season for big crappie out there this year. Try any kind of wood structure, deep or shallow. We have been getting them 8-12 feet on points and drop offs. We are using jigs, but minnows would work if that is what you prefer.

Walleye fishing is starting to improve also. We have been catching a few in with the white bass on the shallow wind blown shorelines with our 2 jig rigs. You can also cast crank baits, rat-l-traps on wind blown points and rip rap.

Largemouth bass fishing is excellent. We have even caught some two at a time. Try on the main lake and also back in the coves. You can try top water baits or go deep, as deep as 25 feet with plastics.

Musky fishing is actually picking up. We have been hearing quite a few Musky stories. They are catching them shallow off the banks. If you find the bait and white bass, your chances will increase on catching a Musky!

If you are not fishing right now, you ought to be! We do still have some guide trip opening available for this fall.

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Don and Barb Satterfield
Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 11-19-10

The lake level is at 599.33. The water temperature is is the mid to upper 50's. The water is clearing up and clearer than it has been all year.

Crappie fishing has finally gotten better. We are catching nice big one's! A lot of ours are being caught with a jig and bobber set 2-4 foot deep in any depth of water and especially around any kind of wood structure including standing timber. We are catching these fish back in the coves and on the main lake. We have also caught some crappie deep, but the shallow fish are your best bet.

White bass fishing is still superb out there! We are catching them on the shorelines, throwing a 2-jig rig. If you do not catch them right up on the bank, keep reeling back away from the bank, let the jigs fall and try a stop and go retrieve. Keep moving until you find them and when you find them you can load up. We have also been catching largemouth bass and walleye in with the white bass throwing the 2 jig rig. We have had some nice walleye and even a few sauger and some really nice bass out there, all coming from shallow water using the 2-jig rig! You can use whatever you like to fish with though, you can catch these fish with your favorite baits.

If you don't mind dressing for the weather and going out there, we still have openings for the rest of the year.

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Lake Shelbyville Il Fishing Report for 11-13-10

Fishing is still excellent! There are still openings.

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