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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 2-24-12

The lake level stands at 594.22 which is just barely above winter pool. If you do go out there, be very careful because you can run aground in places you would not think about. Also, be extremely careful at the boat ramps with the water as low as it is, it gets very slick. Most of the ramps do not have there docks in at this time.

The water temperature is in the high 30's, you may find it a little warmer on some days in the backs of the coves and creeks.

The crappie fishing has been excellent all winter. We have caught our crappie on the main lake on the river channel banks. They have been anywhere from 15 to 25 foot deep on any kind of wood structure. We have been using 1/4 ounce lead jigs with 3 inch tubes and basically vertical jigging or very slow swimming these baits. You can also catch these fish right now back in the shallow water in the larger creeks around standing timber or any kind of wood structure using a jig and bobber. Whichever way you want to catch them, they are biting!

We have also ran into schools of white bass out there while fishing and looking for crappie on the main lake points and drop offs. These white bass have been running anywhere from 8 - 15 or sometime 20 foot deep.

If you would like to catch a mess of crappie or if you want to learn how we catch these crappie in cold water, give us a call!

Till next time,

Don and Barbara Satterfield

Feb 2012 report is accurate for this month.

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report April 29, 2012

The lake level is 596.14 which is about 3.5 foot below summer pool. The water temperature is cooler from where it was on the last report. It is in the mid 50's. We have a big warm up coming so these temperatures will not last long.

The docks are in at all the boat ramps and all the fish cleaning stations are open which is good news to report right off!

The Crappie are spawning and some are already spawned out. We have caught females though that are full of eggs. You can find the crappie deep and shallow. We have been fishing the south end and finding nice fish deep in anywhere from 8-25 foot deep. We are using 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch twister tails and locating them on points, secondary points and the edges of the flats where they meet the creek and river channels. Any where that you can find submerged wood or rock you can catch these fish.


If you are looking for White Bass, they can also be caught deep and shallow. They should be real close to spawning, they are full of eggs right now. When the White Bass spawn on the lake part of the lake, they usually spawn on the edge of the sandbars and anywhere from 15-25 foot of water. You can find these fish with your locator but you can also find some of these White Bass on a windy day up on the pea gravel, chunk rock points. A 2-jig rig or a jigging spoon depending on what depth you find them at works really well for these fish.


Large Mouth Bass are going crazy out there. Everyone we talk to, including us while fishing for Crappie have caught numerous Large Mouth Bass. A lot of bigger bass are also being caught. You can use whatever your favorite bait may be, we like Rat-L-Traps and crank baits on wind blown chunk rock and pea gravel banks, points and secondary points. Once you locate an area holding these fish, it is fun to pick up a jig or a plastic worm and fish a little deeper on these spots to try to get some of the bigger fish.


Walleye were starting to show a little a couple of weeks ago, but it is still slow but will get much better with the warm up coming.

Until next time, stay safe out there, the lake is still a little low.

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Don and Barb Satterfield


Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report for April 12, 2012

The Lake level is 594.6 which is .6 feet above winter pool.
The water temperature is anywhere from 50-60 degrees, depending on what part of the lake you are on, and what time of the day it is. We are sure that the cooler days and nights ahead will drop it down a little bit. This will not hurt the fishing.

Crappie fishing is excellent, the crappie are actually trying to spawn and some are spawning. We have been catching them off of any kind of wood structure in deep and shallow water. The last few days it has been really good in 1-3 foot of water on the main lake or back in the coves and creeks. We are using 1/4 ounce lead heads with a tube jig or twister tail under a bobber and then cranking it slowly past any kind of wood structure. Once you find an area holding these fish, they are piled up and you can get a limit fast.

The white bass fishing is also good out there right now. You will find them on the wind blown banks, either on main lake, main lake points and flats and also back in the creeks on wind blown pea gravel and sandy banks.

We have picked up some walleye while fishing for crappie and white bass. The walleye fishing will only get better as the water warms up.

Large mouth bass fishing is very good. You can catch them on whatever your favorite bass bait might be. The Large mouth bass like the crappie are also spawning. You can find the males on beds back in the coves. Because the water is so clear you will be able to see the bass on the beds. We are having a hard time keeping the large mouth bass off of our crappie jigs.

The lake is low so you do have to be extremely careful out there. You can run aground or hit things in places you would think are OK.

The boat ramps are another place to be extremely cautious. Keep your boat towards the center of the ramp because there are rocks along the edges. The ramps also get slick because of the lake being so low. The courtesy docks are not going to be put in until the lake level reaches 596.

Until next time, we do have some openings and hope we can help you!

Good fishing!

Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report May 17, 2012

The lake level is 598.57 which is still 1.3 foot below summer pool. The water is clear to stained and very fishable. The fishing is still very good! The water temperature is in the mid to upper 60's and will certainly continue to warm up.

A lot of fish have spawned out, but we are still catching some fish that have NOT yet spawned out, including large mouth bass and crappie. We are catching a lot of white bass that are spawning in deep water on the sandbars

We are catching our crappie on any kind of wood structure deep and shallow. You do need to keep moving until you find them. We are using 1/4 ounce lead heads and 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies, either one will work. Minnow's will also work if you prefer to go that way.

You can find white bass deep and shallow. We have been locating them with our locator stacked up on the sand bars deep. When we see them on the locator we throw a marker buoy on the area. Then we face the boat into the wind so we can hold it perfectly still and proceed to vertical jig with our one ounce mann-o-lures. If you do not start catching fish right away then the fish you are seeing on the locator are not white bass. If this happens, keep moving. On windy days there are still some white bass relating to the wind blown shorelines. You can catch these fish on whatever you like to use, our favorite is the 2 jig rig. Hold it high and reel it fast, then slow down as you approach the boat using a stop and go method. You can also use the 2 jig rig in deeper water, just fish slower and use the stop and go retrieval method. When we refer to this method, we are speaking of reel it a few turns, stop and let it fall back to the bottom. It is best to use a fishing line that is visible to be really effective.

Large mouth bass are everywhere, deep, shallow, in the coves,on the main lake, in other words, you do not have to look hard if you want to catch some. On Wed this week we were looking for walleye with crank baits and while looking we caught several large mouth bass.

The last couple days the walleye bite has been good to very good. You can fish around pea gravel, sandy chunk rock points. Try using a jig tipped with a night crawler and bounce it along the bottom. The depth varies daily, so always try different depths.

Tip: Never say the fish aren't biting, don't spend your time changing lures and digging in your tackle box. Move until you find the school of fish you are looking for. They are ALWAYS biting, you just got to find them. They can be deep and shallow,all in the same day. Learn to cover water as quickly as you can until you find fish.

Lake Shelbyville is a wonderful lake to spend time fishing on.

That's it for this week, stay safe and take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report May 8, 2012

The lake level is 598.12 which is less than 2 foot below summer pool. The water temperature is in the upper 50's.

There are fish spawning at this time. We have been mostly fishing for Crappie. The Crappie fishing has been a little bit slower then it has been but they can still be caught, you will have to work a little bit harder. To be successful and have a good day out there will more than likely require you to keep moving until you find places holding fish. They are on any kind of wood structure deep and shallow and also on rip rap. We are using 1/4 ounce lead head jigs with 3 inch twister tails. We are finding most of our fish from 8 to 18 feet deep off the main river and creek channel banks. Occasionally we do also try fishing shallow. If we happen to find some shallow, we are swimming our jigs under a bobber to be able to keep our jigs at specific depth.


White bass can be found on the deep sand bars on the wind blown, chunk rock, pea gravel banks. As usual we are catching the shallow fish on our 2 jig rigs and the deep fish using the one ounce Manns Mamn-o-lure spoons.

If you are looking to just catch a lot of fish just to have fun, the Large Mouth Bass are your best bet. You can use whatever your favorite bait might be to fish for them. A lot of these fish are on the beds back in the coves and creeks. The bigger fish can be found on the secondary and main lake points. If you do fish deep, the deep diving crank baits, jigs or plastic worms will work well.


Walleye fishing is still a little slow, we are hearing of a few being picked up, but we know when the water temperature warms up the walleye fishing will improve. A lot of smaller walleye were caught last year so we are certain there will be a lot of keepers to catch this year.

Until next time, take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 29, 2012

The lake level is 598.87 which is finally .83 above summer pool. the water temperature is in the mid to upper 70's. With the hot days coming on, it will be rising, but the fishing will still be great.

We are still catching a lot of white bass on Lake Shelbyville. We are having to work a little harder for them right now. We are catching more white bass toward the north end of the lake on wind blown shore lines and also on the drop offs where the sandbars meet the creek channels. You can catch them on the south end too, they are coming up on the surface. As we always say, keep moving till you find fish.

Crappie are still biting, we have been catching our limits of undersize fish pretty fast and easy. We are fishing jigs on any kind of wood structure, deep and shallow on any part of the lake. The bigger fish are coming out of deeper water. You can use jigs or a jig and minnow will work.

Bass fishing is a bit slower but they are still being caught. Most of the bigger fish are coming out of deeper water, but don't hesitate to throw top water baits along the edge of the smart weeds that are growing on the flats and points.

Walleye fishing has improved some, you do have to move and keep fishing until you find the water depth that they are holding at. We have been catching a lot of small walleye and coming up with a couple to a few keepers daily.


Until next time, be careful with the heat and take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield





Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 7, 2012


The lake level is 599.0 feet which is .065 below summer pool (almost at summer pool). The water temperature is in the mid 70's. The water is stained to clear, perfect for fishing and the fish are still biting.

We are basically doing the same things we were doing last week. We are catching crappie on any kind of wood structure, deep and shallow, jigs or minnows will work. A lot of our bigger fish are coming from deeper water, 15-20+ feet. You still need to move around until you find them.

White bass are still schooling on the surface and we are seeing this more and more every day. We are still catching a lot of big white bass deep on the sandbars 15-25 feet using jigging spoons.

Large mouth bass fishing is excellent. We did bass fish this week and caught some really nice bass. We caught most of them on deep diving crank baits, but they can be caught on anything you like to throw.

Walleye fishing is still a little bit on the tough side, but they are being caught mostly by the jig and night crawler. Vary your depth on the gravel and sand bars.



Until next time, take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield





Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 1, 2012

The lake level is 598.93 which is still .77 below summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 70's and the water is clear to stained.

Fishing is still really good. We have been catching a lot of crappie, white bass, large mouth and even walleye!

We are catching crappie on wood using a jig and bobber (minnows will work too) for the shallow fish. For deeper fish we are fishing wood and swimming 1/4 ounce lead heads with 3 inch twister tails on the drop offs and points. We will say again, you got to move till you find fish. You can find deeper fish with your locator and you just have to fish for the shallow fish to see if they are there.

White bass have been easy to find. They can be caught deep and shallow. We have been mainly been fishing the deep sand bars (20-32 foot deep) on the south end of the lake with the one ounce jigging spoons. You can idle around and use your locator to find them. If you see fish on the locator on the bottom or suspended up off the bottom, you can throw a marker out and drop a jigging spoon to see what they are. We have been catching a lot of white bass doing this. You can also troll crank baits to locate them. You can also find schools of white bass chasing the new shad hatch on the surface and mostly mid to the north end of the lake. We have also heard that it has been going crazy up north with the white bass on the surface.

Large mouth bass can be caught on crank baits or whatever your favorite bait might be on just about any bank shallow or deep. For the most part, the spawn is over.

The walleye bite is a little different this year because the water stayed low and is not in the vegetation like a lot of previous years. We have been catching walleye throwing crank baits for shallow fish and using jigging spoons for deep fish. There are people out there using jig and night crawler or jig and minnow to catch walleye. They are varying the depth on rocky points until they find the depth they are holding at for that day. You can also catch walleye on Lake Shelbyville by trolling crank baits across these points.

Until next time, take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report July 12, 2012

The lake level has fallen slightly, it is at 598.68 which is 1.02 feet below summer pool. We all know we need rain bad. The water temperature is running in the mid 80's and if we get some cooler night it will cool down a bit. As hot as it has been all summer the heat has not stopped the fishing from being hot!

Your best bet right now is crappie and white bass.

We are catching our white bass with 2 jig rigs shallow on wind blown sand bar banks. If there is no wind you can find white bass on the creek edges and river channels where the sandbars meet those channels using a one ounce jigging spoon.

Crappie are on wood structure deep and shallow. We are catching our crappie on jigs, but a jig and minnow will work.

Large mouth bass fishing is still excellent and can be caught in all depths and are biting on all baits from top water along the edges of the smart weeds on the sandbar flats to deep worms or crank baits on points and drop offs

Walleye fishing has slowed a little but we have still been catching a few on the 2 jig rig shallow on the wind blown banks.

Until next time, be careful with the heat and take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Aug 2, 2012

The lake level is 598.29 feet above sea level which is almost a foot and a half below summer pool.
The water temperature is the mid 80's and everything out there is hot.

If you can stand the heat the fish are biting! We have been catching white bass deep and shallow.
The seagulls are on the lake, when the fish are feeding on the surface or feeding up shallow you will notice the seagulls feeding on the shad the fish are driving to the surface. If you are fishing on a day with no wind, try a one ounce jigging spoon on the deep drop offs where the creek channels meet the sandbars.

Crappie are still being caught on any kind of wood structure deep and shallow. The bigger fish seem to be coming deeper depending on what part of the lake you are fishing. From mid-lake south we are catching them anywhere from 15-25 foot deep for the bigger fish and mid-lake north they can be anywhere from 7-8 foot down to 15.

The bass fishing has remained good. it has been good all year. A lot of small fish are being caught. Some of the larger fish being caught are being caught on top water baits.


Until next time, be careful with the heat and take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Sept 28, 2012


The lake level is 598.52 which is 1.18 foot below summer pool.
The water temperature is in the low 70's
The water is clear to stained throughout the lake.

Your best bet for catching fish right now is crappie or white bass. We are catching tons of white bass right now on the wind blown sandy banks. They are also starting to move back into the coves and you can catch them back in the coves on the same type of banks. If you go to the sandbar banks and throw a 2-jig rig or whatever your favorite white bass bait might be. Hold the bait high and reel fast keeping it close to the surface. If you cover water and keep moving till you find them you will do excellent and be able to get a boat load.

The crappie are deep and shallow on any kind of wood structure. Jig or minnows or jig and minnow are working. Once again, keep moving until you find the fish..

Large mouth bass fishing is fair. They can be caught shallow or on the deep points.

Walleye fishing is not that good right now but as the water cools down we are sure we will be seeing more walleye.


Until next time, take someone fishing!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Please check Sept 12 report, nothing has changed yet.