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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 April 2013

The lake level is 594.23 which is very low. It is .23 above winter pool.

The water temperature is in the low 40's. The water is clear to stained on the south end. On the north end of the lake and back in the creeks the water is murky.

Due to this March being cold, fishing is a bit slower than usual. We need some warmer days to get the water temperature to increase!! You can catch crappie out there right now deep and shallow on any wood structure. You will have to move a lot and work hard to get them.

White bass can be found on sand bars deep and shallow. If there is wind you could try the windy sand and gravel flat banks. Try a 2 jig rig in shallow water or vertical jig with one ounce spoons on the deeper sand bars.

We have not caught any walleye or muskie yet.

We have caught large mouth bass on crappie jigs while fishing for crappie deep and shallow.

The fish cleaning stations are still not open at this time.

You really need to be careful out there if you do not know the lake. You can run aground in many places out there that are normally okay. The boat ramps can also be dangerous, the docks are NOT in yet.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report May 24 2013

The lake level is at 606.7 which is 7 foot above summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid 70's. The water is murky to stained all over the lake. The north end is a bit clearer than the south end.

We apologize for the lack of reports due to the extreme conditions this spring of 2013 on the lake for all fishermen. Everything seems to be running behind this season out there, including our fishing reports!

It is starting to improve!!!

Crappie are trying to spawn. They are deep and shallow, look for willows in the water in the backs of creeks and coves. Set a jig or minnow and bobber about a foot deep and keep moving until you find some. You will also want to look for structure up close to the banks. As you move along, you will start to catch some of the black crappie and when you find the males that have turned black you can usually find some of those bigger females in a little deeper water in the same area out in front of them.

White bass fishing is still spotty although we are catching a few. There is no pattern yet and it is not consistent. You may try the edges of the drop offs. Most have been suspended in the channels. Watch your locator and use a bait that will get to the depth that you see them on the locator. You can also troll.

Walleye fishing has improved. We have mainly been fishing for walleye and sauger. We have been finding these fish in anywhere from 8 - 20 foot of water using a jig and night crawler or minnow. Jigging spoons or little georges also work.

Bass fishing is still slow but improving. Try using crank baits or jigs.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 26 2013

The lake level stands at 609.11 which is about 9.41 feet above summer pool and currently rising.
The water temperature is in the upper 70's - low 80's. The lake is stained on the south end and murky on the north end.

We have been catching a lot of large mouth bass and walleye which actually would be your best bet right now for catching some fish.

The crappie and white bass have been very illusive and are scattered. We have been struggling to catch numbers of either species right at this time. We are hoping to see an improvement and as soon as it changes we will let you know. The white bass are just now starting to school and chase the new shad hatch on the water surface, but the schools are small and hard to keep up with because they do not stay up very long.

We have been catching bass deep 10 - 25 foot, depending on the part of the lake you are fishing. We are using plastic worms on main lake and secondary points. You can also use crank baits or jig and pig. To catch walleye, try throwing crank baits on the mud lines on the points or fish the green willow trees with shallow running crank baits.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report July 2013



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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Aug, 2013



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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Sept 2013




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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Oct 2013

The lake level is 599.96 which is .26 above summer pool.
The temperature of the water is in the upper 70's.
The clarity of the lake is clear to stained.

The fish are biting!

We have been catching a lot of crappie deep and shallow on jigs or minnows on any kind of wood structure relating to the drop offs.

If you want white bass, they are biting also!! If it is windy you can catch them on the wind blown sand bars, back in the creeks and also on the main lake. Keep moving till you find them, they are out there and once you find them keep going back and forth and you can catch a nice mess of fish to go home with. We are throwing a 2 jig rig, but you can throw whatever you would like to use. If the wind is not blowing, you will have to go a bit deeper. You can again use a 2 jig rig, let it go to the bottom and crank with a stop and go retrieve. We also recommend using one ounce jigging spoons for the deeper white bass. Another way to catch them is to troll crank baits across the flats and along the edges of the drop offs.

Walleye fishing has improved. We are picking up an occasional walleye while fishing for white bass. They have been shallow, anywhere in 2-4 foot of water and we have been catching them on a 2 jig rig. Again, you can also troll.

Bass fishing is spotty. You may find it to be good one day and a bit tougher the next. You can use whatever your favorite bait might be. Top water baits, jig and pig, crank baits or plastic worms are working real well.

If you have not been out there fishing, you ought to be!!

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