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

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report March 2014

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report April 4, 2014

This is out first report for 2014 and we are happy to see spring arrive!

The lake level stands at 594.35 which is .35 feet above winter pool. As of today the water is very clear and fishable throughout.

Crappie fishing is good right now. You can catch them deep and shallow on the main lake or back in the creeks. We have found ours on any kind of wood structure. You will see a lot of exposed wood right now because the lake is low. You can catch them by moving around until you find them and the depth they are at. We were using jigs with our boat in about 20-25 feet catching them at the 8-12 foot range the last time we were out. Minnows will also work well for these fish.

We do have openings, it is time to get out there and do some fishing!!

Until next time.....

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report May 2, 2014


The lake level is 597.13 which is about 3.13 above winter pool, so we are still below summer pool.
The water temperature is about 55 degrees and the water is clear to stained throughout most of the lake. You will find the water to be somewhat muddy toward the north end.

The fishing has been coming on strong so far this season, especially for crappie! If you have not got out there yet, you are missing out. We are catching them deep and shallow on wood using jigs. You can also use minnows if you prefer. We might add that we are favoring the deeper fishing over the shallow. There are males that are up shallow all over the lake and a bit more concentrated from about point 3 north to point 6. Whenever you find males in shallow water just back off to the nearest drop and you should find the females.

The crappie fishing has been so good that we have not tried yet for white bass and have not heard of anyone catching any white bass.

Largemouth Bass fishing has been very good. A lot of these fish are being caught on crank baits and rat-l-traps on pea gravel and chunk rock banks. Choose banks that have wind blowing on them. The larger fish are being caught deeper on main lake and secondary points fishing jigs or whatever your favorite deep water bass bait might be.

We have also been picking up an occasional walleye and sauger. This activity will be getting hot as soon as the water warms a little more. We will keep you informed!

Thanks for reading our Lake Shelbyville fishing report.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 11, 2014


The lake level is 601.63 which is almost 2 foot above summer pool.
The water temperature is in the mid 70's and stained to clear. It is getting muddier up on the north end because of the run off from the recent rains.

Crappie fishing is very good, you should find it to be very easy to get a mess. We are catching a lot of crappie on the edges of the drop offs and points with jigs. Minnows will also work well under a slip bobber. They are being caught around any kind of wood structure. Keep moving around until you find them. They are still schooled up.

Largemouth Bass fishing is as good as it can get out there right now. We are catching some BIG bass on plastics. We are fishing points and ledges anywhere from 6-8 foot and then also all the way to 20 foot deep. We have noticed some of the bigger bass are deeper. If you like to bass fish and you are not bass fishing right now, you are missing out!

Walleye and Sauger fishing is good. Try crankbaits, either casting or trolling on points and the edges of the flats. Live bait on a jig is working well too.

If you like to catch catfish, catfishing is also good right now with the inflow of the muddy waters in the creeks and rivers. Fish where the running water meets the calm water and fish your favorite catfish bait. You should be able to pick up a lot of catfish this way.

We have been seeing some smaller white bass schooling on the surface chasing the new shad hatch. This is very encouraging because the last couple years have been a little tough for white bass so maybe things will turn around this year!!

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Don and Barb Satterfield

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report June 11, 2014


The lake level is 603.14 which is almost 2.44 foot above summer pool.
The water is clear to stained and very good for fishing.

The fishing has still been very good out there for most all species.

We have been fishing mainly for crappie on the main lake and secondary points. You can catch these crappie off of any wood structure like submerged stumps or brush, deep and shallow. Jigs or minnows are working well.

The white bass fishing has picked up a little bit, you cannot expect to catch the large numbers of them. They are busting the surface in all different areas of the lake, usually in the river channels, but it is still not like the past years yet. We have caught a lot of small white bass and most of the time we are finding them shallow.

Jigging spoons are working real well for all species like yellow bass, drum perch, buffalo, bass and catfish. We have been catching a grab bag of fish with the jigging spoons in deeper water.

Walleye fishing has slowed a bit. If you want to find walleye your best bet is to troll for them along the flats and shorelines.


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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Aug 21, 2014


The lake level is 600 which is almost .37 foot above summer pool. The water temperature is around the 70 degree mark.
The water clarity is excellent, you will find clear all the way to the north end and then it will be slightly stained and very good for fishing.

We are happy to report that we have an excellent population of white bass out there and you can expect to catch a lot. If the wind is blowing, fish with the 2 jig rig on the wind blown sand bars. Hold your rod high and reel it fast. You do need to cover a lot of water, but once you find the schools of white bass you can load up. If there is no wind you can try different approaches. You can catch or find them trolling, you can watch your locator to find the white bass sitting on the edges of the sand bars and drop offs where they meet the creek channels and river channels. If you see the deep fish, the one ounce jigging spoon is working well.

Crappie fishing has been good all summer and is still the same. You can still catch limits of crappie out there. We have been catching our crappie on jigs and also on minnows in about 8-12 feet. Even if you are sitting in 20 foot of water, you still want to fish in the 8-12 foot range of water. Occasionally you can find some up shallow, but once again, keep moving until you find the size and the quality of fish that you are looking for. Minnows and slip bobbers have been working well over any kind of wood structure like downed trees, brush or man made brush piles.

Large Mouth Bass fishing
is also still good and has been all summer. You can catch them deep and shallow on whatever your favorite bass bait is. There has been a lot of shad on the surface so top water baits have been working really well.

We have been also catching an occasional walleye while fishing for white bass with the 2 jig rig and the jigging spoon.

All in all fishing is excellent right now, if you are not out there, you are missing out on some late in the summer season fishing on Lake Shelbyville!

Until next time.....

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Sept 9, 2014


The lake level is 600.09 feet which is almost .39 foot above summer pool. The water temperature is around the 70 degree mark.
The water clarity is clear to slightly stained throughout the lake and very good for fishing.

Crappie fishing is the best it has been in years right now. You can catch limits of crappie out there easily on any kind of wood structure. We have been catching our crappie on jigs, any color or size, minnows will also work. Keep moving until you find the size and the quality of fish that you are looking for.

We are still happy to report that we have an excellent population of white bass out there. White Bass fishing is excellent right now. and you can expect to catch a lot. If the wind is blowing, fish with our favorite bait, the 2 jig rig on the wind blown sand bars. Look for wind blown banks with bait on them. Hold your rod high and reel it fast. You do need to cover a lot of water, but once you find the schools of white bass you can load up. If there is no wind you can try different approaches. You can watch the seagulls to see what they are doing, they could be in 3-4 foot of water in no wind conditions. Also if there is no wind, you can catch or find them trolling. Watch your locator to find the white bass sitting on the edges of the sand bars and drop offs where they meet the creek channels and river channels. If you see the deep fish, our bait of choice would be a one ounce jigging spoon and it works well.

Large Mouth Bass fishing
is also still good and has been all year. You can catch them deep and shallow on whatever your favorite bass bait is. They are relating to the wind and to the bait. Again, look for wind blown banks with bait on them.

We have been also catching an occasional walleye while fishing for white bass with the 2 jig rig and the jigging spoon.

We have also been catching a lot of channel cats out there fishing for crappie on minnows and jigs, but since the catfish bite is good you can use whatever you like to use to catch them.

All in all fishing is excellent right now, if you are not out there, you are missing out on some late in the summer season fishing on Lake Shelbyville!

Until next time..... hopefully we don't get too much rain in the next few days.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report Oct 11, 2014


Lake Shelbyville fishing
is as good as it can get right now!
If you are not planning a trip to get out there before the snow hits the ground, you are missing out.
We are catching and cleaning numbers of Crappie and White Bass every single time we go out.

The fishing report is the same as Septembers report, so it is ok to look back on what to do to get the fish.

Also, the fall colors are starting to show if you are into looking at the trees around the lake.

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Don and Barb Satterfield
Please view the appropriate tabs above for the 2014 fishing reports!
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