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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 3-17-15

Hooray!

Our first report for the 2015 season and we are pleased to say that we are off to a strong start! We have been out fishing Lake Shelbyvlille for the last few days.

The ice is now off and the lake boat ramps are open (no docks yet though)!

The lake level is 594.86 which is .86 above winter pool. This means that the water is very low and extremely dangerous so please be careful out there for the shallow area's.

The only fish we are going to report on is crappie because that is all that we have fished for so far. They are biting! We have been caching plenty of keepers and have to mention that we are putting back lots of small crappie! We are using jigs on the edges of the river channels where it drops from 10-12 foot of water to anywhere from 30-50 feet of water. The crappie are holding in around 20-25 feet, very tight to the bottom.
The crappie we caught were all in excellent condition so we can freely say we are headed for another great year of catching crappie :)

We are going to mention that while fishing for these crappie we did pick up some large mouth bass and white bass in the same area's on the same jigs.

We looked into the backs of the creeks and saw the bait fish to be as thick as a floor would be, but the water was very murky so it would be a tough bit back in the creeks because of the water clarity. Surely this will clear so we can do some shallow fishing too.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report 4-21-15

The lake level is 595.65 which is 1.65 feet above winter pool. The water temperature is in the upper 50's (((brrrrrrr))), but the lake is in super condition. The water is clear everywhere you go.

We have only been fishing for crappie at this time. The bite is there and we are doing very good. We are getting ours deep and shallow. There are days when deep fishing is better and other days shallow wins.

For shallow crappie, a jig and bobber is working well or a bobber and minnow. We have been using 1/4 ounce lead heads and 3 inch twister tails or shad bodies for our deep crappie in the river channel banks on the south end 15-25 feet deep. We suggest to start looking shallow and if you cannot find any shallow, go deeper to the drop offs and points that relate to the river and creek channels.

Just by chatting with bass fishermen out there, we do know that the large mouth bass fishing is picking up.

A good walleye bite is just right around the corner and as soon as we start picking them up we will alert everyone, so stay tuned.

As we said, we have not fished for white bass or any other species besides crappie yet. If you do want to get out there and look for white bass try any of the wind blown sand bars or pea gravel and rocky banks to catch a nice combo of fish species. You can also try fishing the edges of the drops offs on the sand bars where they meet the river or creek channels

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report 5-26-15


The lake level is 599.39 which is a little over 5 foot above winter pool and just under summer pool.

The water is clear to stained and in the mid 70's.

The crappie catching is still crazy good. We are catching them deep wth a 1/4 ounce lead head and 3 inch twister tail, and shallow with a jig and bobber. It is just a matter of moving around untill you find them, then you can load up and get limits. We are seeing really nice crappie this year.

The walleye bite has started and is picking up as each day goes by. We are coming up on to our best walleye fishing season on Lake Shelbyville. We have been catching some walley while fishing for crappie without even targeting them. Fishermen that are out there fishing just for walleye are doing very well right now. Most of the walleye being caught are in less than 4 foot of water, even as shallow as 1-2 feet. Look for some smart weeds in these shallow waters and try it.

The white bass are still scattered from what we can see. We have been fishing only crappie (have not tried specificaly for white bass yet). If you would like to try fishing for white bass, try fishing the smart weeds with your favorite shallow bait or you can use our favorite bait, the 2 jig rig, on the wind blown shore lines. You may also try the sand bars where they meet the creek and river channel edges using jigging spoons, your favorite bait or the 2 jig rig. Watch your locator to find the deeper fish or if you want, you can also troll to locate and catch them.

Large mouth bass fising is very good. Try fishing deep or shallow. We do see some large mouth still bedding even though most are finished. There are a lot of nice big bass being caught out there and it is taking large weight limits to win a tounament out there right now.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report 7-22-15

The lake level is 609.46
which is still high at 9.76 above summer pool. When you are out there, just miss what you see while running and you will be safe.

The water temperature in only in the mid-upper 70's and clear to stained. These water conditions make for excellent fishing for all species all over the lake right now.

White bass
can be found schooling on the surface, if you are where they are (seeing them) throw a 2 jig rig or your favorite bait to catch many in one area. If you don't find them shallow, look deeper where the sand bars meet on the edges of the creek and river channels. You can also check drop offs or even locate some by trolling. Use jigging spoons to load up for fish fries! We have been catching some very large white bass!

We have been catching a lot of walleye and sauger while fishing for white bass in the same area's.

We have also been catching a large amount of yellow bass and these yellow bass are actually very good for eating. When you catch these yellow bass that are big enough to clean, there is not a limit so you can load up on them and get a mess of sweet meat to fry up. You would be doing the lake a favor by keeping and eating these because they will grow a lot faster if we all group together and work on this and thin the population of yellow bass down.

Crappie fishing has still been excellent. You can catch them on jigs or minnows and a slip bobber. The average depth to catch them is about 15 foot around any kind of wood structure, standing timber, submerged stumps from mid-lake south. From mid-lake north you can find them at the same depth or you may want to look a bit more shallow.

Large mouth bass
fishing is also excellent. Fish the flooded vegetation like willow trees and such with whatever your favorite bait is. Top water baits like a buzz bait or a spinner is producing well. Never be afraid to flip a jig or a texas rigged worm in that kind of cover to find large mouth bass. You could also go to some deep points and ledges to pick up large mouth bass because we have been catching and releasing some while fishing with our jigging spoons for white bass and other fish.


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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report 8-22-15

The lake level is 603.8 which is 3.9 above summer pool.

The water temperature in only in the mid 70's and clear to stained. These water conditions make for excellent fishing for all species all over the lake right now.

We have been fishing for white bass and walleye ad using our jigging spoon. We are locating these fish on points with our locator from one end of the lake to the other and all in between. We have also been fishing the creek and river channel drop offs where the sand bars meets the channels. When we spot fish with our locator we throw a marker on them and start to vertical jig with our one ounce jigging spoons. While fishing this way for white bass and walleye we are catching all species in with the white bass, walleye and sauger. The color of your spoon does not matter at all, what does matter is the way you present the jigging spoon while using it and the location. If you are doing this and are not catching fish, you will need to move and keep looking, this technique just explained is working very well right now. A lot of times the big shad we have in the lake show up on your locator as fish and the shad are the only species of fish that will not hit the jigging spoon.

Crappie fishing
is still good but keep in mind it has has slowed and is just good, it is not currently at an excellent state. It is not as easy to locate them as far as we can tell. We have been so busy fishing white bass and walleye though so we cannot tell you exactly what to do if you strictly want to target crappie right now. We have been fishing for the active fish and catching plenty.

The bass fishing has also slowed down considerably. We have caught bass fishing with our jigging spoons. You can still catch bass by targeting them, but will have to work harder. We suggest fishing deeper on points and drop offs because of the water level declining right now.



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Sept 2015 Fishing Report

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report 8-9-15

The lake level is 599.69
which is .01 below summer pool. The water temperature is running about 70 degrees. The water is clear to stained throughout the lake. The trees are in full color right now.

Fishing could not get any better for all species. We can say that fishing has been this way all summer on Lake Shelbyville for 2015. We have caught our fish deep and shallow all year. Every day is different. You may find them on a spot one day and go back to that same spot the next day to find they are not there.

We have been catching a lot of white bass, white bass fishing has been excellent! We are catching our white bass from mid-lake - slightly north, but they can be caught from one end of the lake to the other. You can catch them in 12 - 15 feet using a one ounce jigging spoon and as shallow as one foot using a 2 jig rig. If the wind is blowing, try shallow first on the windblown sandbars. If you are facing a calm day, try fishing the jigging spoon deeper where the creek and river channels meet the drop offs. If you are fishing further north, you can watch the seagulls and they will let you know where the bait fish are holding, don't be afraid to throw into them. As always, keep moving until you are catching fish. There is no reason you should come in without fish to clean unless you just didn't want to clean any.

We are catching a lot of crappie too, mainly 8- 15 foot deep on main lake and secondary points. We are fishing with jigs and/or minnows. You can use a minnow under a slip bobber, try just tight lining a jig, or use a simple cast and slow retrieve. They are biting!! You will also find them back in the creeks in the backs of the coves in shallow water, even as shallow as 1 foot! The shallow crappie can be caught with a jig and bobber or a jig and minnow.

While you are fishing for white bass and/or crappie, don't be surprised to see a walleye or sauger in the these fish!

If you haven't had a chance to get in on this fun, go for it, you will be pleasantly surprised at what Lake Shelbyville has to offer in the way of some of the best fishing you can find in Central Illinois!

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