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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 for April 22, 2016

Lake Level: 596.02 which is 2.2 feet above winter pool
Water Temperature: in the 60's
Water Clarity: Mostly stained and in great shape for fishing.

The crappie fishing is excellent. Limits can be caught and we are catching our limits daily. The 9 1/2 to 10 inch fish are coming fast and easy. The 10+ fish limits are also being caught with no problems. We are using a jig and bobber but you can use minnows under your bobber. Set your bobbers 2-3 foot deep around any kind of wood. It does not matter how deep the water is. Some of ours are being caught in water 20 foot deep!

It is safe to say the crappie are close to spawning, the males are starting to turn black.

Be careful out there with the water still at this depth, you need to use caution.

The cleaning stations are now open.

We will report more as soon as conditions change.

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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for April 5, 2016

Lake Level: 595.83 which is 1.83 feet above winter pool
Water Temperature: Upper 40's
Water Clarity: Stained

Fishing is good right now all over the lake. The fish look very healthy. The water is still cool, we expect as the water warms, for fishing to just get hotter! As always with cooler water, the fish are still somewhat sluggish and you will have to fish slower and work a bit harder. Slow your presentation down and you can catch fish.

We have only fished for crappie up to now and have caught all sizes but mainly small right now. They are great to cook up! We have found them using jigs on any kind of wood structure, main lake and secondary points. You will need to move around a lot.

Be super careful out there, especially on the ramps. The docks are not in yet it is very slippery.

The cleaning stations are not open yet.

We will report more as soon as conditions change. The fish are not spawning yet.


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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for May 13, 2016

Lake Level: 599.13 which is .57 below summer pool
Water Temperature: in the upper 60's
Water Clarity: Mostly stained and in great shape for fishing.

We have been mostly fishing for crappie. The crappie fishing is still very good. You will need to move around though. We are moving down banks, locating structure, pitching our jigs and catching them. We have been catching ours on 1/8 and 1/4 oz. jigs. We are using any color of 3 inch twister tail or you can also use tube jigs. Daily limits can still be caught. The 9 1/2 to 10 inch fish are still coming fast and easy. The 10+ fish limits are also being caught with a little more hunting effort. You can also use a jig and bobber if you prefer and minnows are working too. We have been catching a lot of large mouth bass, walleye and sauger in with our crappie this past week.

It is safe to say that you can get out there and target walleye now. We have fished crank baits looking for walleye and have been successful.

The large mouth bass bite is very good too, and are being caught on a variety of bass baits. You can fish by moving along and fishing wind blown main and secondary lake chunk rock and/or pea gravel points. We have picked some bass up throwing crank baits that run 4-6 foot deep. Along with the large mouth, you can expect to pick up other species in with them.

We have not fished for white bass yet, when we start to, we will let everyone know.

Be careful out there and good luck!!


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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for June 4, 2016

Lake Level: 599.9 which is .2 above summer pool
Water Temperature: in the low 70's
Water Clarity: Clear to stained and in excellent fishing condition

The fish are biting! We have been catching all species.

We have mostly been targeting crappie and catching plenty of them. While fishing for our crappie we have been catching a lot of walleye, white bass, largemouth bass.

If you are looking for crappie, it is safe to say the spawn is pretty much over. Even though it is over, you can still catch limits of crappie deep and shallow on any kind of wood. Try a jig or a minnow. If you prefer, you can troll crank baits for fish. We have seen people trolling in open water in the mouths of the larger creeks and catching crappie and walleye that way.

You can just target walleye if you desire because they are active. Try by going toward the sand gravel and natural chunk rock banks. This is what the walleye, sauger and saugeye are relating to. Look for the wind blowing in on these kinds of banks in anywhere from 2 - 10 foot of water. You may have not seen saugeye's in Lake Shelbyville in the past, but we are seeing them now. They kind of look like a walleye, but do not have the white tip and they are gray in color. Crank baits, rat-l-traps, jigs, jig and minnow or jig and night crawler will all work for these fish.

Largemouth bass fishing is excellent. They are very active as well as all the fish right now. You can use whatever your favorite bass bait might be because these fish are both deep and shallow.

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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for July 1, 2016

Lake Level: 600.4 which is just a few inches above normal summer pool
Water Temperature: in the low to mid 80's
Water Clarity: Clear to stained and in excellent fishing condition

Some people tend to feel that when we have hot weather the fishing is no good. We can verify that this belief is not true. The fishing is excellent right now on Shelbyville for all species.

Even though we have not been specifically targeting crappie, we know that crappie fishing is good right now from talking to many people that have been catching crappie. You can use minnows or jigs on any kind of wood structure on the edges of drop offs, the ends of down trees and so forth.

White Bass fishing could not be any better than it is right now. We have been catching ours using the one ounce jigging spoon. You could also use the 2 jig rig by letting it fall to the bottom and use a stop and go retrieve. Blade baits or whatever your favorite white bass bait is are working too. We have been catching ours in 8-20 feet of water. Where you catch them will depend on what part of the lake you are on. A huge part in finding these fish is to keep moving, watch your locator and once you find a school of fish it is very easy to load up with all you care to clean.

Walleye
fishing is excellent right now. We have been catching many nice walleye while fishing for white bass. Not all the walleye we are catching are keepers, but it is nice to see that we have a strong walleye population in Lake Shelbyville.

If you are wanting to catch bass, the bass are mainly deep. You can find them on main lake and secondary points. Try fishing with plastics like a Texas or Carolina rigged worm and you should do really well.


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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for August 14, 2016

Lake Level: 599.95 which is .04 below summer pool
Water Temperature: in the mid 70's
Water Clarity: Clear to stained/murky and in excellent fishing condition

We have mainly been fishing for white bass.
When it is windy we have been throwing a 2 jig rig on shallow sand bar wind blown banks and sand and gravel banks. We have been holding our poles high and reeling fast. We have been covering a lot of water to find fish. When you find a bank holding fish it doesn't take long to catch a nice mess and they have been a very nice size! If it is not windy, you can find the fish anywhere from 4-5 foot of water with the 2 jig rigs on the sand bar flats all the way out deeper to the edges of the drop offs with the jigging spoons. You can go all the way to 20 foot of water depending on what part of the lake you are on if you go deeper. We have been fishing mid-lake north but we have also been seeing more and more white bass activity south.

You can still catch crappie out on Lake Shelbyville. You can target the crappie on jigs or minnows around any kind of wood structure on points and drop offs. We have found crappie up shallow in with the white bass and have even caught some crappie with a 2 jig rig even though we were not fishing for them specifically.

We have been catching walleye on 2 jig rigs on the wind blown sand bars or where ever we are catching white bass - even on jigging spoons deeper. You can also troll crank baits for crappie, walleye, large mouth and white bass on the edges of the drop offs on the flats where the flats meet the creek and river channels.

We have been fishing for large mouth bass some also. We have been fishing for them deep and shallow. All shallow runnning baits are working to catch the shallow fish and jigs or plastics are working for the deeper fish.

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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for Sept 15, 2016

Lake Level: 600.4 which is about 8 inches above summer pool
Water Temperature: in the mid 80's
Water Clarity: Clear

We have been catching all species at this time.

When we have some wind, we are fishing shallow with 2 jig rigs or shallow running crank baits and catching a mix of white bass, walleye, sauger and large mouth bass. When we have the days without wind, we back off the shallower waters and try to locate fish from 4 foot all the way to 25 feet of water. This will depend on what part of the lake we are fishing. Our jigging spoons are working well for the deeper fish. Our best advice is to keep moving and vary your presentation until you find what you are looking for.

Some people like to troll and if you are one that does, trolling crank baits can also work.

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Lake Shelbyville fishing report for Oct 5, 2016

Lake Level: 600.02 which is about 6 inches above summer pool
Water Temperature: in the low 70's
Water Clarity: Clear to stained

We have been catching a lot of crappie right now off of brush piles and also any kind of wood structure. Try down trees also. The average depth is 8-12 feet. We have used only 1/8 or 1/4 oz jigs with 3 inch twister tails or tube jigs (any color) for our fish but minnows can also work. The crappie under 10 inches are coming easy and we are having to work a little harder for the crappie over 10 inches. Our fall crappie fishing on Lake Shelbyville is forecasted to be excellent.

We have also been catching some really nice white bass. White bass are relating to the wind blow sand bars. You can try a 2 jig rig all over the lake. As the water cools, the white bass will start moving into the larger creeks. While white bass and crappie fishing we have also been picking up some walleye and suger. When we do not have wind, we are fishing with jigging spoons deeper for these fish. Jigging spoons in deeper water will work any day for these fish. You never know what you can land fishing this way!

The key right now to being succesful right now out there is to watch for the seagulls for shallow fish and watch your locators for the deeper fish. Keep moving until you find them.

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Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report for Nov. 6, 2016

Lake Level: 600.28 which is about .58 inches above summer pool
Water Temperature: in the mid to upper 50's
Water Clarity: Clear (water turnover has occurred and the water is back to normal)

We have been mostly crappie fishing in water that could be 2-3 foot or even as deep as 25 feet. We are using jigs on any kind of wood structure. Sometimes we are finding them suspended well above the wood. Once you find a school of these fish you can expect to catch a bunch.

We have been catching walleye and sauger while fishing for our crappie. Many of these have been keepers.

If you are looking to catch large mouth bass, bass fishing is very good right now. You can find them deep and also shallow. You can use whatever your favorite bait might be. You can try the backs of the coves in the shallow water.

White bass fishing has been slow. We are predicting as the water continues to cool, it will only improve and they will start to get into tight schools. We'll keep everyone posted as it changes.

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