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2001 Fishing Reports



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

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LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT August 25, 2001
The Lake level is 599.79 and falling. The water temp is in the mid 70's.

The water in the lake is clear to slightly stained.

Fishing is good for all species!

This is an updated fishing report, the blue gill and crappie fishing has not changed.

If you are looking for blue gill and for a change these blue gill are big enough to fillet, try fishing live bait around rip rap and around the weed lines on points and in the backs of the coves. For best results, red worms, wax worms, or crickets fished 2-4 foot deep under a bobber. If you are out in a boat you may also find blue gill as deep as 25 feet on points and drop offs.

Crappie fishing is still good, and you can catch these fish several different ways. Some of the best fish I have seen lately, are being caught by trolling crank baits 6 - 8 foot deep in deep waters. These fish are suspended chasing the shad fry in open water. You can also fish the jigs on the drop offs and the points, 8 - 15 foot from mid-lake north and 15 - 30 foot from mid-lake south. You may also find crappie along the weed lines in shallow water, and to catch these, throw twister tails or shad bodies on 1/8 ounce lead heads, or vertical jig with your long sticks around the smart weeds.

White bass fishing is improving, for best results, watch for schooling fish on channel banks, chasing shad on the surface. Two jig rig, rooster tails, small spoons, are doing well for these fish. You can also find white bass on the edges of the drops and the ends of the sand bars 20 - 30 foot deep using one ounce jigging spoons. If the wind is blowing you might want to start checking the wind blown flat shallow sandbar shorelines. Use a two jig rig, hold your pole high and reel fast to catch these shallow whites. Crankbaits, rattletraps or whatever your favorite white bass bait is will work in the shallows also. Another thing we want to mention, that is new and happening on the lake is the seagulls are starting to appear, watch for these seagulls diving on the shad run to the surface by the white bass, and this will hold true for the rest of the year! You may also pick up all other species while fishing for the white bass.

Large mouth bass fishing is about the same and getting better every day, some days are better than others. It is taking 15 - 20 pounds plus to win most tournements right now. These fish can be caught on everything from top water to jigs and worms fished deep. Try main lake and secondary points with deep crank baits, carolina rigs, and jigs. With the water falling to normal pool there are not as many smart weeds and these bass are relating to wood and rock structures. They are also moving into the backs of the coves. A lot of fish are being caught with spinner baits, buzz baits, or flipping in the vegetation. If you are lucky enough to catch a big fish, take a picture and let him free and give someone else the thrill of getting him again.

Muskies are STILL very active deep and shallow. Fishing for bass, you can expect to catch muskies in the shallows on spinner baits and buzz baits. Also trolling muskie baits on the south end are producing lots of muskies. We've also caught these muskies on the flats with rattles traps and shallow running crank baits in 4 - 6 feet of water. You could expect to see some 50 inchers! Be sure to release these fish unharmed - they are good for the lake and fun to catch!

If you are looking for catfish, drifting shallow water 2 - 20 foot with live or cut shad will be your best bet.

With the last big holiday weekend coming up, be extremely careful and courteous to all boaters! After this weekend the fisherman will have the lake back the rest of the year. There is some good fishing ahead!!

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Sept. 9, 2001

The Lake level is 599.64 which is .06 feet below normal pool. The water temp is in the mid 70's.

The water in the lake is clear to slightly stained.

Fishing is good for all species!

If you are looking for blue gill and for a change these blue gill are big enough to fillet, try fishing live bait around rip rap and around the weed lines on points and in the backs of the coves. For best results, red worms, wax worms, or crickets fished 2-4 foot deep under a bobber. If you are out in a boat you may also find blue gill as deep as 25 feet on points and drop offs.

Crappie fishing is very good and getting better every day, and you can catch these fish several different ways. Some of the best fish I have seen lately, are being caught by trolling crank baits 6 - 8 foot deep in deep waters. These fish are suspended chasing the shad fry in open water. You can also fish the jigs on the drop offs and the points, 8 - 15 foot from mid-lake north and 15 - 30 foot from mid-lake south. You may also find crappie along the weed lines in shallow water, and to catch these, throw twister tails or shad bodies on 1/8 ounce lead heads, or vertical jig with your long sticks around the smart weeds.

White bass fishing is EXCELLENT, we've been catching and cleaning 100's of these fish. For best results, watch for schooling fish on channel banks, chasing shad on the surface. Two jig rig, rooster tails, small spoons, are doing well for these fish. You can also find white bass on the edges of the drops and the ends of the sand bars 20 - 30 foot deep using one ounce jigging spoons. If the wind is blowing you might want to start checking the wind blown flat shallow sandbar shorelines. Use a two jig rig, hold your pole high and reel fast to catch these shallow whites. Crankbaits, rattletraps or whatever your favorite white bass bait is will work in the shallows also. Another thing we want to mention, that is new and happening on the lake is the seagulls are starting to appear, watch for these seagulls diving on the shad run to the surface by the white bass, and this will hold true for the rest of the year! You may also pick up all other species while fishing for the white bass.

Large mouth bass fishing is about the same and getting better every day, some days are better than others. It is taking 15 - 20 pounds plus to win most tournements right now. These fish can be caught on everything from top water to jigs and worms fished deep. Try main lake and secondary points with deep crank baits, carolina rigs, and jigs. With the water falling to normal pool there are not as many smart weeds and these bass are relating to wood and rock structures. They are also moving into the backs of the coves. A lot of fish are being caught with spinner baits, buzz baits, or flipping in the vegetation. If you are lucky enough to catch a big fish, take a picture and let him free and give someone else the thrill of getting him again.

Muskies are STILL very active deep and shallow. Fishing for bass, you can expect to catch muskies in the shallows on spinner baits and buzz baits. Also trolling muskie baits on the south end are producing lots of muskies. We've also caught these muskies on the flats with rattles traps and shallow running crank baits in 4 - 6 feet of water. You could expect to see some 50 inchers! Be sure to release these fish unharmed - they are good for the lake and fun to catch!

If you are looking for catfish, drifting shallow water 2 - 20 foot with live or cut shad will be your best bet.

There are still openings for fishing for this year and Our Old House rental call and reserve a trip today! 217-774-2419 You won't be sorry and will go home with lots of fish to eat!

Good fishin' to all till next time!

 

LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT OCT. 2, 2001

The Lake level is 599 which is 1.3 feet below normal pool. The water temp is in the mid 60's and falling.

Fishing is good for all species!

If you are looking for blue gill and for a change these blue gill are big enough to fillet, try fishing live bait around rip rap and around the weed lines on points and in the backs of the coves. For best results, red worms, wax worms, or crickets fished 2-4 foot deep under a bobber. If you are out in a boat you may also find blue gill as deep as 25 feet on points and drop offs.

Crappie fishing is very good and getting better every day, and you can catch these fish several different ways. You can find fish with jigs on the drop offs and the points, 8 - 15 foot from mid-lake north and 15 - 30 foot from mid-lake south. You may also find crappie along the weed lines in shallow water, and to catch these, throw twister tails or shad bodies on 1/8 ounce lead heads, or vertical jig with your long sticks around the smart weeds.

White bass fishing is EXCELLENT, we've been catching and cleaning 100's of these fish. For best results, watch for schooling fish on channel banks, chasing shad on the surface. Two jig rig, rooster tails, small spoons, are doing well for these fish. You can also find white bass on the edges of the drops and the ends of the sand bars 20 - 30 foot deep using one ounce jigging spoons. If the wind is blowing you might want to start checking the wind blown flat shallow sandbar shorelines. Use a two jig rig, hold your pole high and reel fast to catch these shallow whites. Crankbaits, rattletraps or whatever your favorite white bass bait is will work in the shallows also. Another thing we want to mention, that is happening on the lake is the seagulls are here, watch for these seagulls diving on the shad run to the surface by the white bass, and this will hold true for the rest of the year! You may also pick up all other species while fishing for the white bass.

Large mouth bass fishing is about the same and getting better every day, some days are better than others. It is taking 15 - 20 pounds plus to win most tournements right now. These fish can be caught on everything from top water to jigs and worms fished deep. Try main lake and secondary points with deep crank baits, carolina rigs, and jigs. With the water falling to normal pool there are not as many smart weeds and these bass are relating to wood and rock structures. They are also moving into the backs of the coves. A lot of fish are being caught with spinner baits, buzz baits, or flipping in the vegetation. If you are lucky enough to catch a big fish, take a picture and let him free and give someone else the thrill of getting him again.

Muskies are STILL very active deep and shallow. Fishing for bass, you can expect to catch muskies in the shallows on spinner baits and buzz baits. Also trolling muskie baits on the south end are producing lots of muskies. We've also caught these muskies on the flats with rattles traps and shallow running crank baits in 4 - 6 feet of water. You could expect to see some 50 inchers! Be sure to release these fish unharmed - they are good for the lake and fun to catch!

If you are looking for catfish, drifting shallow water 2 - 20 foot with live or cut shad will be your best bet.

There are still openings for fishing trips for this year and Our Old House rentals too so call and reserve a trip today! 217-774-2419 You won't be sorry and will go home with lots of fish to eat! If you have never tried fall fishing on Lake Shelbyville you are in for a real surprise!

If you enjoy the fall colors you won't want to miss being out on the lake from now into the next couple weeks because it is really beautiful. As the water temperature drops into the 50 degree range all fishing will really pick up and there should be some excellent crappie fishing this fall clear up into the freeze.

Dress warm for the cool days - you can always take it off, again with the lake falling be careful out there you can run aground on the sandbars. Good fishin' to all till next time!

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LAKE SHELBYVILLE FISHING REPORT Dec 7, 2001


The Lake level is 600 which is above summer pool and falling. The water temp is in the mid to upper 40's which is warm for this time of the year.

The water in the lake is clear to slightly stained.

Fishing is good for all species!

If you are looking for blue gill and for a change these blue gill are big enough to fillet, try fishing live bait around rip rap and around the weed lines on points and in the backs of the coves. For best results, red worms, wax worms, or crickets fished 2-4 foot deep under a bobber. If you are out in a boat you may also find blue gill as deep as 25 feet on points and drop offs.

Crappie fishing is very good and getting better every day, and you can catch these fish several different ways.

You can find fish with jigs on the drop offs and the points, 8 - 15 foot from mid-lake north and 15 - 30 foot from mid-lake south. With the water cooling down, you want to start checking the timbered coves because these fish will eventually move into these areas and you can catch them with a jig and bobber. You need to vary the depth till you find what is working. Crappie fishing should be excellent with some big fish being caught.

White bass fishing is EXCELLENT, we've been catching and cleaning 100's of these fish. For best results, watch for schooling fish on channel banks, chasing shad on the surface. Two jig rig, rooster tails, small spoons, are doing well for these fish. You can also find white bass on the edges of the drops and the ends of the sand bars 20 - 30 foot deep using one ounce jigging spoons. If the wind is blowing you might want to start checking the wind blown flat shallow sandbar shorelines. Use a two jig rig, hold your pole high and reel fast to catch these shallow whites. Crankbaits, rattletraps or whatever your favorite white bass bait is will work in the shallows also. Another thing we want to mention, that is happening on the lake is the seagulls are here, watch for these seagulls diving on the shad run to the surface by the white bass, and this will hold true for the rest of the year! You may also pick up all other species while fishing for the white bass.

Muskies are STILL very active deep and shallow. Fishing for bass, you can expect to catch muskies in the shallows on spinner baits and buzz baits. Also trolling muskie baits on the south end are producing lots of muskies. We've also caught these muskies on the flats with rattles traps and shallow running crank baits in 4 - 6 feet of water. You could expect to see some 50 inchers! Be sure to release these fish unharmed - they are good for the lake and fun to catch!

Thanks to all for a great year, call early for spring bookings 2002 ..... our days get taken fast! Have a safe and happy holiday season!