Shelbyville Fishing Report

Guide Steve Welch send me another fishing report from Lake Shelbyville.  This is one lake that is so popular to Chicagoland anglers and others from around the state.  It's a great lake and should be on your 2012 go to fish list.  Here's Steve's report...

The low overnight temps have almost completely stopped the shallow crappie bite on the north end. So we are fishing mid lake once again on channel banks and mouths of coves that have a channel bank running across it.

The fish are very spooky due to extremely clear water so we are using a slip cork and staying way back and fishing it about fifteen feet down in much deeper water.  Targeting down trees or standing trees in deep water. The bigger fish are wanting large shiner minnows over jigs. We are catching a ton of short fish on the jigs but few keepers.

The crappie fishing is still very good and I have seen some big fish this week including a nice 15 1/4 inch two pound white female. Water temps are running from 59 early in the morning to 67 at the end of the day.  Up around Wilborn in the more stained colored water the temps are higher but the water color is very dirty.  The crappie fishing has been so good that we are getting in some white bass fishing after we get our limit of crappie. They are on points from point two down to point six and some very nice sized fish.  We are using 1/2oz. Candystripers and just burning them across points in six to eight feet.

Steve Welch

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