Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County

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8/10/15 @ 9:17 AM
FISHING REPORT
CCC Crappie hunter
CCC Crappie hunter
USER since 3/23/08

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F
Fished Saturday from 8:30-2pm and was able to catch about 14 crappie. Cleaned 8 fish between the three of us, none over 10". Mostly caught them around bridge pylons. Trolled red roadrunners with white twister tails and also red roadrunners with chartreuse twister tails and crappie nibbles. The fish were around 10' deep and we had numerous pecks at the jigs.

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8/4/15 @ 7:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Steve Welch
LSG
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F
The lake has dropped to six-feet over summer pool but a huge algae bloom has all the fish relating to the top ten-feet all over the lake. This has made it difficult to catch any decent sized crappie without trolling so I switched up to white bass and they are holding just outside flooded willows all over the north end of the lake and on flooded boat ramps or anything with a good hard bottom. We are catching about 60-100 a day so the action is good and about half of them are near two-pounds and boy do they fight.

We are using a couple different rigs for them. I make a tailspinner lure we call the Candystriper and we are using it with a hair jig tied a foot above it so we can get doubles. We are fishing it by popping it off bottom and then watching it fall back on a slack line. That is when you will get your bites and they just slam it.

The other bait is a simple drop-shot with a 1/4oz. weight on bottom then up the line about a foot a small loop knot with a number four circle hook and a lively minnow.

This lake is known for it's great white bass fishing but in recent years it has been going through a comeback and the numbers are back so get out there and give them a try they are the hardest fighting fish for their size you will find and great table fare.

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7/9/15 @ 7:07 PM
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Steve Welch
LSG
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80º F
The lake is ten-feet over summer pool and slowly dropping. The water temps are running about 76 and the lake is very clear due to all the current being pulled by the dam. All this current has stopped the main lake from forming a thermo-cline which concentrates the fish at or slightly above it. So we are catching both crappie and bass at depths much deeper than normal. We are fishing a slip bobber for the crappie over deep brush set at 18-24 feet deep. The brush might be in as deep as 30-35 feet on the south end or over 25 feet on the north end. It is not unusual to catch 30 or more crappie from just one spot then move on and do it again. There is a thermo-cline starting to form back in the coves and since they are so deep with all the high water. We are fishing several of them especially the big slides that came in on previous floods. Less fish than the main lake but bigger. There are a lot of crappie suspended out in main lake basins so several are trolling crankbaits either by long lining them or pushing them with heavy weights. We are catching over a hundred a day to get our three or four person limit so the action is very good and my clients are having a ball.

Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville Fishing Guide
(217) 762-7257
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5/30/15 @ 7:00 PM
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Steve Welch
LSG
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous
The water temps are running about 71-73 and the lake is very clear and still about six-inches from summer pool. The crappie are in post spawn and a few are already out on deep summer brush. We are catching them on slip bobbers with minnows set at about 12-15ft. over much deeper water. You must move often since they are not stacked up on them like they will be in a month or so.

We are also fishing for walleye and sauger by both casting Big Dudes, Deep Ledge Jig Spinners and twisters, and 1/2oz. Rattletraps. We are setting the boat out off big flats in deep water and throwing up on the flat in about three-feet and dragging it back down the drop.

The second method is to pull bottom bouncers and spinner rigs right on the drop tipped with minnows over crawlers since we can catch crappie on this method as well. We pull at about 1-1.4mph.

This by far the best walleye lake in the state and June is the month to catch them.

When the wind is blowing up onto the flats we are catching tons of white bass on Candystripers,and Big Dudes. Hundred plus days are the norm.

Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County Photo
Lake Shelbyville Fishing Guide
(217) 762-7257
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