I just wanted to give props to Nick Shafer. I hired him for two days to take me, my Dad, and my 10 year old son out crappie fishing in the spring a couple of years ago. Awesome fishing at Rend Lake. It was my first time fishing this lake. We caught hundreds of crappies, and they were thick. I'm talking wide backs. Even the 10 inch crappie had more meat on them then 15 inch crappie I catch in northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He was a great guide, funny, nice guy, and extremely helpful.
Since fishing with Nick, I have changed my whole approach to crappie fishing.
And for what it's worth, I am not a friend, relative, or paid spokesperson for his guide service. I just wanted to share my opinion of him with anyone who is looking to fish Rend.