Nick Shafer

Nick Shafer
Benton, IL

Owner/Guide Nick Shafer is a former U.S. Marine and has established an impressive welding career over the past few years. Currently, he has turned his attention to serving clients as a full-time aspiration because it is his true passion.

My boat is a 22' Skeeter ZX250 powered by a Yamaha Vmax HPDI 250 with Humminbird 1199 SI on the console and bow.

Competitively and recreationally Crappie fishing for over 25 years, winning multiple bass and crappie tournaments including the Crappie Masters Illinois State Championship in 2006 and 2nd place Rend lake Crappie Masters in 2015 Nick is able to serve you at various lakes located in Southern Illinois which includes Rend Lake, Lake of Egypt, and Kinkaid Lake.


Recent Fishing Reports:

Rend Lake, Jefferson County

Had a last minute cancellation for tomorrow Saturday the 22nd if anyone wants a trip it is the only day we have available in April or May. Give me a call 618-472-4763 Nick.

Fishing is still going goodperiod we are catching fish in eight inches to 16 inches water fishing minnows and jigs in the heavy buckbrush.

Rend Lake, Jefferson County

Crappie are in the bushes. We are catching crappie in 8" to 16" of water in the buck brush. The lake is low. We could use a couple of good rains as the lake could use another 2'+ of water to get it up where is usually is this time of year. That being said we are still getting good numbers of fish and some really nice ones too. Most days we are getting our limit of over ten inch fish and 10-15 good unders. 

We are very booked but I have had a cancellation for this Thursday the 20th or the next available day we have is May 31st. Post spawn crappie and catfish trips are also booking fast for June and July so give us a call to get in on the action! 618-472-4763 

Rend Lake, Jefferson County

Still catching crappie in 12' to 18' on jigs fishing 10' to 14' deep. We had 6 limits today by 12:30 We have a few days available between Bob and I if you would like to book a trip 618-472-4763

Rend Lake, Jefferson County

Had fellow members Lance and Steve yesterday and today. It's was cold and windy but we had 65 yesterday. Today was a little colder but the wind was better and we had our 75 fish limit. All on jigs in fishing 10' to 13' in 12' to 18' foot of water.