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

Crappie are biting good. Been fishing brush and stumps in 8' to 12' foot of water. Been using jigs on windy days and minnows under a slip float on calm days. 

Channel cats are biting very good. Fishing the rocks or brush in 3' to 12' foot of water. Using sonnys super sticky. 

Flathead catfish are going good. We have been hoggin and have been finding anywhere from 5 to 20+ fish per day with an average weight in the upper 30's to low 40's with several over 50lbs.