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Lake Shelbyville

Shelby County - Illinois
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Lake Shelbyville is located in Shelby and Moultrie Counties in east-central Illinois, with the dam situated on the Kaskaskia River, east of the City of Shelbyville, Illinois.Lake Shelbyville is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities. The lake is known for its excellent walleye, crappie, and bass fishing, but anglers can also catch catfish, bluegill, and other species.

The lake has several marinas, boat ramps, and fishing docks, making it easy for anglers to access the water. There are also several campgrounds around the lake, ranging from primitive sites to RV parks with full hookups.

In addition to fishing and boating, Lake Shelbyville offers opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. The lake is surrounded by several state parks and wildlife areas, including the Eagle Creek State Park and the Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Lake Shelbyville also has a number of amenities for visitors, including picnic areas, playgrounds, and beaches. The lake hosts several events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, boating races, and festivals.

Overall, Lake Shelbyville is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a variety of activities in a beautiful natural setting. Whether you're fishing, boating, camping, or just enjoying the scenery, Lake Shelbyville has something for everyone.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Shelbyville, IL

How big is Lake Shelbyville?
Lake Shelbyville is approximately 11,100 sq acres (44.9 sq km) in size with 120 miles (193.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Lake Shelbyville?
Lake Shelbyville is approximately 65 feet (19.8 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 19 feet (5.8 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Lake Shelbyville?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Drum (Sheepshead), Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Sauger, Smallmouth Bass, Sucker, Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Yellow Bass and Yellow Bullhead in Lake Shelbyville.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Lake Shelbyville?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Lake Shelbyville and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Lake Shelbyville?
Nearby cities and towns include Findlay, IL, Windsor, IL and Sullivan, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Shelbyville area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Lake Shelbyville and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there places to eat and drink near Lake Shelbyville?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Lake Shelbyville?
What does the future look like for Lake Shelbyville? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Shelbyville.

Explore the Lake Shelbyville area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The fish population in Lake Shelbyville is surveyed annually. Lake Shelbyville is home to at least 32 species of fish. In addition to the lake, a popular fishery exists in the Kaskaskia River just below the spillway and in the West Okaw and Kaskaskia Rivers upstream of the lake. In cooperation between the USACE and the IDNR, two nursery ponds, 6.5 and 0.7 acres, are utilized to improve fishing quality in Lake Shelbyville.

An annual fish attractor project is coordinated by the USACE in coordination with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) on the third Saturday in March. Fish attractor maps can be found here: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lake-Shelbyville/Recreation/Fish-Attractor-Maps/

Controling Authority
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Mounce

What is the average air temp for Lake Shelbyville?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Shelbyville? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 66°F (19°C) to a low around 44°F (7°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Lake Shelbyville?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Lake Shelbyville.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Lake Shelbyville Reviews
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bill s.
5 star rating
This is an excellent crappie lake. Fish are always holding close to brush piles and/or standing timber.
Reviewed May 12, 2012
matt b.
5 star rating
This was a great lake for crappie. Seemed like anywhere there was wood, there were fish to be caught.
Reviewed Jul 18, 2004

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