Steve Welch

Steve Welch
Monticello, IL

I am a full-time Lake Shelbyville fishing guide, Crappie U.S.A. & CrappieMasters tournament angler, and outdoor writer. I have been written about in several magazines such as In-Fisherman, Walleye In-Sider, Illinois Game & Fish & Field and Stream, just to name a few.

I have my own monthly column in Heartland Outdoors and Adventure Sports Outdoors every month and I run the LakeShelbyvilleGuide website and on-line fishing forum called Illinois Fish Talk. Both these sites get over thirty thousand visitors a month.

I provide a weekly fishing report to the Chicago Tribune & St. Louis Post as well as many local bait shops and in-state websites.

I have helped develop my own line of fishing lures and how to DVD’s that sell in many retail stores and on the on-line store.

I am a fulltime-fishing guide on Lake Shelbyville and guide clients over two hundred and fifty days a year. I guide primarily for crappie, white bass and walleye. I have also started guiding down on Kentucky Lake in the early spring and fall totally about two months.

I am the biggest seminar draw at all the in-state fishing shows I attend with crowds of more than a hundred at each seminar. I give a powerpoint presentation on Lowrance electronics and how to catch fish on both Lake Shelbyville and Kentucky Lake.

I am both a Lowrance Pro-Staff member and Yar-Craft/Bass Cat boats. I run the first ever Yar-Craft built by Bass Cat after the buy out.

I have won numerous local tourneys with one hundred plus teams entered including the Springfield Crappie Club Open Invitational four times. I've qualified for the Crappie U.S.A. Classic each and every year since I started back in 2005. Since then I've won...

  • Region Three Thirteen State Regional on Lake Shelbyville 2005 2nd Place Semi-Pro
  • Region Three Qualifier Lake Shelbyville 2006 1st Place Semi-Pro
  • Region Three Thirteen State Regional on Lake Decatur 2006 1st Place Semi-Pro in which he won a new Ranger boat.
  • Region Three Qualifier Lake Shelbyville 2008 1st Place Semi-ProCrappie Masters Bass Pro Qualifier Lake
  • Shelbyville 2008 1st Place Semi-Pro
  • Crappie U.S.A. Classic Kentucky Lake 2006 16th Place Semi-Pro
  • Crappie U.S.A. Classic Kentucky Lake 2011 12th Place Semi-Pro