Welcome to Tight Lines Guide Service.  We are a year-round crappie fishing guide service on Lake Shelbyville and Clinton Lake.  We will provide everything you need to enjoy a day of crappie fishing. All you need to bring is a valid Illinois fishing license, appropriate clothing for the weather we are expecting that day i.e. rain gear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and whatever food you would like for the day.  We will provide a cooler with ice and water for the day.

Lake Shelbyville is located across both Shelby and Moultrie counties in central Illinois.  It is an 11,000 acre Army Corps of Engineers flood control reservoir.  Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt county approximately 10 miles east of Clinton IL.  Clinton is a power plant lake and is used as a cooling water source for Clinton Power Station which makes the water warmer and can be an oasis in the middle of winter when all the other lakes are frozen solid.  Both lakes offer excellent crappie populations.

“My fishing memories are many. But treasured most of all are those fishing trips when all appeared hopeless, and then crappie came to the rescue.” – Dan Gapen


Fishing Report

November 9, 2022

Lake Shelbyville Crappie Fishing Guide

Lake Shelbyville crappie fishing is on fire right now!  We are fishing a slip bobber and minnow about 18″ deep around shallow laydowns and boy are they bunched up!  I have also been mixing in an orange/chartreuse jig on  a pink jig head in depths of about 8-10 feet on laydowns.

Really shallow standing timber as far back in coves as we can get is also holding fish.  The other day we were so shallow I couldn’t use the trolling motor and had to use the handle of my net to push us around until we finally ran out of water.  We caught fish all the way back as far as my boat could go.  Our strategy when fishing the standing timber has been catch one and move to the next stick up.  Keep doing this and coming back to stick ups you caught fish on and you’re sure to fill the livewell!  Again, a bobber and minnow about 18″ deep has been our best bait here.

The months of November and December are an excellent time to come out and do some crappie fishing!  The fish really bunch up and we can load the boat in a hurry.  If you’ve been waiting for a hot bite right now is the time you want to get out there!  Call, text, email or shoot me a message on Facebook messenger to book a trip!

Dan Lange

Tight Lines Guide Service


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These rates are for a private charter for up to two people, add an additional $100 for a third person.
All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

$375 for 6 hours

$300 for 4 hours

phone: 217.475.1499

email: [email protected]

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