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

September 21, 2022

Lake Shelbyville Crappie Fishing Guide

Lake Shelbyville Crappie fishing is good right now.  A slip bobber and a minnow around cover in depths of 5′ down to 16′ is catching a BUNCH of fish.  Some days we are skipping the bobber, getting out the jigging poles and tight lining a minnow rig in these depths.

Right now structure is loaded with fish but the big keeper fish seem to be not as aggressive as the little fish.  I have been moving around a lot trying to catch a few keepers off of each piece of structure and then moving.  You can sit there and catch fish after fish but if you’ve caught 2 keepers and the next ten are unders, move.  We’re fishing about 20 pieces of structure or more a day to put together nice stringers of fish.

Cooler temps are on the horizon and should make the ratio of big to little fish better and not have to move around so much.

I have a openings left in October and November for some fall fishing.  Call, text, email or message to book!

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.

$400 for 8 hours

$300 for 6 hours

$250 for 4 hours

phone: 217.475.1499

email: [email protected]

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