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 1, 2021

Lake Shelbyville Crappie Fishing Guide

Lake Shelbyville crappie continue to bite but we have switched from trolling crankbaits to spider rigging double minnow rigs.  Our crankbait bite really slowed down this past Saturday and I think it had something to do with all the rain and the water temps cooling off a bit.  We have found fish to be holding about 12-14 ft. deep trolling along at 0.4 mph.

Water clarity is pretty good right now, about 2 feet, with the normal Shelbyville green stain for color.  Water temps are running in the low 80’s.

Clinton Lake crappie are biting and are on a heavy minnow bite.  I am using a slip bobber and minnow rig and I am targeting deep structure with schools of fish in it about 16 feet deep.  Stop by Ol Joes Bait and Tackle on highway 54 for a few dozen minnows and hit the lake!  They’re open at 4 a.m. daily and are ready to dip some up for you!

I have openings still for some summer time action and our fall bite is just around the corner so call, text or message me to book a trip!

Dan Lange


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These rates are for a private charter for up to two people, add an additional $50 for a third person.
All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

$350 for 8 hours

$300 for 6 hours

$250 for 4 hours

phone: 217.475.1499

email: [email protected]

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