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

October 2, 2021

Lake Shelbyville Crappie Fishing Guide

Lake Shelbyville crappie fishing has been good to us recently.  We have been fishing shallow brush, stumps and laydowns either with a slip bobber and minnow or dipping a blue/chartreuse jig into the brush and yanking them out.

Structure in 8 to 20 feet of water is also holding fish but have proven a little tricky to get to bite.  Most times we pull up to these structures and catch 3 or 4 really quick then they just refuse to bite.  Livescope can help you locate the fish but won’t make them bite.  So for now we will run and gun from spot to spot picking off the few aggressive fish and move on.

I do not have a Clinton Lake report right now because I haven’t fished it in a couple of weeks.  I would be fishing shallow structure with a jig and cork or minnow.

Dan Lange


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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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