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Fishing Report

July 02, 2024

Lake Shelbyville Crappie Fishing Guide

Whew, the fish are really biting right now!  We’re weeding through tons of shorts but finding lots of keeper fish mixed in that keep us dropping back in there.

Fish are bunched up on structure in 10-20 feet of water and a nice lively minnow dangled above their heads has had me busier than a one legged man in a you know what contest taking fish off and baiting hooks.  I get to occasionally drop a line in and get in on the action but some spots are just one fish after another and it’s hard when they’re biting so fast.

I’ve noticed the big fish are coming right when we start on a pile then after 5 or 6 it’s a lot of short fish with a keeper mixed in every 5th fish or so.  When I feel like we’re catching too many shorts it’s on to the next spot to rinse and repeat.  

The good news is the lake is in great condition for the future as I’ve been seeing a variety of size come over the rail which means we’ve had pretty successful spawns the past few years.  A lot, and I mean a lot of fish in the 9 to 9 3/4 inch range which means very soon they will be over the 10 inch mark and provide lots of quality fishing in the coming seasons.

I have a bunch of openings coming up in July.  The next two weeks openings I have are July 08, 09, 10, 14, 16, 18, and 20.  Give me a call, text or message to book a trip!

Dan Lange

Tight Lines Guide Service

(217)475-1499

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