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Discussion in 'ILLINOIS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by raiderfan, May 19, 2008.
has anyone fished Lake Shelbyville lately?
I went over there a couple of week's ago to fish the river above the lake and it was so low at the boat ramp you could have walked all the way across it and never got over your knee's.....:crazy:
I would be interested in any Shelbyville updates myself as I am leaving Sunday the 15th for a week of family camping and catfishing. I did OK on a similar trip two years ago on channel cats in the evenings and at night. This year I will be going after some Flatheads.
I love Lake Shelbyville. Fished it when I was 14 now 33 on a family vacation. I'm jealous of you guys. That place seemed to have a great fishery. My dad is orginaly from Taylorville and his family still lives there. Caught my first channel there while bass fishing with a spinnerbait. Then I hooked a five pound bass.
The river above allenville that I described in my above post that I could have walked across and never got over me knee's is now with in two feet of a record level high ..they had 5 and 6 inch's of rain above lake shelbyville in the last 48 hour's.....
Well, I can not help you with any of the catfishing, but the nicer Crappie are or were (past few days) in 10-12 foot water hitting at 2-3 foot depth on small jigs and minnows, and the walleye are (as of 2 days ago) just starting to work the flats pretty good, Water Level is just a tad below normal pool (again 2 days ago) lot of rain AGAIN since then. Don't have the number handy right now but if you look up the lake info there is a 800 number for 24 lake info..... Good Luck
The lake is very high right know. The beaches are all closed. Had to take the kids to Shelbyville to the water park. Catfishing is very difficult on the lake right know a lot of the channel cats seem to have traveled up into the creeks how far I don't know. Were I stood and caught cats every night from shore 2 years ago is under about 8 feet of water. I caught bluegills from shore very close in 3-10 feet from shore. There is just too much new cover submerged in water right know. Everyone I talked to is working very hard for a couple of fish. Spent one evening fishing bellow the Dam and caught about a dozen or so white bass, and 4 gar. Saw one person leaving with a 7 lb channel cat caught on minnows in the spillway. They are dumping a lot of water right know and the lake does not seem to be going down. Might take a while for the area to recover. I spent one night in the boat fishing both for both channel and flatheads in bay across from my campsight. I was staying at Wolf creek campground, fishermans circle. No luck with the catfishing all week. Best bet is either fish below the dam, or explore up into the creeks.
I live less than 20 mile's from the lake .here's what ran in our local paper wed...Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:46 PM CDT
Lake Shelbyville beaches remain closed
SHELBYVILLE — Continued high water levels are affecting recreation and holiday activities at Lake Shelbyville.
Ken Pierson, natural resource specialist ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said all lake beaches and “secondary” boat ramps remain closed, while all July 4 events originally scheduled for the Dam West Recreation Area have been moved to the higher ground of Forest Park on the northeast side of Shelbyville.
The annual Aqua-fest festivities also have been canceled because of the beach closures, Pierson said.
On Sunday, the lake elevation crested at 616.05 feet above sea level — more than 16 feet above the average for this time of year, Pierson reported. He added that the water level isn’t expected to return to normal until mid-September.
However, all high-water boat ramps are still open. These include ramps at Bo Wood, Dam West, Lithia Springs, Lone Point, Opossum Creek, Wilborn Creek, EAgle Creek State Park and Wolf Creek State Park.
All campsites also remain open.
Coon Creek and Whitley Creek are the only primary recreation areas with all boat ramps closed.
The Corps has shut down secondary boat ramps at Coal Shaft Bridge, Sand Cove Road, Johnson’s Bluff and Bruce West.
The Illinois Backpacking Trail, Coon Creek Trail and Okaw Bluff Trail are closed, but hikers can still use the Camp Camfield Trail.
The water level so far has not halted the annual Revolutionary War Re-enactment scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Dam East Recreation Area. The event will include live battle simulations and other demonstrations, while the Prairie Frontiersman will camp on-site throughout the two days.
For more information on lake levels and events, call 774-2020 or 774-3951.