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Old 07-24-2005, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lake Shelbyville Report 7-22 & 7-23

Stayed at Eagle Creek Resort for a family type get together with my parents,sisters etc. The resort is not geared towards the fisherman, but a decent enough place overall.
Since most of my family was with me, serious fishing was out of the question. Truthfully, with the daytime temps in the upper 90's I wasn't going to fish in those conditions anyways...at least not during the day.
So night fishing it was. I chatted up one of the resort dock hands and he said I could fish off the docks at night even though it was technically against the rules {you know just don't leave hooks behind etc.etc.}.
The first nite I was on the dimly lit docks I could see fish eating insects that fell into the water after hitting the docklights too hard. Since I was completely alone I tip-toed to the edge of the of the dock with a tiny jig and tossed it out. Sure enough Crappie started hitting it, but after catching nothing larger than 6" I took off my jig and just studied the water. I stood absolutely still as schools of shad were swirling around under the dock lights. If you watch those schools of shad long enough you will see big fish rip thru the school every now and again. Of course I took note :wink: . I only had a handful of lures with me since I was ninja fishing and didn't want to get kicked off the dock. I tied on a tiny chromed rattletrap and started casting it. After a few casts I caught a decent 14" Largemouth and was pretty happy. Then after a few fair sized Crappie on the Rattletrap {it WAS tiny} I decided to cast along a seawall and wham! something big nailed my lure. My drag was set perfectly and after a few furious runs a FAT, easily 4lb LM lets me lip her, admire her, then toss her back. Then I caught a decent Sheepshead which completly inhaled my lure so I was out of action for 10 minutes getting my lure back in one piece.
Then the real excitement began. I stayed with what was working and kept casting along the seawall and sure enough BAM! a massive strike on my new favorite lure. My drag was singing...zizz,zizz, zizz, as a huge fish pulled me all over the dock. Back and forth we went, one massive run after another, until finally I sensed the fish was tiring and I wanted to get a look at it. Then tragedy struck... at the last second before I could actually see what it was...the fish threw the rattletrap and got away I'm good at judging fish and this one was at least 6+ lbs. I only hope it was a Striper because if it was a LM I would be upset.

So therefore I was all geared up for the next night. Well I get down to the dock and there was a night-fishing tournement going on so every so often a bass boat would stealthily move into the marina and start casting. They were nice enough guys but they shut off the fishing. I even told one guy to tie on a rattletrap and he does and quickly hooks a decent LM. Inexplicably he takes off the rattletrap because he says "I hate rattletraps". I thought to myself this guy does not want to win.
That night I ended up with a few small LM, Whitebass, and a decent bonus Walleye.

On a final note. I visited the spillway Saturday at high noon to check it out. A man had a 4+ lb Walleye on the stringer that he caught at 6:00a.m. That poor fish had been dead in the stringer for hours. I mean it hardly even looked like a Walleye. It was completly grey with a white scum on it. Now get this he tells me he's gonna eat it, and sure enough a few minutes later off he goes with that stiff Walleye. I could not believe it


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Old 07-25-2005, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Eagle Creek docks

Fonzie - excellent report - I will have to hit that area some week night when there are no fishing tournaments going on. I would suspect that big fish was a muskie or catfish as to my knowledge, there are no stripers in Lake Shelbyville. I have taken channel cats up to 10 lbs on crankbaits trolling for walleye.
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I just assumed it was a Striper. Shelbyville seems like it could be a good Striper lake with all those shad around.
Now you've got me thinking it might have been a Largemouth


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Great report sounds like you had a great night.
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I'd be willing to bet you that was a musky.There are tons of them in there and I have personally caught several there on rat-l-traps
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Man I was just missing those 2 am spillway till 12 noon days....
The folks and the uh....ladies you can meet there after bars close is worth the trip at least 10+ years ago it was....

And throw them back......



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Thundersmom & I (& the dog) are heading down there in a couple weeks.
We always camp out at Wolf Creek & usually bring the boat down.
We've been going down there for a few years now & never seem to have that great of luck with fishing there. I figure we're doing something wrong but haven't been able to get it right as of yet.
No big deal I guess as we just love the being out aspect with no phones, no traffic, & no huge crowds. We always camp during the week & get out before the weekend hits.
It would be nice to know what we're doing wrong though.
Nothing better than a campsite fish fry.
We usually catch small gills, white bass & maybe a few small perch, but nothing we've ever kept to eat.
I've had a "Hot Spot" map for quite a while, but the Spots never seem Hot.

I sure wish we could hookup with someone who knows the lake & how to fish it someday.
I'm sure they are there (the fish I mean) but I just haven't been able to get a grasp of the lake.

Anyone have any tips they'd like to share?

BTW...Blufloyd...maybe some day we can hookup @ braidwood when the weather cools down. I assume your the same person that posts on that board too?
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BTW...Blufloyd...maybe some day we can hookup @ braidwood when the weather cools down
If you wouldn't mind when going to meet at braid please post in advance maybe a few us could meet u all there & throw some Bull/er I mean baits together.
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sounds like a deal + there is a cool down coming.



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