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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, yellow bass, muskie and sauger at Lake Shelbyville in Illinois.

Lake Shelbyville, IL

One of the better largemouth bass fisheries in Illinois, Lake Shelbyville is a large impoundment with plenty of water to fish. This 11,000-acre lake, located in the town of Shelbyville, has over 120 miles of shoreline. Much of this shoreline is not accessible for fishing, due to steep banks which are lined with trees. Much of the surrounding area is also private property. There are places to fish from the bank scattered around the lake. Numerous boat launch ramps are conveniently placed, providing access for pontoon boats, pleasure boats, sailboats, bass boats, canoes, kayaks and all types of fishing boats. Bass, crappie, catfish, walleye, sauger, muskie and several species of sunfish reside in these waters. During bass tournaments held on the lake, numerous bass over the 6-pound mark are often brought to the scales. Marinas, stores, restaurants and other amenities make this a great lake for a weekend fishing trip or a family vacation.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Shelbyville

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Yellow Bass Muskie Sauger

Lake Shelbyville Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Findlay Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
217 756-8595

Lithia Springs Marina
Rentals: Bass boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
217 774-4121

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

2400 E Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off 2400 E Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and concrete parking.

Eagle Creek Boat Access
Located mid lake, east side, in Eagle Creek State Recreation Area, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Forrest Wood Access Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, in the Forrest Wood Access Area, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lithia Springs Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off 1500 N Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lone Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 2175 East Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Opossum Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, in Opossum Creek Recreation Area, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and plenty of paved parking.

Shelbyville Dam West Access Area Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off N 9th Street, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Whitney Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, south side, off County 19 Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Wilborn Creek Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, east side, off County Road 1175 N, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Wolf Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off N Wolf Creek Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Marinas

Findlay Marina
536 County Rd 800 N
Findlay, IL 62534
217 756-8595

Lithia Springs Marina
2060 E. 1500 North Rd
Shelbyville, IL 62565
217 774-4121

Sullivan Marina & Campground
925 IL-32
Sullivan, IL 61951
217 728-7338

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Sullivan Marina & Campground - 217 728-7338

Bo Wood Campground - 217 774-3951

Eagle Creek State Park Campground - 217 756-8260

Wolf Creek State Park Campground - 217 459-2831

Lithia Springs Recreation Area Campground - 217 774-3951

Kaskaskia River Campground - 217 774-4721

Robin Hood Woods Campground & Resort - 217 774-4222

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Contact Information

Lake Shelbyville
Sullivan Marina & Campground
925 IL-32
Sullivan, IL 61951
217 728-7338

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 217-774-3951

IDNR County Fisheries Biologist 217-345-2420

 

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