The miles of flood brush, timber and rock rip-rap shorelines, the many points with submerged ridges, and the hundreds of tributary streams emptying into Lake Shelbyville provide prime and productive fishing areas. The lake is teeming with black and white crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, muskie, bullhead, carp and sunfish. Special size and creel limits are in effect for some species, so please check with the site superintendent's office for specific information on fishing opportunities and regulations.
The Corps of Engineers in conjunction with the local Department of Natural Resources District Fish Biologist, currently manage 16 farm ponds to maintain sizeable populations. The ponds range in size from less than an acre to 27 acres, most are easily accessible by foot. In the Hidden Springs state managed area there are five fishing ponds, two accessible by vehicle, the other three by foot only. Fish stocked are bass, bluegill, redear and channel catfish. Richland Creek flows the length of the forest but fishing opportunities are negligible.
The Kaskaskia and West Okaw Rivers provide excellent stream fishing for walleye, white bass, crappie and channel catfish. Boats are welcome on the rivers, but the corridors are designated no wake areas.
Address: 1 m E of Shelbyville off IL Route 16
Our Email: Lakeshelbyville@mvs02.usace.army.mil
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