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Illinois walleye fishing is very much like fishing other lakes at the same latitude. Shelbyville, little Shabbona, and the productive Fox Chain are a few examples of some of the great walleye fishing you have in Illinois. All the lakes in this state are begging for anglers to use some effective and frequently times nontraditional tactics. You have some virtually untapped walleye and sauger fishing which i would rank right up there with some of the popular Northern destinations. Let's check out these 3 lakes plus some good ways to catch walleyes that you could affect other lakes in Illinois.
In lake Shelbyville you discover the walleyes split up when spawning. A major portion runs in the Kaskaskia river while another portion uses rocky points and the rip rap dam within the main lake. A wonderful time to fish Shelbyville is within June. You discover the two populations of walleyes coming together and feeding heavily in the centre third of the reservoir. Target large flats in 2 to eight feet of water. Troll bottom bouncers, spinners and crawlers to wash up on these fish.
On some flats you get subtle rises. These high spots on the flats are dynamite to troll over, so mark them with your GPS and play connect the dots together with your trolling passes. As summer heat gets control the walleyes split up. Some move deep and another untapped segment of the population suspends. Troll crankbaits sifting the 12 to 25 foot column of water out of the major flats during dog days. Occasionally bump structure and spend sufficient time chewing up open water on Shelbyville. If you hit a large pack of white bass, you're in the best area! Just get the baits below the whites for walleyes. It never fails. The other choice is casting jigs or crankbaits to shallow wind swept rocky points. This is a superb multi species tactic that get you a large number of white bass, a few walleyes, and largemouth bass on Shelbyville.
For Shabbona lake you need to work unwanted weeds within the open water season. Before the weeds are up you'll find walleyes a little deeper, hanging just from these areas. If you know the best weed beds be sure to pull a lindy rig and leach or fathead minnow just out from in which a major weed bed will be developing. Once the weeds start approaching in Shabbona, get up on the weed flats and troll spinners or crankbaits within the weed tops. If you whack fish within the same area on each pass, anchor up and check out a slip bobber and leech, set to dangle just above the weed tops.
The Fox Chain is a well-liked walleye destination and it is certainly one of my top picks. Shallow cranking programs work well here. Use planer boards to spread your baits out or any other good option - 10 foot trolling rods. You can take control of your baits better with long rods, but planer boards provide your baits extra action using the waves and provide more flexibility for really getting a crankbait away from the boat in skinny water. I also enjoy casting jigs to shallow rocky lipped shorelines or around the bridges as walleyes appear spawn within the Fox Chain. Get around the right bridge and you'll really make hay. As summer wears on and dog days occur I find finesse crankbait patterns work the best. There are lots of variables which go into this deadly technique, however, the primary idea is to very slowly walk your crankbaits within 1/4 inch from the bottom. You want your treble hooks dragging at the base, using the lip from the bait occasionally smacking the underside. Other overlooked patterns for dog days walleyes include fishing shallow out over deep water and fishing around moving water. Each has a place and time around the Fox Chain.