Bluegill are not dominating the shallows like they do in many lakes. The biggest reason is Lake Shelbyville is stuff with Largemouth Bass and Silver Bass and predation keeps their numbers down. You will still come across areas where they do have a stronghold and you should be able to catch some nice size ones.
Lake Shelbyville has no cottages or resorts on its shores. Robin Hood Woods is only 2.5 miles from Lake Shelbyville and its multiple boat-launches. There are also plenty of Bluegill in our pond.
Lake Shelbyville Bluegill Report
Bluegill - fair - Most "keeper" size bluegill will range from 6.5 through 7.9 inches. A few bluegill in excess of eight inches are caught annually, although they are NOT common. Bluegill averaging 7.0 - 7.5 inches and 0.25 to 0.3 lbs are often caught by fishermen using nightcrawlers seeking other species. Fishing prospects for 2011 remains good for numbers and poor to fair for size.