This lake has become a very popular tournament destination due to the high quality of the fishery. Fishermen catch rates in the last five years were much improved over 2004 and 2005. Fishermen reported catching good numbers of bass both below and above the size limit through the 2010 season. Unlike 2008, the high water levels in 2009 and 2010 had little impact on catch rates for most gamefish species in the lake.
The three greatest single day tournament total weights were 570, 636, and 712 lbs, which is similar to 2009. Average weight of bass weighed into the larger tournaments ranged from 1.9 to 2.5 lbs. The largest bass weighed into the larger tournaments ranged from 5.3 to 6.6 lbs. The lake record bass was caught in a tournament by Chuck Ditto in April 2009, which weighed 8.55 lbs.
The number of bass, age 1+ and older, collected in the 2010 fall survey (49/hr.) was well below the 2009 average (80/hr.), but above the 2006, 2007, and 2008 survey results (24, 31, 22/hr). Collection rates were similar throughout the lake. The largest bass collected during the 2010 fall survey was 20 inches and weighed 4.2 lbs. The largemouth bass fishing prospects for 2011 remain good to excellent for numbers and good to excellent for size.
Lake Shelbyville Fishing Tournaments
Lake Shelbyville Big Fish Program
Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips - Texas & Carolina Rigs(Off site)
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