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About Steve Welch

steve-wcrappie-03-21-11.jpgSteve Welch has been fishing on Lake Shelbyville since its inception, and guiding since 1994. He’s an accomplished writer and has written for Adventure Sports Outdoor, Heartland Magazine, the Decatur Herald & Review and Ilfishing.com.

He’s been quoted and written about in the Bloomington Pantagraph, Peoria Journal Star, Effingham Daily News, Illinois Fish & Game Finder Magazine, North American Crappie, and Field & Stream's 'Best Fishing Spots in the Midwest'.

In the winter, after it ices over, Steve Welch is a seminar speaker and has given fishing lectures, seminars and informational talks at all the prominent downstate fishing shows. He’s also speaks to local clubs and associations.

Steve’s been a member of the Ranger Pro Staff since 2000 and is a touring Crappie U.S.A. Pro. He’s won numerous crappie tournaments, some with over a hundred teams.

He fishes for crappie year round, walleye from mid-May through mid-July, white bass from mid-May to November, when the surface temperatures reach 80 degrees or over, in the summer.

Steve Welch offers guided fishing trips year-round at Lake Shelbyville in Illinois. Guided fishing trips allow you to enjoy the day, fish your limit and learn more about fishing from a professional fishing guide.