The founder and Guide of Birdman’s Guide Service, Tyler Brandenburg, established this business in 2012 on Lake Shelbyville. However, he has been fishing Lake Shelbyville and Lake Mattoon for over 20 years. His guide service is based on the belief that customers’ needs are of utmost importance. He will give his best effort to make your trip with him an enjoyable one and one you won’t soon forget! So come enjoy a day on beautiful Lake Shelbyville or Lake Mattoon with Tyler and learn the little things that will make you a more successful fisherman on your favorite body of water!
Crappie fishing is by far his specialty. March, April, and May offer great opportunities for lots of big, slab crappie to be caught; several techniques can be used to catch them during this time. During the summer months of June, July, and August, the crappie fishing can be actually the best of the year. They will get on deep standing trees and brush piles and follow shad around. Minnows with slip bobbers or tight lining minnows are often the method used during these months and 100-200 fish days can often be expected! Mid September through ice on the lake (if any), is my favorite time of the year to fish for these slabs. The months of October, November, and December are phenomenal times to fish and you just simply cant ever get enough of that hard thump on a jig!
In addition to the excellent crappie fishing, the walleye population on Lake Shelbyville has skyrocketed, allowing anglers to target them and harvest them at a fairly high rate during the key months of late April, May, and early June. They are always a nice, relaxing change from the crappie fishing and offer some of the best table fare available!
Tyler is now a college graduate, graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelors in Environmental Biology in the Spring of 2015. The income of these guide trips helps him to pay back college tuition loans and to make a living. His dad , an avid fisherman himself, introduced Tyler to the outdoors when he was 5 years old and it has stuck with him…maybe too much, as he spends most of his time on the water and in the woods!
Crappie Guided Trips
Guided Crappie Trips on Lake Matoon and Lake Shelbyville!
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8 Hours – $275.00 for up to Two People
Additional person will be a flat rate of $350.00
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