THE LADY OF THE LAKE   Leave a comment

During a recent discussion at a kid’s fishing derby, a woman mentioned that her daughter really enjoyed fishing but was not sure that was a thing that girls should do.  I told the story of Mary Satterfield and I think it alleviated any of the little girl’s doubts.


Guide Mary Satterfield has lived around and fished Lake Shelbyville, Illinois her entire life.  Her experience as a tournament professional and guide give clients a unique opportunity to enjoy the angling of the lake to the fullest.  Her dedication to the sport and the Lake Shelbyville waters has earned her the name, Lady of the Lake.  

Mary survived a serious auto accident in the early 70’s.  It nearly cost her life.  Four years of operations and serious rehab led her into the fishing business.  One of the few things she was able to accomplish during rehab was fishing.   Her love of the sport prospered during those years and led to her becoming the first women guide in the state. 

Satterfield has been a two-time winner of both the Midwest Bass Association Champion and Bass’N Gal Champion titles.  She has qualified for eight Lady Bass Classics, seven Bass’N Gal Classics, and for the 1991 Red Man Regional.  In 1986 she was Lady Bass Angler of the Year, 1987 Lady Bass Classic World Champion, and 1989 Lake Shelbyville Bass Bonanza Champion.  Additionally, she has won countless local and club championships. 

Mary has appeared at many times at boating and fishing shows where she taught fishing classes and seminars.  She has also been involved in Becoming An Outdoor Woman programs for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

More recently Mary has cut back on tournament competition due to health problems and to spend more time on her guiding business.  Today, she spends time with her family and writing a fishing report column for a regional publication. 

A structure angler, Mary does most of her fishing for species such as largemouth bass, white bass, crappie and walleye.   On an average day, she catches as many as 150 white bass.  Her success with crappie and largemouth bass tends to run along the same lines.  She is, however, quick to stress that there are no guarantees in fishing. 

According to Satterfield, most of her clients are repeat customers that come from as far away as Wisconsin and Missouri.  About 70% of them are from the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Mary can be reached on the web at: or by calling 1-888-761-8933.


Posted 01/12/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Freshwater Fishing

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