Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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5/16/18 @ 9:54 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

Went fishing Sunday, 5/13. Met a gentleman by the name of Willie at the ramp, he gave me some tips on where to find crappie, as I am still a noob. Tips turned out to be gold - thanks a ton! Got between 60 and 80 crappie, but fished all day. If  you find them, lure didn't matter. Took home only 6 crappie and 4 bluegill, but some of those had bleeding gills and I kept them because they were gona die, not because of good size. Biggest crappie was exactly 10.5" - not quite a slab, but a personal best for me. Also a 10 and 3 9s. So many 6-7 inchers. 

I read some previous posts. I dont understand much, but if a noob like me can catch that many in a day it is very hard to believe the crappie is overfished. The schools were THICK. There must be a different reason for lack of big ones. Nobody releases fish over 10", so its hard to find 13 inchers. But there is no shortage of small ones..

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5/16/18 @ 9:44 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Report is from 5-7-18...started around 0830...water was 63º at the launch and climbed to 66....fished plastic shallow and did well....live bait worked deeper....plastic out fished the minnows...

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5/16/18 @ 9:37 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

report is from 5-6-18...water was 62º when we started ....caught most down 4-5 feet ...water was clear with 3 feet on the seechi disc....numbers were good ...but size was smaller 

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5/16/18 @ 8:00 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Late report ....Sorry guy's been busy...between the weather and needed upgrades to the pontoon...we have been running crazy...I know it's out of order as far as the dates of reports but several guy's emailed and wanted the season as it progresses....so here goes from our boat....

report is from 4-28 ....water is 49º at a late launch time due to weather...needed added time to warm up for us.....seechi reads around 2 feet....clearer than the recent weather influence would have made it by normal conditions....we found success fishing very slow at 7-9 down over 11' feet of water....bite was very slow but we could easily see them on the Bird.....all released...no photo's sorry 

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5/12/18 @ 9:07 PM
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MrSunman
MrSunman
USER since 6/19/01

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Water temps were down to 61.  Clarity is okay.  Wind was rough, bluegills are up on their beds shallow.  Nice to finally see them getting a little bigger than past years.  

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5/12/18 @ 11:17 AM
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Abumatic
Abumatic
USER since 5/8/10

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Late report. Out last Tuesday with my dad and brother from shore. Crappie were in NMZ as I expected when I heard what the water temps were. Fished 6 hrs, we caught well over 100 fish in total. I personally lost track around 50. Started with large fatheads under floats and I caught a few like that. Got bored with watching the bobber. I decided to start working lay downs with a 1/16 oz hair jigs. that was the ticket, catching 6 fish in 7 casts to start it out. White with pink worked best. Most fish were in the 9" range but did get a few 10's couple 11's and a 12. My dad and brother switched to same technique after using 5 dozen minnows and they hammered em as well. We kept 9 fish for dinner.

With the size down the last couple years, and people posting worried about population, I was skeptical on peoples theories... In seeing this seasons spawn with tons of 9 to 9.5 inch fish I think we will start to see the big ones through the ice again in the next couple of seasons. I have not seen this many fish spawning in the NMZ ever and have been fishing Shabby pretty hard for last 10 years. I have to side with the theory that these fish go in cycles and can remember some pretty bad spawn conditions  a couple 3 or 4  years ago for a couple years straight. This year water up, plenty of hiding places for spawning fish and huge numbers of spawning fish so hopefully that helps our gem of a crappy lake get back to numbers of big fish. 

Good luck out there!

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5/11/18 @ 6:39 AM
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fishnart
fishnart
USER since 3/30/12

MOON PHASE (17%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Made it out yesterday. Started about 8:30 and left at 1:30. A very good day. Water temp. was 65 when I started and 67 when I left. Caught a lot of small Crappie about 5-6", about 12, throw backs, Kept 4 9"ers. All were caught on Slip bobber and a crappie minnow. Also caught a 14" Walleye, what a surprise. Saw a few others catching fish also.

Edited on 5/11/18 6:40 AM
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5/9/18 @ 7:07 AM
fishnart
fishnart
USER since 3/30/12

Never made it out yesterday. Traffic was supper bad. Trying again on Thursday.

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5/8/18 @ 6:32 AM
fishnart
fishnart
USER since 3/30/12

Heading out for some Crappie this morning. I'll post later today.

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5/2/18 @ 6:59 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

I was out there on Sunday. Was still cold. I had never caught a single crappie on that lake. Got about 15 crappie and 25-30 bluegills. Why are all the crappie so small? My top 10 fish (size) were all bluegills. I don't think my biggest crappie was even 7 inches.. I used worms and jigs but that wasn't important. Finding them is important.

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