Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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5/27/18 @ 7:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

report is from 5-24   64º when we started ....again lots of shad near the shoreline rocks....bluegill are mixed in and several 10-12 inch bassmixed in...as we moved around the carp are crazy against the shore...50 0n the clicker with 2 small walleye cpr and a decent bass also cpr...weeds are still not showing but the floating stuff from the carp activity is crazy...

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5/27/18 @ 6:56 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

report is from 5-23  water was 65º at 0900...another cold front passed and keeps the water from getting warmer...shad were back on the rocks....we used plastics and minnows...about a 50-50 split on what was working for us...water is still pretty clear despite whats going on with the weather and in flow of rain water...

Edited on 5/27/18 7:02 PM
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5/22/18 @ 8:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Report is from 5-22...water was 62º at the launch at 0800....climbed a little ...hit 64º when we left....crappie were still shallow and most females had all their eggs....most are also sporting the blackened colors....55-60 on the clicker with 16 making the trec home .....tried some deep trees to mix things up and we did see some larger crappie there...but the smaller crappie are there in large numbers also....water remained at 2-1/2 feet of clarity on the seechi disc....rain didn't change it much....graphed the new trees and the fish are already relating to them....all trees were placed by existing trees or areas....bait shop will have the locations if your interested....

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5/21/18 @ 8:42 PM
t6waver
t6waver
USER since 12/18/16

Saw the video this morning awesome job!!! ravaneli

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5/21/18 @ 7:53 PM
BOX 1
BOX 1
USER since 9/9/05

Nice job on that catch Ravaneli!!

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5/21/18 @ 6:00 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

I was out this Saturday, the 19th of May. Met some folks. My trailer broke and several folks helped me - thanks a again if you read this.

Had a crazy fishing day. First fish of the day - a decent white crappie. As it struggled on the way out, a 40" musky came and grabbed him. I know the musky was 40 inches because I was able to put him in the boat after a long fuss. On Ultralight and 6 lb line and 1/64th trout magnet. If you want to see the full fight, it is on my youtube channel : i_fish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eazD7nUCO_0

Crappie fishing was the same. Small crappie is not hard to find. I counted about 60-70 again, all but 8 were released, even the 8 were not quite keepers but some of them had bleeding gills and I knew they would die. I do mostly carp fishing and I can't say I know much about crappie (or anything other than carp), but I already think that it is pointless to fret about jig or lure colors or shapes. When u find the crappie, they will eat anything. I keep testing colors and can't tell the difference.

Edited on 5/21/18 6:00 PM
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5/21/18 @ 11:55 AM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

report is from 5-19....had another cold front to deal with...temps dipped to the low 50's over night and the water was 65º when we started...artificials were working and we mixed in the live bait....not much on the minnows...casting and covering water seems to up the numbers...just need to work slow....clicker hit 50+ with only 15 making the cut...one nice one topped out at 13 1/4....

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5/21/18 @ 11:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

report is from 5-18.... winds were blowing a little today so we picked areas we could cast and work....numbers were good but again the larger fish are harder to catch....water was 67º when we started and slowly climbed to 70º at days end...we did see several boats running the gas motors in the NMZ....guess the rules didn't apply today...lol...even had three guy's in a very small pontoon that looked very close to the over loaded limit....hope they stayed safe the rest of the day....

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5/17/18 @ 5:36 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

report is from 5-17.....started at the nmz ...not many guy's out today....winds were calm and you needed to move or twitched to get bit....water was 67º when we launched 0800 and climbed to 73  by the time we left....water was clearing up a bit...back to 2 1/2 feet on the seechi...color c lector had us mixing a little blue in the jigs and it was working until the clouds rolled in....back to shad and lime chartruse..seeing a lot of bluegill mixed in this year.....guy's boated well over a 100 and we cleaned 17...

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5/16/18 @ 9:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

report is from 5-16...started up the nmz...several boats working the shoreline....lot's of smaller crappie....also saw a very large amount of shad working the shore...also starting to see carp in the weedline rutting....water was 62º at 0800 and climbed to 72 when I left....50 on the clicker with 18 making the cut...more on plastics again...nothing huge but enough for "Pop's" to have dinner...great time guy's...thanks... 

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