Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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5/16/18 @ 8:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
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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5/2/18 @ 6:54 PM
Musky Jim1
Musky Jim1
USER since 4/3/18
Missed you by 1 day Jim. I was at Shabbs Tuesday

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5/1/18 @ 5:54 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

Date 4-30 Launched late ....water climbed a little from Saturday...wind was still cranking...secchi is still around 2-3 feet...as long as you stayed away from wind blown shorelines...lot of mud there...saw 54-55 degrees ...but the fish are still very slow to move...had the owner from Wackem and Stackem custom baits out today and we ran a little competition plastic vs. live bait....plastic's caught more but live bait got the biggest...around 40 caught with only 4 keepers...all released...need more hours on the kicker and enjoyed more time on the water...

Edited on 5/1/18 6:00 PM
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5/1/18 @ 5:44 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Late report....from 4-28...water was 49 when we started and we saw 50 when we left...caught most near the mouth of the nmz...bass teams were out preparing for an upcoming event....secchi disc reading was around 2 1/2 to three feet normal for spring....but temps are way behind....should be closer to mid 60's by now....logged more hours on the new kicker which is good...no pictures this trip....most small

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