Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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5/2/16 @ 8:03 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
This report is from Sunday May 1st...Launched at 0800...water dropped back to 52º...at days end it only climbed to 53º...wind was cranking all day...boat control was fun Wondering..live bait again worked better than casted or jigged plastics baits...the bite was slow today but patience produced a nice stringer by the end of the trip...deeper fish were more active than their shallow cousins...55 on the clicker...think we caught closer to 60...had some good short flurries of activity...after a few minutes of inactivity we moved to find active fish...bites were very subtle...some bites the float just stopped moving up and down with the waves...

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4/25/16 @ 7:48 PM
Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15
Got an e-mail and a guy was wondering why my count varied a little....I have a fish clicker/counter that you keep track of fish caught...while 5-6 guy's are catching fish there are times that I don't click/count every fish....so I give the amount shown ...and guess how many we missed...it's a close number but we never embellish...had 87 on the clicker Saturday and 88 on sunday...

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4/25/16 @ 5:43 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Report is from Sunday 24th...water cooled over night ...at 0800 it was back to 56..climbed back to 61-62 by days end...crappie were very willing once the wind let us play...gust felt near 40.....steady most of the day Angry..again live bait worked better than plastics...hit the upper creak for awhile but the wind was too much to work the toon....85-90 fish day with a few really nice fish..lots of small aggressive males..mid week should really turn on if temps stay up

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4/25/16 @ 5:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Report is from Saturday 23rd...started at 0800 at the ramp water was 53 and climbed all day until 1600 when we left it reached 64-65...still not seeing blackened males ...and the females eggs are no where near the drop stage...color of the water is still stained but cleared as the sun hit it and warmed...mild winds made for easy boat control and we had 85-90 fish day on the clicker...slip-bobber and minnow worked but our plastics weren't bothered much....seeing a ton of staging fish...couple more hot sunny days and it will get nuts out there...

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4/20/16 @ 7:34 AM
MuskyManiac5
MuskyManiac5
MEMBER since 4/20/07
jeff, yes you are allowed on the lake, in fact you can use the big motor to load your boat but that is all.

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4/19/16 @ 11:07 PM
jeff.georgalas
jeff.georgalas
USER since 5/5/11
Question guys. I've got a 250 on my boat, and I believe this lake only allows 9.9's, correct? Am I allowed to fish this lake if I never drop my motor into the water and just use my trolling motor?

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4/18/16 @ 8:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80º F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Report is from Sunday 17th..Finally got out to the lake this year...weather had us sitting more than fishing....first 100 fish day....males haven't taken on the blackened look of the spawn yet...and the females weren't swollen....more bites on live bait than jigs....water started at 52º in the a.m. and topped at 66º at 16:00...lots of shad sparkling on the surface...wind was changing direction a lot making boat control fun.. Tounge Out..sorry no pic's...

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4/14/16 @ 3:44 AM
Insane1
Insane1
USER since 12/23/05
Anyone have a current water temp? Thx!

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3/9/16 @ 4:34 PM
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long-lost-sotans
long-lost-sotans
MEMBER since 1/14/16

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Got there at 8am went back up into the NMZ, graphed a bunch of fish right of the break line in about 12 fow. The water ranged from 44-49 - I was trying to find the shallow crappies (the shad were up shallow) but after I decided they weren't there yet the wind was blowing me across the lake. Should be soon... Big Smile

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2/21/16 @ 10:11 AM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
7 inches
Launched at 0800...well actually walked out..saw a few muskrats enjoying the morning sun... Tounge Out..didn't have to drill too many holes...most from mid week or yesterday didn't re-freeze....needed grippers/creepers as it was very slick....Joe and I caught over 100 crappie but most were smaller....brought home 16 keepers and had a ball today with the mild temps and active fish...met our good friend Larry out near a deeper spot and were doing great when we heard some yelps from shore....around 1:00 the site superintendent decided the ice was no longer safe this season and asked us to leave...upon reaching shore the emergency crews from town were there and all ended well... was a shortened season for me with the work schedule...but a very productive one....may have to head north to get one more trip in.... Cool

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2/20/16 @ 3:51 PM
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Insane1
Insane1
USER since 12/23/05

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous
Fishing was good this morning....BUT by noon the ice was no longer safe.Lots of small open areas throughout the lake. The shorelines are real soft too. Ice season is over for now. It's been a good season....<"((><

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2/20/16 @ 11:07 AM
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fishin pole
fishin pole
USER since 1/19/08

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous
Got out a couple hours yesterday and kept 6. Yes it was windy and fishing in the tent really was not possible. I would encourage people to invest in smaller drills at least for late ice. I did see the 10 inch holes popped right next to each other and my guess is they are one big hole today and big enough for someone to go through. Ice was sloppy and melting fast but did have 6 of solid ice. Stay safe...... F.P.

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2/19/16 @ 5:12 PM
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walleyezhunter05
walleyezhunter05
USER since 3/22/05

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
Just got off the ice, got into the crappies pretty good this morning but only kept 8 nice ones. It was fast action for awhile once we found them. Had a blast minus the tent almost blowing away about 5 times. Ice was about 7-8 inches but melting fast. We drilled 10 inch holes and after a couple hours they were opened up to about 12-13 inches. A lot of water on the ice making old holes open wide up. Without ice cleats today we would have been in big trouble trying to get back to the truck with all this wind an how slippery it was.. Be careful if you go out not sure how much longer ice will be safe with the whole lake covered in a thin layer of water. Tight lines

Walleyez

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2/19/16 @ 4:58 PM
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pink-N-purple
pink-N-purple
USER since 2/4/13

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous
Can anyone give me a nice report? Was planning on going out tomorrow wanted to know how the ice held up? Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks PNP

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2/18/16 @ 10:37 PM
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fishin pole
fishin pole
USER since 1/19/08

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waxing Gibbous
Couple more pics from this season out here......F.P. Tounge Out

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