Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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10/21/17 @ 5:25 PM
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

Hey Cripler

The dropping temps make a few things happen that force the fish into some very good patterns and locations in the fall.....the first thing to respond to the change is the shad....once the temps start to drop they will ball up in huge numbers and crappie will stage in certain areas to ambush them as they pass....the first turnover/mixing of the water will happen soon and then it will be very easy to locate and catch them....they get very aggressive after this and we usually see great fishing up to Thanksgiving...as long as you can tolerate the cooler weather...

Edited on 10/21/17 5:25 PM
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10/20/17 @ 6:27 AM
cripler
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Hey Jim so for the fall or this time of year is colder better

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10/19/17 @ 7:29 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Water climbed several degrees from yesterday....near the nmz we saw 65°...fish were even more lethargic today than yesterday....had a great morning bite....as soon as it got calm and sunny the bite stopped...not normal for sure...even tried the deep trees....had several light bites but nothing came to the surface...had 40-45 on the clicker with 16 making the trip home...sorry no pictures


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10/19/17 @ 7:19 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Trip was on Weds. Oct18th.. Started around 0900....was cool in the morning ....but once the sun broke it got warmer as the day wore on....had three kids with grandma and grandpa...what a great day out there, was worried with all the rain we got that the water would be very muddy.....fields had some large puddles on the way out.....looks like the lake is now at normal pool/or level....Clint at the bait shop stated that the lake came up around the 12 inches it was low....had a little color to it but not bad....we ended with 60 on the clicker with 18 making the cut....each spot held fish but we would only get a few fish at each stop....even though we could see the schools below they weren't real active....got a lot of smaller fish today....may take some time for the big ones to show..

Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County Photo
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10/14/17 @ 6:47 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MOON PHASE (27%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Report is from Oct 1st....started later in the a.m.....worked out great....sun felt good as we chased the crappie.... Lombard Fishing club and a grandpa and grand daughter as part of the crew....they had a blast....again smaller crappie were active ....we landed enough for the fish fry later that evening....seeing a ton of bait ....not many boats out...sorry no pic's

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10/14/17 @ 6:42 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Report is from Sept 30th.....started a little later in hopes the temps would climb....they did and the weather was decent....fish were active once found....caught a lot of smaller fish...only cleaned 18....think the clicker was near 65-70....with the new  pontoons positioning and turning will take some time to dial in...the front casting deck is pretty cool....no pic's sorry

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10/3/17 @ 10:18 AM
Jim Kopjo
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I will be the guest speaker for Octobers meeting Thursday the 12th....at Riverside fishing club....in Lagrange....look up the address on the web....between 47th and Plainfield road ..on Lagrange road..it's a American Legion Hall....on the west side....I will be speaking about the fall bite for crappie....come on out and lets talk fishing....

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10/2/17 @ 9:11 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Haven't been reporting much as of late....family illness has taken much of our efforts...been out, just not much time to report....was out Saturday and Sunday....crappie are starting to show at the fall areas.....slip bobbers produced more than the plastics....been starting later to take advantage of sunlight in the afternoon...seeing a lot of shad....also some Muskie roaming near as we fish....boy those things are huge out there....finally finished up the pontoon rebuild...thanks to Clint and his staff for getting it started and rolling....need a few more tweeks here and there....but its nice to have a clean boat every morning....will start the photo's also soon....thanks for the well wishers...

Jim

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9/29/17 @ 8:03 AM
SmalliesNEyez
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I've never heard of the DNR bothering people who load/unload with the big motor in all the time I've fished Shabbona, so not sure who you talked to with the DNR who would state that. 

I've fired up my big motor while loading and unloading with the DNR sitting right there at the launch, and doing that has never been an issue on this lake.  The rest of the time it's either a 5hp Evinrude, or the trolling motor.  Loading, especially by yourself, is difficult without the big motor.

While I do understand why they do it, particularly with the amount of submerged timber and structure, it would make no difference to me if they allowed big motors to be run at idle with no wake.  I've seen guys with 14 foot johns out there with what are obviously 15hp motors with 9.9 cowls on them doing like 30mph across the lake.  These guys are the issue, not the people who want to idle around using their big motor. 

Anyways, back to the topic of fishing.  I think I might try to get out there Sunday for crappie.  If I get out there, I'll pop back in with a report.  

Edited on 9/29/17 8:06 AM
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9/26/17 @ 3:47 PM
ravaneli
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USER since 6/9/15

Hi all, first post here. I have a carp fishing channel that you can see here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIIlkDYkymI&list=PLzqqIvZs0VU2mIV2scLlFCjqnPV9rYCwy

You can see my boat on my channel. 

I am posting this because I want to try some other species. I want to try to catch bass or crapie. I already tried and blanked :). Not good at it and I admit it. 

I want to ask somebody who is experienced in bass or crappie fishing to come fishing with me on my boat. You can drive if u want. I may have the camera on and post the video if I catch something, but u dont have to be on the video :). I can go on a week day too, if less crowded. I saw the other posts, so we will be using a trolling motor or we can anchor for crappie. I have very good sonar, if that helps. PM me if you think you can put me on some fish :) .

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